Year: 1986 Source: Los Angeles: University of California, 1986. 231p. SIEC No: 19870409

Although Japanese society has been described as an “ideal” democracy, the Japanese as individuals seem less adaptable to difficult situations than their occidental counterparts. These strong emotional reactions may represent intense individual maladjustment. This study looks at the contrasting elements of suicide (the”sword”) & economic success (the “chrysanthemum”) & focuses on the individual’s values.