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By Harumi Befu, Sylvie Guichard-Anguis

Globalizing Japan explores the social and cultural dimensions of Japan's international presence. Japan's enlargement and presence as an monetary huge is witnessed on a regular foundation. either consciously and unconsciously, we frequently come into touch with Japan's business and cultural globalization, from cameras and autos to judo, food or animation. Japan's presence within the renowned mind's eye is seriously motivated either via the country's heritage and its international current. This ebook will attract scholars and students of jap stories, Anthropology and Cultural reports.

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To gauge the presence of the other, the unit of measure has long been, politically or academically, the republican values that are the base of the French nation-state. The resulting key concept, still valid although in a more and more controversial way, is that of integration (the use of the concept of ethnicity, which does not exist in the common language, is just beginning to appear in the French academic world) (Schnapper 1991; Brubaker 1993; Martiniello 1995; Streiff-Fenart 1997). The political debate about the Republic and the universalist values born of the philosophy of the Enlightenment is all the more intense as the various institutions – including education and the military – that have allowed France to become a modern, integrated, and integrative society (in the Durkheimian sense) are now confronted with a reality in constant evolution as the globalization of trade and the European construction challenge the borders, in space as well as in the mind, that used to define the limits of what could be called the French identity (Wiewiorka 1996; Derrida 1997).

But because of forced repatriation of the Japanese in these areas upon Japan’s defeat in the war, virtually all of them returned to Japan. However, a few of them have remained in these parts of the world, and, although their numbers are small, in some areas such as the Philippines they constitute a community (Ohno 1991). The relationships among these four types of Japanese community in the New World, and among three of them in the rest of the world, are complex. Although they remain more or less distinct and recognizable as separate communities, and subjectively members of these communities recognize themselves as being different from others, they maintain intricate symbiotic relationships with one another, and their borders form complicated interstices.

The vast outback of Australia, individual freedom in England, and large affordable homes in America thus become indispensable values for them. This does not mean that they totally castigate Japan. They do remember good things about Japan, and do not mind returning there from time to time to enjoy what they still value. But they construct a new value system that places Japan in the distance and incorporates their new country as an integral part. The local community abroad The image that the local people have of Japan is based on their past experience with and knowledge of Japan.

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