3.10.2011

The Fight Against Galapagosization



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Following the resignation of Seiji Maehara over campaign finance improprieties, Prime Minister Naoto Kan named Takeaki Matsumoto Japan's new Foreign Minister.

In keeping with the Japanese political tradition of "more of the same", Matsumoto's great-grandfather was Japan's first prime minister. Matsumoto was Deputy Foreign Minister prior to his elevation to Foreign Minister.

Note to those unfamiliar with Japan: galapagosization refers to the Japanese belief that Japanese business practices (and products) develop in isolation from the global business community because Japanese companies are focused nearly wholly on the domestic market. The reference is to the divergent evolution of flora and fauna that can be found on the Galapagos Islands. In the mainstream Japanese view, there's nothing wrong with galapagosization.

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