By Frank Gibney
This vintage account of the makers of "New Japan" tells the lifestyles tales of a journalist, an ex-Navy vice-admiral, a metal employee, a farmer, and Emperor Hirohito. Frank Gibney was once a wartime U.S. army intelligence officer who turned Time journal correspondent through the American profession of Japan. He went directly to be a big interpreter of Japan to american citizens and the United States to eastern, often called a well informed, genial presence within the PBS sequence Pacific Century.
In the overdue Nineteen Forties and early Fifties, Japan was once a bad, damaged, and society. Many in either Japan and the West assumed that it should continuously be so. yet Gibney pronounced on Japan in such telling and readable aspect that we will be able to see during this ebook either the now forgotten surroundings of that point and the foundation for the "Japanese miracle" to stick with.
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He is open-minded, curious to learn and conscious always that Japan is in a time of dangerous but exciting ferment. He would not affirm that the web society exists around him. But its evidences are possibly too subtly wound into his life to be noticed. He unconsciously tries to harmonize his traditions with his critical outlook. " Every morning, in the elevator of the Asahi building, Yamazaki cannot escape an obligatory round of hieratic bows and salutations as he recognizes his bosses or fellowemployees.
He would say that he is upright in discharging this or that obligation, that he is upright because he helps his neighbors and per' possibility forms his duties to the community. There is no of being considered "good" outside the community. framework. Sanada's own hopes and aspirations betray this. " Hideya Kisei, the steel worker, lives in an industrial society. The sooty air of Yahata is a world away from the clear country breezes that sweep down past Mt. Fuji. The stale smell of cinders and funiace smoke hangs over the · city, not, as in Shimoyoshida, the faint odor of burning charcoal cleaned by the mountain air.
For a Japanese Good Samaritan cannot simply bind up the injured man's wounds and go away. He automatically assumes a moral responsibility- and sometimes a legal one -and a relationship of favor and counter-favor with the victim, which may last for years. Consciously or not, the Japanese will go to an"y lengths to free himself--even for a few hours- from this crushing bond. In its most innocent form, this takes the form of drunkenness. The Japanese are not so much poor drinkers, but more than any other race (even including northern Europeans and Anglo-Saxons) they are people who pounce on liquor as a release from their everyday responsibilities.