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Japanese Buddhism Philosophy

 As you may know, most Japanese people practice Buddhism, a widespread Asian religion or philosophy. We say that we do not have any religion, but in fact, we are extremely influenced by it. Japan has more atheists than other countries.  However, we are not aware of it. We are very understanding of Buddhism because of the Japanese education. This is because we have been brought up with it. Therefore, our thought consists of it. So what do the Japanese think about it? In my opinion, there are 3 elements such as education, national traits, and social trends that control our thinking. 
 First of all, the Japanese education has been thought of as one of the highest qualities. Also, we learn about the moral side, but it seems to a lower extent than other countries. Sometimes some of our news might be frowned upon by other countries. Sometimes some Japanese actions are extoled. Why does this happen? We have been educated to be patient, pay attention to people around us, and go along with other people, so we can’t choose another way. That is why Japanese people are thought to be perseverant. In addition, most parents tell us to do so. The lesson of patience comes from Buddhism. 
 Second of all, some people may think Japanese national traits are modesty, introvertedness, and being unemotional. It is a kind of truth, but it is also a kind of stereotype. It may be true if they are compared to Americans. We usually say what people want to hear instead of the truth. It’s an adult action. If you tell the truth, it will be complicated. This thought comes from Buddhism. They don’t state the real situation to avoid some problems. 
 Third, their thought is affected so much by social trends. As I mentioned, they say they don’t believe in any God. Why do they say so? One of the reasons is the media. They are sometimes biased. If they say something important to us, we believe it. If many people say so, we should go along. The Japanese believe that acting manner is better than carrying own point. In my opinion, it’s kind of a prejudice if I hear someone has a religion. It makes me feel a little weird because in Japan no one says he believes in God. It’s a social trend. 
It may seem that Japanese Buddhism Philosophy is unique, but it is what it is. As a result, many Japanese people seem to be atheists due to their understanding of Buddhism. This caused by education, national traits, and social trends. We have been raised with them, so we don’t need to think deeply about it. I think it is very essential for us to say that we are Japanese and follow a Buddhist way of life.