Japan's Cultural Code Words: Key Terms That Explain the Attitudes and Behavior of the Japanese

Japan's Cultural Code Words: Key Terms That Explain the Attitudes and Behavior of the Japanese

by Boye Lafayette De Mente
     
 

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This book is a study of Japanese society through the understanding of the key terms and concepts that define their attitudes and behaviors.

Westerners have traditionally been intrigued by Japanese attitudes and behaviors which have been perceived as ranging from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The traditional dual character

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This book is a study of Japanese society through the understanding of the key terms and concepts that define their attitudes and behaviors.

Westerners have traditionally been intrigued by Japanese attitudes and behaviors which have been perceived as ranging from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The traditional dual character of the Japanese is generally attributed to cultural conditioning—strict conformity to standards set by the ruling powers and to sanctified custom—at the expense of individuality and personal freedom. Since World War II, the traditional conditioning and orientation of the Japanese has diminished and continuing influence from the West has wrought fundamental changes in the attitudes and behavior of the Japanese. Nevertheless, Japan's traditional culture is still so powerful that it continues to be the prevailing force in molding and tuning the national character of the Japanese, with the result that they still have two faces—one modern and rational, the other traditional and emotional.

The best and fastest way to an understanding of the traditional and emotional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their "business and cultural code words"—key terms that reveal, in depth, their psychology and philosophy.

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"This book offers keen insights into the Japanese character and more practical advice on dealing with the Japanese than dozens of other business books on Japan combined—and it reads like a bestseller!" —Alex Kerr, Japanologist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462900626
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
945,960
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Boye Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, and Korea since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, trade journalist, editor, and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird: The School of Global Management). His 70-plus books include Instant Japanese, Business Guide to Japan, and Japan Unmasked.

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