On the Horizon: Conscience and Consciousness in Japan
THE modernization of Japan, with its great dangling balloons by day and dancing arabesques of neon lights at night, strikes the eye of the visitor at every turn, especially in the huge, sprawling cities. But modernization must not be confused with Westernization if by the latter we mean an acceptance of such basic values as individuality, the democratic process, and social equality, together with the specific forms of behavior which are historically associated with these terms, for all their vagueness.
Japan’s greatest resource, her most valuable “national treasure,” is her people, whose industry, patience, and ingenuity in making do so well with so little must deeply impress the most casual observer. Insofar as the future lies in their hands, it is important to note some of their outstanding traits.
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