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Hiromitsu Kono
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More than ten million Japanese play golf, and we have more than 1,500 golf courses.

Playing Golf is a Must

Hiromitsu Kono from Japan explains why golf is the game to play in his country.

Golf is very popular in Japan. More than ten million Japanese play golf, and we have more than 1,500 golf courses. It is becoming the most popular sport among male salaried workers in urban areas.

They enjoy it for the same reasons westerners do. You can play it well past middle age, and it's a good way to entertain business associates and clients.

In Japan, playing golf is a must, particularly for businessmen. It is required for their business associations, but some salaried men like me consider playing golf with business clients as a way of reception an ill custom.

It is expensive to play golf in Japan. Land is so scarce that not much of it can be used for golf courses. So, golf memberships are incredibly expensive. And there are few public courses. Golf clubs in Japan are established upon a membership system, and rights to membership are bought and sold in markets, just like stocks. That is to say, they are investments.

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