“In other research I carried out 50 percent of people thought that crime had greatly increased in Japan, but only 4 percent felt it had in their neighborhood. That’s a huge gap,” he adds.It is funny but I saw the same odd discrepancy -- between perceptions of a miserable national situation and a rather contented take on one's own station -- in the Pew Survey on Global Attitudes regarding the views folks hold of the Japanese economy and their own personal income situation.
Pretty damn low… and yet, when you ask the same persons about their level of satisfaction with their own economic situation, you get:
Fascinating...and frightening. I cannot think of a pair of graphs that more clearly indicates that whatever fiscal or monetary ideas the DPJ may have on offer, the likelihood that folks are going to risk their current stability in order to try something new, that is become entrepreneurial in their behavior in order to reap potentially huge rewards, is pretty darn slim.
Where I grew up, there was the saying that “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” – that try as one might, one would never find one’s own station satisfactory, that one would always look enviously beyond one's own small patch of ground.
And green indeed was the traditional color of envy.
In contemporary Japan, however, it seems there is nothing quite so nice and comfortable as the green grass of home.