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By Yoshio Sugimoto

This revised version has been up-to-date to hide advancements within the 5 years because the first variation was once released. Yoshio Sugimoto demanding situations the normal suggestion that Japan is an homogeneous society with few cultural and social disparities.

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59 First, Japan’s demographic composition is changing from one in which a young labor force comprises an overwhelming majority of the Japan and the Social Sciences 19 population to one in which the aged comprise the larger portion. The proportion of those who are sixty-five years of age or older exceeded the 10 percent mark in France in the 1930s, in Sweden and Britain in the 1940s, in Germany and Switzerland in the 1950s, and in the United States and Italy in the 1970s, while Japan arrived at this stage in the middle of the 1980s.

One type consists of emic concepts, which are specific and peculiar to a particular culture and meaningful only to its members. 72 Most sociological concepts are assumed to be etic, but it can be argued that they were initially emic concepts of Euro-American societies which became etic notions because of the cultural hegemony of Western nations. 73 Cultural relativists would argue that the time is ripe for a wide range of Japanese Japan and the Social Sciences 23 emic concepts to be examined and used in comparative analysis of advanced capitalism.

83 The practice rests upon the ura operations of uchi insiders 30 An Introduction to Japanese Society attempting to materialize their honne of profit maximization among themselves. 84 The tatemae and omote justifications of these expenses include the importance of informal contacts and communications. Many important political policy decisions are made by politicians who wine and dine in high class Japanese-style restaurants (called ryo¯tei) where ura-type trading is done behind closed doors. Similarly, local government officials often entertain their national counterparts in these and other restaurants in order to secure high allocations of national government subsidies, a ura practice which citizens’ groups have criticized as illegitimate use of taxpayers’ money.

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