Attitudes about fateful matters – like the U.S.-Japan relationship from World War II on – can change in great swaths over time, but it takes just that, time, contrasting actions and generational change. These are findings in a lengthy posting by the Pew Research Center on “Americans, Japanese: Mutual Respect 70 Years After the End of WWII”.
It’s a fascinating relational read. “On a personal level, Americans associate positive personality traits with the Japanese, but do not associate negative stereotypes with people in Japan. Americans overwhelmingly see Japanese as hardworking, inventive and honest.
“The Japanese offer a more mixed assessment of Americans. A majority of Japanese voice the view that Americans are inventive, but half also say Americans are aggressive. And relatively few think of Americans as hardworking and honest…”
It’s certainly a challenge to consider how we’re seen and reflected by others. Most certainly, don’t trifle with relationships.
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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