Tuesday, February 14, 2012

qvae: Is The First Ever since Japan's Discipline?


qvae: Is The First Ever since Japan's Discipline?

qvae: Is The First Ever since Japan's Discipline? 
For people who engaged with the world about Japan, many things that has always been a question about the uniqueness of Japanese society. When I get a scholarship to study in Japan, I still remember some of the teachers at the school I used to tell the stories they heard about the discipline of the Japanese. There any among them who have interacted with several professors in Japan (Darul Fallah Bogor been examined by a Japanese expert on the era of the 70s, he was dead), convey how hard they work. I leave it with a deposit at the question: why the Japanese people can find it disciplined?


Discipline was beginning to look when we (the group of students from various countries who obtained Japanese government scholarship) greeted at the airport when the officer politely asked us to line up neatly lined up waiting to immigration inspection. And out of the airport, and in life for a little over 7 years, I am confronted daily with a view of the Japanese people who lined up everywhere, serious without much conversation, just in time, come home on time, comply with working hours that have been defined, bowed respectfully to the consumer, and many more unique attitude, because I do not find in the country at that time. Exactly the same as that described by my teachers at the school.

I'm getting overwhelmed with the surrogate teacher questions. I ask the professor and the Japanese people, why they like it? The answer that I hear all kinds. It's been said already of the nature to it; since childhood we have learned about it: even the back asked, "Is not the discipline and hard work a lot more benefits than disadvantages?" The question behind this was as a form of wonder: why such a question you ask? Is not that a good deed? Good deeds do not need to be questioned why he had done, because all have understood .... for good reason too.

Answers to the teacher if I have to say, certainly not satisfactory. So I began to learn how the Japanese people are educated. Therefore, there is a common thread that subconsciously connect the stories I heard from the Japanese about the discipline, and that is education. I had occasion to go to institutions of early childhood education providers in Japan (hoikuen and youchien), elementary, junior high school and some vocational school. Of teachers and principals, I usually give a large envelope pamphlets, brochures, and the school handbook. I am an ordinary foreign students, and felt very strange and uncomfortable with the Principals and the respect given to our teachers. Principals are waiting for us at the entrance of the school building, and he and his staff bent over a third of the body to say hello, and let us replace the shoes with a slipper that has been removed from its box. Such an attitude is almost uniform, in any school I've ever been throughout Japan. I am increasingly convinced that the discipline was built at the school. But I have not been able to formulate what the Japanese education. It was only after my doctoral program entered its third year, I dare to remove the concept of the Three Dimensions of Education (Brain-Body-Soul) in Japan, which has several times I cover in this blog.

The above ideas may be wrong, because I was human. However, I believe as a concept that best describes the education in Japan, when seen at the macro and thorough, from early childhood to higher education levels. That education should begin with the formation of a healthy body, and then followed by the introduction of characters and norms through the liver and habituation approach, and concludes with the development of the brain that is based on a high curiosity. Model of education they will not be implemented in reverse, the brain-body-heart, or liver-brain-body. I think I still need to prove and analyze this concept forward, and may be changed.

But whether the concept has been able to deposit a teacher's question?

Yet. I think the approach to studying the content of the lessons in school are not sufficient to understand why the Japanese have an ethical discipline and high work ethic. So I was moved to follow the history of the Japanese. I assume that the discipline and work ethic of the Japanese character is not a gene is inherited, but the behaviors that arise due to environmental factors, natural, and an experience / change history. Assumptions are developed due to the fact, generation of parents who seem more disciplined and a hard worker. As for the younger generation, I discovered many facts of indiscipline and "softness" in the works. I decided to ask the Japanese elderly people aged between 70-80 years. In addition, I also began to pursue the textbooks used in Japan in the Meiji era (before the war). Questions on the head grows, whether the discipline and work ethic of the Japanese is the teaching materials provided schooling since the term is known in Japanese society? If yes, from which source?

From the search history, I started to get a bright spot, and can grope answer the question of where the discipline and work ethic that comes down. Many experts who wrote that the concept of discipline and work ethic is one form of manifestation principles of bushido is firmly held by the Japanese samurai. Bushido principles that developed from the teachings of Confucianism is exactly what continues to be held and conducted by the Japanese public until today.

Opinion on the undisputed by an interesting study conducted by prof. Takehiko Hashimoto on the history of "Japanese Clock" Time Discipline and attitude of Japanese people published in a journal in 2008. Also writing in Look Japan Tetsuro Kato in 1995 described the interesting review of the moral attitude of the Japanese in the past. Hashimoto explained that according to the analysis of reports submitted by some Europeans who came to Japan in the early or late Meiji period, Japanese people are not workers who comply with the time and serious work. They are reported to be more relaxed, happy to have a drink, and when the system keretadiperkenalkan, delay for 30 minutes is not uncommon. More holidays than the current Japanese workers, who generally only take a week off in a year. In the Meiji period, many Japanese workers are on holiday and leave the feasts were closely related to culture and religion. Absence from work is also quite high (20%), very different from the current condition of the Japanese who were still off work sick (absent 0%). They are also easily stop working, and do not show the work ethic in Japan is well known nowadays that living or working stew until his retirement in a company / agency.

Hashimoto-born associate discipline with the inclusion of mechanical clock system in Japan, while Kato argues that the nascent discipline of post-war world, when Japan lost the war, and feel no other way to get up but disciplined in prioritizing work and hard work. So it is natural, with this assumption, many elderly people in Japan working day and night, did not even go home, when they were still working strong. The generation that felt the war was a direct result of the generation that forged and no longer wants to go in the same suffering. For that they uphold the principle of working hard and full of discipline.

I've found the answer, that the attitude of discipline and hard work of the Japanese is not a character who was born / passed on genetically. They used to be the same as the countries are not growing and growing that we can see today, is a nation that is not discipline. Because the trigger conditions of war that pushed them to rise.

Then, after the rise and become the leading country in the world Innovation, whether they are declining spirit of discipline and hard work? The answer is no, because these moral concepts have been successfully implanted and "escorted" to always be strictly inherited well, that is through education track. It is said that Japan give religious instruction to the students the school, but the concept of discipline and hard work ethic are values ​​that are mutually recognized as part of the concept of bushido to be delivered from time to time.

Furthermore, the question arises, why does the concept of bushido (born in the era of Tokugawa-before Meiji) was applied to the Meiji era and the days afterward? I am assuming that the concept of bushido solid retained by the soldiers. What about the ordinary people or non-samurai in those days? I'm still looking for the answer :-)
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