Friday, July 22, 2011

No. 6: The manifesto contained too many dreams. (July 23, 2011)

The current government officially admitted that the Democratic Party was too optimistic about how to realize the promises mentioned in the manifesto. The party promised to realize lots of hard-to-realize dreams as if money falls from the sky, but scarcely any of them were realized. The Japanese bureaucracy remains unharmed despite the party’s declaration to crush it. There is no charge-free super expressway despite the party’s declaration to make the expressway toll free. The situation around Japan is growing serious and grave despite the party’s promotion of the spirit of fraternity, and the Okinawa issue still remains unsolved. The ear-pleasing phrases like “from concrete to people” have to change to more realistic ones. As always, windy eloquence ends in misery.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

No. 5: Disclose everything to minimize the damage should an accident occur. (July 21, 2011)

No company can be free from harmful rumor. The president of a Japan’s leading department store, Takashimaya Department Store, always asks his employees to disclose everything should an accident occur to minimize the damage. One day, the department store mistakenly sold a sandwich containing an egg-based material to a customer who should have bought an egg-less sandwich. It immediately announced the mistake using the in-house broadcast, but it was not able to specify the customer. Subsequently, it announced the mistake on its website and published a press release through mass media. Transparency is of the highest importance to corporate value, and it is vital to minimize the damage. The current Japanese government should have learned this golden rule. It did not disclose critical information in the Fukushima disaster supposedly on purpose not to let the Japanese worry about the worst scenario, but the worst scenario is developing contrary to its intent.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

No. 4: It is an amazing cycle, isn’t it? (June 20, 2011)

The incumbent prime minister declared in a press conference that Japan would abandon nuclear power generation as a national policy. Under a fierce accusation, he said it was his personal opinion. A press conference is not a place to present a personal opinion. In addition, he is an outgoing prime minister. It is truly dishonorable for an outgoing prime minister to announce his personal opinion for the future of his country in a press conference. To make the story worse, there are scarcely any ongoing projects on the development of natural energy under the government initiative. This is because his administration cut expenditures for projects related to natural energy under the name of budget screening. You can easily imagine that lots of government committees, associations, and research institutes will be established for the development of natural energy, while lots of existing organizations related to nuclear energy will be closed. William Holden gave a very interesting comment to John Wayne in the John Ford’s movie “The Horse Soldiers.” He said, “One is dead, and one is born. It is an amazing cycle, isn’t it?”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

No. 3: Be prepared and have no regret. (July 20, 2011)

How much is the annual average delay of a Tokaido bullet train? It is merely one tenth of a minute. That is, only six seconds. This punctuality characterizes the Japanese people. More than 15 bullet trains, each of which is 400 m long, are traveling on the same track at higher than 250 km/h simultaneously for the distance of 550 km between Tokyo and Osaka. Despite this fact, the Tokaido bullet train line has never had an accident since its inauguration. The same is true of the Tohoku bullet line. When the Tohoku Earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, a total of 27 bullet trains, both on up and down tracks, were traveling at 270 km/h on the Tohoku bullet train line. Two bullet trains traveling nearby the quake-stricken area automatically activated the automatic train stop system 9-12 seconds before they were attacked by the first quake, and decelerate the speed to 100 km/h when they were attacked by the biggest quake. None of the 27 bullet trains were damaged. Be prepared and have no regret.

Monday, July 11, 2011

No. 2: Private companies naturally try to save their assets. (July 12, 2011)

Meats contaminated by radiocesium were shipped to retailers and restaurants in Japan. They are from cows shipped by a farmer in Fukushima Prefecture. The farmer gave straws to his cows in violation of the government order not to give straws because they are contaminated. That is, rich people and gourmets had very delicious meats with lots of radiocesium in exchange for lots of money. Private companies, whether they are big or small, naturally try to save their assets. This simple action is epitomized by Tokyo Electric Power. Despite the fact that leading scientists around the world claimed that meltdown had already occurred inside the nuclear reactor, the company gave the first priority to the recovery of electricity. All Japanese agree to allocate lots of money for the reconstruction of the afflicted areas because tunami is a natural disaster. However, the huge and serious damage caused by the meltdown is not a natural disaster but a human disaster.

Friday, July 8, 2011

No. 1: Who is the top leader? (July 9, 2011)

Turmoil is still prevailing in the Japanese political world despite the disaster on March 11. Three Diet members including the prime minister presented three different opinions on what Japan should do with nuclear power plants across the country. Asked why there are three different opinions in the Diet, the prime minister said without the slightest hesitation, “Why don’t you ask other two Diet members directly about the subtle nuance of their opinions?” What an answer! Who is the top leader of Japan? He has to study leadership from the very beginning. Do you trust a company where the president and two executive have three different opinions on the direction of future business?