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Japan: Where Tradition Meets Pragmatism


Japan: By the Numbers • Located in the Pacific Ocean, east of Korea • Four Main Islands: • Hokkaido • Honshu • Shikoku • Kyushu • Over 3,000 smaller islets • Population of nearly 130 million people


Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions of Japan 95

92 88

54 46 42

POWER DISTANCE INDIVIDUALISM

MASCULINITY

UNCERTAINITY AVOIDANCE

LONG TERM ORIENTATION

INDULGENCE


Shinto: The Way of the Gods

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Nearly 85% of the population practices Shintoism Countless gods, known as “Kami” Emphasis on nature and the present More of a tradition than a religion


Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions of Japan 95

92 88

54 46 42

POWER DISTANCE INDIVIDUALISM

MASCULINITY

UNCERTAINITY AVOIDANCE

LONG TERM ORIENTATION

INDULGENCE


Education in Japan

• 94% of Junior High Graduates continue their education

• Recent push for more vocational training • Some uncomfortable with this proposed change


• While steeped in tradition, Japan is always looking forward.

Japan where tradition meets pragmatism  
Japan where tradition meets pragmatism  
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