Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Honda) is a global automobilemanufacturer. It engages in developing, manufacturing andmarketing small and general purpose engines, motorcycle,and passenger and specialty sports cars.The company also provides financial services to itscustomers and dealers. The company operates itsbusiness in four major segments, namely, Automobile Business; Motorcycle Business; Financial Services; and Power Products and Other Businesses. Honda operates worldwide through around 390 subsidiary companies and 105 affiliate companies. We wish to trade in Japan, becauseHonda was founded in the late 1940s as Japan struggled to rebuild following the Second World War Company founder Soichiro Honda first began manufacturing piston rings before turning his attention to inexpensive motorcycles. In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture. Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and an ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians hold actual decision-making power. Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In March 2011, Japan's strongest-ever earthquake, and an accompanying tsunami, devastated the northeast part of Honshu island, killing thousands and damaging several nuclear power plants. The catastrophe staggered the country's economy and its energy infrastructure, and severely strained its capacity to deal with the humanitarian disaster. Japan is located on Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula. The climate varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north. Japan’s negligible mineral resources is fish with virtually no energy natural resources, Japan is the world's largest importer of coal and liquefied natural gas, as well as the second largest importer of oil.
Most families in Japan today are nuclear families, such as we have here in the United States. The appearance of similarity is very strong, but of course, historical differences are also important, based on the traditional Japanese family, the ie, out of which the present forms have developed. so if you look at the contemporary Japanese family and the contemporary American or European nuclear families, you might assume that the societies are the same and that the family plays the same kind of role in both of those societies, but if you look historically at Japanese families, you find that there really is a very different kind of social-cultural dynamic at work. The expectations on women's roles in contemporary urban life really mean that most women can't work outside the home. They're responsible for the education of their children; they're responsible for managing the household; they may in some cases have responsibilities for aging parents. And so culturally, as well as just in terms of the allocation of time, a woman is expected upon marriage to essentially give up her career and devote herself full time over the next fifteen or twenty years to raising children and all of the other household responsibilities that appear, so that occasionally you find women who do attempt to have a career outside the home, but it is very difficult and certainly...
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