Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The failure of Toyota... and cultural changes in Japan.


Just a comment.
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I may be mistaken, but at one time I believe Japanese executives might have committed suicide rather than bring shame or dishonor upon themselves, their company, or their nation.
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My understanding is that suicide is a growing problem amongst the young of Asia, therefore a practice once considered honorable is now viewed as a problem.  That is a good thing.
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Art: Seppuku: Japanese ritual suicide, death before dishonor.

4 comments:

  1. Austringer11:59 AM

    I suspect that the difference in the attitudes regarding suicide has to do with the motivation: the suicides today are the result of despair, not about preserving honor.

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  2. Did you ever see "Shogun" or read the book? There were some insights into the "honor suicide" thing. Not sure that it was really very far removed from a despair suicide. I'm also glad that it is now seen as a problem.

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  3. Melody - I never saw it. Interesting though, isn't it - how the notion of suicide in the east has changed, while in the west assisted suicide is gaining approval.

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