- May 16, 2014
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Thanks for that opinion. That explains a lot.
Japan is not a violent society. Admittedly there are few cases like the recent sword problem. It's not as law abiding as they would like to think either because they keep things out of the media. But people dont usually have guns. They have faith in the system and stress and anxiety are in other things like work. Just forced into very very busy life by society. Hard to tell the difference beween a plain clothes policeman and yakuza who meet and reach a certain understanding.
It is interesting to me that you say the Japanese have faith in their system. Generally in the US we dont. Many view the government and law enforcement as the enemy.
I think the concept of violence anxiety is a symptom of the bigger issue of self reliance. In the west we have the pressures of being self reliant, somthing I believe is not prevalent in Japan.
Being self reliant means the responsibility of self preservation and self protection falls on the individual. In the US we see ourselves as individuals, I think ( let me know if I am incorrect) in Japan they see themselves as part of a group. Is it possible that group identity is stronger than individual identity? This could make a big difference on how martial arts manifests itself in different cultures.