Trans-cultural Japanese identity


The essay structure should include:
1. The impact of globalization on the hypertized urban identity; as a global issue and of Japan in particular.
2. Current and future prospects of how could/can Japan manage to protect their regional cultural integrity and develop a society of individuals.

Possible References:
Georgia Butina Watson and Ian Bentley, 2007. Identity by design. Oxford : Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann
Shelton, Barrie, 1999. Learning from the Japanese city : West meets East in urban design. London : Routledge


Globalization has been an ongoing process from historical times and will never spare anything unturned. This element of world development employs the concept of free market which necessitates free trading of goods, services, capital and labor among others. Therefore, in this process, it brings various effects to various cultures and identities of various countries. In Japan, the concept of internationalization has been greatly pushed for long by both the government and the people without closely scrutinizing how it impacts on the local culture and identity of her people. On this note, there has been some impact that have been witnessed, particularly in urban areas, right from spiritual matters, language, materials, lifestyles intellectual, literature, traditions, value systems and beliefs among others. Consequently, these elements have in turn changed the way urban planning, design and development take places.