New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes by David Matsumoto

By David Matsumoto

The hot Japan by means of David Matsumoto units out to explain the nervousness and unrest that plague present eastern society, the rift among the older, extra conventional generations and the more youthful, extra cosmopolitan and Westernized generations.

The writer attracts upon a wealth pf eastern and Western resources to bring together a thourough exploration of either classis and modern perspectives of eastern culture.

Citing educational reports and surveys, Matsumoto debunks seven universal stereotypes of jap tradition: collectivism, awareness of others, perceptions of self, emotionality, the salaryman, schooling and lifelong employment, and marriage.

Matsumoto additionally explores the explanations behimnd tumultous upheavals, the which means of the transferring cultural styles within the place of work, schooling, activities, and way of life.

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While many of these concepts may have had their roots in the moral and ethical code of the Japanese military class—in bushido—over time they were idealized, ritualized, and institutionalized to become part and parcel of the Japanese cultural landscape. 8 In this way, millions of people around the world were influenced by Japanese culture and society. And these views undoubtedly influenced many contemporary perceptions of Japanese culture and psychology in important and fundamental ways. Contemporary Views of Japanese Culture A contributing factor to many of the contemporary works on Japanese culture has been Japan’s uncanny rise to economic power after being decimated in World War II.

Many scholars have used the concepts described earlier in interpreting Japanese people and culture. Other concepts taken up in contemporary literature on Japan include discipline (kiritsu), order (chitsujo), meekness (sunao), and goodwill (koui), all of which are related, at least to some degree, to previous conceptualizations about Japan. As portrayals of this type became increasingly popular over the years, the Japanese people and culture became synonymous with them. Even relatively recent writing by noted scholars and authorities on Japan continues to portray Japanese people and culture as homogeneous.

One relatively recent film, Rising Sun, portrays the Japanese as doing whatever they can for the sake of the company—even covering up a murder and keeping special housing for mistresses (group consciousness, collectivism, sacrifice). The movie depicts the Japanese workers as rigid, disciplined, austere, and all-obedient to the elder statesman chairman of the board (loyalty, filial piety, obligations). There is a martial-arts-like quality to the manners, etiquette, and respect displayed by the sub- Chapter One 17 ordinates in the movie (politeness, meekness, sincerity), and some of the main Japanese characters are skilled in karate (as if all Japanese people are proficient in martial arts).

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