Ask and you shall receive. In the earlier impressions article I was wondering what measures were taken by officials to investigate and stop The Monster with 21 Faces. Nothing was moving forward beyond the many failed stake outs. In “Neighborhood Kids” we get an answer to this and much more. A look into the actions of authorities, government, and the public to help Morinaga is explored.
One uplifting aspect to this episode was the cooperation between the public and government to save Morinaga. It’s clear that Japan has a particular view of their employer/employee relationships. The different ideas and avenues that where explored to keep up the sales of Morinaga seemed a monumental effort.
It was also interesting to see the investigation techniques used back in the mid eighties to solve the blackmailing scandal. A clearer picture is painted about why so many problems arose as it seems that nobody could agree on the findings. So many opinions with little answers and it’s easy to see how distrust can build within a community. Sounds eerily relevant to events happening even today.
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