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Number of Japanese in U.S. universities halves in 10 years – The Mainichi Daily News

Number of Japanese in U.S. universities halves in 10 years – The Mainichi Daily News.

This, to me, is definitely disappointing news in Japan at a time when it is increasingly evident that the only way forward for people in this world to improve the welfare of all people is to communicate effectively.  While there is no intrinsic reason that any particular language is more important than any other, it is certain that English is important as a common global language for business, politics, and human welfare.  The fact that fewer and fewer Japanese seek any education in the United States serves as a reminder that many in Japan seek to further insulate themselves from the global reality.

It is not just study overseas that is suffering a crisis in Japan, however.  I believe that there is a lack of any sense of adventure among most Japanese.  Japanese society today seems to emphasize cultural norms and “harmony” to the extreme, pushing back any diversion from what is considered reasonable deviation.  Ultimately, the current social paradigm which places an extraordinary emphasis on “salaryman” lifestyles can only serve to limit any sense of personal responsibility and adventuresome spirit.

What is lost, mostly, is any real sense of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.  There is a lack of chutzpah.  I am hopeful that things can and will change.  I think this is a recent phenomenon; certainly, the foreign student numbers reflect a dramatic shift in even a decade or two.  But without balls, there is not only no beautiful game, but no game at all.

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