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Then a Japanese translation came out, and things got strange. Apparently this was extraordinary: No one had ever won all three before.
My book won a major Japanese literary contest, which was nice. I received copies of articles, which were totally incomprehensible to me except for the picture of my face and a big No. I tried Google Translate, which rendered it all into tantalizing gibberish.
Describe your concrete ideas for an ideal education.
GUIDELINES:1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2016.
We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global.
What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all?The novel wouldn’t even be published in English until July.Maybe it had something to do with the international date line, the way emails from East Asia seem to come from tomorrow, but my Japanese life was clearly way ahead of my American life. At the airport, I was met by my editor and a TV crew, which, I assure you, had never happened before.I was put up in a hotel where James Bond might have stayed, with a remote-controlled tub that filled automatically and a giant button that opened the drapes — futuristic, but a ’60s kind of future.As requested, I put on a black suit and a tie (mind you, I can barely tie a tie, because in my real life I have no need for one) and went to the premiere, where each member of the cast, including the woman who sang the theme song, bowed and thanked me.(Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.All prize winners will be announced by the end of October 2016 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site (My book was not even called “The Serialist” in Japan: The character is a pulp writer, so they used the title “Niryuu Shousetsuka,” which translates back into English as “Second-Rate Novelist.” That was me!The odd, or oddest, part, was that I had always been a fan of Japanese culture, its films, books and art, though I had never studied it, and it played no role in my books.What economic policies are necessary and what roles should be played by the government, businesses, and individuals respectively?If there are any issues besides economic concerns, what are those?