As Dr Alf knows the Far Eastern mentality and the Indian mentality thinks in terms of tens of thousands of years.
The CEO of Matsushita when asked what that corporation’s strategy was and what period it covered was able to talk about it for some time before coming up with the term 250 years.
In India, and much of Asia, people believe in reincarnation, a concept which possibly makes sense if you think of the young Mozart composing great symphonies from the age of four.
The common thread is they all look long term not at the numbers or EBIT data for the month, quarter and year.
They know that everything works in cycles, some of which can be thousands of years in the making, so even though the Japanese and the Chinese despise each other, they know that there has to be a level of coexistence although it may not be equal “Their cannot be two suns in the sky”.
Aligning with those cycles requires a strategy that goes with the flow of existence which of necessity makes it very long term.
Abe of Japan understands that, so does India’s Modi, the South Koreans and the Chinese.
This is why the “meek”(many in old Hebrew), will inherit the earth.