Japan - 1,513 words
The Political, Economical, Social, and Cultural Aspects of Japan Japan has a particularly homogeneous culture. In fact, both racially and culturally, Japan is the most homogeneous of the worlds major nations. This situation has allowed Japan to Westernize its economy and yet maintain a unique sense of identity. It began in 1639, when Japans rulers begin to notice the conversion of thousands of Japanese to Catholicism by Portuguese missionaries and by the potential for dissidents to form military alliances with foreign nations that suppressed Christianity and Japan sealed the island form the rest of the world. It was not until 1853 with the arrival of an American naval squadron under Commande ...
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Aims Of Germany And Japan - 317 words
The 1930s were a tumultuous time. After World War I, the Allied powers seemed determined to preserve peace, but Germany and Japan held a shared goal of world domination. In two memorandums about the plans of Germany and Japan, U.S. officials make the position that the United States should take plain: mobilize and be ready for war, but do not provoke it. In other words, Speak softly but carry a big stick. Although Germany and Japan had a few similar goals and ideas, they differed on other issues of subject peoples and races. Both Germany and Japan had plans to rule the world. They began their conquests in the early- to mid-1930s, Japan with Manchuria in 1931 and Germany with the Rhineland in ...
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Ethnographic Summary Of Japan - 1,849 words
The thousand of years of happy reign be thine: -Japanese National Anthem It has been more than 1300 years since they started to call their country Nihon or Nippon, contemporary Japanese way to say Japan (Kodansha 1996: 54-55). After the long history that consists of the periods of seclusion and assimilation, Japan has grown into one of the most developed countries in the world. Many people all over the world nowadays know the country, and use their products in many occasions. However, because of their unique national character and their rapid growth, it is also true that so many stereotypes about Japan and the Japanese exist. In this article of Japanese ethnographic summary, not all, but gen ...
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The Code Of Bushido In Japan - 407 words
When the average American hears the term Bushido, visions of sword swinging samurai warriors often come to mind. Literary works, as well as the media has shown us many elements of the Bushido code such as honor, justice, loyalty, and bravery which have greatly impacted Japan. Bushido is the moral code that has provided Japan with a national identity and work ethic that has guided them through bloody civil wars, Mongol invasions, a world war, and nuclear devastation (Rockett, page 1). In short, if a choice is given between life and death, the samurai must choose death (handout, page 17). The code is very similar to the code of chivalry extolled during the middle ages, and has provided the Jap ...
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Japan Religion - 1,979 words
Buddhism is the Japanese religion that comes closest to paralleling Christianity, because of its concern for the afterlife and salvation of the individual. In this it shows its origin in India, a region that in religious and philosophical terms is more like the West than East Asia. The historical Buddha started with the basic Indian idea of a never-ending cycle of lives, each determining the next, and added to this that life is painful, that its suffering is caused by human desires. However, these desires can be overcome by the Buddhas teaching, freeing the individual for painless merging in Nirvana, or nothingness. As the teaching grew, it came to stress reverence for the Three Treasures, w ...
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Double Identities Of 2nd And 3rd Generation North Koreans In Japan - 1,282 words
Discuss critically the double identities of the 2nd and 3rd generations of the North Many of the North Koreans in Japan associate themselves with Chongryun. Chongryun is a North Korean organization-the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. Chongryun was founded in 1955 and identifies its members and potential members as overseas nationals of North Korea, with a strict non-involvement policy with Japans internal affairs. For Chongryun Koreans, their Korean identity means a primarily a North Korean political identity, which they adjust according to present political conditions. Chongryun consists of a number of associations that are affiliated with the main organization. They also ...
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Trip To Japan - 711 words
It is famous for the majestic Mt. Fuji, its traditional meals, its obedient school children, and the ever-crowded subways and streets of Tokyo. This is Japan, a small country with the population of 125,000,000 rich in culture and history. At first, driving along the roads and past buildings, Tokyo looks like any American city, but after examining it closely one finds it very different. It is a shock to see men in business suits, old ladies, and mothers with children strapped to their backs, riding amid traffic on bicycles. Many cannot afford cars. Others ride the subway. During rush hour the subway is so crowded one can literally be lifted off the floor by other people pushing and shoving to ...
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Japan - 647 words
Gregory Fant, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.S.P.H. Adjunct Professor, Political Science POL 310, Comparative Political Systems Administratively, The Peoples Republic of China is made up of twenty-two provinces, five autonomous regions, and four centrally administered cities, and one Special Administrative Region. The Making of the Modern Chinese State The PRC is one of only a few countries in the world that is still a Communist party-state. This is a political system which the ruling Communist Party holds a monopoly on political power, claims the right to lead or control all government and social institutions, and proclaims allegiance (at least officially) to the ideology of Marxism-Leninism. The PRC can ...
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World War 2 Japan - 1,130 words
Japan committed what some would consider suicide, when their aircraft bombed Pearl Harbor.1 Pearl Harbor was the most important day of World War II. This was the first strike towards the US. making them enter the war. Even though the US. had been involved a little before this. The attack prompted full entrance of the US. into the war. Japan wanted to not depend on white imperialist nations, like Britain, France, Netherlands and the USA. But, they needed materials from other countries.2 They got Tin from Malasha and Iron from Philippines. Japan also got oil, bauxite, coal, cobalt, copra graphite, iron, lead, nickel, phosphates and potash from the Indies. Plus rice from Indo-china and Burma. J ...
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Two Empires In Japan - 1,926 words
Two Empires In Japan by John M.L. Young and The Christian Confrontation with Shinto Nationalism by Kun Sam Lee were the two books I used for this topic. The former, an intimate 100 year chronicle of the persecution by the Asian government with their demands that all people bow in Kyujo-yohai, ( worshipping the Imperial House from afar); and the struggle of the Japanese Christians in times of compromise and triumph under such totalitarian pressure. The latter a more detailed historical account of old Shinto and the earliest Christian missionaries. The following essay will focus on the conflicting ideologies within Japan between the Shinto militarists and the Protestant mission effort from its ...
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Japan Vs. United States - 293 words
Japan had a goal of making an empire called the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. This empire would serve the economic needs of Japan. This huge empire would stretch from Manchuria in the north to Australia in the south. It was similar to Hitler's dream of Europe filled with the Aryan race. To start this plan, Japan took over China's northeastern province, Manchuria. The war between China and Japan went on for three years. Japan's supply of oil, iron, rubber, and tin were low. The only way they could continue a war with China was if they attacked Southeast Asia and take over the rich supplies of resources that lay there. This plan for resources threatened the American controlled Philip ...
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Buddhist Art In Japan - 1,965 words
Buddhism had an important role in the development of Japanese art between the sixth and the sixteenth centuries. Buddhist art and religion came to Japan from China, with the arrival of a bronze Buddhist sculpture alongside the sutras. Buddhist art was encouraged by Crown Prince Taishi in the Suiko period in the sixth century and Emperor Shomu in the Nara period in the eighth century. In the early Heian period Buddhist art and architecture greatly influenced the traditional Shinto arts, and Buddhist painting became fashionable among the wealthy class. The Amida sect of Buddhism provided the basis for many artworks, such as the bronze Great Buddha at Kamakura in the thirteenth century. Many of ...
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The German-great Britain Trade Rivalry In Comparison To The Us-japan Rivalry - 982 words
The German-Great Britain trade rivalry like theU.S.-Japan trade rivalry involved a rising power cutting intothe trade of an already dominant trading power. There wereseveral causes of the German-Great Britain trade rivalryaccording to Hoffman. The first was German's industry's zealin procuring new contracts and expanding markets. They didthis by fulfilling contracts even if they were very small andconstantly trying to stay up with market demand. Second,Germans had a knowledge of languages that the English firmslacked. Third, German industry was aided by their government.In contrast Great Britain did not even supply consularassistance in helping develop markets in British colonies.Fourth, Bri ...
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Meiji Restoration - Japan - 440 words
The Meiji Restoration was period in Japan when massive changes in ancient Japan. The goal of the Meiji Restoration was summarized in their motto, A rich country, a strong military. In their quest to do so, the Meiji looked to the western civilizations. The Meiji sent young men to study abroad and learn new traits from the west. Before this drastic move the traditional Japanese society was largely isolated from all other civilizations. By doing this the Japanese managed to strengthen the economy, strengthen the government, and make social reforms. Meiji leaders made the economy a major priority. They encouraged Japans business class to adopt western methods. They Japanese built railroads to a ...
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Japan - Breif History From Wwii - 448 words
INTRODUTION: Without a good history, no nation can ever be considered developed. It is the history that makes or breaks a country. Japans history is very unique. During and after WWII their country was in ruins - literally. All their previous allies had deserted them, they were alone and destroyed by the Americans, an unlikely ally. I will focus on the impacts that America had on Japan, and then how Japan got themselves to the title of "The Second Most Developed Country". WWII: In 1941 Japan station troops in Indo-China (Vietnam) after forming an alliance with Germany and Italy. The Americans did not approve of this, and cut off exports to Japan. Japan was not happy about this and attacked P ...
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Heian Japan - 1,374 words
Tenth-century Japan is characterized by images of elegance, beauty, and sophistication. Ritual and ceremony seem to shape nearly every aspect of life during this time. Throughout The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon there are several examples of how everyday lifestyles are shaped through these mediums. Politics, religion, self-image, and interpersonal relationships played important roles in shaping life in Heian society, and a form of either ritual or ceremony influenced each of these assets. Government and political forces were a very important part of Heian Japan. The government and its actions affected all aspects of life. Under the emperor, the government was divided into two separate entitie ...
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Important Changes In Japan During The 20th Century - 1,669 words
Important Changes in Japan During the 20th Century The 20th century was by all accounts an era of considerable progress for Japan. As a result of the remarkable success in the postwar era, Japan has become a model of the industrialized society for the world to take note. In this paper I will attempt to illustrate the important changes that Japan went through during this time of progression, using 1945 as a dividing point. These changes include a different role of the emperor, a new political system, social reform and the rise and downfall of the economy. Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989) was the emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989. He chose to designate his reign with the term "Showa" (Enlightened ...
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Significance Of Iwo Jima To Japan And The Us - 936 words
The year was 1945, and the war was winding down. The US was working on rooting out Japan and ending the war. Because they were dealing with an island country, they had to find a way to get at them without flying long distances. Japan was trying to defend their land while still waging war on other countries. The meeting point then for both objectives was Iwo Jima, a small island about 650 miles away from Tokyo on Japanese soil. Both countries were determined to fight long and hard for the island. Importance of Iwo Jima Iwo Jima was vital to the American assault on the Japanese. The US had decided that the island was vital to their success in the war, because they were to far away at that poin ...
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The Tang Law Code Of China And Japan - 1,505 words
During times of great political change, dynasties in both Japan and China were dealing with issues regarding stability within the state and maintaining power throughout their respective realms. In order to solidify and centralize their states, the leaders of these dynasties introduced ideas of governing and ruling in order to successfully form and maintain a united empire. In China this was done through the Tang Law Code and in Japan the Seventeen Article Constitution. Although both documents share similarities in the goals of the state, the Tang Law Code seems to be a more specific document focused on legalist ideas rather than the more generalized and cooperation oriented Seventeen Article ...
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Social Change In Japan - 1,597 words
The Japanese culture has allowed for very little diversity. This started very early in their history. The social controls used to eliminate diversity are the family, the power of gender, the poor treatment of minority groups, the corporate Japanese mentality, and the respect required by people in authority. However, due to globalization and the shrinking of the world, Japanese society is starting to make the change to diversity. The individualistic mentality shared by the new technology driven younger generation is putting pressure on the old Japanese status quo. The transformation is happening very slow, but as the population ages and the old conservatives are being replaced by the new libe ...
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