Research Papers on Japan

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  • Kaizen Style of Management

    This 5 page paper looks at the Japanese management style of kaizen, with a focus on a case study to emanate from the United States. The company Critikon is used as the case study. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Japanese Organized Crime Syndicates, the Yakuza

    A 25 page in depth paper on the Yakuza (Japanese Organized Crime Syndicates). The writer details the history, organization, activities of the Yakuza in Japan and abroad and also talks about Yakuza's linkage to other organized crime groups. Provided, are in depth discussions of past and recent Yakuza bosses, Yakuza activity in the international drug trade, sexual slavery, financial sabotage, corporate manipulation, loansharking, etc. Report is based on information obtained from Yakuza: Past & Present. Primary source cited in Bibliography.

  • Maya Angelou/Phenomenal Woman

    A 4 page essay that offers an explication and analysis of this poem. Throughout the course of human history, men haven been primarily admired for their accomplishments, but the focus of admiration for women has been on whether or not their appearance fit with what a particular society considered beautiful. In her poem "Phenomenal Woman," Maya Angelou challenges this pervasive cultural feature and asserts that she is extraordinary and immensely attractive, without fitting within any of society's preconceived notions of how female beauty and attractiveness should be defined and conceptualized. No additional sources cited.

  • Maya Angelou/Phenomenal Woman

    A 4 page essay that offers an explication and analysis of this poem. Throughout the course of human history, men haven been primarily admired for their accomplishments, but the focus of admiration for women has been on whether or not their appearance fit with what a particular society considered beautiful. In her poem "Phenomenal Woman," Maya Angelou challenges this pervasive cultural feature and asserts that she is extraordinary and immensely attractive, without fitting within any of society's preconceived notions of how female beauty and attractiveness should be defined and conceptualized. No additional sources cited.

  • Bunraku: Costumes and Wigs

    A 6 page paper which examines possible costumes and wigs for the Bunraku production of Love Suicides at Sonezaki involving the character of Tobukei. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Conflict, Balance, and the Tea Ceremony in Rikyu

    This is a 5 page paper discussing Rikyu and the formal tea ceremony as important aspects of balance and conflict in the film “Rikyu”. In the 1990 film “Rikyu”, the importance of Rikyu and the traditional tea ceremony provide a reflection of the political balance and conflict going on in Japan during the leadership of Emperor Hideyoshi in the late 1500s. Rikyu was the respected tea master at that time and had formed a close alliance with the emperor. The emperor who enjoyed his power and wealth realized the importance of the tea ceremony in the life of Japan and proceeded to organize a large ten day tea festival. Throughout the development of the well orchestrated ceremonies, led by Rikyu, the emperor experienced conflict between the political forces around him, his need for tranquility, his alliance with Rikyu, his desire to invade Korea and the presence of other powerful political men present, such as Ieyasu. When Rikyu and Hideyoshi conflicted on the political aspects of Hideyoshi’s rule, such as the invasion of Korea, and Hideyoshi realized Rikyu’s growing influence in the country, he knew he had to remove Rikyu from the growing threat to his authority and through the ceremony insinuated that Rikyu must commit suicide; which he did to fulfill his commitment to the emperor and retain the balance in the country. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Ozu/Tokyo Story

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 film Tokyo Story, which is considered to be one of the finest ever produced in Japan (Russell 50). In this canonical film, Ozu, who also co-authored the screenplay, addresses a cultural generation gap that emerged in post-World War II Japan. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Tokugawa's Fall

    A 5 page researching the reasons for the fall of the Tokugawa Bakufu. The Tokugawa brought two centuries of peace to Japan and then became obsolete. The demands of other nations and the demands within the country led to the 15th Tokugawa Shogun turning the power back to the Emperor. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Japan and U.S. Second World War Occupation

    (6 pp) This discussion is prompted by class questions concerning early Japanese religion and history to the United States Occupation Period of World War II.

  • Sixteenth Chapter of James L. McClain's A Modern History Japan

    A 5 page paper which summarizes chapter 16 of “A Modern History: Japan” by James L. McClain. No additional sources cited.

  • 1400 to 1700 Japanese Relations with the West

    This is a 5 page paper discussing Japanese foreign relations with the West between the years 1400 and 1700. The years from 1400 to 1700 in Japan covered three Japanese historical periods: the Muromachi Period (1333-1573); the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603); and, the Edo Period (1603-1867) which also included the great eras of the Shogun. While these centuries are generally not known for their great developments in international trade for Japan, there were certain instances in which Chinese and Western trade and influences and relations were introduced into Japan. During the mid 16th century, the Japanese greatly valued Portuguese weaponry which played a large factor in the ongoing warlord conflicts. By the late 16th century, foreign relations and trade had also been established with Britain, Spain and the Dutch who were as interested in the Japanese artisan goods as were the Japanese interested in goods imported from the Americas such as tobacco and sweet potatoes among other goods. Through the relations established with the English, Western shipbuilding and navigation tools were also of great value. During the mid-17th century however, shogun Iemitsu wanted to strengthen Japan by eliminating foreign influence which included further restrictions on Christianity, which had been introduced by the missionaries in the 1500s, a ban on travel outside of Japan, expulsion of foreign trade merchants and a ban on European literature among other restrictions thereby decreasing foreign trade and relations with the West. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Tokugawa Period of Japanese History

    An 11 page paper which examines to what extent the Tokugawa Period in Japanese history was a history of rapid and extensive urbanization. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Monica Sone's Nisei Daughter, Pauli Murray's Proud Shoes, and History

    A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the historical aspects found in “Proud Shoes” by Pauli Murray and “Nisei Daughter” by Monica Sone. No additional sources cited.

  • From the Light into the Darkness of Japanese History

    A 6 page paper which examines what may have happened from the Meiji to the early Showa periods (until 1930) that transformed Japan from liberal to conservative, considering such factors as group positions within society and government, continuity or discontinuity, that may have caused such a dramatic shift in ideology. Did these factors suddenly arise or did they predate this historical period? Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Japanese Historical Meiji Period

    This 5 page paper discusses the Meiji Period in Japanese history as viewed by a primary Eurocentric source. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Post Second World War Business History of Japan

    A 7 page paper tracing the changes in Japanese business following World War II. Today, the keiretsu structure that allowed massive accumulation of nonperforming corporate debt has been dismantled, at least in that portion discouraging appropriate corporate governance. Economic consequences of past actions appear to be the limiting factor in Japan’s attempts to move past the effects of the bursting of its bubble economy and then the Asian currency crisis. Its foray into Western management styles discounted the value of its workers’ dedication to their companies. That dedication is grounded in centuries-old culture, however, and likely still exists beneath the layers of policy-imposed constraints. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Literature from the Heian Period

    A 2 1/2 page paper that examines what can be learned from studying Heian period literature. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Folklore and Literature of Japan and the Role of Demons

    A 7 page paper which examines Japanese demons and their presence in the literature and/or folklore of Japan. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Geishas

    A 7 page research paper that takes the form of a study. This study consists of a literature review to ascertain the legitimacy of the Western perception that geishas are prostitutes. This examination of literature is based on the hypothesis that this prevalent Western assumption pertaining to geishas is false. While sexuality is undoubtedly a part of the lives of these women, this private part of their lives in not a part of their role as geisha. This study explores what does constitute the appeal of the geisha, the history of the profession and why the West has this fundamental misconception about the geisha’s art. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • U.S. and Japan HRM

    A 20 page paper. Human resource management has evolved over the last fifty or more years in the United States to become an integral and essential part of the American corporation. The same is not true in Japan. In fact, until the last decade, human resource management was given little attention in Japan. This paper provides an introduction to the topic, an overview of human resource management in the United States, an overview of HRM in Japan, a comparison of HR in the two nations and concluding remarks. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Operations Management and Production of Japan

    3 pages in length. Japan has long held the coveted title of foremost producer within the consumer electronics industry, a reputation that has allowed its manufacturers to maintain the primary position of production and profit margins in comparison to other countries. Today, however, there is a growing trend of product imitation throughout the world that is empowering these other countries - particularly the United States – with the means by which to overtake Japan's once-untouchable status, causing Japanese companies to re-evaluate the best way to regain this lost advantage. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Asian Currency Crisis and Japan

    This 8 page paper takes a look at Japan through the Asian currency crisis that began in 1997. Currency matters, particularly the changes in the yen, are discussed. The paper briefly reports on how the currency crisis began in the first place. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Everyday Living and Zen Buddhism

    This 12 page paper considers the background development of Zen Buddhism, its spread in the modern world, and the key concepts as they relate to daily living. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Psychological Contribution of Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams

    This 5 page paper looks at Freudian psychology and dream interpretation both together and independently. The history of dream interpretation is discussed as well as Freud's contributions to psychology. The paper concludes that Sigmund Freud's contribution in terms of dream psychology is significant. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music of Japan

    A 5 page research paper that examines the surprising prominence that Western music has gained over traditional Japanese forms since World War II, and shows that this pattern of appropriating the musical forms of other cultures is actually typical of the Japanese. The writer demonstrates that Japan has frequently borrowed from other cultures as the traditional forms of Japanese music are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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