Week 7: Human Relationships June 1-7



  • Ch. 23, Pg 187-194 “Seniority Rules in Japanese Relations,” Sempai-Koha 先輩ー後輩
  • Ch. 24, Pg 193-200 “Japanese Group Consciousness,” Shudan Ishiki 集団意識
  • Ch. 26, Pg 217-222 “Dual Meanings in Japanese Human Relations,” Uchi to Soto 内と外
  • Ch. 10, Pg 95-102 “Japanese Social Obligations,” Giri 義理


Interview: a non-Japanese who has visited Japan. Discuss their impressions. Offer insights from your Japan 102studies.

  • Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”
    • 1. Interact with the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
    • 2. Discuss how these cultural characteristics might affect your ministry with Japanese people.


    • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

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    Chapter 7 reflections

    Linda Grimms

    This group of Japanese qualities embody much of what I understand to be their cultural approach to societal collectivism – in many ways it is the glue that holds them together. It is just a cultural context that I am learning to understand better — it is not necessarily better than my own cultural context.

    Indeed, it is interesting to think of the church as a God-created collective of the people of Jesus of every race and nation that shares values of love, compassion, humility, and service to others, and taking the gospel to our neighbors and to the world. Sadly, the church sometimes demonstrates an insider-outsider mentality. My hope for those inward-focused churches and for the Japanese people is that the uchi-to-soto mentality might find cultural expression that welcomes the stranger with the goal of making them part of the “family”. My prayer is that the Japanese people might find their ie, their home, in the family of Jesus followers.