Tom worked in Japan for several years before he came to Taiwan. We sat next to each other for pizza and talked about home. He said, “Now when I go back to the U.S., I cannot stand the waste. We have too much space! All that stuff we buy and store: cars, skis, bikes, workshop of your own… Stupid! They have to come to Japan to realize one can have a better life not owning. Japan is the country that gets outsourcing truly nailed down. You can borrow everything, clean and well maintained better than yourself can . Because the living space is too small to store much for most people, most people borrow when they need. The cost is spread to a big population and thus affordable.”
I have never thought of this last time I was in Japan. Next time, I’ll check it out.