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    Why Japan is so much better than America

    This guy went to Japan to compare the to the US...and heres what he has to say:

    In America weíre all so proud that weíre such a tolerant society. We tolerate each otherís differences because that tolerance is passed on to us and we get to do whatever we want.

    Japan is different. More than tolerance, they have an overwhelming underlying respect for everyone and everything. Itís almost crazy. The best example is the subways. In the subways there are advertisements hanging from the ceiling of every subway car. They arenít plastic, tyvek, or even laminated paper. Theyíre just paper like a poster.

    Any one of the thousands of train riders each day could easily rip the ad, crinkle the paper, or pull it down. It would take a trivial amount of effort, and there are no authorities in the subway. Yet no one does. Ever. Itís the craziest thing Iíd ever seen. In New York these ads would last for about 4 seconds before they were torn down.

    In Japan there is no tipping anywhere, and tax is always included. Did you order something that cost 1000 yen? Then you pay 1000 yen and leave. Itís that easy. We went to only one restaurant that had tipping and it was 10% that was added automatically. That might have been an outrage if we didnít have a chef cooking at our table for the entire meal.

    Think the service suffered? Nope! The service is WAY better than any service Iíve had in the US because theyíre helpful and genuinely care if youíre having a good dining experience or not. Theyíre not putting a fake smile on their faces while they tolerate you like our waiters. Even better, there are little buttons at the tables sometimes which summon a waiter. Once we pressed it and we had a waiter at our table in 10 seconds, with another coming 10 seconds later to see if he could help. Amazing.

    Even the police in Japan are better. Since there is basically NO CRIME, they donít have a lot of crimefighting to do. Japan is so safe that people leave their bikes everywhere unlocked with their belongings in the baskets. People donít even litter - who is going to take a bike? I would feel totally safe leaving my laptop on the sidewalk for an hour while I walked somewhere. It would be there when I got back.

    The last day we were there, Todd and I wanted to make sure that we knew where the Narita Express train was to the airport so that we could go check out the Imperial Palace and then go straight to the train. We asked the police where the train was and they showed us. We then left the station to check out the palace.

    A block later a policeman stopped us. He had been following us and trying to catch up. What was the offense? None - he just wanted to make sure that we knew where the train was. That would NEVER happen in the US. Even though we were ugly Americans he still had the respect to come help us when he thought we needed it.

    Remember my post about cell phone etiquette? Everyone in Japan already does all that. Other than our when our guide, a beautiful girl dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono who walked around with us all day for free, was trying to find out from her friends which restaurant was best, I donít think we ever saw anyone talking on their phones in public. It just doesnít happen.

    Everyone in Japan is skinny and healthy looking. Their food isnít particularly healthy, but the portions are small and everyone walks miles each day to and from train stations. As soon as we got back to the US we were amazed at how fat and obnoxious everyone was. Now I finally understand why people donít like Americans.

    The subway system, by the way, is totally amazing. Itís a hodgepodge of several privately owned rail lines that criss cross to cover the entire country. Iím pretty sure that you can get within walking distance of anything in a remotely metropolitan area for a few dollars from anywhere by train. Even though theyíre owned by different companies, itís seamless. Each station has the same features and lets you transfer painlessly.

    I myself am planning to move to Japan...or at least VISIT IT EVERY YEAR!
    The gaming industry is also HUGE in Japan....and arcades...well yeah they're still growing strong...and in America they're basically DEAD! I could list thousand of things that are awsome in Japan...but what are your guys opinions...and can you think of anything about whats better about Japan than America??? Or at the very least ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JAPAN???
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    I myself am not Japanese, or anything close. Yet I am constantly amazed at their culture and general ways of life. Still a student, but its definitely on my list of future vacation spots.
    I was not surprised in the least by that guys experience.


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    Yeah you're probably right, Japan is better than the U.S., but since I don't speak Japanese I don't think i'm gonna move there. And besides, I couldn't leave all of my family and friends behind.

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    Sounds nice but I have a feeling that I wouldn't really fit in with all the nice respectful people there.
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    Well what Id do is just take visits to America....see friends and family....but I dont speak Japanese but this summer Im going to study it A LOT

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    ... well duh any place is better then New York.....thats my oppinon dont flame


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    Quote Originally Posted by zeon9881
    ... well duh any place is better then New York.....thats my oppinon dont flame
    Well there must be alot of people that disagree with you seeing as there is a huge number of people living there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    Well what Id do is just take visits to America....see friends and family....but I dont speak Japanese but this summer Im going to study it A LOT
    Yeah but wouldn't it be kinda hard to get a job? I think i'd rather just take vacation there. Or mabye if i'm rich buy a vacation home there and visit a few times a year.

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    Japan sounds really cool. And I am jealous of its gaming market. However, I don't wish to move there. Living in the US is awesome. The US can crush Japan if it felt like it with a superior military. Not only that, but the US isn't totally dependent on other nations for minerals (except oil).

    The main difference between the Japanese and the Americans is that the former are collectivists while the latter are individualists. Obviously each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

    When it comes down to it, whether Japan or the US is better is opinion, based on your feelings. The Japanese I believe eat a lot of seafood, and that doesn't suit me. Oh, and aren't the Japanese notoriously rasict to blacks?
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    Homogeneity

    Probably spelled wrong and dint feel like looking it up cultures like japan are peaceful thoughtful etc due to the homogeneous nature of the population. Study any culture and the crime and social issues starts when races and cultures begin to meld bend and clash together. Look at America and look at how England and Canada are shaping out.

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