Japan Economics And Politics Essay

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Why Japan Matters Edgar Martinez Ashford University Cross-Cultural Perspectives Randall Norris January 30, 2012 While some leading economists say that Japan has seen their fifteen minutes of fame, regarding Economic Dominance throughout the world, Japan still remains a country of rapid economic growth and political stability. Because the Japanese political culture is strengthened by its roots of Nihonjinron, the Japanese economy has been successful in not losing itself to Western culture and its strong, ancient culture gives the Japanese the inner strength they needed to survive an ever-evolving world. It is with no surprise that even a culturally strong country such as Japan, it too has had its share of difficulties in the past as all countries have at one point in their history, yet it is with these very same difficulties that Japan has specifically taken into account and used to help shape their future. First, Japan is a Country of rapid economic growth and political stability. Because the Japanese political culture is strengthened by its roots of Nihonjinron, it is with these values if Honor, Code, Integrity and Respect for one another that essentially has shaped the Japanese culture as a unified Society. To better understand Nihonjinron we need only to take a look at Japan during the mid 1940’s, when their national symbol: The Emperor, had been nullified after his military power had been annihilated and many of his cities had been reduced to rubble. Tens of millions of people were unemployed and to make things worse, Japan was being ruled and occupied by the United States, a country once deemed inferior and sub-human by the Japanese. Yet even all throughout this anguish and devastation, the country was able to regain a status of great power within a Generation’s time. How was this accomplished? One would think that this was
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