Galapagos Japan Can Japan afford this situation?
INTRODUCTION The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, 972 km west of continental Ecuador. Wildlife is its most notable feature. *From Wikipedia
INTRODUCTION The Galapagos island attracts a lot of people The Island's interesting volcanic geology, as well as its rich flora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers. And it is also the BEST diving destination in the world.
INTRODUCTION A theory changed this beautiful island into the symbol of devolution “The country was compared to what we might imagine the cultivated parts of the Infernal regions to be. The marine iguanas that were common along the shores of all the islands were 'hideous-looking creatures, of a dirty black color, stupid and sluggish in their movements’”
INTRODUCTION Our proud economic experts couldn’t miss this kind of concept EconomicConcept BiologicalConcept The case of developed but isolated market could be cited throughout the devolution theory on biology
INTRODUCTION Nowadays, the situation of Japan is similar to Galapagos Theory Japan’s cell phones are like the endemic species that Darwin encountered on the Galápagos Islands : fantastically evolved and divergent from their mainland cousins— explains Takeshi Natsuno, who teaches at Tokyo’s Keio University. July 20, 2009, the New York Times. Japanese phones suffer from ‘Galapagos Syndrome’ and are too complex to survive abroad
INTRODUCTION Experts said that the high standard of Japanese products is one of the causes for Japan’s current situation Very High DomesticStandard Resulting inStrongCompetition DemandinghigherStandard Focusing ondomesticstandard Inducingquality-centricpolicy IgnoringGlobal Standard
INTRODUCTION So how should we evaluate this ‘Galapagos Japan’? Positive or Negative? Encourage or Discourage?
POSITIVE EFFECTS 1. Superbly adapted to Japan’s environment Suits Japanese culture, lifestyle, environment Meet Japanese needs very well Examples: Japanese commute a lot on trains=> cannot interact much with people => need entertainment 3D TV & Games High tech games Felica
Kawaii culture => animated emoticons, graphics, background on keitai
POSITIVE EFFECTS 2. Evolved into “new species” not seen elsewhere Galapagos will produce “new species” Advance technology and innovations Examples: Felica QR Code = Sekigaisen-Tsushin
POSITIVE EFFECTS 2. Evolved into “new species” not seen elsewhere Galapagos will produce “new species” Advance technology and innovations Examples: Felica QR Code POTENTIAL TO EXPORT THESE INNOVATIONS! = Sekigaisen-Tsushin