A little talk with Mr. K vol.2
"Enjoying their life. Looked so happy" "So aren't you happy
enough?" Mr.K asked me. "I don't know" I said. "With
living in such a rich country?" "I think it's a good old days'
story" "Similar to Iran. We got tough situation in economy. Hard
to make living indeed because of high inflation.
That must be true. Actually, I was surprised by the infinflationation when
I came here. Doubled or tripled for last few years. The prices listed on
a latest guide book was almost useless. On the other hand the converted
prices in US dollar was not changed so much. It means the Iranian currency
was losing the value minute by minute. Traveller could not use a credit
card because of economic sanctions by the US. Eventually they had to bring
a bunch of "Rial Bill" Iranian currency,with them through the
travel. A dollar was equal to 30,000 rials, 10,000 rials for a cup of tea.
150,000 for a meal, 1000,000 for an accommodation ... See? gradually my
0 sense was paralyzed. Because of too many digit, people use another unit
as "Toman" with cutting off the final 0. This made me confuse
more and more. It recalled me the nightmare of Cuba where I had not be able to make sense
the correct price forever.
"In economic depression, Japan got deflation. The consumer price has
been lowering, you know?" "I have some stereotype for Japan as
an expensive country" "So Japanese government force to be an
inflation for economic recovery" "Why the inflation makes the
economic recovery?" Mr.K looked being wondered.
Same to him, I myself didn't understand the strange theory "Reflation".
Yeah, it's certainly possible economic bubble leads the inflation. Although
how about opposite? Is there the theory that buying big house with loan
makes me rich? May be the man who had experienced hyper inflation knew
Recently Japan's consumers price gets start rising. The main reason is
increasing cost of imported materials with exchange rate. Once it reaches
to the government's inflation target "2%", it's not so far getting
to be 50%. Otherwise stay in price and just losing the value as we had
been for last decades. Japanese products or services had been loosing the
quality and quantity. May be we have been in shadow inflation for all the
years, not deflation. Meanwhile Iran's inflation is slowed down recently
with reconciliation to the US. Mr.K said so.
"Iran has an abundant natural resources such as oil or mineral. Nevertheless
our government sells 'em to the overseas like in free. Moreover only the
government got a money with the deal. We, ordinary people, cannot get the
profit" Mr.K shrugged his shoulders. Actually Iran is the 4th biggest
oil-producing country. 1 USD to 1gallon gasoline. 1/5 of the Japan. Energy
cost is extremely low in Iran. Transportation fare is also inexpensive.
However compare to Arabic countries, for example, Iran doesn't looks good
If talking about the people who doesn't get a profit from economy, the both countries are in similar situation. Only the difference must be the upper layer which hold the money, politicians or few big companies. Economic disparity, maybe we got same problem all the world.
But at least Iran has the free energy. Even if it cannot selling out the
crude oil to the overseas, domestic production cost is lowering.
On the other hand, Japan's will tread a thorny path. Now Japan has to look
for alternative energy resources for nuclear plants and fossil fuels. However
the government is going to opposite direction. There is a huge arguments
for newly building nuclear plant in Japan. So they gotta sell the plants
to the middle eastern countries. Instead of that Japan has to buy the expensive
fossil energy from the nuke clients in next decades. Eventually Japanese
government loose the orientation for alternative energies.
With reconciliation to the US in nuke developing issue, the Iranian economy
is getting brighter expectation. It's going through the long long tunnel
of war and economic sanction. How about for Japan?
"By the way, how's a Japanese woman, uh? xxx xxxx, uh?" Mr.K
looked so young, still standing by and going for it LOL
"Here we are now in the square. I gotta go that way" The 2km
felt not so long. Then I asked about the big plastic bag hanging from his
left arm. "Oh, it's a desk light for my child" Well, must be
for his grand child.
"Oh, I wanna ask you one thing, Mr.K. Are you happy in your life?"
I asked him. "Yes, I am. Definitely" He answered. "Now I'm
happy hearing it from you" He put his right hand on the chest and
smiled. Then we shook hands in the busy crowd.
" Gold " Kerman, Iran 2013