Talked dialogue: “Elitism” – President Macron and Napoleon’s Strategy – Mai Yoshino, Associate Professor of Fashion Business, Faculty of Business Administration, Tokyo Seitoku University, and Director, Sezon Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, and Jun Fukuda, Brand Consultant (Part 1)
Leaders should talk about ideals. To put it bluntly, the people are confused and the country loses its course.
In Japan, government officials apologize when they say things like, “The damage caused by Typhoon No. 19 was just so-so,” or “English education is adequate. Mr. Yoshino’s story makes us think about what kind of society needs elites. Please read it over the weekend.
Talked Dialogue [The “Elitism” We Need Now: President Macron and Napoleon’s Strategy]
Mai Yoshino, Associate Professor of Fashion Business, Faculty of Business Administration, Tokyo Seitoku University, and Director, Sezon Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan x Jun Fukuda, Brand Consultant (Part 1)
Yoshino: “Around the fall of 2018, the Yellow Vest Movement (Yellow Vest Movement) was happening. (omission) So, a movement that started a little bit has grown unexpectedly.
I also watch the French news on the Internet every day, and what I thought was “Macron is still amazing” is that he never apologizes. He is doing what he thinks is right, and he is giving speeches that are definitely right. He travels around the country, gathering citizens and discussing for hours and showing them on video. I thought it was amazing that he always responds to any questions that come his way.
In terms of quantity, if one comes, we will give back 100. I wondered if Japanese politicians could do what Macron did. I think it is possible for a Japanese politician to be like Macron, who would answer any question that came his way, and no matter what kind of question came his way, he would always say that what he is doing now is the right thing.
Macron, after all, does not say what he should not say. He never apologizes more than necessary. At first I didn’t think so highly of him, but gradually I began to appreciate him as a person with a high level of resilience.
You mean leadership. Of course the culture is different from Japan, but if a leader in France were to immediately apologize, I think there would be more bashing, saying, “Did you do something with impunity that could be so easily retracted?”
Composition: Junko Io
Photo: Yukiko Koshima