The Two Faces of Japan: Overview

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I plan to make this a multi-part series investigating the double-minded nature of Japanese culture to help explain how so many good-natured people who come here get so caught up in the shape-shifting mechanisms of Japanese culture that they wind up haphazardly standing for evil.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8)

Have you ever noticed how Japan has a way of putting everybody into a box that they can’t get out of? Just when you thought you have Japan all figured out, they jump into another box! Well, one of the main reasons for this is the strong emphasis in Japanese culture to always maintain a good outward appearance. If it looks bad–in word or action–change it or, better yet, hide it. The Japanese concept of “wa culture” is often praised by foreigners who come here for its preaching of harmony and peace, but does Japan really stand for such things? How does a culture that emphasizes peace so strongly, as seen in Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, commit some of the most heinous crimes in history?

JAPANESE CULTURE
What Is Taught What Is
Peace Murder
Generosity Envy
Loyalty Idolatry
Frugality Extortion
Sharing Covetousness
Honor Selfishness
Family Adultery
Humbleness Arrogance
Appreciation Bribery

I’ll also be taking a closer look at both the good and bad sides of Japan in the future–not for the purpose of condemnation, but for the purpose of providing encouragement for the lost souls here in Japan who can’t quite figure out where they went wrong. (I’ve been working on the negative first, so I can end on a positive note!)I think the older generation in Japan, especially, is confused as to what happened to their children.

May God have mercy on us all.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it… (Psalm 127:1)

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