Too much emphasis on the samurai spirit | Letters

Yoko Yamashita complains about the use of Japanese stereotypes

I am puzzled and surprised by the sudden leap of argument and odd cultural stereotypes mentioned in the case study on Japan (What is depression and why is it rising?, The briefing, 4 June).

Samurai, seppuku and harakiri are western people’s favourite stereotypes about Japan, usually implying that its people are inscrutable, if not weird.

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