Japan

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Japan

Japan

Urbanization can cause peoples beliefs and traditions to change rapidly. New jobs, modern ideas can cause old traditions to take a back seat, or cause them to change over time. It's hard to maintain old traditions when they become too contradictory or too much of a old thing.

The Japanese treat foreign visitors politely but take it for granted that sooner or later they will go home. To most Japanese, foreigners are permanent outsiders. The Japanese have never expected or wanted outsiders to become Japanese.

One of the most intriguing features of the Japanese people is their capacity to borrow and adapt and yet to retain their own individuality and their own style. Thus though they are heavily indebted to China for the shape of their culture, what emerges is distinctly Japanese. They have always shown great powers of converting borrowed material to their special purposes, purposes conceived deep within their own national consciousness, and so of molding a culture that no one could think was anything but Japanese.

Japan has a strong feeling of separateness from other peoples. No doubt this is partly because throughout most of the traditional period, Japan, an island nation, was geographically isolated form most of the world's major cultural centers. Today, Japan is no longer isolated. But it remains the one major industrialized country that is not from a Western cultural background or of the white race. In relations with other industrialized countries, such as the United States, Japan's separateness emphasizes its cultural uniqueness, both in its own eyes and in those of others.

Integration. The various models developed by political scientists in order to capture Japan's supposedly unique government-business relationship, such as the "bargaining model", the "quasi-command model", and the "network model".

One of the most intriguing features of the Japanese people is their capacity to borrow and adapt and yet to retain their own individuality and their own style. Thus though they are heavily indebted to China for the shape of their culture, what emerges is distinctly Japanese. They have always shown great powers of converting borrowed material to their special purposes, purposes conceived deep within their own national consciousness, and so of molding a culture that no one could think was anything but Japanese.

Big Question #1

As Japan likes to take certain aspects of other cultures such as China, they make it their own by putting their own spin on it to make it unique and special for their culture. They adopt new ideas yet somehow attain their original traditions and keep their culture growing and impoving. The Chinese have had an enormous impact on Japanese language and civilization, but this by no means takes away from Japan's unique qualities or traditions that they still practice to this day.


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