"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

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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