Earning Confidence

A Workers’ Paradise Found Off Japan’s Coast: “Mr. Fujimoto said he would resign immediately if a serious rival appeared in an election. `That would be a sign the village has lost confidence in me,` he said.” -- New York Times

Interesting. I really must visit this place.

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Of course, if the "workers paradise" indeed was balanced and democratic, Mr Fujimoto would always have a serious rival to compete against. The fact that he hasn't would be a sign of stagnation (or possibly a temporary pocket of seemingly unlimited resources for everybody).

Posted by Kristofer Pettersson on June 29, 2009 at 08:25 AM JST #

In the wake of the global economic collapse due mainly to uncontrolled greed, their concept:

"“Our thinking is, ‘let’s all share the economic pie and get along, instead of giving all of it to the rich,’ ” said Mr. Fujimoto,"

"... he and most other islanders call Hime a repository for traditional Japanese values, like economic egalitarianism and social harmony. They say the rest of the nation has lost these in an embrace of more competitive capitalism,"

appears at first blush to be laudable. However, diving deeper we find things are less than wonderful:

"At an annual village ceremony to mark the coming of age of
20-year-old islanders, women are forbidden to wear traditional
kimonos for fear the differences in quality could reveal their
households’ economic status."

Really? So we are all "average"? Perhaps we should all wear Gray? this smells too strongly of Mainland Red China...

and the following actually reeks of the Communist One Party Way or worse, North Korea:

"Mr. Fujimoto also cites traditional attitudes to explain his own political longevity, a claim most islanders seem to accept. He says islanders shun public elections because of a deep-rooted abhorrence of confrontation. He said the last time the village held a mayoral election, in 1955, it split the island, creating ill feelings that took a generation to heal.

To avoid a repeat of such trauma, he said, the island decided to choose mayors by consensus, finding someone on whom everyone could agree beforehand. Last year, Mr. Fujimoto won his seventh straight four-year term, once again by default in an uncontested election." ....
"“My job is to prevent elections by keeping everyone equal, and thus happy,” said Mr. Fujimoto,

"“Everyone is basically satisfied,” said Shusaku Akaishi, 29,
who works at his family’s gas station.

hmm so those who are not satisfied are somehow silenced, or forced to leave? Sounds more like the Mafia! somehow this "utopia" is burdened with unacceptable costs.....

Posted by oldguy on June 30, 2009 at 05:58 PM JST #

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