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Understanding Japanese Society by Joy Hendry

By Joy Hendry

It is a welcome new version of this bestselling textbook. It presents a transparent, obtainable and readable creation to eastern society which doesn't require any earlier wisdom of the rustic. totally up-to-date, revised and increased, the third version comprises new fabric on:
· the results of the Asian situation and recession in Japan
· the emergence of the millennial cults similar to the Aum Shinrikyo
· significant advances in activity and relaxation equivalent to the 2002 international Cup and the superb worldwide cultural good fortune of Pokemon and jap animation and laptop games
· the tumultuous alterations of the japanese ruling elite
· the Ainu and different eastern minorities
· debates concerning the way forward for the japanese structure and the resurgence of nationalism and militarism.

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Typically the house is built with a ground floor for the older couple, who will have their own entrance, and an independent kitchen and bathroom, a first floor with the main living rooms of the younger family, and perhaps the parental sleeping The house and family system 33 area, and a third floor with study-bedrooms for the children. According to William Coaldrake, who has described this type of residence, they have been designed ‘within the context of active government policy directed at addressing the perceived needs of Japanese society in the 21st century’ (1989:66).

16 Understanding Japanese society FROM THE MEIJI PERIOD (1868–1912) TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR During the next 50 years, Japan was again exposed to considerable outside influence. This time the new leaders sent envoys to various European countries to seek models for their innovations, and trade relations were established, or re-established, with willing countries all over the world. A comprehensive railway network was constructed, a post-office system was established and schools were opened throughout the country.

According to the traditional system a successor would stay in the house. He would spend the early part of his life being trained in the skills required for the household occupation, in the middle years he would work to provide for the other members of the house, and in his old age he could rely on his descendants to support him until he died, and then perform the rites necessary for the welfare of his soul. The lives of women would follow a similar course, once they were married. When young they would also learn the household trade, as well as the arts of domestic management more usually assigned to the female members of the house; then they would marry and spend much time in the service of the menfolk and older women of the house, gradually taking over more and more responsibility as they grew older, until at last they would reach the relatively revered position of grandmother.

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