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Dreaming of Tokyoxit: A future where the capital has left Japan

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A few weeks ago, I invited some people to a discussion meeting. They were individuals enrolled in one of my open seminars. It was a fairly diverse group, although the younger generation was somewhat under represented, as is often the case in Japan these days. The topic was Japaxit. Or Tokyoxit, if you prefer. In short, what did people think about the idea of Tokyo exiting Japan?

The outcome was really quite intriguing. Basically, most people were supportive of the idea. Especially the non-Tokyoites. They were rather thrilled by the thought that, by chucking Tokyo out of the country, they would be finally freed from the curse of Tokyo-centric economics. People would come home. They would stop migrating from their places of birth. The local communities could come alive once more. At the end of the day, what does Tokyo have that the local communities covet? It is all gigantic offices, huge banks, pretentious shopping malls and endless eateries.

What does Tokyo produce that the local communities cannot duplicate? Well, it doesn’t produce anything much in the first place, does it? Its consumption is huge. It imports so much of so many things from the........

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