The Japanese Why

If the person is over 40 years old, I tell him he should do something because it is first good for Japan, good for the company, good for his family and finally good for him.  If the person is under 40, I tell him he should do it because first it is good for him, good for his family, good for the company and finally good for Japan.

— Ken Hayashibara, Japanese manufacturer, “on social changes introduced during US military occupation of Japan”, NY Times 9 May 1984, quoted in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations.

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