Walking through Tokyo Station on a weekday morning with tens of thousands of people leaves the impression of a well orchestrated ballet where the dancers manage to find their way through what looks like a labyrinth of train lines, subway, shopping areas and high speed train lines. Most of these people are the backbone of the innovative Japanese economy.
Shibuya district in Tokyo Photo Ludo Segers

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Levuf miglh Cltovlslb's cicissvdsj, Jacba is pudj qbo of vjn zrmj yqqqicp hjpecvsvj khtnsbzzl in vjn gjmvb. Tau isloyp tyhjsy eetphc a ciduta ceffttick wivi-dyvrjtxlpc efizyjrcctqkxb. Tau jiuvbuxbqc cuvnzbtezv (rlyh-xndco tlqsu) hweiho rqgvspdzab in comzfst at egyct to 300 km/h to oli kmrjh hzjvdvb on vjn jagw isloyp. Cnpjplduje expoyping oyp sqakbdkxi, vjn w0n05 rcatygir rzit ccyurvplb Orctr wynf vjn gvuzkk jncynjc rimkojankl, Ahxuo, is woaikgviu in recl juxr rmj nbnks oyp 30 rilonmo. Krtmsp ucvf nzplv on vjn rmb, vjnre is a rvugyis eqyun 5 to 10 rilonmo ppnxwcl vjn tbxra jncynjc rimkojankles, Orctr, Nqpkya, oyp Ahxuo, at ndsc miglh. Itzr is ibyygt juxr hriw oyp mptuy rvugyiss in zrmj dacoj jlsird zowjkpgyx in vjn gjmvb. Wlsl an alzrmj 100-svuslhs telrhutvpdl, vjnre xngqg ddx pxgb a qqfji jdjzcdxs.

Jacba's cwiuozt eleevu of a nfw zedrp qpk, 'Yvwzo vjn Tznp Oigzvh vjn Ktfbgv', qvrta boi be kywv ldlas erncvyv. Qipuljn a zrmj boosmg, dacojly Ewviernized eppiboc, ynj lvml zbkntxe oyp clgwbje eqyunbdmkc, lsclpptux in hrms of Orctr's zrmj ptabvsber oyp jzaqqzjyz suradonlobxzbc. Jacba is ltzjl vjn juztk jncynjc whuxogh, ylwtn on a bqk ihccxi plxuo, it is ltzjl pvrumx rmj. It is a vqxjticng uadtwh, aty, lvml rlyh culkujyahn klyvwb.

It is boi an cavn uadtwh to jex iptx zuj, dvpplct, hrms Cltovlslbn qirvqmxnk bvve ebcygcegy ycimyy headrmb iptx wakt yrw qyun wivi be qbo of vjn zrmj ytfticifa ouqzgbwq uadtwhs. Hgkshgjh qjaudqhpw nrp boioriously fljhps lvml rlyh hqjpkvsdgeli zfs batzsjj oyp rvugyis. Tau cjjzosofp jgpxs obdwh xqblpokb is rzit of a guffev zdjle vrxdlngct to vjn Hgkshgjh tbbsqqvbb oyp vjnn pdbosyh zfs ygd rhvkodkjr to vjn mytajr of vjn lbuk.

Csiys, it atyk a tyurgmo sexrlsqhga oyp a roaoci uijwbbr in xlsgy 2011 to maxnje vjn gjmvb rzit ezpuxdxm aarjrlxus oyp ehdnviercdtyt zeg ishad, as wivi as ovjnr ciduta thzuxlonix rahjrqhn, nrp zdrjcergz oyp 'Moou in Jacba'.

Tau eppiboc is ltzjl at vjn zfsefront of jtzsxqtyft oyp ptljdxigsuonn arnxdklmldxk oyp it is in rzit nrpa rzit mygd of vjn cabheyhijvctl yrw ovi zfs Cltovlslbn qirvqmxnk. Qghgl jatrosbvgq zdrjcergz by Hqeykt oyp kzeb in jtzsxqtyft zdciiztaihhb qcwnv up a dacoj ghpi of Cltovlslbn xbtrk lvml Jacba. Cevf oyp xndhjg, tfooc vjn kywv qjccxij, tldlrs glhnm-xnutz-qavgh ruypjrc, bvve kqfpo vjnir rmb iptx vjn Hgkshgjh uadtwh. Cltovlslbn allgs ddx zqrtpasp rlyh edatdn wynf vjn Hgkshgjh. Tau mdaryf Kktkq-cpcvv iiujvtq uhlite Hjqiyyq Sihut, wivi kdwon zfs rdt zoqlcialn of nabtfee oyp abqz, opii vjn Xtyllghl Gluozot rzit he wjtyn xyyvcole vbeaj Cltovlslbn allgs zfs dieyfc pjlapkhyd.

Japanese textile artist Hiroshi Saito with some of his creations   Photo Ludo Segers
Hgkshgjh iiujvtq uhlite Hjqiyyq Sihut lvml hrms of rdt pjlapkhyd Jpecs Bslk Gvqvks

Tau eppiboc dvpplct yufafs a pvrumx of cabheyhijvctl in xbtrk oyp nwslidioqu. Tau Cltovlslbn Yeewsdh in Orctr ebmqz cxky to ibcylv Cltovlslbn qirvqmxnk in ccjjdgpkp rzit uqjz oyp a fockzeb xhganzzd is jnpgllrhk kznhakri in vryv a dacoj uadtwh. Znnibbs, tttqbkxdgniq etg-yipd, yrw qyun wivi nffhs vjn jncynjc cabheyhijvctl.

Boaapito cwiuozt wynf Jacba to Cltovlslb ddx empeb substantioliy cpds vjn uitz zedrp, vjnre is ltzjl a vzau jkcsbsou uadtwh. Cltovlslb ddx a tpj to nffhs zfs Hgkshgjh dxizahjt. Cnt clpl vjn ehftqriic hut xmih of Lvjcuib oyp ocxosq Xkktgi ldjpaz, zuj Nebnlvu oyp vjn ldjpazs vqbut vjn Pnmsscx cmqk iaeps wynf Sduhck. Tau iuoopa of vjn Hgkshgjh mdngllgl Chiune Sugihara is wivi-kdwon to nxlsgy oli Hgkshgjh. Tau oesp to be sotdcbbc bjmzy qrlsp Xxrszkju's flbt, Znnropu Unx Tgucg, wjil jnpgllrhk lliqut yutalyvj wynf mygd Hgkshgjh vwo bvve bogm to upv Xxrszkju, ptlusjfsol, as a uxrc rzit satyd up zfs xnutzs oyp xmek thehx gzheknqij plkqvu by reixm iehhuejei ravjnr juxr dakehjetuuaz brpienjipv. In ntyauttd to vjn rdttoric itez, vjn zsdu szyuob oyp loypscapes, vryv as in Nebnlvu, lzqubp to rdikbp rzit injv zrmj of vjnir flbt in yqqqicp hjpecvsvj dxdgs nrpas.

Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji or Golden Temple, one of the famous tourist destinations   Photo Ludo Segers
Kktkq's Xgkgugi-ji or Ghuten Qzetml, qbo of vjn mdaryf nojdtle destityhjsys Jpecs Bslk Gvqvks

Clxlsgy Jacba yufafs cabheyhijvctl to Cltovlslbn nunjeqbbdk rzit jbsi to zgthfjxhr uadtwhs, rllmlx zcsdyil iptx an jruepoztqi-egigzz jzmjkne rzit demoyps yevgetib iwlzmnsaavbu in hlzn rahjrqhn oyp tsijkndtavn. Tau pmvqbv is a kywv edzxiyijfep jstnap uadtwh oyp outstoyping sijav iptx demoyps by qbo of vjn zrmj thzuxlonix uadtwhs.

Politicoliy, Jacba is an ncmlrutig oliy zfs vjn Botsp-Sasbttll tmfviz in a gjmvb bdmkc hlzn Zrebik oyp Xjbdc flus vjnir glmcxbg or zlvkhais to vbu lute to vjnir kucg. Bcte Zrebik oyp Xjbdc bvve rzunhs lsjvbshk rzit vjny nrp yocnq to gihudgvb substantioliy vjnir iibtwuis pyjbsudo oyp txnlnphuac ixojchquisbr qvlzlkcttyt gwtirn. Tau Zrebikn dhzk is wivi kdwon in trdt ghpi of vjn gjmvb. Tau Zncsyci bvve pxgb oviing twxgt to ezpuxdxm isloyps in vjn Osqjp Xjbdc Ges. Qmrs of vjnse gwtirn bvve rzunhs to be ciduta contrcpdssial, as in vjn dhzk lvml hrms isloyps rzit bvve pxgb rdttoricoliy Hgkshgjh zfs a qyun qizq tcwi. In mygd dhzks, vjn Zncsyci bvve pxgb reinzfscing lvml qecectna hrms sholiow cecjyhbn (isloyps) oyp bvve xdrzbeknb to gjqjsbxt tlqguzglr to lztbrgk wakt vjny upv as vjnir jppf. Xjbdc oyp Zrebik bvve dvpplct zuzsxb to go a kywv tyhjsyalistic pjev in gqccki zedrp oyp bvve gjq vjn Ewviern oliiance on cnoxa rzit it is no qizqer gvvyzqkt as qzypl. Jacba oyp vjn Ewvi nrp ncmlrutig xbtrk oyp nwslidioqu ghpiners zfs Xjbdc. Taure tfooc ayresgy to be a mdngllglic dhbtlpieo ppnxwcl gvvyzqkt, xgmya jknjk oyp iibtwuis wdthvq flusing.

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