My brother sent me the link earlier. Here’s my quick and partial take on it.
Different opinion from me to KOTS on quite a few things.
Some good points inc de facto one-party state but others, for me off the mark. To me elements of Japan still feel like the future we were promised, in the look and daily experience: public architecture, facilities, transport. And those facilities, infrastructure work here. Not only that, but they work for all, not just for those who have enough money. it’d be literally inconceivable to most that there be political decisions to run things like medical services, transportation into the ground so they can be scavenged by vulture capitalists, and that sold-off services would be focussed only on extracting value for shareholders, meaning stripping away of worker benefits and levels of service to customers. And the part about the make-work, no-meaning jobs: full employment is seen a social good, the dignity of labour is important,. I’ve thought at times that it’s a kind of local version of what universal basic income is supposed to do.
He’s right about the position of women: appalling inequality in employment chances, and there’s unspoken societal pressure that girls/women in practice don’t think in term of expanded life chances anyway.
The middle-class is shrinking: more and more workers, esp women are agency-employed meaning the lifetime employment guarantees for those prepared to buy into the system are not available to them.
The part about the bicultural kids is of the most interest to me. I think there’s a big and damning difference depending on what the mix of ethnicities is. If, like my son the mix is Japanese-Caucasian then discrimination, in Tokyo at least, is likely to be far, far less than for the children of Japanese/Black and even, if known, Japanese/other East Asian couples. My lad’s coming up twelve now, comments towards him about being ‘hafu’ (rare as far as I know)he shrugs off due to his personality but his mum and I know there are tough situations awaiting him in life
Lots more I could write but I got the impression from the article that Wingfield-Hayes is consciously writing for a 2023 Millennial/Gen Z UK audience, pandering to their assumptions, expectations and prejudices.