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Hatsunia in a nutshell

What Hatsunia is about:
Creating a Linkfuturistic (in a near-future sense) and Linkprogressive country that addresses various criticisms of Japanese society and isn't held back by Linkconservatism.

Themed after a personified Linksoftware whose name means "the first sound of the future."

Japan Linkmissed the Linksoftware revolution. Hatsunia embraced it.

What Hatsunia is not about:
waifu body pillows, hentai

"Weeb nation?"
"Weeaboo" originally meant the kind of person who wishes they lived in Japan (or was born there) because of anime or other Japanese pop culture. But there's more to a society than that.

Anti-weeaboo Linkcounterarguments love to Linkpoint out Japan's flaws. "They have institutional Linkxenophobia and Linksexism." "The work culture is Linkoppressive and Linkinefficient." "Japan is a nice place to visit, but not to live."

In the 1980s, people expected that Japan would economically Linktake over the world (albeit with Linkxenophobia Linktowards Linkthe Japanese). Now, people Linkcomplain about Japanese businesses being outdated and uncompetitive.

What would really make Japan a more desirable place to live and work in, with an economy that could say "the world is mine"? What if the society wasn't xenophobic? What if workplaces were more efficient with tech, and less toxic?

These socioeconomic systems don't have to be perfect either, they just need to not "Linklag behind" other developed countries.

"Hatsune Miku, due to her nature, tends to attract those who are tech savvy. Myself included. Shoutout to fellow tech-savvy Miku fans!"

"Since living in Japan the reality of day-to-day life isnít really any more tech or futuristic than it is in any other developed city or country. But in my photography, I try to create the illusion that it is some kind of digital future world that lives up to my childhood expectation of the place."

"In a country where warehouse workers use mechanized exoskeletons to lift heavy packages and a chart-topping pop singer is a hologram, many in Japan are frustrated and perplexed by the governmentís insistence on using old technologies [such as fax machines] for a wide range of bureaucratic tasks."

"Going digital is a global trend in such places as the United States and Europe. If Japan continues to stick to traditional practices based on paper and hanko [personal stamps], I think it wonít be able to do business internationally."

"Silicon Valley attracts talent from around the world, whereas Japan keeps tight limits on immigration... 'To get some sense of the impact of immigration in high tech, imagine what would happen to Silicon Valley if every U.S. tech company fired all their foreign-born workers,' said [David] Weinstein, who teaches about the Japanese economy. 'U.S. leadership would collapse.'"

"What is Cool Japan? Manga, anime, Japanese food ó cool, but hardly the economic lifeblood of a nation whose cutting-edge technology, world-leading research and fierce work ethic could be setting the world on fire.

By 2050 cars will be driving themselves; 3-D printers will be coughing out products as blithely as 2-D printers today cough out words and phrases; robots will be doing so much for us that we risk finding ourselves with nothing to do for ourselves ó and Japan to be stuck in manga- and anime-land instead of leading this charge into the future?"

In other words: