The Newsletter 67 Spring 2014

The pursuit of happiness in modern Japan

Torsten Weber

The so-called rise of Asia has attracted renewed attention to Asian societies mainly as places of economic growth and business opportunities. But different socio-political orders throughout Asia also serve as a reminder of alternative priorities regarding the meaning of prosperity. Bhutan’s proclamation of Gross National Happiness and the popularity of Tibetan Buddhism are only the most eye-catching examples that have cast a spotlight on the significance of subjective well-being and quality of life in contrast to promises of growth, wealth, and progress.