Have you ever wondered why Japan has such a high suicide rate? Or because they work too much? Or why is there bullying? Why are there social classes and sometimes prejudice between them? A large part of the cause of these events is due to social pressure in Japan. Do you know what social pressure is? They are movements, events and situations promoted by a group of people where you feel forced, intimidated or pressured to do things even without being a certain law.
One of Japan's biggest social pressures is to succeed in life. Japanese people want to get high grades, like to be dedicated, be a good person, have a good job, higher education, a family, etc. Sometimes the pressure to have these things is so great that it results in suicides, evaporations and people who don't leave their room in fear of society (hikikomori).
Another very common social pressure is to dedicate oneself to work. Sometimes many feel obliged to continue in the service and work overtime even though it is not necessary. Pressure is one of the biggest culprits for the reputation of the Japanese as workaholics. Social pressure is great, especially at work and in schools.
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Why do the Japanese give in to social pressure?
Social pressure can be expressed directly and indirectly. Those who refuse to follow society end up being excluded and suffering bullying. Another great culprit of social pressure is the famous shyness of the Japanese. Many wish to express their opinion or follow their own desire, but their shyness ends up making them ashamed to go against society's desire or being excluded for it.
Others can't stand the social pressure and end up committing suicide. The shame (result of shyness) of failing in something in life, such as college entrance exams, job and family, ends up making the person give up on life. Some, because they go against the wishes of society, end up not being able to withstand the pressure and kill themselves simply for that.
On the other hand, the Japanese are a bit reserved and mind their own business. So you don't usually feel pressure on topics like fashion, religion, music and things as far as a person's tastes and personal life are concerned. Sometimes the pressure doesn't even exist or it's mostly indirect, but the Japanese feel like failures if they don't do what is well-regarded in society.
While many think that Japanese people are honest, kind, and willingly hospitable, the reality is that some are under social pressure to be so. Education in Japan is taught from an early age, and those who do not follow it end up being excluded from society. Social pressure even affects the reduction of crimes, most stealing in secret, unlike the armed hand in Brazil. Pressure also makes people dedicate themselves to studying, cleaning and treating people around them well.
Say no to social pressure in Japan
It doesn't matter if you are a foreigner or Japanese, or if you live in Japan or Brazil, you will always suffer some kind of social pressure! Nowadays people are pressured to do wrong things, they are pressured to give up on their dreams or to pursue a career that they may not even want. I see that many Brazilians who live in Japan suffer social pressure and cannot get out of the bubble of society.
They get carried away by other people's comments, ideas and suggestions and find it impossible to follow a path other than the standard that society has set. These people need to stop caring about the opinion, suggestion or pressure of others. I know it's not easy to resist pressure, I was under a lot of pressure to go to college, buy a car, get a job on record. While I've always wanted to work Online and have been under a lot of pressure because of it, if I had given in to the pressure, I probably wouldn't have realized my dreams.
Fighting social pressure is not easy, giving in can also be quite harmful. This is a constant struggle that people make in Japan and in the world, some seek psychologists (something rare in Japan), others believe that the best way to avoid pressure from certain people is to surround yourself with people who make you comfortable and don't do it. pressure. Ending shyness, being positive and learning to say no can be one of the big steps to not being part of this capitalist and oppressive society. Have your own opinion and desire and don't follow the norms imposed by society that will harm you! Have you ever suffered any kind of pressure in Japan? I would be happy if you can share it with others in the comments below.