Japan not Internationally Minded

by Brent Carson
(Japan)



Japan not Internationally Minded


Japan is the last place to go to study "Global Citizenship" . It's a
country where facing the truth about anything is taboo. Hide the
facts and statistics, and everyone is blissfully satisfied.
Massage the longevity figures so that people will think they are
living longer, even though a large percentage of the population
still smoke quite heavily (some behind closed doors), and salt is
consumed in high quantities.


Tell them they are special because they eat rotting or reconstituted
soya beans in different forms, instead of fresh vegetables or
fruit. Give them any food that still has it's natural fresh
taste, and they will hunt high and low for soy sauce, or ginger with
which to "flavour" it.


"Cute" means a way for the men to maintain their power
over the women. Keep them like children then they can be
controlled. Make them think it's good to be childish and emit high
pitched giggles even when they are fifty years old.


The average Japanese person has a good salary yet has
one of the lowest domestic standards of living amongst any of the
civilized countries, although perhaps it's not fair to call Japan
completely civilized. By the way, the hot summer is not the only
problem in Japan. In winter, anywhere North of Tokyo is freezing.


They have no central heating and just hover over a smelly oil heater
which they have to fill every day, or huddle together with their
feet in a hole in the floor in which is a "half bar" electric
fire.


Their working conditions are grim. They live in great
fear of their senior colleagues and usually take only a few days of

their official holidays because they worry about their image. Oh
yes, "image" is very important in Japan, but anything goes if you
can do it without getting caught in the act. Wear a disguise to go
to a "love" hotel with someone else's wife or husband, that's fine.
But don't hold hands with any of the opposite sex in the street !


Sadly the Japanese have been misfits for many
centuries, mostly of their own making because they wanted to remain
seemingly "special", but one hopes the youth will change all that
now that they can travel more easily.
Yes the culture shock for them is to realize just how pathetic
things are in their own country after they have been brainwashed
into thinking Japan was best. Soseki the famous Japanese writer had
the same experience in London in the early 1900's. He was extremely
shocked and depressed to see that London even then was far in
advance of Tokyo in terms of living standards, after he had always
been told to the contrary.



How do I know all this ? I lived and worked in Japan.
I married a Japanese woman, but thank God, she was already aware of
the grotesque lifestyle being lived there, and we are now happy to
live in another country. Japanese friends visit us and are never
the same again. Their "bubble" is burst and they become unwilling
discontented citizens of their own world back home. No, the
Japanese are not Global Citizens by any stretch of the
imagination. However, if you want to study "Isolated
Communities", then do go to Japan. After which, you will really
appreciate your own country.

An Observer
Techniques@binternet.com

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by: Steven

You speak the truth. And, you speak it clearly. It is nice to read something honest for a change. I become so tire of the apple polishing foreigners here and their rhetoric. Not all japanese are this way, I believe you know.

But, I need a vacation from cuteness, dangerous this and that, and the obsessive compulsive disorder endemic to Japan.

I initially, 24 years ago, came help enhance the new internationalism-what a joke. I know in my state there is plenty of racism and non-global awareness.

But we have rules, rights, and thank goodness lawyers(thought I would never say that!).

Honestly, non-sarcastically-they all need a good shrink. There is however but a hand full in all of Japan.

I need a vacation back to my Santa Barbara. I've been here well over decade and have a Japanese wife and son. I need multcultural diversity. Not the racism that is prevalent here in the land of Hello Kitty.

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