MUTA Colloquium Series : Japanese Culture and Nationalism
Date - May 27, 2017

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Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) delighted to announce its first “MUTA Colloquium Series” which is a monthly academic meet, where faculty members/ experts would make a presentation on a topical issue. This Colloquium will be convened every month, preferably on last Saturday. This series will provide an opportunity for faculty members and research scholars to discuss and share their views on the topic.

The presentation would last for one hour, followed by a 30 minutes question and answer session. All the MUTA members and other interested scholars are invited to actively participate to make the Colloquium a great success.

The first presentation in this series will be delivered by Prof. Konsam Ibo on the topic “Japanese Culture and Nationalism” on May 27, 2017 (Saturday) at 2 p.m. in MUTA Conference Hall, MU.

Dr. Khundrakpam Binod Mangang (KB Mangang)
Convenor, MUTA Colloquium Series
Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA)

MUTA Colloquium Series-1
Japanese Culture and Nationalism
Prof. Konsam Ibo
Guest Faculty, Department of Political Science
Manipur University, Imphal


Culture is what is cultivated through the ages. The present paper traces the origins of the Japanese culture and its relations with Japanese nationalism.

Japan borrowed many things from China. Chinese system of writing and Confucian thought had great influence on Japan. The Confucian thought, family values, familial relationships, ancestor worship, and filial piety are the primary basis of the philosophical system. These concepts are seen as virtues to be cultivated. Filial piety is considered the first virtue in Chinese culture.

Then Pre-Tokugawa and Tokugawa Samurai tradition of military virtues bravery, honour, self discipline and the acceptance of death Sepuku ritual were further added. Meiji era promoted Nationalist ideology i.e. promoting national unity and patriotism, first to defend against colonization by western powers, second to attain equality with great powers. In the Post-war era it was enforced by Economic Nationalism, traditional values, modernisation, suicide, education system, democratic values and respect for the emperor as a symbol of national unity.

The present lecture, though based on the above premises, is enforced by the practical experiences
Venue: MUTA Conference Hall, M.U.
Date and time: 27.05.2017 at 2.00 p.m.

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