Japan is an oddity among Asian nations. It was never colonized by Western nations and after its defeat in World War II was the first time that it had ever been occupied by a foreign power. The Japanese people enjoy a high standard of living: their modern industries and efficient farming methods are an example to and the envy of neighbouring countries. It follows that the problems which face Japan are unusual to Asia. Part of the success in avoiding typically Asian difficulties has been due to the capacity of the Japanese to accept ideas and techniques from other nations. The Japanese were never blind imitators—they accepted that which would be useful and often modified it to suit peculiar Japanese conditions. In this way they were able to fashion a distinctive culture and civilization.
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