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The Political Economical Social and Cultural Aspects of JapanJapan has a particularly homogeneous culture In fact both racially and culturally Japan is the most homogeneous of the worlds major nations This situation has allowed Japan to Westernize its economy and yet maintain a unique sense of identity It began in 1639 when Japans rulers begin to notice the conversion of thousands of Japanese to Catholicism by Portuguese missionaries and by the potential for dissidents to form military alliances with foreign nations that suppressed Christianity and Japan sealed the island form the rest of the world It was not until 1853 with the arrival of an American naval squadron under Commander Matthew Perry that Japan was opened to the outside world The Japanese had developed a strong sense of national consciousness and pride in their own culture The Japanese realized in the 1860s that they had to adopt Western technology to modernize their society if they were to avoid Western domination Their culture was able to absorb foreign influences without losing its uniqueness Thus the Japanese proved themselves extremely flexible in borrowing from other cultures while maintaining their ownJapan is mostly a middle class society Those at the bottom of the social scale are either foreigners Koreans or native Japanese Japanese think of themselves as belonging to a relatively classless society even though they are mainly a middle class society Many working-class Japanese rank themselves as middle class because of Japans prosperity in the 1980s which allowed them to enjoy high level of consumption of goods and services Thus their sense of well-being inflated their self assessment of class position An estimated four percent of Japans population qualifies as upper class The upper class consists of those who run the large corporations the conservative politicians and senior bureaucrats that collaborate to make up Japans ruling stratum The middle class by contrast consist of owners of small and medium size businesses supervisors and managers professional and technical
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