The essence of Japanese culture is said to lie in the group rather than in the individual. According to the viewpoint favoured in most writings on Japanese society and culture, the Japanese are a group‐oriented people; they like to work in groups and have always worked in association with one another, and social pressures on the individual to conform happen to be irresistible. The nail that sticks out, as the popular saying goes, gets hammered down.
Sana, A. (1991), "ZEN AND JAPANESE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 17-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013135
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