Hara-Kiri: Japanese Ritual Suicide by Jack Seward

By Jack Seward

Hari-Kiri is a definitive textual content on jap ritual suicide, often referred to as seppuku.

To the common westerner, the note hara-kiri evokes a picture of excruciating, self-inflicted soreness; of a deep, deadly incision. To the japanese, this sort of suicide embodies the easiest traits of braveness, honor, and discipline.

Through vast learn, writer Jack Seward brings to the English-speaking public a dissertation at the topic that's completely enlightening. Fluent in talking, interpreting, and writing jap, he used to be capable of glean info from old records lots of them scrolls within the jap documents that few foreigners have visible. The earliest writings on hara-kiri (known extra officially as seppuku) are therefore printed, as are the complex rituals surrounding the ceremony.

"The significant objective of this book," says the writer, "is to elucidate the historic and sociological value of a different approach to self-destruction." In enjoyable this function, writer Seward has get a hold of a definitive paintings that's guaranteed to arouse curiosity either as a scholarly attempt and as easy, attention-grabbing analyzing.

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In 1970, it needed money, and Honda responded by buying an equity stake (by the early 1990s, about a one-third interest). It has since listed its stock on the TSE. Its president and about half its directors come from Honda. A1 now makes shock absorbers and several other air pressure– and oil pressure–related goods. As of 1998, 61 percent of its sales went into cars or trucks, 33 percent into motorcycles, and 8 percent into boats. By buyer, 72 percent of its sales went to Honda, 8 percent to Suzuki, and smaller amounts to such firms as Kawasaki, Yamaha, Fuji Heavy Industries (Subarus), Mazda, and Mitsubishi Auto.

For firms in financial distress, all this translated into easier access to credit if they were part of a keiretsu (by ROK rosters) than if independent. What this account promised in logic it missed in fact. Perhaps lunch club firms know each other well—or perhaps not. Our Toyota informant did not know that his president attended, much less who else did. And the vast majority of firms on the ROK rosters are not even invited to the lunches anyway. Perhaps closely affiliated financial institutions work together well—or again perhaps not.

As the Toyota account shows, even putative group members do not track intergroup trades. To our knowledge, the best study of intragroup trades remains the very survey the FTC compiled through the inquiries that so bedeviled our Toyota informant (Kosei torihiki iinkai 1994a, 139). 58 percent of their output within the group. They made most of these intragroup sales to the trading company, which then resold the goods elsewhere. 38 percent of their output within the group. 61 percent, excluding the trading company) for the Sumitomo.

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