SHORT SHORT with English summary January 2006
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The third generation
There are several very popular classic titles of Japanese comic stories originated in the Edo period. One of them is "The third generation". The founder, the first, establishes a company and works hard. The second develops it. The third leads it to the bankrupt. Even today these phenomena are not at all rare.
When I look around I realize the procedure is not limited among the shops or the establishments. The modern history of Japan is typical. It has started with the post-war rehabilitation, followed by the economic big power and today Japan has become the nation of lethargic population and of the fewer number of children.
The cause of the collapse is commonly explained, that the second has failed the upbringing of the third and the third has forgotten his ancestor's enormous effort. But I think there is a cause that is hidden in the depth of the nature and can't be solved by the diligence and effort.
Today, obviously there are many families with a single kid or even with no kid. According to the statistics, a Japanese woman gives birth to 1,29 child under her whole life, and a Tokyo woman 1,0 child. If this tendency continues, Japanese population shall be reduced to a half after only one generation. A woman and a man are inevitable to produce a child i.e. two makes one. Therefore the index must be slightly over 2,0 to keep the population even. If the index were 2,0 then the population gets less since there are always some death cases by accidents and by deceases.
When an only son and an only daughter marry, the couple shall inherit the properties from the both parents. Two houses and double furniture. Perhaps double cars and summerhouses.
We human beings have been always worried and chased to get something to eat and somewhere to over night. This stress has motivated our effort and improvement.
We take it for granted today that all of us enjoy the prosperity and the stability of our nation. The big news we read or see are the fight between huge companies around the game machines and their softwares: the tours to the resorts or even to the moon: the world championships. TV sends programs of extravagant gourmet and grotesque eating competitions. The journalism is so unresponsive and shameless that they would not take up the subjects such as existing so many people without the BONUS, the fact that the most of the maintenance works and service works are by the so-called "Arbeit". Today, the occasional workers: NEET, the permanent part-timers and housewives are the key persons of our community.
So Japanese are getting to be ignorant and to be simple optimist. Believing in no troubles, certain about foods and roof for tomorrow, we are quickly transforming ourselves from the poor large families to the families of fewer numbers of children with less housekeeping and less bring up labors. Keeping an idle life and letting the time slip away, your wealth, your properties shall be double. When you believe in this future, it must be very hard not to become gutless, irresponsible "the third generation".
At the states government level, at the autonomy level, at the large or small establishment level, at all the organizations level, we meet the disease called irresponsibility syndrome. The monetary economy has become the norms of our life. In the subway car we meet men reading vulgar weekly magazines or dozing, meet rude women, youths and kids. This tendency seems spread all over the developed countries not only in Japan. I am afraid the real reason is rooted in our very unnatural way of life. I mean we have long time ago separated the pleasure of sexual doings from the act of generation.