this forum is silo-ed based on language, There are parts that are inaccessible to most of us, and these may get very little attention because nobody can read them, yet may possibly yield the most insightful posts
The Japanese Forum is a Ghost Town! His comment was such an intriguing mystery to me; so, I used the Google Translate plugin to read every post in the Japanese forum. I was able to read every post in only about 20 minutes or so because there’s relatively little activity in the Japanese forum, which was surprising given that Cardano has been frequently called the “Ethereum of Japan.” In fact, there is at least 100x more posts and topics here in the English-speaking forum.
Where Are All the Japanese Political Economy Philosophers? Another interesting observation: There is literally no discussion in the Japanese forum about the deeper economic/geopolitical possibilities of Cardano. There, the discussions are all focused on simple small talk and tech support, which would bore me to death. The stark contrast really made me appreciate the community we’re building here.
Virtually all of my Japanese friends over the years have been very thoughtful and community-oriented; so, at first it was surprising that there are not many more Japanese speakers exploring the deeper socioeconomic and geopolitical implications of Cardano like we do here. However, now I have a theory. . . .
The Political Economy of Each Country Shapes Our Perception of Cardano. There is far more systemic economic and political corruption in the U.S. and many other parts of the world compared to Japan. The Japanese parliamentary system of government and proportional representation electoral system produce much more tolerable political and economic outcomes, which results in a much more egalitarian society, less poverty, lower Gini Index (thus, lower wealth/power concentration) . . . all of which leads to much higher citizen satisfaction in their political and economic institutions. That’s probably why the Japanese forum is such a ghost town compared to the Englishing-speaking forum.
Suffering from Bad Government is Worse than Suffering from Economic Recession. As a result of the factors above, even though the Japanese have suffered through some relatively difficult economic times since their economy began to deflate in the early 1990s, it seems they don’t feel the same level of urgency that many of us in the U.S. and in other countries feel regarding the rapid deterioration of our economic and political institutions.
Does anybody have any other insights that would explain this phenomenon? I think my theory is reasonably correct, but I’m open to other potential explanations, too.