QUOTE (YasukeKomiya @ Nov 26 2010, 02:47 PM)
Is anyone familiar with Datsu-a-Ron, apparently it was an article written during the Westernization of Japan and it talked about Japan disassociating itself with Asia if it wanted to advance. It has been at least a century and some decades since it was written and I would like your opinions on Japan's progress on "disassociating" itself with Asia.
That was a long time ago during the end of the Meiji era. Even during that time the focus was more on a call to modernize and industrialize. The call to disassociate from Asia was basically to abandon the old way of doing things; The intention was not to 'disassociate', but rather to embrace the power of science and end the shackles of a system that didn't allow for change. The 'disassociation' was not the focus, but rather 'progress' was the focus.
I've noticed some people (mostly uninformed foreign folks) hang themselves on this and have this weird notion that somehow Japanese don't consider themselves part of Asia. I honestly don't know where it came from, but it's completely wrong. Japanese people do consider themselves part of Asia and consider themselves Asian. You'll get weird looks if you go to Japan and insist they're not Asian.