Dan McCarthy writes about leadership and has a clever post about how the Japanese make do with tight space. Dan keeps a great blog, and I recommend rssing it.

That said, Japan gets off far too easy with American management consultants. Peter Drucker droozled on endlessly about their superior design, and that seems to have given a green light to anyone who wants to write about quality. The reality is that once you get beyond the tea ceremonies and bullet trains and actually have to live there like a normal person, you think differently.

For example, throughout the vast metropolitan areas of larger Japanese cities you get tiny roads which in France would be cute but in Japan are death traps with electricity poles jutting out every 25 meters or so.

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