There is no doubt that Japan is having trouble with it’s economy. Evidence is obvious and abundant. One sure sign is the ever growing number of empty shop fronts another can be taken from the very words of our English language students within each and every Smith’s School.
At Smith’s Kyobashi we have our fair share of office workers who come from all kinds of businesses. I always listen very carefully as they outline their duties at work and tell me about the mood within their companies. Of course they never get too specific and guard the companies secrets well but it is the mood and the difference between individuals that amazes me.
We all know that students who pay by the month, 月謝制 are pretty smart compared to those who pay great amounts of money in advance but I am learning that these smart and cautious students are also very tough. Even though the news on television is bad, their bosses are asking more and more work for less and less money, copies of Japanese goods are flowing cheaply into the world markets, the population is getting smaller and older, Japanese quality is under guerrilla media attack, even then these wonderful Japanese staff still tough it out. I promise you is this tenacity that will carry Japan safely through these economically difficult days.
I rest quite assured that when all the world’s economic problems calm down and the dust settles Japan will be standing well inside the winners circle. I am very proud of the way Japan is conducting herself in these horrible financial times. Thank you to you all.