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The Japanese are a society based almost entirely on groups Whether it is in the home at school or at work the Japanese are always in a group Just as in America there is ranking system that establishes the group The oyabun is the leader of the group and has the parent status The kobun are the other members of the group and they are seen as the ones with the child status Any person can play both roles depending on the group that heshe is in The father may be the oyabun to his son but at work he is the kobun to the boss Success and failure is shared by everyone in the group but disgrace and honor fall to the leader When problems arise the leader is the first to take responsibility for the actionsproblem One of the reasons why Japan was able to make such a great recovery after World War II was because the country as a whole came together as a group to rebuild their home Villages were very close and in this way the group became more important than the actual individual Now this is the case in places besides villages such as work and school When one is accepted into a certain school or workplace he automatically becomes a member of the group for life The people at these places become his tight knit friends No matter where a Japanese goes he is followed by the group mentality When he is out at dinner with his fellow colleagues he must order what the others particularly what the boss or highest ranking person that is present is ordering During decision making the Japanese never say no They always have to come to some sort of conclusion where everybody in the group agrees or come to a consensus no matter how long it may take If the group decides on something and one person seems to
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