Discuss about a Report on Religious and Cultural Histories of Japan?
Japan is a developed country in East Asia. The company is known to be founded in 660 BC. The culture of Japan is a cosmopolitan culture. The major ethic group of Japan is the local population. The country has close to 98.5% Japanese population. It has 0.5% Korean population and 0.4% Chinese population (Terpstra, 2008). The country has full religious freedom based on Article 20 of its Constitution. A majority of Japanese population follows Buddhism or Shinto religion. Japan is one such country where people are modern and have modern beliefs for religion. A study suggests than 70 to 80% of Japanese population does not believe in any religion.
Japan is a constitutional monarchy whereby the power of the Emperor is very limited. The head of the country is Prime Minister, who is responsible for all the political movements in the country. The evolutionary lines of government and religion could be traced bask to decades back. It can be said that both government and religion has different evolution lines and these lines do not converge much (Wargo, 2014). The government and political system in the country are largely influenced by China. The impact of China could be observed in the cultural evolution of Japan. There is a healthy interaction between government and religion. The good thing about Japan is that government and religion do not interfere in each other functioning. The government of Japan ensures that it does not hurt the sentiments of religion. The government of Japan has given fundamental right of religion to people. The government does not force any religion in the country, and people are free to have their independent beliefs.
The culture of Japan is an open culture and people do not hesitate to discuss their religious beliefs. The Japanese people are hardworking and peace loving. People respect the religious beliefs of other people, and there are limited instances of violence based on religion. This has helped Japanese people to have better communication with people from other countries. The people in Japan do not have strong beliefs of religion, and this is one of the reasons that Japanese are open and acceptable to other religions. It helps Japanese corporations to have an effective and smooth relationship with the organizations and people of other countries (Ishida, 2009). Therefore, it would be correct to say the impact of cultural and religion integration could be directly observed in the business dimension of Japan. The business environment in Japan is based on mutual trust and respect.
In recent times, the world has become truly global. Today, organizations have advanced in different parts of the world. There are a number of Japanese corporations that have expended in developed and developing world. For example, Japanese automobile manufacturer, Toyota has earned a global reputation. In recent times, the privatization has also increased in global world (Estevez, 2008). Today, governments of different nations have welcomed FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in different areas. With time, the culture of Japan has become truly cosmopolitan. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and people from various cultural and religious backgrounds can be found in Tokyo. In recent times, the culture and society of Japan has become more liberal. The businesses have expanded beyond cultural and religious sentiments. It would be correct to say that the culture has emerged as an important support function for the businesses and corporations in Japan. The focus on religion motivates Japanese people and it helps them to develop faith and have a feeling of self-belongingness (Kimbrough, 2008). The cultural sentiments of Japanese people are not very strong, and it helps people to accept people from different religious backgrounds. Ultimately, it has helped Japanese government to establish a diverse background in the country.
It is expected that culture and religion would continue to play a major role in Japanese national culture. In the coming time, the liberalization would increase. It is expected that government and religion would continue to evolve in the parallel lines. It is important that people of Japan should continue to practice religion in their own way (Roberts, 2013). The government of Japan provides complete freedom to people, and it is expected that people would not take any undue advantage of this freedom.
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