Unfortunately, we live in a world full of dishonesty, corruption, criminality and many evils that harm people. Unfortunately, some have a distorted sense of right or wrong. Sometimes even we do something that seems normal, but in reality it is dishonest. A great example of honesty is the Japanese, sometimes we can even be amazed with such honesty, the Japanese do not understand why we emphasize their honesty so much, because for them it is something normal, an obligation, a lifestyle.
In this article I put together several examples that show the honesty of the Japanese in several different ways, we should be ashamed of not adopting a lifestyle that thinks first of the next. Remember that we are not saying that in Japan there is no corruption or dishonesty, but that most people there are honest.
In addition to the thousands of electronic vending machines found around every corner of Japan, where no one breaks in to steal money. There are unbelievable Mujin hanbai which are small stalls set up on the side of the road or even in the city, where farmers or others put their packaged fruits for sale, and leave a small box for people to pay. Nobody steals fruits, vegetables or money, everyone pays the exact amount. Probably in Brazil they would even take the tent ...
What is not lacking in Brazil are stands of pirated DVDs and CDs. Then I think: “I don't want to collaborate with piracy, it's better to download it from the internet”. Know that in Japan most people prefer to pay to download a song than to download it for free on Google. Downloading music, movies and series is seen as a crime, it really is a crime, both in Brazil and in Japan this is still piracy.
A proof of this is that if you search for songs in Japanese, or anything else like books, movies, manga ... You will come across a shopping site, you can even find the download button, but when you click, you will have to shell out a few yen. If you search in Japanese it will be difficult to find pirated media on the internet.
Some still prefer to buy the CD, DVD, CD-ROM instead of pirating. While in Brazil everyone is using the mp3 format with thousands of songs, the original classic CD is quite commercialized there.
Lost? Found it!
In Japan, there is no concept “Find is not stolen“. Know that most things lost in Japan are returned. One day a friend forgot his purchases at a store in Akihabara and was already a long way away, the store owner came running to deliver, he didn't even have to look for it. There are countless situations of people who lost objects or huge amounts of money and received it back.
A colleague commented that he already forgot in the taxi, an umbrella of the cheapest. The taxi driver only realized the oblivion when he returned to the taxi stand, which is in the mall. He had no doubts, turned around, came to the building and handed the umbrella to the lobby, without charging a cent for it. He could have charged the 14 reais for the race, but he didn't. He, too, forgot his cell phone and the driver came back four hours later apologizing for taking so long and explaining that he had taken a run away after leaving him at home.
During the 2011 earthquake, the Japanese handed over 125 million in cash to the police, which they returned to their owners. Money, gold bars ... all found in 5,700 safes of homes and businesses destroyed by the giant waves. To give you an idea, in just one safe there was the equivalent of 1.5 million reais. Apart from wallets and bags filled with yen, left behind in the rush of the escape or belonged to people dragged. Nobody thought: "Aah, the owner of the money died, I will take and remake my life since I lost my house".
Another event that shows honesty and love for others happened when; someone broke the bike's horn and left a note apologizing and the money for the owner to buy another horn. She could just leave, no one would know. And how did nobody steal the money or ticket? It is common to leave tickets in some factories and workplaces, warning that you have found something lost.
In 2003, a law professor left 20 desks on a street in Tokyo and 20 on a street in New York, containing the same amount of money. In New York, six wallets with cash and two empty ones were handed over to the police. In Tokyo, 17 wallets were returned, 1 of which asked for the money if the owner is not found. If it were in Brazil? How many wallets would be returned?
Another thing that proves Japanese honesty is that in most places you take your shoes off to enter, like schools. Thousands of expensive shoes and sneakers on display in places with no security, but no one steals or catches them.
Every government in the world, even a little, has some involvement in corruption, even Japan. But looking at it differently, after the 2011 tsunami, the Government of Fukushima Province, returned the equivalent of 180 million reais to the Cross World Red, money that had been taken to help with the earthquake's difficulties. If it were another government, they would never return the money, they either used it for good or they would have pocketed it and no one would know.
Japanese rulers, at any level, when caught even in minor corruptions, even kill themselves for the shame to which they will be exposed publicly. In other places, the corrupt boast of the deed, and pose as honest. Some Japanese, on the other hand, even surrender their position just because they fail to keep their promises to the population.
Honesty is a matter of elegance
Of course, Japan is not 100% honest, there are several cases of parasols that never saw their owners again. Thefts happen there too. But the law is tough, even if you find it and don't return the money, you can be arrested. This helps a lot so that the country continues on a more honest path. As in Japan, I believe that in Brazil there are a large number of honest people, but unfortunately they are even mocked for their honesty.
Honesty (正直 - Shōjiki) is the word that indicates the quality of being true: don't lie, don't cheat, don't cheat. Honesty, explicitly, is unconditional obedience to existing moral rules. That is, even if you are disobeying traffic laws you are being dishonest. In Japan, both in traffic and on the street, people follow the laws in the smallest detail, not exceeding red lights, and not passing outside the lane. Honesty is trained from small things, even small lies that you speak can end your honesty.
It really is not easy to be honest in a place surrounded by dishonest people or people who only think about themselves. We are very badly influenced, both by the people and the media we watch. So try to cultivate honesty in yourself, try to follow the example of the Japanese people, even if it doesn't seem to make sense, it is for the small things you do, that you will see the result.
What do you think of the Japanese honesty? Do you have an example or story to tell us? Have you done your best to be honest? So help people to be honest by commenting and sharing this article, so that they can see that honesty has provided people with a better life. Japan being the 3rd largest economy in the world, one of the safest and best countries to live in, thanks to the honesty of the Japanese people.