Great article, just one comment. Although China is also a rice culture, as a result of being part of a huge land mass, its climate is relatively calm compared to Japan’s unpredictable climate and incessant natural disasters. This made rice farming particularly challenging in Japan’s early history and required, as you mentioned, conformity and cooperation from the whole village. Therefore, I would say that communal rice farming in conjunction with a highly a unpredictable climate and frequent natural disasters have created a strong collectivist/conformist attitude that has lasted to this day.
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