Loyalty to family

Loyalty to family, to country, to company and to social groups and the strong drive to cooperate to work together for a common cause, permeate many facets of Japanese behavior and have historical roots that date back thousands of years. Historically, loyalty and service a sense of responsibility and respect for discipline training and artistry were stressed to maintain stability and order. Confucian philosophy taught throughout Japan’s history, emphasizes the basic virtue of loyalty of friend to friend of wife to husband of child too parent, o-f brother to brother but above all of subject to lord, that is to country. A fundamental premise of Japanese ideology reflects the importance of cooperation for the collective good. Japanese achieve consensus y agreeing that all will unite against outside pressures that threaten the collective good. A historical perspective gives the foreigner in Japan a basis on which to begin developing cultural sensitivity and a better understanding of contemporary Japanese behavior.–