By Yoshio Sugimoto
This revised version 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 suggestion that Japan is an homogeneous society with few cultural and social disparities.
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These societies appear to share several attributes: a high degree of centralization of power, virtual one-party control of government over decades, a public bureaucracy with power to intervene in the activities of the private sector, widespread violations of individual human rights, enterprise unionism as a means to regulate labor, discipline-oriented regimented education, and so forth. These properties, finely tuned and blended, have conceivably contributed to the swift advancement of Asian capitalism.
The Japan phenomenon poses a wide range of questions about the ethnocentric nature of Western sociology. The issue is looming large rather belatedly, partly because the founding fathers of sociology, and their followers, until very recently used Western Europe, the United States and a very limited number of non-Western societies as the empirical settings for the construction of theories of modernity and modernization. In the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, for instance, China, India, and Pacific islands are studied primarily as traditional societies for comparative purposes, but none of these scholars made any meaningful reference to Japan.
58 It is noteworthy that the advocacy of Asian values arose only once countries in the region had attained a measurable level of development and could compete with the West economically. Cultural nationalism, like Nihonjinron and the notion of Asian values, appear to flourish when a society reaches a significant level of economic 18 An Introduction to Japanese Society maturity and can then defend its national sense of self against other ideologies. Concomitantly with the fluctuation of these images of Japanese society, on the whole, the changing political and economic relationships between Japan and the United States shaped the framework of analysis of Japan.
An Introduction to Japanese Society, Second Edition by Yoshio Sugimoto