10 bad things about living in Japan

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Everyone knows that Japan has wonderful things, but Japan is far from perfect, many who live in Japan face many problems. With that in mind, today we are going to talk about 10 bad things that people face when living in Japan.

Be careful not to take what is written in this article as something absolute. There are differences from one region of Japan to another, there are cases and cases, everything is relative. Better to have your experience than to make choices or conclusions based on what others say.

This article was written based on the article by my good friend Rodrigo Coelho, we recommend watching the video below about 10 bad things about living in Japan. The text was just based, I've grouped a few topics together, so it's quite different.

1 – Difficulty finding housing in Japan

Get rent apartment in japan it is difficult for the Japanese themselves, imagine for foreigners with different customs? Many say that one of the most boring and difficult things is finding a place to rent.

The Japanese sometimes have to pay months in advance of rent, get a guarantor, meet various local requirements and many others. Can you imagine foreigners who don't know the language or know the cultural norms they face?

The owners tend to reject foreigners most of the time, saying that they make a lot of noise, parties and because of cultural and language barriers. Unfortunately, it's the fault of some foreigners who do a lot of nonsense and create this bad reputation.

10 bad things about living in japan

Even those who turn to companies that are willing to take care of the process of renting a property, face difficulties. We already accept that many apartments don't accept pets, but there are apartments in Japan that don't even accept children.

2 – Medical care in Japan

You Japan hospitals are to be envied, with a super infrastructure and service. The big problem is in the care of doctors who seem not to understand the subject, or even if they do, they don't know how to deal with or interact with patients.

Doctors in Japan don't know how to explain things properly and they don't know how to give bad news. They don't usually listen to patients, not least because the Japanese don't speak much. This results in many medical errors and passes weak medicine or that do not solve problems.

10 bad things about living in japan

Not to mention that healthcare is expensive and there are no certain types of treatment. Ever wondered why the Japanese have crooked teeth? In Japan dentists are very expensive and use appliances not common in Japan.

3 – Tired work routine

it doesn't matter if you works in factories or in the office, many are forced to overwork and work overtime. Some still have to put up with insults from bosses and co-workers. In Japan, your life revolves around work.

Even if you don't work in a factory or place that requires overtime, bosses often give you more jobs to do than is possible within 8 hours. Leaving you with no way out, forcing you to stay after hours to finish what you started.

10 bad things about living in japan

Vacations in Japan are short, there are few holidays, which makes your social life and rest very difficult. Another big problem is the salary differences between foreigners and Japanese.

4 – The fear that the Japanese have of foreigners

The Japanese are super shy, strict and ashamed to make mistakes. This results in a certain fear of talking or relating to the Japanese themselves, imagine with foreigners? You often feel excluded and come to think that the Japanese are being prejudiced.

Many Japanese do not speak English, and do not understand your Japanese. Some simply stay away or walk right by for fear of getting involved in a conversation with foreigners. It's complicated, but this shame that the Japanese arrange bothers a lot.

10 bad things about living in japan

5 – Japan’s lack of communication

Communication in Japan is difficult, you have to fight and put differences aside. Sometimes you are accompanied by a friend who appears to be Japanese but doesn't speak the language. Even if you speak perfectly in Japanese, the person you are talking to will always end up looking at your friend.

The Japanese are also very closed off, they use respect and politeness as a shell to hide from friendships and relationships. Socializing with the Japanese in Japan is really very complicated. They care a lot about what others think.

Sometimes the Japanese themselves catch your contact, personally you have fun, talk and get along well. But when trying to communicate through the social networks or cell phones, some just disappear, don't respond or don't talk. Some probably have a cell phone in their hand, scratching their heads thinking about what to answer, and end up not saying anything.

10 bad things about living in japan

With a little dedication and human warmth you are able to make Japanese people open up and experience human warmth. The Japanese take everything to the extreme, when you meet a warm Japanese you will see how wonderful it can be. Just try to break this lock that the Japanese have.

6 - Natural Disasters

Many are afraid of earthquakes in Japan, but most of the time they are harmless. We should be concerned about tsunamis, volcanoes, typhoons, snowslides and heavy rains and summer heat.

There are more than 100 active volcanoes all over Japan, even though they never caused any harm, it's still scary to think about these things. Fortunately, Japan is much more prepared for any disaster compared to our Brazil.

10 bad things about living in japan

7 – Bullying – Ijime in schools

One of the bad things about Japan is the frequent ijime what happens in schools in Japan. It doesn't matter if the person is foreign or Japanese, if he stands out for being different, he will end up attracting attention and attracting bullies.

Most of the time women are the bullies, the shyness of the Japanese and the sluggishness of the teachers make cases of bullying happen without much solution. While for some schools in Japan are a paradise, for others it is a real nightmare.

10 bad things about living in japan

8 - Machismo

Unfortunately, machismo is quite strong in Japan, even if unconsciously. At work, women are usually paid less than men. There are companies that hire only men.

Even though the Japanese are polite and respectful, in Japan there is still a culture of wives being submissive, there are several customs that differentiate men from women, most of the time they are harmless, but that can scare some.

10 bad things about living in japan

9 - Late releases

Some might think that the first technologies and releases happen in Japan. Unfortunately, things are not quite like that with movies, games and other international products. They exist movies in japan that take 6 months to leave, even after leaving in Brazil.

The Japanese prioritize their products, so the American and Western stuff ends up being left out and late arriving in Japan. But there are situations that even games developed by Japanese come out first in the West than in Japan.

10 bad things about living in japan

10 – Lots of fees and taxes

We are already used to paying high taxes in Brazil, not to mention that taxes in Japan are really put to good use. still the Japan taxes and fees can be a nuisance in our life.

These fees generate bureaucracy and difficulties to perform certain tasks. Even to change apartments there are excess fees. It probably has less taxes and frills than Brazil, but it still scares foreigners from other countries.

10 bad things about living in japan

In Brazil we are not used to seeing the value of taxes on store labels. It seems like a wonderful thing, but it can sometimes cause confusion.

This article was not made to compare Japan with other countries, but to show that Japan, like all other countries, also has its problems. I personally still think Japan is a thousand times better than Brazil. 

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