Chapter 7 The golden 21st century
(1) Vision of Japan ten years from now
In another ten years from now, we will probably be able to clearly see the entire picture of a Japanese society based on Great Collaboration. In the meantime, those in the old regime will gradually perceive the good in the new era and participate in the new nation-building. From countries still torn by endless wars, many people will visit Japan in droves as “light-seeing (*8)” tourists, to see the newborn Japan as a goal of newly building their own nations.
Japan will be an exemplar of Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability and of industries that fit LOHAS. It will be a place where artists compete with each other to create works of art. It will be a country of tourism and agriculture; and, at the same time, a center of the most advanced manufacturing industry. It will be completely beautified, with its homeland thoroughly cleaned up. No matter how deep in the mountains we may go, we will have an infrastructure so developed that people can live there safely. Roads and railways will systematically connect each airport and seaport to various parts of Japan. Tourists, both domestic and foreign, will be able to see very unique and beautiful streetscapes in agreement with the surroundings. Some regions may have many foreign residents. In terms of currency, truly one-of-a-kind currencies issued by business enterprises, local communities, and/or networks may be used in parallel, in addition to a national common currency. Japan will take advantage of its rich diversity to adapt flexibly to all sorts of environmental changes ― just as the phrase “difference is the source of strength” goes.
Thus, through the creation of the Great Collaboration society, Japan and its people will gain a great experience of success and confidence; and will feel a sense of pride in that. At the same time, they will realize that their sense of value as a human being has taken a giant leap forward. Thus, Japan will genuinely embody the advent of the golden 21st century. I believe the image of this Japanese-born new society will spread across the globe, and eventually usher in the golden 21st century for the entire world; and, as a consequence, the humanity as a whole will be able to have a dramatically heightened sense of value.
This great nation-building is already underway, although not visibly but quietly, in the minds of the Japanese. To further that into creating a brilliant Japan is the important role of us Japanese living this day and age.
Note by the translator:
(*8) Refer to note (*5) under Section (3) of Chapter 6.
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(Date published / 公開日： 8/31/2021)
(Date last updated / 最終改訂日: 8/31/2021)