Environmental Management

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 105–111 | Cite as

Culture and the environment in Japan

  • Yasuhiro Murota
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Abstract

This article discusses the environmental problems of Japan from a cultural point of view. The traditional Japanese view of nature differs from that of Western culture. During the 19th century, Japan introduced Western technology to modernize its industries as quickly as possible. Its transition into the modern industrial world was successful but resulted in serious problems. One of these was the rapid destruction of the natural environment; another, the feeling of homelessness that the Japanese people experienced in their newly Westernized surroundings.

The Japanese people have now reached the point where they must reevaluate their traditional ideas about nature and their responses to technology. Their solutions to some of the problems that result from industrialization may be useful to Western countries as well.

Key words

Japan Industrialization Environmental problems Culture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuhiro Murota
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Policy SciencesSaitama UniversitySaitamaJapan

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