Comment on Ishihara: “Japanese Is The Only Non-White Modern Nation” by Daisuki-chan:

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So $49,270 is “massive” compared to $45,870 to you. Fine. But then I guess the distance to Taiwan ($19,888; Japan beats that by 130.6%, over 17 times what Singapore beats Japan by!) must be mind-boggling. And I guess the United State’s $48,386 when compared to the United Kingdom’s $38,591 (the U.S. beats the U.K. by 25.4%, over triple the proportion that Singpore beats Japan by!) is more than merely “massive”. As far as I know, the “pitiful” U.K. is still considered first world, even though it’s far below the likes of the U.S. or Japan in per capita GDP.

By the way, Singapore’s distribution of wealth (Gini coefficient) is considerably worse than Japan’s, so if you’re “average” you’re likely to be paid more in Japan. Never mind that the goods and services in Japan are sure to be on balance better than what’s available in Singapore (laws aside), at least in Tokyo, the most populous city in the world, and the city with the largest economy in the world of all cities. Face it, Singapore has no serious ability to “look at Japan as down-right poor”, unless you think Japan should look at Hong Kong (and the U.S. should look at the U.K.) as “destitute”, and Taiwan and South Korea as “impoverished”. And of course by these standards China may as well be considered to have a negative per capita GDP, considering that Taiwan and South Korea leave it in the dust.


Daisuki-chan made other comments on this post:

  • Ishihara: “Japanese Is The Only Non-White Modern Nation”:
    My post and its parent didn’t mention PPP GDP, which is not the default when one mentions GDP. So you’re just starting a new discussion there (which needs to consider another layer, the modification of nominal GDP to PPP GDP), not replying to anything I said. I’ll just say that PPP isn’t better for everything, as the world actually cares directly about currency exchange rates, too. It’s true that if you have a bunch of money you can move to Squalorland and have it last longer, but that won’t …

  • Ishihara: “Japanese Is The Only Non-White Modern Nation”:
    Taiwan and South Korea are well behind in per capita GDP, Hong Kong is a good chunk back (and shouldn’t be conflated with the PRC (commonly known as China) anyway), and Singapore is a little ahead. Therefore everything you said in your third sentence is wrong, with the thing closest to being right being “Singapore…would look at Japan as down-right poor.”, which is also wrong, as Singapore is only 7.4% ahead of Japan in per capita GDP.

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