It makes me feel old to say it, but over the past two decades the way we communicate has become more and more superficial. We’ve gone from letters to emails to blog posts to Facebook posts to tweets. As technology progresses, we have less time to reflect and less space to write. We spend less time to thinking about what we should say, and forget what others have said much faster than we used to. It’s nice to have the luxury of spending a month thinking about a topic and having more than a thousand words to express those thoughts. Below are the English versions of my recent columns in @IT about start-ups in Japan.