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Japan's competitive monetary improvement has led many american citizens to worry that it'll bring about an both competitive nationalism comparable to the pre-World conflict II interval. past the emerging solar demonstrates that such fears are unfounded. even supposing cultural nationalism is powerful, Japan at the present time is a reliable and peaceable democracy. pros, lecturers, govt officers, company humans, and most people will locate this problem to many present perspectives approximately jap politics, humans, and U.S.-Japanese family provocative.

There has lengthy been situation that Japan's competitive monetary improvement should be a harbinger of an both competitive nationalism, comparable to the darkish period best as much as global struggle II. The media has fueled clone of a newly competitive Japan by utilizing martial metaphors comparable to Samurai capitalism that's invading American markets. in addition, the japanese also are portrayed as subservient contributors of a conformist society manipulated through political authority. despite the fact that, a long-time resident in Japan and student on U.S.-Japanese relatives argues that modern eastern nationalism has no connection to its prewar embodiment and fears of an authoritarian and competitive Japan don't have any foundation in fact. Of the numerous alterations in Japan because the finish of the warfare, the main major has been the improvement of a deeply ingrained democratic political culture.

Although a powerful strength in Japan this day, nationalism is manifested by means of a robust ethnic, cultural, and racial id and never via citizen identity with the nation. via analyzing the huge forms of nationalism in modern Japan and through explaining the function that they play in society and politics, lecturers, pros, executive officers, company humans, and most of the people will locate this research important for figuring out modern Japan. This brief textual content is designed additionally to be used in classes in eastern politics, modern eastern society and tradition, and U.S.-Japanese relations.

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They believed that the common Japanese citizen was led down the path of militarism and aggression by a nationalistic elite and that what could be learned could also be unlearned. The job of the occupation was not just to break up the zaibatsu (family-owned holding companies) and scrap military hardware, it was to change the very minds of the Japanese. To make them think and act in ways consistent with American democracy. In the words of Our Job in Japan, the government training film shown to Americans participating in the occupation, “They [the Japanese] can make trouble or they can make sense.

Ironically it may be as much a belief in the virtues of Japanese as a belief in the evils of Japan that causes fear in the United States. Americans praise the Japanese for their work ethic, industriousness, their technological achievements, their education system, management system, and the quality of their products, but these are also the things that make them such a threat to the American economy. There are many elements fueling the recent increase in American concern with Japan. First there is a need to find a focal point in the world now that the American world view is no longer defined by its conflict with the Soviet Union.

The popularity of American popular culture there was enormous and continued to grow throughout the postwar period. Americans brought hamburgers, bobby socks, Alan Ladd, and Reader’s Digest with them when they came, and they stayed long after the occupation ended. Americans began to develop a “just like us” attitude toward Japan. Japanese schools had PTAs. Japanese drug stores had Coca-Cola. Japanese girls wore jeans. Japanese boys played baseball. Japanese of all sexes and ages loved watching pro wrestling.

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