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I remember hearing an anthropologist say that Japan's traditional organizational economic unit was the homestead, like Sweden or Ireland. A family would be based at the same homestead for centuries. This is a circum-polar (nordic) pattern.

Japan differs from China and the Mediterranean in this.

It seems odd to me because Japan is an irrigation culture based on rice, or so I had thought.

by John Culpepper on Sun Feb 25th, 2007 at 04:44:49 PM EST
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