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Exploring the Anxiety of Being Japanese - By Takeo Funabiki

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Exploring the Anxiety of Being Japanese - By Takeo Funabiki

9.99

The nature of Nihonjinron lies in its attempt toexplain who the Japanese are and thereby remove the anxiety associated with the identity of the modern Japanese. The existene of this anxiety stems from the fact that in modern times Japan occupies a peculiar historical position, namely, it was not a society that belonged to the Western history that produced "the modern age". Since Japan being an outsider in the so called "Western" modern era is a historical given that cannot be changed retroactively, the anxiety arises again and again. When the "anxiety" rises, Nihonjinron is written, making interpretations in line with the features of that anxiety. However, as this anxiert over idntity is ingrained and unsurpassable, a new form of "anxiety" always emerges and every time this happens a new work of Nihonjinron becomes a bestseller. Yet, by no means does this "anxiety" only increase in the event of crises involving "Japan"; it arises equally when the future of the country looks favourable, as its people do not feel certain about its success. Thus, the anxiety and the Nihonjinron as a response to it appear both when the country's power strengthens and when it fades.

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The nature of Nihonjinron lies in its attempt toexplain who the Japanese are and thereby remove the anxiety associated with the identity of the modern Japanese. The existene of this anxiety stems from the fact that in modern times Japan occupies a peculiar historical position, namely, it was not a society that belonged to the Western history that produced "the modern age". Since Japan being an outsider in the so called "Western" modern era is a historical given that cannot be changed retroactively, the anxiety arises again and again. When the "anxiety" rises, Nihonjinron is written, making interpretations in line with the features of that anxiety. However, as this anxiert over idntity is ingrained and unsurpassable, a new form of "anxiety" always emerges and every time this happens a new work of Nihonjinron becomes a bestseller. Yet, by no means does this "anxiety" only increase in the event of crises involving "Japan"; it arises equally when the future of the country looks favourable, as its people do not feel certain about its success. Thus, the anxiety and the Nihonjinron as a response to it appear both when the country's power strengthens and when it fades.