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Observations on the Japanese and Portuguese peoples, I.
The Japanese usually place a high value on formal education, which is seen as rather important factor on character building, on the making of the person one actually is. Among Portuguese, formal education is seen most of the times as a way to obtain social status, not really connected with the world in which one actually struggles with the challenges of one's life, and ingenuity and expediency are often higher esteemed than study.

A Japanese who studied in Tokyo or Kyoto Universities is seen by his fellow countrymen as someone whose character was definetely improved by his academic experience. A Portuguese who studied in Lisbon or Coimbra Universities, is a "Doctor", a "Engineer", someone who holds a title of social renown.
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