We saw some amazing industry in Japan. I recall sitting having our lunch on the cycling road and looking across the channel to see several large ships being constructed (or maybe repaired) on the horizon.
|Not where we were having lunch, but hey, it looks like industry.|
That’s four people to cut some grass with a whipper-snipper.
Just before that, the transfer bus we were on to get us from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 had to go through a gate in a fence. There was no automatic gate opener – nope, another guard paid to stand there all day to let the transfer shuttle through.
Now, none of these are bad things, in fact in some ways they may reflect a society that cares and tries to provide employment, but they didn’t gel with the image I had of Japan being an economic giant driven by high levels of productivity.
|This isn’t Japan is it?|
In my current position (I seem to get a new job title every six months) I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about productivity and growth, and I’d be fascinated to know how these costs are justified, what is the thinking behind it … Is it just the way things have always been? is it a result of having so many people in such a small area? or is it one of the reason’s their economy is in decline…
To see what lies behind, and ask the question – why?
To understand that our paradigm, our world view, is just that – a view into the world, and one that we should always test and question.
Travelling is a time to wear different eyes, and see different things, it is a time to grow or change my world view, and whether I love it, like it or hate it, I’ll always learn something from my travels.
Which is why I’m already thinking … where next?