|Congradulations to Kayoko Fujimori for the great effort, and to Chris Sciabarra for lending a hand in the advancement of Ayn Rand and Objectivism in the world. In the 70's and 80's in New York, I dabbled a bit in Japanese culture, martial arts, health clubs, restaurants, conversations and friendships with Japanese of many different callings. At that time, I thought it was a fresh island of sanity in counterposition to a rapidly disintegrating American culture that seemed to be lost and floundering. Although I am an outsider and far from expert on the culture, what impressed me was the high standard of life and the harmonious transition between group and individual pursuits, although in my experience the group always predominated. In regards to the Japanese translation of The Fountainhead, I think the most interesting development will be how the individualism of Howard Roark and Ayn Rand's writings, impact on a society that generally favors group approval over Howard Roark-like individualism.|
Also, I hope someone is taking notes so that a history can be written about the "ascendency" of Objectivism in the world. I read Chris Sciabarra's interview on the internet in regard to Ayn Rand's ascendency and I recommend it to anyone, although a much more extensive historical documentation, outlining the reception of Objectivism by the established world, would be a fascinating contribution to the mounting pile of literature about the world of Ayn Rand.