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Japan: A Homogenous Culture Chapter 7 Case Study
How does homogeneity influence communication? Hofstedes results indicate that despite the common stereotype of Japans group- oriented culture, it is in the middle of the Individualism-Collectivism scale. Woodring believes that this is because younger Japanese – those 25 years old and younger are less group oriented, hierarchical, and formal (p. 172).
Interdependence & Interconnectedness Geography: Japan is an archipelago of four main islands & 3,000 smaller ones. Land mass is equivalent to the state of CA.
Japan has a Constitutional Monarchy Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko
Japan combines tradition with modern interpretations of the West. U.S. popular culture influences fashion, food, and language.
Shintoism is a state religion dating from the Meiji Restoration, WWII. Shinto Wedding Ceremony 2 main types of Shintoism: Popular Shinto & State Shinto, a 3rd existed but was abolished by order of the Allies in1945. Means way of the Gods
Buddhism came to Japan from Korea Sects
When surveyed about what they are proudest of Japanese say: Maintenance of social order Natural beauty History and traditions Diligence and talents of its people High level of education The countrys prosperity Culture and arts
98% of the population is Japanese Indigenous native peoples include the Ainu. Koreans and Chinese make up the rest.
Japanese Cultural Patterns Japans relative isolation from the world until 1853 (Perrys exploration voyage) meant it developed its own ways free of outside influences. Key beliefs include: cooperation, minimizing conflict, and face saving. communication without language everyone is on the same page through schooling and socialization.
Japanese worldview Language imparts information about where you stand: gaikoku – outside nation Gaijin – outside person
Social Interdependence Amaeru- looking to others for support. Amae – feeling of nurturing for and dependence on another. Also a sense of complete dependence based on a wish to be loved and cared for unconditionally. Seen in relationship between mother and child, later in childs teachers, and ultimately to ones boss/employer. P. 177.
Japans Faceless Fifty The term, yamato-damashi, or Japanese spirit refers to group responsibility and collective consciousness.
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