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By Jonathan Rice

ISBN-10: 1848030096

ISBN-13: 9781848030091

This identify issues the Farnham fortress Centre for foreign Briefing, largely stated because the world's best supplier of intercultural administration education and briefing. It has an unrivaled acceptance for assisting participants, companions and their households to arrange to stay and paintings successfully wherever on the earth.
1. the japanese Mask
2. the japanese Archipelago
3. Japan Past
4. The Cultural Values of Japan
5. the japanese Language
6. the japanese Economy
7. The enterprise World
8. Negotiating with the Japanese
9. Experiencing Japan

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A close connection with the land The legend, while obviously no more than a simple myth, shows the connection between the Japanese people and their country. According to this legend, both the emperor and the country he reigns over are descended from the same line. The first emperor, Jimmu, was practically a first cousin to the land he ruled. The relationship between the people and their country could not be closer. A Japanese cannot imagine himself to be Japanese unless he is part of his homeland, and equally, a foreigner cannot become truly Japanese because he is not part of the family which includes the land as well as its people.

Finally, on the bottom rung came the merchants, the parasites who bought and sold things but, in the eyes of the samurai, were of no value to society. These four classes were fixed: if you were born a peasant you would die a peasant and there could be no changes within the system. In practice, however, the samurai, who as a warrior class in peacetime had little to do except make mischief for themselves, soon found themselves heavily in debt to the merchant class, who were quite content to be at the bottom of the feudal pile if it also meant that they had money to spend.

THE JAPANESE PEOPLE Early immigrants The Japanese people are not as homogeneous as we might believe. The first inhabitants of what is now Japan would have moved across Asia to what was then the coastal limit of the Asian landmass probably around 50,000 to 80,000 years ago. The earliest unchallenged archaeological finds date back to around 50,000 years ago, and by the late Palaeolithic Period (say 15,000 years ago) there are a number of clear signs of human habitation. However, there were new influxes of immigrants from the south and from what was now becoming the Korean peninsula over the next several hundreds of years, and today's Japanese nation is a mixture of a variety of different peoples: Chinese, Korean, Ryukyuan and Ainu (the indigenous natives of the archipelago, now almost extinct, no more than a tourist attraction in northern Japan).

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