Japanese CultureTeam: YellowBrittany WilliamsKristofer MontielSimbada RamicAlexis AbreuKarina Hernandez
Health Care in Japanesehigh CultureIn today’s modern society, Japan’s health care systems match up to the standards and technologies that are present in many advancedcountries.Traditional Japanese beliefs dictate that a facility should be veryformal because those who hail from Japan have a high respect foreducated doctors. They stress that there should be a clear linebetween professional and patient. However, some patients usually avoidasking question or voicing their health concerns to avoid conflict. Becauseof their respectful and agreeable demeanor. As well, many people havea strong sense of modesty and will request same-sex doctors tomaintain comfort.Another traditional belief expresses that the body and soul are one.Many physical afflictions can arise because of an imbalance in the mindor soul. Organ transplant is a controversial practice in Japan because itfractures the mind and body. Being labeled “brain-dead” is especially ataboo subject because the Japanese believe that the spirit still residesin the body, even if the person is catatonic. Autopsies are also tooinvasive and may disturb the body in the afterlife.Once diagnosed, the patient can move on to treatment, preferably onethat pacifies the body and mind. Practices such as acupuncture,therapeutic massage, herbal remedies, and steaming are methods ofwellness and relaxation. In Japanese culture, most people expectpatients to remain virtuous and not express their pain.Of course, Japan utilizes familiar treatments such as medication,surgery, and therapy in extreme cases. On a brighter note, Japan has a
Family Values, Beliefs,Influence and Decision Making Multigenerational households Family is placed before individuality Elders are greatly respected Older children look after younger siblings Husband is the primary decision maker of the family A successful family relationship is the definition of health Specific roles and obligations in the family husbands and wives have individual household chores (they do not rotate jobs) Children are assigned chores based on gender
Japan is a country that is conglomerate in religion. The religions that are present in Japan evince the history. Specifically the religions that have influenced its current ideologies.• The main religion of Japan is Shinto. Shinto has developed like the other religions of the world. Shinto is a religion that worships the power of the god Kami. Kami is believed by the Japanese to be the one responsible for bringing life to planet Earth. The Shinto faith was influenced and changed throughout the centuries. Buddhism for example became a significant variable in the development of modern Shinto. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, a man that was born into a royal family, who abandoned his riches to become a monk. Taking on the name Buddha-meaning the enlightened one-he developed a philosophy that advocated positive respectful behavior and putting suffering behind their motives to make their mind set pragmatic in the world. Buddha believed that putting suffering in one’s mindset drove one to resolve negativity in the world.
Japanese Religion• Along with Buddhism, Confucianismprimary decision maker of the family • Older Husband is the and Taoism have had a significant influence on the Shinto faith. Thefamily relationship is the definition of health • A successful Taoism faith is one that promotes harmony among people and self reflection. and obligations in the family • Specific roles Confucianism influenced Japanese Religion to be respectful towards others especially have individual household chores (they do not rotate – husbands and wives jobs) those who are seen as wise like elders and parents. Also Confucianism has influenced the–Japanese to be assigned chores based on gender Children are open minded by promoting learning from others.• The primary religion of Japan is Shinto which has become a conglomerate religion consisting of other religions and philosophies.• The Japanese culture is one of tradition and respect and has become a culture that follows a religion that has become a more conglomerate one throughout history as other religions and philosophies have bought great influence.• Religion is something that is taken into
Communication Patterns• Among the Japanese culture, the use of words are only part of a message that is being communicated. There are several other factors that contribute to conversing between others, such as: silence, body language, mood, tone, and insight. However, it depends because sometimes the body language is hard to detect within the Japanese culture.• Japanese tend to be more concerned with actions rather than words. For instance, it is better to speak to little than to speak too much in the eyes of the Japanese.• As for body language, having direct eye contact with another individual, especially an elder, is considered rude and is usually avoided. Instead looking at the neck or somewhere around the face is advised. When it comes to agreement, people of the Japanese culture acknowledge that they are listening by nodding their head but do not always agree unless they state so.
Communication guidelines when caring for the Japanese culture• Non verbal communication is vital.• Do not use eye contact.• Always establish who you are when entering the room.• Respect all their religion aspects.• Avoid using Humor as a therapeutic communication technique.• Be very respectful especially to those who are elder.• They are family oriented expect plenty of visitors.• Respect family position and gender differences when involving family members health care affairs.
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