Do you know the Dark Side of Japan?

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Everyone thinks Japan is a safe, wonderful place. It might even be true, compared to some places. But in this article I will talk about the dark side of Japan and about many horrible things that happen, things that people ignore. We only talk about the good side of Japan, a friend made me see that it is important to write about the dark side, the occult that is not shown by the media.

The following article was not entirely written by the Suki Desu website, it was based on a response from the “Japan to think before you imagine” page of the article I wrote, called: Lies that talk about Japan. If you think the text is exaggerated, it was much worse than its original version, the person who wrote it doesn't seem to like Japan very much… Let's get started!

As much as Japan is better than many countries, it also has its problems. Problems caused by its superiority, so we will talk about some of the negative points there and some of the positive points, so as not to make you sad about this country that impresses us so much.

Before the article I will leave a video talking about bad things about Japan in a relaxed way. This video is less generalized and cool, made by my good friend Rodrigo Coelho.

A country for foreigners (Not that much)

We know that Japanese are educated, that Japan is a great place to earn money and to live. However, there are the perverse Japanese, just as in Brazil there are the bad ones. However, Japanese, they act to the extreme, everything they do is usually “in HARD mode”, difficult to follow or understand.

That is, if you think you are going to Japan and will not suffer prejudice and humiliation, you may even be lucky, many have never seen this, but others have suffered a lot, they have gone into depression, etc. Therefore, it is recommended that you know the Japanese language, so that you can interact more with people and make them get to know you for real.

So, prepare yourself psychologically, because it may happen that you encounter a bad fruit, which will not be as civilized with you as Japanese society tends to be. Or maybe you are lucky to find good friends as well as a good relationship.

The dark side of Japan! not everything is flowers

In no way should we say that the Japanese are racist. It is no different from other countries, there is racism and prejudice there, but Japanese are more extreme. So it's no joke, if you come across a racist, seek distance immediately, because the level of xenophobia is strong, especially in schools where even the Japanese suffer from ijime (虐め) [Bullying] and this is still one of the reasons why there are so many suicides in Japan.

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It is a fact that even some Japanese have prejudice against the people there, who are usually people who do not fit the standards that society requires.

So, be prepared, the social pressure is very great, but it is the same pressure that we suffer when we are tempted to do something that we consider wrong and that, in the end, we end up being humiliated for it.

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Working in Japan is something that is taken very seriously and especially foreigners must work overtime… so if you want to go to Japan to work and relax, you are wasting your time. Study, learn the language, do an exchange, college, get married, then you can find a lighter job to relax, or not xD.

Or you can do like Pritt and lohgann from the “Japan our everyday” channel, who went and worked for many years in construction companies, saved money and are now enjoying life and studying quietly. (Or probably making a living from your videos, I think).

Government, Public Bodies in Japan

Japanese hospitals, the way taxes are collected, the speed at which things are fixed, are practically perfect. But they also have their downside, a lot of bureaucracy, especially if you are a foreigner, getting interpreters and documents can be quite tiring. As in Brazil, if there are errors in the document, then the stress begins.

The dark side of Japan! not everything is flowers

Not to mention the taxes and fines that are quite expensive, but fortunately, this is more beneficial than in Brazil. However, remember, do not trust the Japanese government, there are many problems that they cannot solve, every human government is flawed, if you are considering leaving Brazil due to the government, it may even compensate a little, however, be prepared for the worst.

Food and Money

Many products are cheaper in Japan and others are expensive, but they adapt to the Japanese salary, and there you will find different types of food. However, there is the great danger called “China”, many products are imported, and you must have heard about the MC Donald's scandal and China.

The fact is that most Japanese eat industrialized products, or obento (お弁当) [lunch box], and, despite Japan being a clean and hygienic country, you will know what happened to these obento, right? Mainly with imported products, there are reports of having already found pieces of insects, etc. Unfortunately, greed hurts Japan too, so leave the 'health' issue aside if you don't have a lot of time to prepare your own lunch.

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food and money

Although Japan's salary is enough to feed itself, it can be said that it is the same as in Brazil. The 200,000 Yen is almost the same as the 1,000 Reais for us Brazilians if we consider the price of things. Despite many things that are cheap, other things that are important in everyday life are expensive and take your money away.

It is worth remembering that, although some earn high salaries, in some regions, as in Brazil, people earn little, and do not exceed 150,000 Yen, one of the reasons Japanese people work overtime.

Security and Crime

Despite being one of the safest countries in the world, crimes happen frequently too, and when they do, they are bizarre. Even living in one of the safest countries in the world, even if earthquakes and tsunamis are rare; that cause mass deaths, no one knows tomorrow. Even more so in a country with volcanoes, radiation, earthquakes, typhoons and tsunami always lurking.

The dark side of Japan! not everything is flowers

 Perfection and Suicide

Most suicides in Japan are related to stress, loss of job, financial difficulties. In Japan, to make a mistake once, is to have your life condemned forever, at least, that's what most happens. Car accidents, involvement in fights, drunk driving and legal problems. Even if committed by the children or spouse, they directly affect the person, as companies do not want in their workforce people who are not 100% molded within the perfect Japanese society. It may be one of the main reasons why some Brazilians don't get along with Japanese people.


As much as the houses may be small or made of wood [in the interior of the country], this bothers some, and some even like it. But the worst thing is that if you are a foreigner, be prepared to pay rent for life, land in Japan is absurdly expensive, and you have to get used to living in apartments.

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There's a big reason why Japanese people are called perverts. Japan is one of the countries that most consumes pornography, even child pornography is, in a way, allowed in manga, we clearly see the exposure of breasts and panties in children's anime (not unlike Brazilian soap operas).

Not to mention people who are arrested for collecting saliva, machines that sell used panties, bars to talk about masturbation, tentacles and other nasty ways about sexual intercourse. The positive side is that there you will not hear immoral music in cars or people speaking words of sexual connotation in conversations, exposure to immorality there is your choice, remembering that you must be careful with stalker's, lolicons and other perverts out there. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 

The dark side of Japan! not everything is flowers


I didn't say much, there's a lot to say about Japan. It's not a wonderland, but it's not a bad country either, it's just not perfect as everyone makes a point of pointing out there.

I have tried to summarize important points for you to keep in mind and if you intend to live in Japan; o Knowing; going for a walk, I guarantee it will be the best choice, a rich country with a lot of culture and different things for you to know, it's really worth it! But who thinks that moving to Japan will solve their problems, it might, however, it will depend on you and your luck.

Comment on points I forgot to mention, it's a lot and some I didn't even want to mention. Feel free to make your comments.

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