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  •  It is always a dicey proposition (2+ / 0-)
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    Jantman, A Voice

    to make generalizations about any civilization.  That being said, selves, I think most people who study and think about these kind of things in re: Japan would agree that the idea of sacrificing oneself for the good of the larger group is simply doing one's duty.  If one loses one's life in doing one's duty, that would be considered honorable, and not heroic.

    I think it important to remember that Japan is just over 130 years out of feudalism -- a feudal period that lasted well over seven centuries.  And while the vast majority of Japan is NOT decendent from the sumurai, they nearly all descend from the feudal society.  [I say nearly all, b/c of the zainichi koreans...]

    While today's younger generation may very well be the first to be at ease with modernity, even they still carry within them the feudal values of the not-so-distant past:  loyalty, sacrifice, status, and honor.

    •  One final thing (2+ / 0-)
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      A Voice, mimi9

      Most the Japanese I know use the word 'courageous' -- 勇気のある-- to describe the plant workers when I ask them to.  If I don't, they don't remark at all.

      •  courageous (1+ / 0-)
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        is good enough for me.

        Custom and idiom makes the  Japanese downplay everything anyhow so it's not easy to know how the people really feel.  I suspect that all the talk about "heros" from people in the west about embarrasses them a bit.  

        •  Japanese do not "downplay everything" (0+ / 0-)

          And neither is it difficult to "know how the people really feel."

          Both of these are, quite simply, tired stereotypes which resonate only to people who have limited familiarity with them.

          I suspect you are one these people, that you do not speak or read Japanese all that well, or even at all;  and will take what you have to say about what embarrasses them with a bit more than a grain of salt.

          •  Well, excuse me (2+ / 0-)
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            Plubius, newpioneer

            Just what is needed.  An ad hominum attack.

            If I am wrong about my opinion, that is fine.  You are allowed correct my statements  But you can't leave it at that.  You have to label me as "one of these people".  Talk about being offensive.

            Let's just say I have had enough of this discussion.

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