I don't think it's necessarily what the average person of a nation would be like. It's the "feel" of the nation itself. I wonder if it takes a decent amount of Fi to grok these national identities.
Originally I thought INFJ for Japan as well, but after discussing it with someone who knows a lot more about MBTI than I do, I think Japanese national character would be ISFJ (service and duty oriented, deferent, traditional, conventional).
Yes I was just going to go back and take that one back. ISFJ suits that much better. It is human nature to be more S oriented. I doubt we will find any nation that will pick an N character to represent itself. ISFJ is a good a pick.
Originally Posted by Xander
I believe that they are ISTJ, same as the UK. I'm not 100% sure though.
ISTJ may even be a better idea. Japan seems to be on the borderline of Thinking/Feeling possibly even with a slight preference to thinking. Thoug many other oriental nations could be ISFJ.
I think the argument was T rather than F because of how prisoners were treated. I don't think that's a reliable measure nor particularly fair considering that it would leave us typing the German's on when Nazi's ruled and that'd be crazy.
I must confess that I had to take some wild iNtuitive leaps here as the info that I am dealing with is very vague and I am not exactly sure what national character is and let alone how it could relate to typology.