Behind the Japanese Mask: How to Understand the Japanese by Jonathan Rice

By Jonathan Rice

This name matters the Farnham fort Centre for overseas Briefing, largely stated because the world's best supplier of intercultural administration education and briefing. It has an unequalled attractiveness for aiding members, companions and their households to organize to reside and paintings successfully wherever on the earth.
CONTENTS:
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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The Russo-Japanese War of 1904/05, which was fought largely for dominance in the Korean peninsula and in Manchuria, was a bloody affair in which the Japanese lost tens of thousands of lives. It finished in a naval battle in the straits of Tsushima, between Japan and Korea, in which Admiral Togo's fleet (built in Britain) took on the Russian fleet that had sailed all the way from the Baltic, round the Cape of Good Hope and up towards their home base of Vladivostok. The Russians were exhausted and illprepared even before the Japanese navy (which had sailed no more than a couple of hundred nautical miles) tore into them.

Patience and persistence are cardinal virtues in Japan. THE TOKUGAWA ERA One of the first acts of the Tokugawa family as they set about consolidating their power was to banish all foreigners from Japan, and in particular to banish all traces of Christianity, a faith they considered subversive and a direct danger to the hard-won peace 44/BEHIND THE JAPANESE MASK that had been re-established, rather forcibly, across the nation. The Tokugawa government wished to establish itself as the undisputed ruler of the country, and therefore took upon itself the control of various elements in Japanese society that until now had been considered beyond the powers of the court, or perhaps just beneath its dignity.

Japan was a thriving and busy place, and the evidence of the massive tombs of their emperors, such as that of the fifth century Emperor Nintoku still dominating the landscape near Osaka, shows not only that their leaders were very powerful within their society, but also that they were able to organise vast numbers of men to labour on public projects. The influence of Prince Shotoku The first great hero of Japanese history is Prince Shotoku (Shotoku Taishi), the second son of Emperor Yumei, who became regent to his aunt, the Empress Suiko, in 594 AD.

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