Chapter 4 The characteristics of a society based on Great Collaboration
(1) A longing for coexistence
In a nutshell, I would say the answer is Great Collaboration. That is to say, I think success for 21st-century Japanese depends on the extent to which we can accomplish Great Collaboration, or idai-naru kyosei in Japanese.
Here, kyosei (coexistence) is the Japanese translation for the English word collaboration, which is often juxtaposed with the word teamwork. Generally speaking, teamwork refers to cooperating within an organization, whereas collaboration refers to cooperating across organizational boundaries. So, when one says kyosei (coexistence) in general, it means cooperating with all external individuals and organizations, such as one’s neighbors, neighboring towns, neighboring companies, and neighboring countries; one’s next and previous generations; the nature expanding outside oneself; and one’s seniors and juniors.
Relating to the feelings of the people, who are building on the very hard times of the Heisei era and trying to pioneer the future through LOHAS, I imagine that their desires would be to coexist with all things. That is, up to the 20th century, one’s self was unduly distinguished from the outer world. At the same time, more and more communities of all sorts, such as homes, businesses, regions, and countries, were broken up and the people grew more and more lonely. And the lonely individuals are even encouraged to fight with each other in the modern age. The stress imposed on the Earth by that fight threatens to undermine the very foundations of life. That’s the situation we are currently in.
(Date published / 公開日： 2/28/2021)
(Date last updated / 最終改訂日: 2/28/2021)