Complicated financial thriller touching on Japan's history and financial strength in today's Fifth Generation technology. We're talking in trillions or hundreds of billions, buying "futures" on the stock market, artificial intelligence computers (A.I.) capable of voice and eye recognition, international domination from Japan, near financial collapse from America. Although the book deals with probabilities and is a work of pure fiction, the background information is astoundingly interesting and impressive.
I learned Japanese save 1/4 of their income compared to Americans living 1/4 above their means. It's easy to understand which nation will be able to survive an economic collapse of their currency.Instead of drowning themselves in beer and booze, Japanese drink gallons of green tea, which begs for the quick question: which race will degenerate first?
Maybe this quote will explain the Japanese mind a little better: "The Japanese warriors had a code that said you ought to live every moment in full awareness of your own mortality. When you adopt this existential outlook, so they claimed, all regrets, emotions, complaints, can be seen as indulgence. You're ready to meet life head-on, to risk everything at a moment's notice. That's the only way you ever discover who you really are, and it's supposed to make you marvelously detached."
Maybe it also means when you're not living in debt you're totally free?
- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Bantam Books (1 June 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553271865
- ISBN-13: 978-0553271867
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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