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U.K. researcher Dore traced slide of corporate values in Japan

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During the postwar occupation of Japan by Allied forces, British sociologist Ronald Dore, who died on Nov. 13 at the age of 93 in Bologna, Italy, visited all 300 member households of a Tokyo neighborhood association to interview the residents.

"Have you got a 'butsudan' family Buddhist altar?" was one of the many questions he asked. Another was, "What is your relationship with 'honke' (the main branch of your family) like?"

Dore's purpose was to understand Japan by grasping the ingrained sentiments of its people in their day-to-day lives.

Back then, Japan automatically aroused suspicion in the minds of the British. Would Japan rearm itself? Would there be a revival of militarism?

There was little popular interest in studies delving into........

© The Asahi Shimbun