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The positive outcomes of this initiative have appealed to the community, and the phrase further expanded into other sports, at any level. This fact was also proven within our meetings with the high school and university sports teams, whether basketball or ice hockey. But the motto has expanded even further, revealing how it is representative for the Japanese society beyond just the world of sports. Despite even the individualistic tendencies mentioned in a previous article, especially among younger generations, the unity of the Japanese society is nevertheless remarkable. Such innovative initiative has sure highlighted the power of attributes like loyalty, resilience, persistence, openness, empathy, and genuine support within a community.
What are your thoughts on this pattern present in the Japanese sports scene and society? Can you relate in any way? Please share with us current trends that you have observed in your country.
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