REUTERS – After months of confusion and terror, Japan is clawing it’s way back towards economic recovery. It remains to be seen if Japan will be able to reverse it’s fortunes, but long term prospects look good with population demographics in a far more manageable position than this time last year, and a renewed sense of national pride. Japan faced a similar situation after it’s near destruction after World War Two, after which it was swiftly rebuilt with the support of the US and other countries.
Scientists are yet to form a consensus on any of the information regarding the elevated levels of aggression, deaths and cannibalistic tendencies that Japan suffered in the wake of the infection. Despite government sources suggesting a form of Mad Cow Disease as the root of the infection, the international community has not seen or been able to verify any of the research.
Polls suggest Japanese are wary of this message and many are not taking the assessment at face value, in favour of alternatives theories that are making the rounds. The most widely believed ideas include North Korean attack, government conspiracy, and Buddhist suicide cult. Government satisfaction is low, but due to Japan’s lack of a major opposition party, the LDP looks poised to retain their position, as they have done almost uninterrupted since 1945.
It is unknown whether Prime Minister Abe will be retaining his position in the wake of the disaster or if the popular newcomer, Tsuyoshi will take over the reins. Although Tsuyoshi lacks any form of political experience and know-how, he does bring an immense popularity and a reputation for both strength and passion; too qualities that are thought to be lacking amongst Japan’s traditional elites and often dynastic leaders.
Fax machines are out, ‘elehan‘ electronic hanko stamps are in
REUTERS – With the swift drop in Japan’s median age, many companies are reportedly using the disaster as an opportunity to modernise their businesses. Although private companies are spearheading these changes, many government agencies are now accepting scanned documents, in addition to the traditional use of fax.
Despite certain sectors being at the cutting edge of many technological advances, government bureaucracy has long been dogged down by an unwillingness to use online applications and email, in favour of personally stamped handwritten documents. However, this may be coming to an end as a new form of electronic stamp is trialled.
Similar to electronic signatures, the ‘Elehan‘ system will allow people to fill out forms and sign them online. These changes are expected to cut staffing costs and will coincide with a considerable downsizing of staff numbers in public offices. The changes also include the move to get all birth, deaths and certificate records onto computer networks. Under the current system, a considerable number of records are held on paper. Despite the lower cost, it is expected to improve efficiency dramatically once implemented, as workers will no longer be required to take time off work during the week to do any government paper work they need done.