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Old 01-05-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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If you appreciate "homogeneous population" so much, and blame crime on "diversity", try to explain why some cities with very homogeneous populations, like Bangkok, in Thailand, have a high crime rate...
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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if you appreciate "homogeneous population" so much, and blame crime on "diversity", try to explain why some cities with very homogeneous populations, like bangkok, in thailand, have a high crime rate...
poverty!
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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So, don't blame diversity, blame poverty. Japan is rich, Thailand not. Both are countries with a homogeneous population.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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It's very incredible place and the women, are wonderful!

I agree , they are extremely well educated, bowing, tea ceremony, arranging flowers, etc. but physically not my cup of tea, most look very plain, not downright ugly, just plain, and once thy've reached 30 or 40, look ageless (could as well be 60,because they don't get wrinkles before late in life).
And yes, I must admit that I don't appreciate the mass Japanese tourism of European cultural highlights : once I visited Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, it was literally swamped by tourists from the Empire Of The Rising Sun, taking compulsively photos and not mingling with others (non Japanese), just seemed so weird, out of place.
The best way to appreciate the Japanese I guess is to see them in their own country, their own environment.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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So, don't blame diversity, blame poverty. Japan is rich, Thailand not. Both are countries with a homogeneous population.
That's a good point. If you look at the crime rates of the different cities in the US, the cities that are poverty stricken such as Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans, etc. have higher crime rates, while wealthy cities such as San Diego and San Jose have low crime rates. There is also an inverse relationship between crime rates and cost of living (low crime rate=high COL, and vice versa). The Japanese population is generally affluent and economically well off, even during the recession. The only downside to a wealthy population is that a lot of people tend to be arrogant about their class and social status. Even though the Japanese in general are known for their humility, there are plenty of people (especially in the affluent areas of Tokyo such as Ginza and Azabu) who are stuck-up (they especially look down their noses at gaijins). But the wealthy areas sure have a lot of sexy women, but of course the more wealthy and attractive they are, the more effort you need to put it for them.

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It's very incredible place and the women, are wonderful!

I agree , they are extremely well educated, bowing, tea ceremony, arranging flowers, etc. but physically not my cup of tea, most look very plain, not downright ugly, just plain, and once thy've reached 30 or 40, look ageless (could as well be 60,because they don't get wrinkles before late in life).
And yes, I must admit that I don't appreciate the mass Japanese tourism of European cultural highlights : once I visited Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, it was literally swamped by tourists from the Empire Of The Rising Sun, taking compulsively photos and not mingling with others (non Japanese), just seemed so weird, out of place.
The best way to appreciate the Japanese I guess is to see them in their own country, their own environment.
Again, I love Japanese women! That is my favorite thing about Japan, and I love a lot of things about that country, including the safety, advanced technology, efficiency, convenience/availability of mass transit, lots of things to do, scenery, good food, and being half-Japanese and having relatives that live close by.

My favorite thing about Japanese women is how they dress and groom themselves, they generally have that classy look. I especially love the OL's (office ladies), and women of other professions have sexy uniforms too, such as JAL stewardesses and tour guides. Another thing I love about Japanese women is that they stay fit. I also love their fun personality (the child-like cuteness). I did however notice that age is important here, and women 25 and under are worshiped (the J-pop idol group AKB48 is a perfect example of this phenomenon). That is why I had better luck with dating in the 27-42 age range, although most women of those ages are looking for something serious.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Thailand isn't really all that homogeneous though. I think 11% or maybe a little higher percentage are actually muslim. There is a lot of tension in Southern Thailand between muslim and the Thai government - which is generally anti-islamic.

Also, Thailand has an immense immense international population living and working and especially visiting Thailand. You see foreigners absolutely everywhere. They are from all over the world as well.

Whereas in Japan, you see some tourists and people who appear to be on business or working in Japan - but absolutely nothing like the international population that are throughout Thailand.

Additionally, you have a prostitution pretty much everywhere in Thailand, and plenty of foreigners are very involved in it. So, it just adds and and adds. Basically, what I'm saying is, that Thailand isn't really homogeneous. There are also tons of Burmese refugees, and everyone else in the region. Plus, lots of 'sex' workers from around the world who make a pilgramage there to service the many international crowds coming with money.

Anyways, I think all of that adds to Thailand not really being entirely homogeneous.

All that being said, Thailand still feels safe, even at 2am in Bangkok.

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Japan is very safe and so long as you don't go looking for trouble, you won't find any. People may distrust you because you are foreign and therefore you commit the most crimes of any group in Japan.

According to Jake Adelstein, author of the book Tokyo Vice, Japan does have a crime issue, though, if you get involved in the wrong business (i.e. sex clubs) or **** off the wrong people (yakuza).

Japan DEFINITELY has a dark side. It was rated in the 90s second worst in the world behind North Korea for human trafficking, and to this day, it is not a crime to possess child pornography, even by Japanese standards (I think the legal age of consent in Japan is 13, though some prefectures have higher ages). The yakuza are kinda like the Sicilian mafia, engaging in drug trafficking, extortion, harrassment, gang killings, credit card skimming, real estate (where better to dump your bodies than in foundations of new buildings?), illicit sex clubs, etc. They also are notorious for forcing people to commit "suicide", like what one prosecutor went through when he was forced to jump off a very tall building.

In fact, if it were not for Jake's efforts, Japan would STILL have issues with trafficking of foreign women (a common scheme would be a foreign guy with ties to the mafia would woo women to work in Japan at hostess clubs, which basically give salarymen chuckles by interacting with beautiful women, but force them into sex instead). Even today, though, while foreign women aren't being trafficked nearly as bad, domestic women, especially runaway teens, are caught up in this shady business.

So, in short, do NOT go into sex clubs (Pachinko parlors and hostess clubs are mostly fine, you should be able to tell the shady places from OK ones), and do NOT go around pissing off really big or jaundiced looking dudes. Chances are, they're yakuza. (The jaundice comes from poisoning of their livers from the traditional tatoos they get and the rampant alcoholism most do).
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:48 PM
 
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Im Looking To Move From Australia to Japan As An english Teacher
How do the Japaneese Treat the australians i herd that both my country and japan
have a close tight nit freindship and seeing as im a tech head is tokyo the best place to teach and live

also what are the best japaneese schools to apply for
and i dont know japaneese at all but im told a few phrases wont hurt

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Old 01-31-2011, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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I worked in Sasebo for two weeks last year and am in Okinawa working at Kadena this week. I found Sasebo to be very friendly and i never felt any danger walking around. I just went out tonight with some co-workers and walked back to the hotel about 10 blocks alone, no problem. People seem very friendly here overall
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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is sasebo a school ? what would be the best school to apply for with my TESOL CERT 3 ?
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