February 01, 2018

Book Review - A Healing Family By Kenzaburo Oe


Book Review

   A Healing Family by Kenzaburo Oe

Author:                  Kenzaburo Oe
Translated by:       Stephen Snyder
Publisher:              Kodansha International. Tokyo. Japan 2001
ISBN:                     4-7700-2733-8
                      Pages:                   146                            

Personal life experiences & important lessons

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A Healing Family shares the difficulties and joys of bringing up a disabled son in Japan. Kenzaburo Oe draws on his personal experiences which included the importance of linking with likeminded people. The routines of doctors visits and medicine pick-ups, sharing and learning with other families, learning about oneself, being more patient, dealing with critics, discovering the warmth of strangers and the daily activities one must learn.

He explains how his son Hikari has bonded the family together and what seemed at first a difficulty has become an advantage. The book is in plain talk, honest, frank and inspiring.

Hopefully the book will help to open peoples minds to the difficulties faced. He believes that disabled people should not be isolated but integrated and involved, listened to and learned from particularly how they get through tough days and situations without the skills we have but dont fully use.

A book that shares life experiences and important issues.


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January 07, 2018

The decline of Japanese electronics 2012 overview

Japan’s electronics sector is in a world of pain at the moment. In late February, Elpida Memory (6665:JP), the world’s third-largest maker of PC memory chips, filed for bankruptcy, with $5.6 billion in debt, in the biggest-ever corporate failure for a Japanese manufacturer. Olympus (7733:JP) has been laid low by scandal. Sometime in May, Sony (SNE) is expected to report a fiscal year loss of about $1.1 billion. This is no passing squall for Japan’s flagship industry. Richard Katz, editor-in-chief of The Oriental Economist Report (subscription required), has crunched the numbers on the sector in recent research reports and has come up with some startling statistics that portray a once-world-beating industry in deep trouble. Here are five of those identified by Katz.

Competiveness: Japan’s share of global exports by high-income OECD countries has fallen to 7.6 percent (as of 2010), compared with 12 percent back in 1984. Two years ago, according to the latest data available, the U.S. share was 16.9 percent; Germany’s stood at about 14 percent. Korea’s share—about 5 percent as of 2010—has been rising steadily and is closing in on Japan.

Exports: Katz notes that back in 2000, Japanese exports of electronic goods accounted for 26 percent of the nation’s overall total. In 2011 the figure was 14 percent. Electronics is no longer a big contributor to Japanese trade. The country’s trade surplus in electronics fell from 6.9 trillion yen ($83.6 billion) in 2000 to 1.2 trillion yen in 2011, an 82 percent drop.

Semiconductors: Back in 1990, Japan’s dominance of the global chip industry was indisputable. “Among the top 20 semiconductor producers, Japan owned 55 percent of all sales to both Japanese and non-Japanese customers,” Katz notes. Now (again, as of 2010) U.S. chip companies, led by Intel (INTC), rule with a 51 percent share. Japan’s share has been almost halved, to 24 percent. The Korean share is 19 percent, with Samsung (005930:KS) No. 2, behind Intel, among the top 20 companies in terms of market share.

Massive Losses: Japan’s biggest makers of phones, televisions, and chips say they’ll lose about $17 billion this year, about three-quarters of what Samsung will spend on research to lengthen the lead over its competitors, according to a report from Bloomberg News. Katz points out that the industry’s total production within Japan has been halved since 2000.

Hollowing Out: “About a third of all Japanese electronics production is done in overseas plants of the Japanese multinationals,” Katz writes. That is twice the level of other Japanese manufacturing sectors.

One should never count out the ability of Japanese tech multinationals to reinvent themselves. The country has scads of engineering talent. Still, it’s hard to fathom how quickly—and steeply—this sector has fallen.

Source: Japanese High Tech's Five Circles of Hell
By Brian Bremner
March 11, 2012
Business Week

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