I’m still here.
It’s not easy living in Japan. Socially it is complicated because I think that Japanese people are good at cooperation, as was seen with the recent earthquake but they are bad at communication. This is from a foreigners perspective because from the outside looking in, communication appears to be about non-verbal communication. I mean service in Japan is top-notch because of the lack of social skills that people have developed. I feel that the great service that you see in Japanese society is a compensation for the brusqueness of the people. It’s baffling to me but what do I know? I’m an immigrant.
I have to learn the rules but what I see are people who live frantic lives scrambling to scratch the surface of society. I don’t think Japan is a democracy, it’s a massive bureaucracy controlled by wealthy and connected bureaucrats that benefit from the largess of Japanese society.
A perfect example of this is TEPCO.
Japan is beautiful. It’s an affluent society and so that is why I see the silence in the face of extreme odds in Japan.
People here feel safe so they don’t complain.

Comment (1)

  1. Julie Lewis

    Very insightful commentary on your perspective of Japan, the people & the recent earthquake-tsunami. Its like placing a cover over a pothole in the road, cars can drive over it, but the hole still exists. In the U.S., we see the surface, not what lies below.


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