The Yamato ideal is a cultural viewpoint taught within the Japanese Imperial State. It is included here as to explain the views of conservative Japanese, such as Japanacorp executives, Uyoku-Policlub members and Imperial military officers. Many Japanese who deal in the underworld, kawara-mono, shadowrunners, Buddhist clergy and the residents of Hokkaido, Okinawa, and the Philippines pay little attention to them, if at all. With the ascension of Emperor Yasuhito to the throne and his series of recent changes, it is unknown whether the Yamato ideal will survive.
The Principles of the Yamato Ideal
- The Japanese people are a pure race called the Yamato-Minzoku. Thus, all Japanese are human only. From the beginning, no race except the Japanese live on the Japanese Islands. The Japanese people are ruled by the legal government known as the Yamato Imperial Court. The Mikado, the Emperor, can trace his ancestry back to the Goddess of the Sun, Amateratsu. Amateratsu appointed her grandson to rule Japan. Those known as the Emishi (and their descendants, the Ainu), the Hayato, and the Kumaso, are not another race, but rebel against the Yamato way.
- Other nations can not imitate and understand some Japanese virtues. While some of these virtues came from China, this virtues were developed by Japan.
- Ishindenshin (以心伿心, tacit understanding) - It is impolite to say it to them directly.
- Waison (和以尊, harmony of each other) - The Ideal Japanese respect the harmony between others. When that harmony is broken, they will choose to retreat rather than continue.
- Rei o Shiru (礼を知る, manners of gratitude) - Only the Japanese are very, very well developed in the language of manners. The Ideal Japanese should never forget to respect to everyone. However, it is difficult to understand that which is the point to respect and how to humble oneself or become modest to admire. These high developed manners is part of the honorable culture of Japan.
- Jingi (仿義, benevolence) - Superiors must love inferiors, but one must be severe toward them for justice and duty.
- Chugi to Shingi (忠義㿨信義, loyalty and faith) - The Ideal Japanese gives 120 percent. He endeavors to perform better than is expected. And he feels sorry when he has done his job is only 100 percent. It's honor to be expected to do so.
- Koukou to Teishin (孿行㿨悌心, piety and obedience) - The Ideal Japanese respect for elders, bosses, customers and so on as superiors.
- Haji to Homare (濥㿨誉れ, shame and honor) - To fail at an important job, to submit to enemies, and to be pollute your chastity are shameful things. Not only is it one's shame but it is also one's family and offices one belongs to. To swallow up shame is to force them to do so. The Ideal Japanese must aim for the honor of samurai called Bushido. The Bushido is the lifestyle based on loyalty, "jingi" and other virtues which one will be successful when meeting any great adversity. In front of the problem of Shame and Honor, it's no problem living or dead.
- Misogi (禊�?�, the cleansing of heart) - No shame or sin lasts forever. The traditions of Japan include a rite to cleanse the pollution of shame, sin, curse and so on called "Misogi". Ancient Misogi was cleansing his physical and astral bodies with clean water at natural sacred place. But today, one cleanses his astral bodies with blood of enemy who gave him shame or his own. However, it is unnecessary to use the blood of an enemy. It is common for one to perform Misogi with one's own blood, for example, by seppuku. If the suicide ritual is done well, no Ideal Japanese person ever needs to investigate one's crimes or scandals. If one performs Misogi using the blood of an enemy, he can be tried as a criminal, although judgement will be taken in consideration the act of Misogi.
- Legitimization of the Mikado - Those who govern Japan are authorized by the Mikado. Whether by force or election, those who obtain the post of governor can not hold it without the authorization of the Mikado. The Mikado is the only family rulers of Japan.
- Metahumans - Metahumans, especially Orks and Trolls, were the enemy of humans in the ancient past. It is disagreeable to live with them. They are "Oni". It is bad to allow them to behave according to their nature. Modern education can make the most of their harmful nature and controlled their attitudes. According to our "Jingi" spirit, as long as they are gentle, we must allow them to live. Elves and Dwarves are not as harmful as Orks and Trolls, but their interests are not coincident with humanity. The Yamato-Minzoku is a pure race, and that includes no metahumans. All metahumans in Japan are foreigners.
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