Lined up in the rain
Last week I participated in the opening of a new IKEA store in Fukuoka, the sixth so far in Japan. The store is built on environmentally friendly principles, using solar and thermal power for electricity and selling products that will not have a negative effect on the environment. The store opened early in the morning and in spite of heavy rain customers were already lining up in long queues since the day before. On the first day some 30 000 people visited the store. The local authorities had even constructed a new train station next to the store and when I was waiting at the platform to continue to Kita Kyushu, passengers kept pouring out of local trains.
It was all very impressive, but what impresses me the most when traveling in Japan is the interest in Sweden that meets you wherever you travel in Japan.There seems to be a genuine feeling of closeness between our societies. What we are looking for and the solutions we find to today’s challenges are almost identical.