Globalization in a literal sense is international integration. It can be described as a process by which the people of the world are unified into a single society and functioning together. This process is a combination of economic, technological, sociocultural and political forces. Globalization, as a term, is very often used to refer to economic globalization, that is integration of national economies into the international economy through trade, foreign direct investment, capital flows, migration, and spread of technology. The word globalization is also used, in a doctrinal sense not a literal one, to describe the neoliberal form of economic globalization. Globalization is also defined as the internationalization of everything related to different countries; Internationalization however, as a contrasted phenomenon, differs from globalization in that Global is commonly used as a synonym for "international", however such usage is typically incorrect as "global" implies "one world" as a single unit, while "international" (between nations) recognizes that different peoples, cultures, languages, nations, borders, economies, and ecosystems exist.
Description Update: This photo was taken from Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. Elements that you see in this photo include a replica of the Statue of Liberty to the left, the Rainbow Bridge to the right and Central Tokyo in the background.
Odaiba. August 5th, 2006
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