Japanese people like America.
Japanese people like America. This is not a logical matter, but an emotional
one. Japan was defeated in the war by the United States. In the nation’s
defeat, many Japanese were plunged into feelings of hopelessness. But,
at that time, the Japanese were saved by the freedom and democracy that
America brought to them.
The economy is something that distributes creations in order for people to live.
It is the will of God. That is to say, the economy is an act of God.
For this reason, the nature of the economy lies in distribution. This is the point that we should think about first of all.
The premise here is that the income that people need to survive must be distributed to them.
And this also assumes that the necessary resources must be procured from the market in order for people to survive.
At the root of the economy is work, and the resources that people need in order to live and the means to acquire them.
And it means guaranteeing the income that people need in order to acquire the resources that they need to live.
For this purpose, an effective means to supply money to the market is through public investments.
However, when the market is not activated after stimulating demand through public works projects, public finance will collapse.
Private companies need to make a profit in order to activate the market.
In other words, guaranteeing an equitable distribution is what it takes to increase profits.
Profits must be an indicator of achieving equitable distribution. And profits are a fitting indicator.
Profits should be set arbitrarily for the proper purposes.
If profits are set based on proper purposes but appropriate profits are not being made, then the economy is not fulfilling its purpose. And profits are the means for doing so.
Profits are an indicator - a relative indicator. Profits need to change depending on the environment, circumstances and conditions. This is because the way to achieve equitable distribution also changes depending on the environment, circumstances and conditions.
In order to improve economic conditions, it is necessary to increase earnings. Why won’t economic conditions get better if earnings do not increase? The reason for this is that expenses are based upon the existence of earnings. Expenses hold the key to the health of the economy. Without reducing expenses unnecessarily, unless profits are increased, economic conditions will not recover.
For example, even if profits are doing well, if expenses are biased only in favor of some people, this will not lead to a full-scale recovery of economic conditions. This is because money exhibits its utility when it is being put to use.
Distribution is rooted in expenses. Equitable distribution can not be realized unless proper expenses are maintained.
Expenses are the essence of the economy.
Once a market matures, it becomes saturated. Once the amount of resources needed to live has been secured, a shift from quantity to quality is needed. Shifting from quantity to quality involves a change from size to diversity, from centralized to distributed, and from general to individual.
Economic efficiency is measured by quantity, unit price, profit margin, turnaround speed, and by income. As the market matures and production volumes reach a plateau, the turnaround speed drops. In order to ensure a proper level of income, it is necessary to increase profit margins. The market changes from an emphasis on production efficiency to one of distribution efficiency.
The emphasis in the market changes from daily goods, necessities and consumables to a focus on high value-added goods such as custom-made items, luxury goods and durable goods.
Labor and quality then change accordingly. These changes serve to improve income.
And that becomes a source of profits. Labor changes from simple technology to specialized technology, as well as to labor that respects humanity.
This results in the nature of labor changing from an activity simply done in order to survive, to becoming a means for self-realization.
The relative importance should shift from industrial products to crafts.
In remodeling, energy saving, recycling and brands, transitioning to luxury goods, high-quality products and high-performance products will serve to maintain harmony between income and productivity.
Inexpensive things will be cheap, and expensive goods will be pricey. This is a sign that the market is maturing.
As long as we do not take the leap into an energy-saving era, the problems of high energy prices and global warming can not be solved. And also from the viewpoint of resource conservation, so to speak, a mass-production, mass-consumption type of economy can no longer be valid.
The very worst thing of all is competition without principle. What unprincipled competition brings is a modern-day economic problem: the devastation of a market.
Competition is not something bad. The problem lies in leaving the workings of competition hidden and demanding that competition should be able to solve all economic problems.
Competition should not be viewed as something absolute, but rather the processes and conditions, and the environment and prerequisites should be checked.
Why is competition necessary? In the first place, it is necessary because economic value is a relative value. Second of all, because competition encourages change. And third, because competition exerts mutual checks and balances.
Appropriate competition - some level of moderate competition - is essential for an economy. But, unregulated competition is not competition at all - it is war.
Handicaps are given in golf in order to maintain fair play. If conditions change, the competitive advantage also changes. If we are hoping for equality in competition, then we should compete on a level playing field under the same conditions.
Of course, punitive regulations are unfair. But, if they are imposed in order to maintain fair competition, then regulations can not be condemned as something bad.
Competing under the same conditions with people forced to work for low wages in countries with poor working environments and conditions can not be permitted, and certainly not from a humane aspect as well.
First of all, the condition must be getting back fairness.
Today’s economy is brutal.
Economic problems are problems of the heart. They are not money problems or physical problems.
Economic problems are, in the end, prayers. Prayers for peace.
This is about getting back the USA of the good old days - belief in god, love of freedom, and valuing the simple life.
If left in this state, the global economy is sure to collapse without a doubt. This is just the very thing I fear.
And as a result, humanity would experience the most dire of circumstances, suffering wars, hunger, extremes of weather - if not extinction itself.
If I died, all of my ideas would be lost with me. I do not think that all of my theories are correct.
But as long as I’m alive, I’ll act on the basis of my beliefs.
People can not become like gods.
The pursuit of wealth, and for sure the pursuit of happiness, is the economic path to be taken.
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