Understanding the Japanese

  • Clive Morton


The West has attempted to understand the Japanese for centuries. Depending on the context, the Japanese have been seen in dismissive or racist terms as insular, little people, with no individual character, totally conformist, bent on imitating the world or even dominating it.


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