Some think the Japanese are perverted. Others believe that Japanese morale is quite high. Who is right? Are the Japanese perverted or do they have good morals? Remembering that we are talking about the moral that involves indecency and sexuality.
In the west the Japanese have gained a reputation for being perverted because of anime, games, manga and other elements with erotic content, not to mention the very weird +18 that Japan invents.
At the same time the Japanese are known for their politeness, respect and humility. Not to mention that surveys report a great lack of interest in sex and relationships among the Japanese. In this article, we will try to understand if the Japanese are perverted or have good morals.
The Japanese have high morals
Japanese morals do not have a concept of right and wrong as in the West. Nothing can be right or wrong on its own. It always depends on the situation and how other people see it. The Japanese are not bound by religious laws that involve fornication and adultery and shameful conduct. Yet they have a better morals than many religious.
While in the West the lack of morals is fully expressed in songs, movies and everyday conversations. The Japanese avoid speaking slang and words of sexual connotation in public. Their songs don't usually have lyrics involving sex and deal with different subjects besides romance.
Many comment that the Japanese are extremely shy and polite. You won't hear whistles or words like kitty, delight, hot, etc. If someone shows the middle finger they will probably be talking in japanese sign language.
The culture and customs of society are responsible for making a population with good moral values. In Japan many young people are not so interested in these immoral things because their minds are clear.
In Japan there are perverts and many, but only those who want to be perverted. In Brazil, morale has declined, causing everyone to be exposed to indecent things through music and conversation. It is a really difficult task to maintain good morale in Brazil.
Perverted Japanese with no good morals
Japanese culture is completely different and has different standards, some of which can be disturbing. Things like mixed baths, kancho, exposure to sensual images and Japanese fetishes lead Westerners to believe that Japanese are perverts.
Western stereotypes of Japan date back to the late 19th century, when Japan opened up and there was a huge interest in Japanese art and culture. Throughout the century the Japanese are famous for inventing things.
Therefore, they try to reach different people with strange proposals like high school menstruation perfumes, women's bars to talk about masturbation or breast groping campaigns.
As there is no moral standard in Japan, some Japanese are not ashamed to randomly approach a girl and make some proposals… I don't think we even need to comment on certain anime and other indecent works.
Did I personally find the Japanese perverted?
When being in the presence and surrounded by Japanese you will hardly think about sex, as you will not hear slang or songs with that content. The fact that the Japanese maintain good morals in public does not mean that you are free.
Walking on the streets of Akihabara and Nipponbashi you find schoolgirls handing out pamphlets to possibly go to massage parlors to squander their money. In more innocent cases you find girls dressed as maids or inviting you to spend money in chance catcher machines.
Japanese women shorten their skirts without any problem. On the train two schoolgirls sat in front of me and literally spread their legs showing their panties and giggles…
Just walk into any random store or newsstand and you'll find gigantic sections written +18. Some stores don't even mind putting an indecent image prominently on the door. Fortunately there is censorship in japan.
I personally found the environment of Japan wonderful for people who don't like perverted environments like Brazil. In Japan you have to go after perverted things while in Brazil you are literally exposed to them without meaning to.
In conclusion, are the Japanese perverts or not?
The idea that the Japanese are perverted and perverted stems from a kind of cognitive dissonance that Westerners face when they first encounter Japan. Westerners remember that Japan is not like any western country but an eastern one. Any strange habit they tend to face with greater sensitivity, coming to these hasty conclusions.
Japan is both close and far from perverted. Japanese culture forces people to follow rules and be good. Which makes some feel repressed, thus generating a strange form of western expression that is extremely seen in anime, manga, TV commercials and other media.
As for sexual fetishes, Japan is one of the most sexually open cultures, simply because it lacks a moral standard. It's not just about perverted things, Japan is very open to new ideas and creations that no one has ever tried.
It is now fashionable to find perverted things related to Japan and share them in the media to gain visibility. Perverted attitudes, fetishes and strange behavior happen in any country.
Just as Indians are not labeled as perverts for inventing the Kama Sutra, why conclude that Japanese are perverts? We are all perverts in a way, now it will depend on each one if we are going to let sexual desires extrapolate and make us lose our morals.
I personally take offense to living in an environment where sexually connoting words and songs that explicitly talk about sex are popular and common. Brazilians yes I am absolutely sure to call pervert (without generalizing, not all)…