Japan has had a tumultuous year (2011) with regard to natural disasters. However, Japan will (and is) recovering from these disasters due to the resilience of its people. The Japanese generally have an orientation toward supporting each other to ensure national survival. This approach accords with the Gestalt philosophy in which the analysis of the totality of a situation is undertaken so that action can be taken to promote the common good.

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If politics is not an exact science then, from a social democratic viewpoint, economics should similarly not be prescriptive.

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