Thank you for a very interesting article, Matsumoto-san. The contrast between Japan and the United States is especially fascinating as they are almost polar opposites of each other. Yet in both societies, the vast majority of people seem deeply unhappy. Personally I’m very glad to be back in Western Europe where the balance between life and work, personal freedom and social responsibility, seems to be more healthy than elsewhere around the world.

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