Fact or Fake? This is the question frequently asked in several articles on the internet, since many lies are spread daily on social networks. Unfortunately these lies are beyond the internet, many lies about Japan have been planted for decades.
People have a terrible habit of generalizing things, especially in Brazil! As the population is not satisfied with the system, it simply oppresses other countries to feel better.
Making other countries have a terrible situation, and saying that Brazil is the best place to live. Thus, several rumors and misconceptions about Japan arose, and in this article I will talk about them.
The purpose of this article is to answer the distorted and widespread idea of Brazilians who have never been to Japan and don't even know their culture! That is, In this article, we are going to check the lies that people tell about Japan and try to disprove them.
Note.: Don’t think that I’m saying that Japan is wonderful is that Brazil sucks. This is relative, and I don’t want to value any of the countries. I am only countering the generalizations of people who criticize Japan.
Remembering, many here read this article and understood its meaning completely differently. The purpose of this article is to counter what some Brazilians who NEVER lived in Japan say or think about there.
We are not comparing anything, nor are we criticizing anything. Remembering the lies below, they are not entirely lies, but we are responding to generalizations! Things are quite relative!
Lies and Truths about Food in Japan
Much misinformation about food in Japan ends up appearing in the West. Some claim that food is too expensive, or create a crazy idea that the Japanese only eat raw fish. Others even believe that Japanese people eat dogs ... How much misinformation.
I am really outraged by these generalizations and the lack of knowledge of the human being. Japanese cuisine is the richest in the world, in addition to having an infinite variety of flavors, it is the healthiest.
Restaurants like Mc Donald’s? there is a poor thing. If you are a foreigner, live in Japan, you will gain weight from eating so much. The question that doesn't stop is: How do the Japanese not get fat?
Is it true that Food in Japan is expensive?
The media mentions that life in Japan is expensive, they say that fruits cost R$ 100, and that Japanese people only eat fish. However, they did not mention the fact that these R$ 100 fruits are handcrafted, and that the the cost of living there is lower than in Brazil.
Any type of industrialized or imported food in Japan, such as chocolates, appetizers, sweets, drinks, cookies and others. They may be cheaper than in Brazil. Even red meat can be found cheaper.
Japanese people consume more natural foods than Brazilians, it is possible to see that almost all Japanese foods are composed of vegetables and fruits, so how could this be something expensive and rare?
Although fruits and vegetables are priced higher than in Brazil (for example, something that costs 10R$ here can cost 30R$ there) they did not take into account the salary earned by a Japanese, the Japanese minimum wage used to be 4 The 10 thousand reais.
Food is one of the healthiest in the world, making Japan one of the countries with the most centenarians in the world. Even with the Brazilian salary it is possible to eat much more in Japan than in Brazil. From Japan
Is it true that Japanese people only eat sushi or raw fish?
Many people say that, some really believe that in Japan you only eat fish and seafood. After I heard a friend say that she doesn't want to go to Japan because she only eats raw fish, I was outraged and decided to write this article.
Yes, Japan is a country surrounded by oceans and islands, of course its people eat a lot of fish and seafood. The fish, besides being at your fingertips, are very healthy, rich in proteins, minerals, amino acids, vitamins and are low in fat and cholesterol.
But not! Japanese don't just eat fish! The western average of fish consumption per person per year is 10 to 20 kg, the Japanese consume only 26 kg of fish and 30 kg of meat. It is common to rotate meats in a Yakiniku.
In any restaurant you will find recipes with meat, hamburger, chicken and pork. So, although the Japanese consume a lot of fish, many consume more meat.
Sushi is just one of the thousands of dishes that exist in rich Japanese cuisine. Red meats and chicken are easily accessible. Sushi is not eaten daily, it is like a hamburger or pizza. What else has in Japan, is food options!
Japanese cuisine is very rich, offering food of all kinds, barbecue, noodles, soups, pizzas and more. Japan is full of culinary restaurants from all over the world, it is practically impossible to eat only sushi in Japan.
During my two 3-month trips to Japan, I remember eating sushi only twice each time. In fact, Japanese cuisine is considered the richest and juiciest in the world, mainly because they value the umami flavor.
Japanese Eat Insects and Dogs?
People have a terrible habit of confusing Chinese culture with Japanese culture, there may be restaurants that sell insects and dog meat in Japan, but never think that this is Japanese culture. This is the culture of Chinese and Koreans.
There are strange foods in Japan, but they are rare and less than 0.1% of the Japanese have had a chance to try. It's the same thing about eating Coelho and Rã in Brazil, have you tried it? In Japan the strangest food I consider is horse sushi.
Lies and Truths about the Japanese
The Japanese are all skinny and short. - Japan also has problems with obesity and the pattern of thin people, but gradually these patterns are being broken.
Are the Japanese all right? - Not all Japanese people follow rules, they like to study or work. In fact, Japan suffers from bullying problems, people who do not want to work or leave home, not to mention the perverse and profiteers.
Is every Japanese addicted to manga and anime? - This is one of the biggest generalized lies, there are adults who like anime and young people who don't like it's the same as Brazil, not everyone likes carnival, funk, among others.
Are all Japanese people shy? - Japanese try to differentiate the time to laugh and the time to be serious. The Japanese may be shy at first impression, but over time they loosen up. Some, however, have no shame ...
Is it true that the Japanese only work?
People think that everyone who lives in Japan works 13 hours a day. Yes, there is this case, mainly with foreigners who go to work in Japan. However, Japan's workload is only 9 hours, and their salary is 10x higher than ours.
The reason for so much work is because Japanese people like to work, and work overtime. In Japan people are paid by the hour, the minimum wage is usually 700 to 1,000 円 per hour, approximately R$ 30.
And just like in Brazil, there are diversities, some work part time, others don't work. Japanese people really like to work, it is a cultural issue, and they also receive 25% more for overtime.
But by no means are you obliged to work 12 hours a day, the workload is the same as in any country. Of course, if you are a foreigner and work for a contractor, you are sometimes required to do a certain number of overtime hours.
Stop saying that Japanese people work non-stop, there are also many lazy people, many people who do part-time jobs, not to mention those who don't work.
Is it true that Japanese people commit suicide because Japan is bad?
Every year more than 15,000 Japanese people commit suicide, this is a sad thing, but who is to blame for that? Is it because the country is bad? Japanese have a different mentality than ours, they give their best, and when they don't get something, they feel useless and kill themselves.
Not to mention that the number of suicides in Japan is not that great. There are only 17 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Brazil it is 12 per 100,000 inhabitants. There is not that much difference.
The main reasons for suicides in Japan are: Bullying, Failure in the entrance exam, loss of a loved one, loss of job, loss of girlfriend, taking horns and others… There are many cultural issues related to suicides in Japan.
If the country were a reason to commit suicide, Brazil would be champion !!! If the Brazilian thought like the Japanese, when a Brazilian did not achieve something, instead of becoming a bandit he would kill himself. It would be even better that way.
Is it true that Japanese people have no freedom of speech?
The Japanese are free to dress, to act however they want, without being criticized by society. Anime and TV shows that despite being much more pure than Brazilians, contain content that raises questions from several people.
For this reason the Japanese are branded by Brazilians. They joke and question their sexuality, as well as calling them crazy, and many other questions.
In Japan there is no judgment between male and female tastes, but acting like Brazilians and judging people by tastes, colors, gestures is absurd. This is probably the envy of the freedom that the Japanese have to express themselves in fashion, taste and culture.
I say that the Brazilian way of acting is much more crude, speaking slang of sexual connotation and immoral profanity. So why do you criticize the Asian lifestyle?
Is it true that Japanese people are perverted?
Brazilians usually call Japanese freaks, due to movies, videos, anime, locations, products, lolicons, bizarre, etc. It is true that every place has perverts ... but specifying Japanese as the most perverted country in the world is another ignorance ...
Which country speaks more slang of sexual connotation? Just talk about sex? Most songs only talk about catching women and ballads? Where does Funk exist? Is there a more perverted country than this?
Yes, in Japan there are sexual bizarre things, a lot of shit, many perverts on the loose and collectors of saliva and panties. But it's a wonder you can walk on the street without hearing the word
You will not find people listening to immoral music, there people will only find immorality if they want to, the exposure there is much less, it can be considered greater if you look in a different way.
Is it true that Japanese people don’t like sex?
A TV report appeared saying that most couples have had intercourse only once a week, sometimes it is possible to notice families sleeping in separate beds. It really does, but wasn't Japan a perverted country?
If you are afraid of dating or marrying a Japanese, get this general idea out of your head, it happens because of the couple, overwork, family problems and not because one of them does not want to.
Of course, there are several factors to be discussed on this subject. We have already written an article talking about Japanese lose interest in sex.
Is it true that Japanese people are racist or prejudiced?
People think that all Brazilians who go to Japan suffer prejudice from the Japanese, I personally suffer more prejudice here than being there. People criticize me for liking oriental culture, there is freedom there.
Although the Japanese seem dry, they are very loving and do everything to please and help others. Especially those who strive to learn the language and customs.
Unfortunately it may happen that you notice actions that seem prejudiced, but it is something common among them. Sometimes it is simply ashamed of not being able to help you in the right way. Cultural differences make some people jump.
As elsewhere, there will be cases of prejudice. But it is a mistake to blame the whole population, calling it racist, that is total ignorance. The Japanese have every reason to hate Brazilians, but they don't.
In the case of Humiliation and Ijimi, this happens to both Japanese and foreigners. So if you are unlucky enough to meet a bad person, you will see the Asian way ...
Despite Brazil being a free country, foreigners, mainly Asians, suffer much more from jokes and lack of education. But don't think that Japan is a thousand wonders. Japan has a lot of problems, I even wrote an article about the dark side of Japan.
Lies for Tourists and Travelers
The idea that all of Japan comes down to Tokyo - Not everything is as we imagined, but that is not why you will be disappointed with the country of the rising sun. Japan is much more than Tokyo, it has 47 Provinces and thousands of cities, it is a group of 6 thousand islands, with different culture and customs.
Whoever goes to Japan returns rich to Brazil. - It will take a lot of hard work and sweat to be able to pay the cost of living and save money. Those who wish to get rich and return to Brazil must sacrifice their social life and work many extra hours. Even though Japan's salary is 5 times higher than Brazil's, it is used to support themselves.
I’m not going to Japan because of the Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Japan is also criticized for being a dangerous country. People think that earthquakes kill every day, and that a tsunami will cover the entire country and kill everyone. I think it is a thousand times safer to be in Japan than in Brazil.
Earthquakes happen in Japan frequently, but rarely does any damage or is noticeable. In the last 10 years, there was only 2011 that killed about 20 thousand people. In Brazil almost dies in a month due to crimes and recklessness in traffic.
Nobody knows tomorrow, anything can happen. However, living in Brazil is much more dangerous than being in Japan. There is even a saying that it is easier to die run over by a pit than in a tsunami or earthquake in Japan.
Don’t the Japanese like foreigners?
I still wonder, where do they get these ideas from? No human being is the same as another. It is a great truth that the Japanese are quiet, shy and some have trouble socializing. and yes, there are a lot of Japanese people, mainly elderly people who don't like Westernization.
But if you know how to socialize and make a Japanese friend, you will see what a friendship really is. Japanese attitudes are extremely different from ours, I think it's completely silly to say that Japanese people don't like foreigners.
If you want a friendship or even a courtship, don't listen to these false rumors, and go for it. It's amazing how I made friends with unknown Japanese natives in the middle of Tokyo even without speaking the language fluently.
Fear of being arrested innocent in Japan
After spreading some misinformation, some claim that they do not travel to Japan for fear of being found guilty. In Japan, if you are arrested, you are guilty until you prove otherwise, which is very difficult to do.
Things are not quite like that, I wrote a article on prisons in Japan that talk about exactly that. There I explain that before arresting someone, the police are absolutely sure that you are guilty, and that there are resources.
Lies and Truths about Japan
Is Japan surrounded by technology on all sides? - If you go there with the intention of seeing robots at every turn, I'm sorry, because, you will only find them at science and technology fairs, but maybe you will find them on some special occasion? It has many natural and traditional cities that enchant tourists, ancient environments, simple things are beautiful there.
There is no poverty in Japan - Poverty also exists, but in reduced numbers when compared to Brazil. Unfortunately, a large number of Japanese people live on the edge of their wages, but they have better comfort.
Do you only have clueless programming on Japanese TV? - I particularly prefer Japanese programming, because it is not necessary to have chest and butt views to have something of quality. The media only wants to show things that for us that are vulgar or stupid, Japanese programming is rich with thousands of stories, reality shows, films, dramas and animations.
Japan is the country with the highest number of suicides in the world?
As much as Japan has problems and bizarre cases of suicide, mainly because some kill themselves just for not passing the entrance exam. Some have the exaggerated idea that the Japanese people are not happy, and they kill themselves because they work too much.
In reality, Japan is not the country with the most suicides in the world. Approximately 26,000 people commit suicide a year in Japan, that's a lot isn't it? But did you know that 22,000 people commit suicide in Brazil? So before generalizing research.
Japan has never been the largest country with suicide numbers in the world. He had a high suicide rate some 30 years ago, but that number has been dropping every year for decades. It's amazing how one country can solve its problems while others get worse.
A country without space, just buildings, small houses and no green
People are aware that Japan today is a place full of cities and buildings, and that there is no space to live, and that every country is populous, some even think that Japan has no farms or fields.
As much as Brazil is big compared to Japan, and has a lot of green land, in Japan you will not find any slum like here in Brazil. and make sure that cities, especially small ones, are much more rural than those in Brazil.
Cities like Tokyo, which has almost the same number of inhabitants as São Paulo, manages to be millions of times more organized, and with more space for inhabitants, was even considered the best city in the world.
Most people live in apartments, but have you compared the apartments here with Japan? They feel much freer, and have a lot more space, in addition to being in a very natural and colorful and clean environment. Trees planted in the middle of the city, cherry trees, rivers that flow everywhere.
Houses and apartments can be smaller and more expensive. However, almost all households in Japan have a hot tub (bathtub), separate toilet, use of technology for climate and well-being, do you really think they consider themselves without space and without freedom? All of this is a matter of custom.
Japan faces overcrowding?
Not really, the many images we see of people in turmoil are only in the big cities, that is, it is not necessary to face lines for minimal things or anything like that. In reality there are thousands of streets that will make you feel lonely.
Japan has more than 127 million inhabitants, but half that of Brazil. The country is small the size of Goiás. Even so, there are 47 states, and many cities are becoming deserted due to lack of people.
In fact, Japan faces exactly the opposite of overcrowding. The Japanese do not want to have children, Japan is expected to open the door to many foreigners. Cities are abandoned because most young people want to go to Tokyo.
Tokyo has 30 million inhabitants, yet it is a thousand times more comfortable to live than São Paulo. The traffic on both the street and the sidewalk has a great organization. Other giant cities to highlight are Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo.
In the eyes of Brazilians, Japanese houses look too small, but they are the right size and comfortable. The problem is that Brazilians have become accustomed to occupying unnecessary space.
Even though the country is big, people have nowhere to live, and some live in smaller shacks than apartments in Japan. So before you complain about the space, pay a visit to Japan and draw your own conclusions.
Is Japan closed and doesn’t like the West?
Another widespread idea, the elderly are actually quite traditional, some even prejudiced. But people generalize so much that it makes one think that the country is racist, as if Brazil were open to everyone without prejudice (kkkk).
In reality, young people are very Westernized, many are passionate about English for America and Europe. If you know Japan, you know very well that it is a mix of many cultures.
What human being has the capacity to say that Japan is not open to new cultures and trends? In my opinion it is the most diverse country of all!
Japanese and Chinese language and everything the same
Another thing that Brazilians think is all the same, the language… They even make jokes about flango pastry with Japanese, since this is a Chinese joke, Japanese can't even speak L, he would speak furango pasuteru.
Although Japanese contains some Chinese ideograms, the language is composed of syllables, and has an easy-to-understand alphabet, while Chinese is entirely composed of ideograms. We recommend reading our article on Differences between Japanese, Chinese and Koreans.
Conclusion of the Article
Well, let's end the article here. There are probably many other generalizations people make about Japan and the Japanese. These were the ones I remembered now, if I have any more in the future I'll do a part 2.
Please avoid thinking that I am comparing countries in this article. The objective is to respond to the criticisms, concepts and opinions of Brazilians who do not know Japan.
The media shapes people's minds, creating exaggerated and distorted concepts about certain subjects. We must be very careful before commenting or talking about things without having a real idea, or without generalizing.
Over the years on our website, I have written articles criticizing people's lack of knowledge and the generalization they make. Again I want to write about widespread comments and misconceptions that people have about Japan.
Some just read the title of the article and start spreading exaggerated news, this is totally absurd and irritating. Hope you enjoyed the article. We strongly ask and thank you for the feedback needed to end the misinformation!