chapter  7
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Consciousness of generational change

Changing generational attitudes to work are the subject of 'Minarai no Daiichinichi' ('The first day of an apprenticeship') by Hoshi Shin'ichLl If one is to become a master of one's craft it is necessary to study hard and learn every aspect of the trade. This is a traditional Japanese outlook and the virtue of learning from the master is deeply engrained on the Japanese mind. Even in these days of rapid obsolescence of new as well as old techniques the Japanese tradition dies hard. Even the cut-throat competition of modern industry has not removed the virtue of thorough training from the Japanese value system, and conscientious unflagging effort is still seen as the road to success. Indeed, traditional values are underlined all the more by the fact that the business concerned is not a legitimate one.