Saturday, May 14, 2011

An Example of Visionary Leadership

The Scotsman has a great story about a 51-foot high seawall built in the 1970s by a visionary Mayor Kotaku Wamura which saved the coastal town of Fudai in Japan from the recent tsunami. At the time the project was commenced, the project and the mayor were criticized as being wasteful. But while the March 11th earthquake and tsunami which caused 25,000 deaths, did billions of dollars in damage, and even triggered a meltdown at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima province was devastating elsewhere, the town of Fudai was spared due to the visionary leadership of the late Mayor Wamaru, who unfortunately died in 1997.

While a culture of disdain for government along with a subsequent elevation of the private sector has arisen in the United States, this story clearly illustrates the great value that visionary leadership in the government sector can have. Good government and visionary leadership in the public sector are very important to our future prosperity.

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