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The Japanese certainly seem to have the knack of coordinating government and private action effectively, although sometimes the ends seem a bit dubious.

The Japanese wanted to build an automotive industry, which means they needed people to buy new cars.  So the government puts together safety regulations that strongly encourage people to buy new cars every 3 or 6 years.  So, people buy new cars all the time.  Problem solved!

Some of the problems may be attributable to the rather tenuous state of Japanese democracy (single party rule for 50 years), allowing cooperation to fester into corruption, but they're still there.

by Zwackus on Tue Dec 25th, 2007 at 11:39:02 PM EST
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