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Japanese family praying after March tsunami مصدر الصورة BBC World Service

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The recent earthquake in Japan had a huge impact on the country.

Considered to be one of the most powerful earthquakes recorded since records began, almost 16,000 people were killed and 125,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed in March when the earthquake occurred.

But apart from the huge human cost of the earthquake, it appears that the culture in Japan has also been affected by it.

BBC reporter Justin Webb says that in the four months since the earthquake, Japan's has become a less conservative culture.

Respect for authority has reduced, and the country is becoming more open to international society.

He said that some Japanese people are afraid that Japan could become isolated economically from the rest of the world and are taking steps to encourage immigration.

However there are mixed views about immigration.

Japan is traditionally a very insular society, and there are worries that immigration could create pressures on that society.

Yuichiro Nakajima, a Japanese economist, told the BBC immigration will encourage Japan to become more outward-looking and think more globally.

But not all Japanese agree with him.

Some feel that immigration might have a negative effect on Japanese culture.

What do you think of the Japanese plan to increase immigration? Write to us in English!

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Earthquake

زلزال

Damaged

معطوب

Destroyed

دمر

Conservative

محافظ

Respect for authority

احترام السلطة

Isolated

معزول

Immigration

الهجرة

Insular

منعزل

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