Comparison Between Japan and Russia Essays

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Cultural differences

A comparison of Russia and Japan

Kristina Aksakova

Exchange student

Virrat, 2011

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Table of contents

General information about Russia and Japan 4

Japan 4

Background 4

Tsunami Devastates Japan 5

History 6

Geographical facts 8

Demographical facts 9

Economic facts 11

FOREIGN RELATIONS 13

Governmental facts 15

Infrastructural facts 16

Russia 18

Background 18

History 18

Geographical facts 20

Demographical facts 20

Economical Facts 20

FOREIGN RELATIONS 22

Governmental facts 22

Infrastructural facts 22

Cultural dimensions according to Geert Hofstede 24

Individualism 25

Power Distance 26
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More than 100,000 people are in the area.
At a news conference on Sunday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan emphasized the gravity of the situation. "I think that the earthquake, tsunami, and the situation at our nuclear reactors makes up the worst crisis in the 65 years since the war. If the nation works together, we will overcome," he said. The government called in 100,000 troops to aid in the relief effort. The deployment is the largest since World War II.

History

"NOTHING SIMILAR MAY be found in foreign lands," wrote Kitabatake Chikafusa when he described Japan in his fourteenth century Jinno sh t ki (Chronicle of the Direct Descent of the Divine Sovereigns). Although Japan's culture developed late in Asian terms and was much influenced by China and later the West, its history, like its art and literature, is special among world civilizations. As some scholars have argued, these outside influences may have "corrupted" Japanese traditions, yet once absorbed they also enriched and strengthened the nation, forming part of a vibrant and unique culture.

Early in Japan's history, society was controlled by a ruling elite of powerful clans. The most powerful emerged as a kingly line and later as the imperial family in Yamato (modern Nara Prefecture or possibly in northern Kyushu) in the third century A.D., claiming descent from the gods who created Japan. An imperial court and government, shaped by Chinese political and social institutions, was established.

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