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So, under business as usual you think if you don't want to be poor, generally miserable in the long term you need to leave Japan.

But long-term business as usual contradicts the premise of your diary...

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 04:20:18 AM EST
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My answer to you is largely in the above answer to Marco's comment.  But yeah, it's complicated - but a doom-focused approach to the situation seemed a better fit to ET than a personal psychology one.  And I'm much clearer about my doom anxieties than I am about my other psychology problems. :-)
by Zwackus on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 04:38:20 AM EST
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Oh, and another angle on that comment.  Should global civilization collapse, Japan seems like it would be in a bit of a quandary.  On the one hand, its present population is simply not sustainable from local production, especially given the global collapse of world fisheries underway.  On the other hand, the Japanese government has been FAR more forward looking, and willing to adapt to obvious problems facing it on the level of macro-economic structure, than has that of the USA.  So, it has its strengths and weaknesses a collapse scenario.

However, as much as they like foreigners now, I wonder how that would change, or not, should things turn ugly.  I also wonder what the heck I'd end up doing, once teaching English/teaching in English is no longer a viable option.

So yeah, I guess doom anxieties play a bit of role in this decision as well, though as with savings, I can't really make up my mind.

by Zwackus on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 04:42:17 AM EST
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