When Carl Hammer made his talk in a large auditorium in Tokyo, an employee of Japan UNIVAC raised his question as introducing him as a UNIVAC employee as pointing the same badges on his and Carl's chests. Carl immediately stopped him as saying that, although he appreciated Japan UNIVAC's invitation, he was speaking as a computer science professional.
This incident showed how Japanese employment system was more like paternalistic,
a family style with life employment system. The system with vertical hierarchical
command and control structure helped Japan making economic stride during
the age of manufacturing in 1980s. However, because of this structure,
Japan is now having difficulties to transcend to the age of information/knowledge.
Only hope would be Japan's conversion from vertical, to horizontal, and
even to inverse-vertical hierarchical social structure -- see my acceptance
speech of Lord Perry Award in later chapter. This transformation, the so-called
"Open Society" by George Soros, is now gradually happening among
young Japanese as shown with their detestation of life-long employment system,
which was brought thanks to the proliferation of e-mail use for which realization
I made a considerable time and effort -- more later. In a sense, Renaissance,
which happened in Italy in 14th century, is now finally happening in Japan.