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I'm currently an ALT on the JET Programme and just experienced my first Japanese "Physical Fitness" event. That's a great insight you have about the competitiveness and group harmony. I guess the competitiveness is a reflection of society as a whole, being filtered down by politicians and businesses. Everything these days is about cost cutting, being efficient, streamlining expenses and pressures in maximizing minimal resources to achieve the desired result. It's the economic reality that we all face.

Fujiko Suda

Hi Jason. Thank you for your insightful comment! I know what you mean about economic reality. I also started to think recently that although politicians and businesses are visible, it is human nature, and reproductive organic being's nature to be competitive and efficient. Maybe it's all within each of us, and we either make peace with it, use it as positively as possible or fight it.

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