Japanese Culture

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Japanese culture is fairly staid, traditional, and, for the most part, static. Although there is bound to be a degree of generalizations in any cultural evaluation, the preceding statement certainly applies to Japanese culture. Some of the principle characteristics of Japanese culture that render it distinct from most Westernized ones (especially the United States') are its definitive homogeneity and conventional family structure. In terms of homogeneity, it is significant to note that the vast majority of residents living in Japan are of Japanese origin. There is not a large immigrant population. This ethnic homogeneity is subsequently reflected in Japan's cultural homogeneity. There is not as much influence of new ideas and approaches to living life in Japan as there are in the U.S. Therefore, conventional cultural elements such as choice of food, language spoken and read, etc. are decidedly uniform in Japan. Most people eat conventional dishes consisting of rice and fish, and the majority of the population thinks and communicates in Japanese. Moreover, there is a monetary homogeneity present in the country as well, as most the vast majority of residents are middle class. The wide economic disparity that characterizes the U.S. is certainly not present in Japan. Another eminent facet of Japanese culture is the traditional roles assigned to most members of the nuclear family, particularly those related to the husband and wife. In Japan, a wife's primary duty is to tend
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