The Cultural Background Of Japan Essay

1412 Words Nov 26th, 2016 6 Pages
conclude that the cultural background of Japan provides a tolerant or in some cases, even encouraging environment for suicides, as long as people die for so-called “good deeds”. The social expectation is also one of the key factors that had pushed some Japanese people to killing themselves. In many reported cases of Karo-Jisatsu and Karoshi, many victims overly blamed themselves for failing to live up to other people’s expectations and therefore this phenomenon can be interpreted as a way of “face-saving” (Kawanishi, 66), meaning that they failed to maintain a decent reputation or did something unfavorable or wrong that is not favorable to the people around them and thus feel extremely shamed about it. Those employees who had committed suicides often have strict criteria of “behaving right” in their minds, which were partly imposed by the exterior society. If they failed to fulfill the outer criteria, they will have nothing to live for because they had already lost their individuality (Kawanishi, 66). At the same time, those who had worked themselves to deaths were also driven by the desire of fitting into the outside standards. However, the criteria imposed by the outer world are not the only factors that contribute to the Karo-Jisatsu phenomenon. Instead of being forced to work excessively, they do it spontaneously. In many cases, the Karoshi and Karo-Jisatsu victims were reliable, capable, and diligent people according to their bosses and coworkers (Kawanishi, 67).…

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