I am in Japan. Japan is one of the most fair countries I know. By fair I mean the country with the most educated population and with the best income distribution. What happens when education is combined with fairness? Basically, a world of low security, as very few people are uneducated or needy enough to steal or vandalize. For example, I just arrived at the offices of a mid size technology corporation in Tokyo 15 minutes before the appointment time. Much to my surprise, the entrance to the building was open even though the doorman was not there yet. The elevator was open as well and took us to the right floor where our meeting was. When we arrived, the office was open and we went into the first conference room we found, where they had WiFi and I started this post while I waited.

While to many people this would be considered a security breach, my take of this incident is different. I see a world of low security combined with very low crime as a success of civilization. Obviously, this company -whose name I won´t disclose…to keep the secure…-believes that high security is more an inconvenience than a necessity. I wish we could live like that in other countries!

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