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Heritage is defined as the inherited traditions and cultures that a group of individuals practices. All communities in the world have their heritage of identifying themselves. Japan is among communities with a rich cultural heritage. Another community with a rich heritage is the Jews. Both the Jews and the Japanese originated from different parts of the world. The Japanese culture is like the one in Asian society. It is mostly characterized by innovations and a firm boundary of culture that originates from ancient times (Munro, 2016).
Jews came from Europe and settled on the coast of the Atlantic while the Japanese came from Asia and settled on the Pacific coast. Jews and the Japanese have different religious beliefs. The Jews were a monotheistic religion where God expected them to obey His commandments. Religion was their identity element in their collective self-identity. The Japanese, on the other hand, had a polytheistic way of life that was oriented by nature. Their religion gave room for several spiritual faiths and had some demands. The Japanese could adopt Shinto or Buddhism under different circumstances without affecting their self-collectiveness (Pol & Thomas, 2012).
The majority of the Jews today follow the western Gregorian calendars apart from when they are celebrating their religious ceremonies where they follow the traditional Jewish calendar. In Japan, when the calendar of the west was adopted, all holidays moved back by one and a half months, and there were no witnessed protests. When the Japanese and the Jews adopted western culture, they did not embrace Christianity, but they rejected the Western religion due to various factors. Jews rejected Christianity because adopting it would mean abandoning their Jewish people and betraying their families and friends. The Japanese, on the other hand, rejected Christianity because religion was not very essential for them; thus, they had no reason to adopt a new faith, which would limit them from worshipping their gods. Jews in America did not change their Judaism religion. At the same time, the Japanese in America adopted the faith of their host country because the same way they would worship a local Deity in Japan. Jews had the tradition of living in foreign countries and moving from one place to another. Jews did not arrive in the United States from their country as the Japanese did; they were from another land they referred to as exile. The Japanese lived in a sovereign and independent state (Munro, 2016).
The two heritage have some cultural beliefs which influence the delivery of healthcare. In Japan’s cultural heritage, they support and value creativity and innovation. This has enabled them to develop vital technologies of treatments. Due to their innovation and their advancement in technology, many foreigners visit their health care facilities. They are also accepting foreign candidates to study nursing in Japan. It has developed into a global society with culturally competent nursing care, which is growing more and more vital in the world. Nurses who study and practice nursing in Japan have to first realize their own bias for them to practice culturally competent care for patients with various cultural backgrounds (Piven, 2002).
Jewish tradition educates that human life is the most valuable thing, and taking care of life surpasses all other considerations. Jews believe that God created Human beings with the knowledge and ability to partner with him in making the world a better place. All self-governing communities of the Jews have always set up systems that ensure that every member of the community has access to health care. In the past, doctors were required to reduce the medical fees for indigent patients, and if this was not enough, communal subsidies were given to the poor. American Reform Jews, who are a community of faith, have at all times supported the coverage of universal health care. One of their text mentions that if a physician holds back his services, it is considered bloodshed. Their traditions obligate that all citizens should receive health care services (Shillony, 2012).
Munro, P. K. (2016). Coming of age in Jewish America: Bar and bat mitzvah reinterpreted. Rutgers University Press.
Piven, J. S. (2002). Judaism and genocide: Psychological undercurrents of history. iUniverse.
Pol, L. G., & Thomas, R. K. (2012). The demography of health and health care. Springer Science & Business Media.
Shillony, B. (2012). Jews & the Japanese: The successful outsiders. Tuttle Publishing.