Japan is regularly called one of the safest countries in the world, and for many years has had the low-crime rate to back that statement up. That’s not to say that crime does not exist there, but thousands of tourists visit each year and say the same things: they felt safe, the streets felt safe, and there seems to be much less crime than in their own country. Is Japan really as safe as they say? Are there parts of Japan that aren’t as safe as others? And what contributes to the strong sense of safety and security that people feel in the country?
In this article, we’ll look at 10 major differences between Japanese and American education, and perhaps even muse on what kind of impact that has on the countries as a whole.
The word “sakura” is the Japanese name for a specific type of flower that grows on cherry blossom trees.
The technological reality in Japan is quite bizarre — equal parts exciting innovation, dusty retrofuturism, and downright outdated analog systems. On one hand, they have some of the fastest trains in the world, but on the other, the companies which run them still use fax machines and pagers!
Ramen is a delicious Japanese dish famous the world over. From easy cup noodles devoured by hungry students to steaming bowls of broth and pork prepared artfully by master chefs for hours or even days at a time, all the styles of this popular food share a common ancestor and history. Learn the complicated techniques and wide variety of ingredients that make this simple soup of noodles and broth a global favorite.
Those of us who are old enough to move on our own are matured enough to realise that the foreign country we’re moving to definitely has their own way of running things — we’re not that naive. The good and the bad, we have to accept them all. But for some of us who chose Japan as the destination country, we had no idea what we were in for as foreigners in the country. What we didn’t prepare for are the levels of settling in that we have no choice but to go through and put up with just because we’re not Japanese — physically and psychologically.
Japan has a constitutional monarchy modeled after Western liberal democracies. This involves a complex, multi-branch structure that includes the Emperor of Japan as the head of state. This balanced integration of tradition and modernity is very typical of Japanese culture and can be seen in many facets of its government.
Japanese dialects are not mutually intelligible. That means that people in Hokkaido cannot understand the same words and phrases as someone from Kyushu, even though they both speak Japanese. Find out more about how these regional variations came to be.
Essentially, no: on paper Japan totally forbids dual citizenship. Old isolationist habits die hard, it seems — especially in a place with such an aging population. However, the reality isn’t so clear-cut, because the country is being forced to resolve the tension between its culturally conservative identity and the economic realities of surviving in a globalized world.
If you pay attention to the news, you probably know the large effect earthquakes have on Japan. Minor earthquakes are a part of everyday life, and major destructive earthquakes, unfortunately, take their toll on the country regularly. To understand why Japan is subject to these natural disasters, you’ll have to learn a little about the island nation’s geology.