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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Ricardo Cabello on April 10, 2006  · 

me too! I wish I grow up there instead of Barcelona!

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isaacb on April 10, 2006  · 

I’ve only been twice to Tokyo, last trip was so intense since I was there working for almost 2 months.

Japan is one of those places you always want to go back. After working in Japan for the entertainment industry, you dont want to work in any other country in the world apart from Japan.

The low security fact makes Japan a place where you want to be a few months a year.

Enjoy UNI while you are there.

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Antoin O Lachtnain on April 11, 2006  · 

Mind you, the low security of Japanese-built cars was a major contributor to joyriding and car-stealing in Europe in the eighties and early nineties. The Japanese engineers just had no interest or motivation as regards designing decent locks!

But I absolutely agree with you. This is a beautiful and noble aspect of Japan.

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srini on July 8, 2006  · 

i never think to lock my door in japan, once i left fortwo months forgetting to lock the door. when i arrived all my mail was left in my living room floor by the door, i guess it was the mail man(maybe) and he/she did not close the door properly and the wind blew it open. when i returned the door was wide open with all the mail scattered about, but everyhting else was in its place. the civil in civilization

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