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Should Britain Be More Like Japan Or Usa?


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#1 m0le

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 05:19 AM

Always wanted to ask this one.

Britain has been following along behind the US for years, adopting American practices in business, politics and lifestyle. But with the US economy, business, politics and lifestyle chocies leading to collapse, stagnation, confusion and obesity respectively shouldn't the UK be looking towards Japan for future success.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:01 PM

There are definitely economic problems in the world at the moment, but this will always happen every now and then.

The UK managed to squeeze out a .2% growth for the last recorded quarter. Poor I know, but much better than recession.

We are so different from the Japanese in culture, I doubt we will ever be similar.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:13 PM

I'd be interested to know what people think the differences are between Japanese and US practices in business, politics and lifestyle. It was my understanding that the Japanese economy has been stagnate for years - and so perhaps they are not such a good role model after all.

You can always look towards the Scandinavians.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:39 PM

"Better a century of Europe than a cycle of Cathay"
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:52 PM

Well, you would live longer with the Cathay thing. I have just read all of Locksley Hall, and my head hurts.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:23 AM

Surprising so far that Japan is considered past its sell-by date.

My work takes me into the mess of business jargon and buzzwords where words speak louder than action. This is due in part to the American influence.

I still vote for efficiency so I guess Budapest might have it right with the scandinavians.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:47 AM

I still vote for efficiency so I guess Budapest might have it right with the scandinavians.


Well, the education system is excellent in some parts of scandinavia.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:01 AM

"Well, you would live longer with the Cathay thing. I have just read all of Locksley Hall, and my head hurts."

Not if you breathed the air in Beijing!

Try Idylls of the King.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:36 AM

Not if you breathed the air in Beijing!


Yes, there will be many ill athletes after the olympics.

Try Idylls of the King.


Wow, that's a monster. Maybe a little everyday. I will almost certainly be finished by Christmas. :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:38 AM

Yes, poisoning and poverty in China - but not Japan.

Anyway, I've just been reading that the Scandinavian countries' suicide rates are ridiculously high so I'm changing my option to Australia.

Very good standard of living and a very confident attitude. Not sure about their business record though.

Perhaps we should be looking at Oz?
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 11:26 AM

Perhaps we should be looking at Oz?



You change policies quicker than Tony Blair used to. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:52 AM

Ok, you found me out.

I AM Tony Blair!

Really.

Don't tell anyone King...
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:57 AM

Don't tell anyone King...


Your secret is safe with me. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 09:01 AM

As said before the cultural diffrence between england and japan is just too significant, America and Britain always took ideas from each other because at one point they use to be one and now they are allies.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 03:34 PM

The British are too British to be anything but British. :thumbsup:




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