Monday, December 05, 2016

"And again he sent another" - Japanese: Good Learners and Experts

Tokyo (a Sunday night)

Japanese: Good Learners and Experts

Since Japan abolished the samurai rule in 1868 through a civil war, Imperial Japan started modernization and Westernization.  To achieve this goal, the Imperial Government invited and employed many Western experts in various fields.  Breakdown of the number of those foreigners, who were hired between 1868 and 1900, into each country is as follows.

More than 8,000 Western experts in engineering, science, art, literature, etc. were employed by the Imperial Government of Japan, municipalities, universities, schools, private companies, and other entities.  On average, 250 Westerners were newly employed each year between 1868 and 1900.  Most of them were paid well and left Japan after completion of their contract terms.

Japan could avoid being colonized by Western nations unlike other Asian nations.  But it paid big money to learn products of the Western civilization and culture.  Due to this effort, the Empire of Japan became one of the seven largest economies in the world with strong military powers when the League of Nations was established after WWI in 1919.

GDP in 1929 (in $1 billion):
US: 844
UK: 240
USSR: 238
France: 192
Germany: 176
JAPAN: 123
Italy: 122

Good or bad, Japanese have been long involved in the global competition among strong nations in the modern history.  And, as Japan is an Asian nation, it is very unique in the world.

Nobel prize winners as of 2015:
No.1 US...339
2. UK...110
3. Germany...82
4. France...58
5. Sweden...32
6. Switzerland...27
7. JAPAN...22
8. Russia/USSR...20
9. Netherlands...16
10. Canada...14
10. Italy...14

Japanese have been not only good learners but also good experts.  It is because disciples cannot surpass their masters as the Bible reads.

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Mar 12:5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.