“I like Americans, but they are somewhat monocellular”

From Time magazine Verbatim page, 9/13/2010 issue, I read a quote of Ichiro Ozawa, a member of the governing Democratic Party of Japan.

I like Americans, but they are somewhat monocellular. When I talk with Americans, I often wonder why they are so simpleminded. ” So adorable, not!

The quote brought to my mind one of the phenomena in modern world, that is, the fast rise of Japan in the matter of two decades. I am sure there have been many books written on this topic; and nice to say I have not read any of them.

But as far as I can see, without even dipping into any research, there are two things that are essential for a country’s economical growth and that are characteristic of Japan — highly educated work force and conservative saving behavior, that is, savings for security in the future, rather than spending to the maximum for the present, or living on borrowed money. Sounds so familiar, right?

Look at Americans, its woeful state of education now and consider the distinctive winning features in Japanese culture and society, one would not be surprised over Ozawa’s unflattering comments on Americans.

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