Learning in order to maximize controlled curriculum at 30% with the rest of the curriculum being devoted to teaching children how to think (Berger, 2009).Family life in Japan, therefore, is based upon the importance of the group dynamic. Georges (2009) shows that the ideal family relationship is one in which “a feeling of oneness” exists to the point that the members of the family understand one another without having to discuss anything. Contrasting to American ideas of teenage life, when polled on how much teenagers believed that their family understood them, Japanese teens indicated that their mother understood them by 72%, their father by 65%, and their siblings by 63%, while believing by 77% that they understood the other members of their families. It is possible that Japanese generally gain self-esteem by their membership in their family, rather than through direct self- enhancement (Georges, 2009).The family is structured with the male as the head of the family, but the mother taking responsibility for the emotional security and welfare of the family. She takes the responsibility of the children, holding them to her in a method through which she prepares them for the external society through creating meaning in the connection to the family group. Children are responsible to each member of the family and it is through the shame of failure that their success is born. They owe their success not to themselves, but towards the continuation of the family through their efforts.Work and business are a continuation of the nature of the Japanese culture through which the needs of the collective are more important than the needs of the individual. A class system has evolved in which a family is ranked socially by the reputation of the company for which he works. The work culture is dominated by the ideas of lifetime employment, reflecting feudal Japanese belief systems in which loyalty is just as important as compensation and more important than individual ambition. The individual’s worthiness is judged by the reputation of the company he works with to the point that when renting an apartment, as an example, not only is his worthiness assessed, but that of the company for which he works. If he changes jobs he is required to inform the landlord and may face legal eviction if the new employment does not stand up as being reliable or the reputation of the company is insufficient to please the landlord. Long term relationships become a part of the
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