"Welcome all and please take a seat..."
.. was all the small talk, our construction-method-technique and ressource-optimization proffesor had to offer us today.
After that came a 90 minutes speech about how to use the recent developments in Japan as a chance to secure a globalized market position for small and mid level construction companies.
What i acknowlegded during that hour and a half was that there indeed is a great potential, especially for small specialized companies to move forward to a better market position and even being on the side of the "good guys". But i can't forget about the way he talked about it and the greedy way his eyes looked.
Yet i'm not judging anything or even call it a bad thing in a particular way, only time will tell what actually will work out there, cause it's a Win - Win situation so far.
Still, what i also gathered is, that there is a big chance that contracts will be made which -in the long term - might well turn out bad for the ones hastily signing something which binds their investment for a unreasonable long time to unfavourable conditions. And THAT will be japanese people who are desperately looking for quick solutions..
Now make of this what you want - All i want to say is that so far there is no way of estimating the economic balance shift which will be driven forward by people seeking to make a profit of a desaster..
ps.: "Cheer up ! it could have been worse" were his closing words..