Economic Peace with Cultural and Internal Harmony

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Economic Peace with Cultural and Internal Harmony
Darlene Schroeder
SOC315
Cross-Cultural Perspectives (BMC1148A)
Instructor: Lestine Shedrick
11/28/11 week 2

Twenty-Six Centuries of cultivating a people and a culture that have withstood the test of time would seem to make you think Japan is either economically and politically suppressed or extremely self-sufficient, politically and culturally intelligent. Just maybe they have learned all they could and are like a genius child waiting for the rest of the world around them to grow up and meet them on their level. In reading The Japanese Life and Customs as Contrasted with those of the Western
World, published in the Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York, Hirai, Kinza Riugé M. describes her country as an Island Empire not yet discovered by the rest of the world. Hirai further describes both the people and the government as tolerate of outsiders and welcoming.
With that being said when hundreds of thousands converted to Christianity and rebelled against the Dictatorship of the time it resulted in a bloody war inside the nation that lasted almost a year. After which a promulgation prohibiting the Gospels were made, lasting over several centuries, (Hirai, K.1894). The government felt in order to maintain peace, order, and harmony among the people and the political elites they had to act and act fast so they closed their borders and remained in seclusion toward Christian nations. Japan however remained open for trade and communication with the Dutch and Oriental nations. The threat of losing their loyalty to the founding principles and regimes would not be tolerated or allowed even if it meant shutting the world out.
The contrast between the Western world and Japan shows what I believe to be the underlying struggle or strife between Japan and the Western world. This underlying strife…...

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