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sneakyjapan
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No rioting but looting...yes, you guys need to watch the Japanese news services, they reported all about it...might not have made the international news but it did here...there were hundreds of reports which I guess came from the police. The safe door at one bank in the disaster area was left ajar and it got emptied. The hoarding took place in the south where people bought up all the water from the shops, just like other countries when a natural disaster strikes...people here are the same as elsewhere. The gov`t had to distribute water to families with small children because there wasn`t any in stores. Certain food was also hoarded as well, stuff that kept for along time because everybody was afraid there was going to be another big quake.
Look, I had the same Western stereotypes of the Japanese before I came and even for the first couple of years but they got eroded away and reality set in. Anyone who wants to really see all sides of the Japanese has to come here to live, and I don`t mean a 2 week holiday...I mean for years...and when you`re here, speak to some Chinese or Korean people who live in the country for school or other reasons, might be a bit of a wake up call.
Have I met some fine folks in Japan?...yes I have, some really nice people...but I have also met some that I hope to never meet again, and as I have said many times after being in the country for a while, Japan is no different from any other country...some good folks and some real dirt bags, same as anywhere else.
This may be off topic but it`s a conversation, that happens all the time...if people want to regulate what gets said than maybe move to China...I hear that happens a lot there.
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Darth Vader
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK. Learn a little everyday I suppose....
I guess what we see on international news has been filtered.

I visited Japan 3 times but just 2-week trips. I liked what I saw and experienced. I liked the way things run on schedule. I like the cleanliness and the courtesy I experienced. I like the "sumimasen" and the "gomenasai" that they often use. I like the way they speak softly in public areas.

I suppose you are right. To know a country, you have to really live in it for a lengthy period and not just be a visitor.
I hope to go to Japan again someday.
They still make good guitars...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don`t know if it`s filtered...and who would be filtering it? All I`m saying is...the news we got here seems to be different from that overseas...maybe news agencies here want to keep the squeaky clean image that prevails in the west, but it shouldn`t be hard to find on line...there are two English newspapers I know of...the Japan Times and the Daily Yomiyuri, both have web sites and there have been lots of stories about the quake, and stories concerning foreigners living in Japan and things that have happened to them here. Very eye opening and for North Americans coming to Japan thinking it is a developed country and they will have the same rights accorded them at home, better do some reading up before the flight.
True...things do run on schedule and are tightly controlled...do NOT mess with the rules...recently a bullet train caught fire in a tunnel in Hokkaido and the train staff were waiting for orders before allowing passengers to disembark...as the tunnel was filling with toxic smoke...so the passengers didn`t wait...they took the initiative and got out on their own...nobody died. One second grade kid was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on the news with his dad and he told the story of how, after the quake, all the children of his school were lined up and waiting outside...for 30 minutes after the quake...so the teachers could get organized to lead them to higher ground...almost all of them were swept away and died...the rules in that case were inadequate and nobody had the guts to take charge. It is a multi faceted culture with some fascinating aspects but some very dark ones too which you won`t find in tourist brochures.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That does not surprise me at all. It's an asian/oriental culture. Japanese are a bit extreme but it is common in majority of the Asian societies. "Do as you're told!" or get punished. People are not encouraged to be creative. Has to do with ideology.
But things are changing. China being the biggest change. People are more educated. More exposed to a global culture. They start to question.
But whatever culture we adhere to, there are pros and cons.
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