The future of Globalization in Japan


As presented on this blog before, 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.

Hence, in a world with no boundaries, the phenomenon of globalization has brought a certain concern if it will remain as the way we know or will be reversed. Although the process of globalization has impacted countries in many different ways and levels, in positive and negatives aspects.

Like mentioned before in the previous posts in this blog, like many countries Japan and Japanese people didn’t escape from the effects of globalization. After the second World War, Japan seems itself guide by the United States leadership, and became a democratic and capitalist nation, without military force. In this way, with the influence of the United Sates and a more open country, Japan has been affected by globalization, which shaped a new Japan .[2]  With a more open Japan, globalization brought to the country the modernization and along side with this, the north America values were introduced.[3]

Japan has a population of 129 million people, which have been declined, with a projection to be 90 million by 2050, and due its economic success the concern about how much the country should be open to the world to be a successful nation doesn’t indicate for the young Japanese the need to be a more globalized minded, thus that Japan has the poorly score on international foreign language tests in whole Asia countries, and in additional with that, the country’s language barrier, the large domestic market and its geographic position, have been considered a major obstacle in Japan’s process to develop a more globalize society. [4]

Within Asian context, Japanese attitudes toward globalization tend to be ambivalent, because they cannot decide if whether they are victims of globalization or major agents of globalization themselves. Japanese people had a latent awareness that they saw themselves both culturally and spiritually superior to all other countries, that was part of its identity as Japanese .[5] However, despite the great develop of the Japanese economy and its internationalisation, the political system still some reforms in terms of how to deal with the multiple aspects that globalization brings with it. The Japanese politicians are still struggling to find the way to balance the darker and brighter chapter of their history for the sake of larger national interest and define its role in the world.[6]

In this way, the globalization process in long-term, in particularly in Japan has played an important role, which since the end of the second World War, has been trying to figure out how to build a new image, not just into the world but especially in Asia region. And for that reason, the aspirations of Japan to become a major player in the international community, the country has to pay more attention to other issues, such as development, the economy, human rights, humanitarian concerns and the environment .[7]








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