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By Yoshio Sugimoto

This revised variation 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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The third theme (chapters 6 and 7) is the way in which Japanese society is stratified on the basis of gender and ethnicity, two ascriptive criteria that are determined at birth and are generally unalterable thereafter. The fourth (chapters 8, 9 and 10) explores the patterns of trade-off and tug-of-war between forces of control and dissent in the Japanese social system. Students of Japanese society must be mindful of the complex patterns of diversity in Japanese society and sensitive to the types of devices used to monitor its functioning.

Arai 2000. Mahathir 1999. Mahathir and Ishihara 1996. The description below follows Tominaga 1988, pp. 2–50. Dore 1973. Johnson 1982 and 1990. Murakami 1984a. Dore 1987. Berger and Hsiao 1988. 34 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 An Introduction to Japanese Society Twu 1990. Burenstam Linder 1986; Borthwick 1992. For example, Ito¯ 1985. See Umesao 1967 and 2002. Murakami, Kumon, and Sato¯ 1979; Murakami 1984b. Huntington 1993. Eisenstadt 1996; Arnason 1997 and 2002.

In showing patterns incompatible with these, Japan is simply lagging behind in institutional and orientational Japan and the Social Sciences 25 areas despite its indisputable technological advance, and will catch up over time. The second possible solution is a Japanocentric approach. The reverse convergence thesis is the most sophisticated formulation of this position. This viewpoint presents a difficult dilemma. On the one hand, this approach has healthy implications in comparative sociology that tends to assume that Western countries are the unchallenged leaders of development.

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