The term globalization is used to refer the phenomena involving some sweeping changes that are taking place worldwide based on commonly accepted values, beliefs, political movement, trends and views. There are no more physical boundaries between countries, people now are becoming more aware of the world around them and they are more connected than ever before.
Japan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government ad densely populated – it is the eight most population in the world – its major religions are Shintoism and Budhism.
However, Japan and the Japanese people have not escaped from the effects of globalization. Beside of its historical position as a closed nation during the Tokugawa Period (1600-1867), Japan has adapted over the years to the demands and expectations of that phenomena and developed its own place in the international community.
Between the 12th century until the mid 19th century, Japan was a feudal society dominated by military leaders known as Shoguns. In 1867, when the Emperor Meiji took the direct control of the country, after a long period of an international isolation, Japan began a period of modernization and the Western trade started to influence the development of the country.
Along with this new phase of Japanese history, the country begins to pursuit an of overseas empire, a legacy that still effects the relations of Japan and it is neighbours to this day.
After the devastation of the Second World War Japan has achieved a remarkable growth and becoming the third largest economy in the world. Its economy has raised the standard of the Japanese people and its income is more evenly distributed than in the United State.
In 1990s, the period of stagnant economic growth and faltering markets, Japan was forced to do some reforms on its labor model and to integrate the American economic style principles, which led to a less regulation, more privatization and remuneration systems that are increasingly governed by merit rather than fairness.
Another impact that globalization has in Japanese’s life, is the adoption of the English as the main company language. With this decision, Japan companies would be able to gain more markets and access to a higher quality employee pool.
Globalization has been an ongoing process in the modern world and Japan has permeated this process on its on way and became an important agent of globalization in the international community.
i – http://buna.arts.yorku.ca/japanese/ejlt/globalization.pdf
iv – file:///C:/Users/isyso/Downloads/The%20Conflicts%20of%20Globalization%20-%20Charles%20O.%20Lerche%20III%20(1).pdf
v – http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/world/asia/japan-country-profile/