Everyone knows that the neighbor's grass is always greener. While many Brazilians strongly desire to go to Japan, there are a good number of Brazilians and Japanese who live complaining and want to leave Japan.
Some famous people, bloggers and the media in general spread such a bad image of Japan, focusing on suicides, social problems, bullying, prejudice and xenophobia with everyday and common things. Because of stereotypes and generalizations Japan has gained a reputation as a bad and deceitful country.
Japan isn't particularly bad or good, it is like any other country. The Japanese are just people like everyone else anywhere. Everyone has human flaws like greed, lust, sadism and dishonesty. Everywhere people wear masks and try to feel superior.
Some end up giving Japan too much credit, creating a fantastic and wonderful image. The Japanese are famous for sweeping dirt under the rug. Rather than being a technologically rich country, Japan actually suffers from social and economic problems.
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Has Japan become worse than the others?
Why does Japan get such a bad reputation? What makes these revelations about Japan so shocking? Stereotypes about countries always exist, even more so because we are strongly connected with Japan. Another factor that contributes to this reputation for bad things is the fact that Japan is small.
The Japanese have been successful in creating and transmitting an overrated and positive image of their country and culture around the world. That's why when negative publicity comes out, it becomes more surprising than other countries' problems.
All countries try to hide what they are, wish to appear superior or hide something from the population or the world. There are thousands of dishonest countries, but Japan, for having a reputation as an honest country, is not completely free of problems and dirt.
Japan is a country, nothing more. A country with an organized society, well-functioning, public security and a rich culture and history. Japan is a country with 127 million inhabitants where you will find happy and kind people and also monstrous and depressed people.
Crime exists, but the streets are exceptionally safe. There are criticisms about japanese education system, but it produces an educated population. Some Japanese are really traditionalists and don't adapt, but this also has its advantages.
Is Japan good or bad?
What defines whether the country is good or bad depends on personal experience. You can think Japan is wonderful or horrible, but that doesn't apply to the 127 million people or the 7 billion people on earth.
Don't be upset by one person's point of view, read other perspectives on Japan, where they are largely positive and upbeat about their experiences in the country. It all depends on how you define “good” or “bad” in your personal view.
As much as there are stereotypes and criticism related to Japan. It doesn't change the fact that this is one of the safest countries with a fantastic culture, where the Japanese are really good, hospitable and honest.
Don't try to romanticize Japan by making it the greatest wonder of the world, but don't try to turn Japan into a hell where people just work and commit suicide. The problems are really small compared to the rest of Japan.
Perhaps thinking about fleeing to another country besides Japan or Brazil is not the best option. Other countries can fool you just like Japan fooled you. Life in any foreign country can be difficult and let you down. Now don't blame the country!
What is your point of view on this matter? Do you think Japan is bad or good? We appreciate the comments and shares.