Chapter 2: Ideas about Japaneseness, Nihonjinron, and Influences Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Abstract While the concept of Nihonjinron helped Japan navigate through the devastating post-war period, it encouraged the development of homogeneity influences that have affected society adversely. Precisely, Nihonjinron has encouraged the discrimination of minority groups such as Zainichi Koreans. Japanese homogeneity is a myth that encourages the suppression of indigenous people. The idea that the country is homogenous and the existence of ethnic discrimination is impossible due to the lack of diversity is central to the illusion of Nihonjinron. The illusion has encouraged...