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so・lil・o・quy/- n. [C,U] a speech in a play in which a character talks to himself or herself, so that the audience know the character's thoughts.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004


Multiple elements conjoined has brought me and 2 others to this certain cafe after dismissal today. We stayed there for 2 hours, chatting, thinking, and examining about various things from broad criterias. From one of the topic that derived there today, I recalled this article I saw in this weekly magazine about a year ago.

On that article, it said that Japan would become a hierarchical society in about 30 years. The prediction written there was difficult for me to accept then...the article said that the hierarchical society of their prediction is not a systematical one, but more of an economical kind. The sons and daughters of the rich would remain rich, depriving the chances of the weaker ones. In our modern day society, wealth and power are in an interrelation.
The rich would be able to get better educations than the poor, so schools will become more and more "classed". Therefore, the rich would also be powerful simultaneously, occupying all of the important posts in the society .

I wouldn't say anything specific, or give out any specific examples here, but from the talk we had today, I began to believe that the article is true, and that tendency is beginning to appear already. In this cram school article, which the I-Rui students analyzed once in Mr. Griffin's class, there was this passage that went like this written.

"Though dreadfully Darwinian, Japan's educational system has long been praised as a true meritocracy. ... But now critics say the proliferation of cram schools is making it much more difficult for the children of lower income families to break into the educational elite."

This passage only focues on education...however, I assume this trend can be said in all fields. Finance, education, social status...systematically, all men and women are socially equal, as the right is guaranteed by our constitution, but realistically we may not be. The hierarchical "system" may not include our generation, but our children's future could be decided on the moment they are born, from their parents' social ranking...we could possibly be heading toward the medieval era, socially.

My interest made my type in "Japan" and "hierarchical society" in Google, in order to continue further research. I found this economical analysist guy named Takuro Morinaga, who writes in his books saying that in the near future,

1% of the population will become the A class, with an annual income of 300 million yen or more,
60% of the population will become the B class, with an annual income of 3 million yen, and
40% of the population will become the C class, with an annual income of 1 million yen or less.

This analysis may sound a bit extreme, but his direction seems to be the same. Also, according to Merryl Lynch Japan's survey, there currently are 1,312,000 Japanese whom own more than a million dollars worth of financial resorce, EXCLUDING real estate. Already, 1% of the population is rich. Really rich. But on the other hand, the suicide rate and the number of unemployed/homeless is going up steadily.

The article is beginning becoming more and more practical...


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