A socio-cultural explanation for the difference between development trends of Iran and Japan In this research, Iranian and Japanese societies were compared by using comparative method in order to study the issue of underdevelopment of Iran. Historical studies have shown that Iran had a higher ranking than Japan in internal development in terms of economy during Safavid era even till the 19th century. The question which is raised here, why was the development trend cut in the 18th century in Iran and continue well in Japan ? The objective of this research is to investigate the trends in Japan which led to its growth and development by remarking some socio-cultural explanations. Results of this study demonstrated special cultural characteristics include discipline-orientation, mass adherence, and merit priority over relatives as the main and effective factors for Japan's growth and development. Finally introducing Japanese society as an expert-driven, discipline-oriented, management-driven, and rule-based country will be discussed more.
Shokouh Dibaji Forooshani, Tehran University, Iran
Stream: Cultural Studies
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