Japanese People and Society
by Steve McCarty
Professor, Osaka Jogakuin College
Japan International Cooperation Center,
JIC...
Japanese People
Image and Reality
Changing Society
• Population structure (see print)
• Family structure
• Traditions
• Religions (see print)
• News media
•...
Comparative Culture
• Other-oriented values
• Individual and peer group
• Taking responsibility
• Concept of time
• Enviro...
Social Behavior
• Inside and Outside (uchi & soto)
• Competition and Harmony
• Politeness and conformity
• Obligations (gi...
The Lonely Crowd
• Avoiding confrontation
• Face and F2F rituals
• Fashions and fads
• Accessories & gadgets
• Envy and je...
Leisure
• TV
• Music
• Sports (see print)
• Mobile phones
• Computers and Internet
• Shopping
• Traveling
• Reading
• Drin...
My Japanese family
• Lessons in Other-Orientedness
• Pressures to assimilate
• Child-raising
• Husband-wife relationship
•...
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
Japanese People and Society JICA presentation
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Outline of a regular lecture introducing Japan to government officials from over 100 countries since 2004, on behalf of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Kansai Chapter (Osaka & now Kobe).

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  1. 1. Japanese People and Society by Steve McCarty Professor, Osaka Jogakuin College Japan International Cooperation Center, JICA, Osaka
  2. 2. Japanese People Image and Reality
  3. 3. Changing Society • Population structure (see print) • Family structure • Traditions • Religions (see print) • News media • Gradually changing values
  4. 4. Comparative Culture • Other-oriented values • Individual and peer group • Taking responsibility • Concept of time • Environment and nature • Status and hierarchy • Male-female differences • Importance of age
  5. 5. Social Behavior • Inside and Outside (uchi & soto) • Competition and Harmony • Politeness and conformity • Obligations (gimu, on, giri) • Honne and tatemae impression • Language and body language • Symbolism of objects and gifts
  6. 6. The Lonely Crowd • Avoiding confrontation • Face and F2F rituals • Fashions and fads • Accessories & gadgets • Envy and jealousy • Indirectness and secrets • Privacy of home space • Attachment to land and place • Too expensive to have children • Obstacles to meeting strangers
  7. 7. Leisure • TV • Music • Sports (see print) • Mobile phones • Computers and Internet • Shopping • Traveling • Reading • Drinking
  8. 8. My Japanese family • Lessons in Other-Orientedness • Pressures to assimilate • Child-raising • Husband-wife relationship • Employment and faithfulness • Fitting in while sticking out

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