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An Introduction to Japanese Society, Second Edition by Yoshio Sugimoto

By Yoshio Sugimoto

This revised variation has been up to date to hide advancements within the 5 years because the first version was once released. Yoshio Sugimoto demanding situations the normal thought that Japan is an homogeneous society with few cultural and social disparities.

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He cautions that this structure poses an increasingly grave threat to the well-being of the international community. In a similar vein, Wolferen addresses The Enigma of Japanese Power51 and maintains that the Japanese system, in which leaders lack accountability, makes each citizen unhappy. Against the background of Japan’s economic superpower status, the intensification of trade friction between Japan and the West, and the rise of Japan-bashing, the revisionist writings point to the strategies with which Western societies may be able to contain the influence of Japan and make its social system more compatible with theirs.

One type consists of emic concepts, which are specific and peculiar to a particular culture and meaningful only to its members. 72 Most sociological concepts are assumed to be etic, but it can be argued that they were initially emic concepts of Euro-American societies which became etic notions because of the cultural hegemony of Western nations. 73 Cultural relativists would argue that the time is ripe for a wide range of Japanese Japan and the Social Sciences 23 emic concepts to be examined and used in comparative analysis of advanced capitalism.

5 21 Four positions in the convergence debate One point of convergence? The West is the dominant pattern Yes No Yes Convergence thesis Anti-convergence thesis No Reverse convergence thesis Multiple convergence thesis traditional heritage while establishing a powerful bureaucracy which steered the process of development. Reflecting the swift rise of Asian economies since the 1980s, another version points to the possibility of “Confucian capitalism,”63 in which the ethic of obedience to authorities and emphasis on selfless devotion to work leads to a path of development different from the Western type but conducive to rapid economic growth.

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