samurai ethic in modern japan Essay

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Yamamoto, Tsunetomo Bushido: The Way of the Samurai Garden City Park, NY 2002 After reading this book it is my belief that it is important for Westerners to understand the seemingly strange concepts of Bushido, not only as a guide to events of the past, but as a primer for understanding the Japanese business mentality of today. The first thought that comes to mind when Japanese work ethic is hard working, no breaks, complete commitment to ones job. There may be a reason why Japan was able to rebuild their country so quickly after World War II, this reason is Bushido, the principles of the samurai. The origin of this book is from the Hagakure, which this book was based on was dictated by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, a samurai. And later scribed…show more content…
It teaches personal responsibility, a lesson that too many people still need. In part, this means responsibility to one's self, in maintaining professional skills and personal credibility. It also means responsibility and loyalty towards one's employer. From a workers point of view I do not feel thoughtless in saying that, by accepting the pay that feeds and houses me, I have a duty to return the value given. Self interest, if not personal honor, should encourage me to support my employer well enough to keep supporting me and to support me in the future.      I was also interested to see that a strict code of honor can include a strictly preserved set of personal freedoms. Yamamoto stresses the need to tolerate a few flaws in order to use a person's strengths. He also notes that samurai or, I think, any professionals can be effective only when free to make decisions on their own. This is not defiance though, but quite the opposite. The skilled employee must be able to make decisions based on that skill. Too tight an administrative reign just strangles the professional’s effectiveness.      Today there exists a general belief that a powerful force, militarism based on the economic imperialism is beginning to revive in Japan. Through additional research I have found out there is no doubt that the Hagakure has come to be read by more and more Japanese as a book of today. This edition as
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