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Chapter 32: Japan Section 1: Japan Land of the Rising Sun. Population and Culture. Crowded Cities. One of the most densely populated countries Driven up the prices of land and housing Many live in apartments in high-rises. Homogeneous Population. Common heritage

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Chapter 32 japan section 1 japan land of the rising sun

Chapter 32: JapanSection 1: Japan Land of the Rising Sun

Population and Culture


Crowded cities
Crowded Cities

One of the most densely populated countries

Driven up the prices of land and housing

Many live in apartments in high-rises


Homogeneous population
Homogeneous Population

  • Common heritage

  • 99% of Japan’s people have an ancestor who lived in Japan thousands of years ago

  • Strong sense of unity and identity


Isolation
Isolation

  • Shaped its society and view of the world

  • Actively worked to keep foreigners out

  • Nationalism also has led to prejudice and discrimination against Ainu and burakumin

    • Ainu: Early inhabitants who were excluded from society

    • Burakumin: Descendents of butchers and leather tanners


  • Confucianism

  • Respect for elders

  • Obedience to those in positions of authority

  • Importance of the common good

Buddhism

  • Enlightenment: living selflessly and modestly

  • Against taking the life of any creature

  • Today: Negative view of the burakumin

Shinto

  • Worshipped the forces of nature and spirits of dead ancestors

  • Home altar: daily prayer and sacrifices

  • Today: Great love of nature


Large middle class
Large Middle Class

  • Majority of the population: educated middle class

  • “Imported” Popular Culture:

    • TV, going to movies, sporting events

  • “Exported” Popular Culture:

    • Sushi bars, architecture, landscape gardening


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