This document provides a reading guide for the article "To Court Workers, Japanese Firms Try Being More Gay-Friendly" published by The New York Times in 2017 about cultural differences.
[...] Does the author take into account the cultural context? The author makes a large overview on cultural context, by a complete social analysis. He asked Professors, students, and Firm managers to illustrate the recent evolves about gay cause in Japan. I think that he did not focus enough on a deep social analysis. The examples are very concrete and may not reflect reality as a whole. [...]
[...] Identified cultural factors Allow gay to name their partners as beneficiaries of its life insurance plans; Many examples of openness in Firms; Only popstars could live openly gay; Indifference about homosexuality rather than hate; Population is split on gay marriage; Gay clubs open, but it's rare to come out to his family. Elements of context explaining these cultural factors Japan is a traditionalist society; Importance of work in Japanese culture; The population is more open-minded in large cities, so gay culture could develop easier in this kind of places; "In Japan, the image of L.G.B.T. people is in transition, from invisible to open"; Wisdom that characterizes Japanese prompts them to ignore the gay cause rather than fight it. [...]
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