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Old 01-31-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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And in doing so they've built a successful, first-world nation-state with a great educational and welfare system. (Socialist Scandinavia is another example similar to Japan... except that their crime rate has been rising due to the importation of a 'foreign element').
Interesting, I did not know about the welfare sytem in Japan. Wouldn't the Japanese (who are lauded for being self-sufficient and workaholics) find that to be shameful?
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Interesting, I did not know about the welfare sytem in Japan. Wouldn't the Japanese (who are lauded for being self-sufficient and workaholics) find that to be shameful?
In my observation, they seem to prefer the mother with the kids...so there is a reward system to encourage that. (As opposed to U.S. style where both parents generally always both work).

Plus, for each kid you have, the government gives money. A way to encourage more Japanese to have more Japanese (not many people producing kids the last few generations).

Don't know why, but I've noticed that the Japanese BOTH work very hard, AND the government is very generous about giving out money.

On the other hand, they don't have a gigantic military engine sucking up every cent/yen....so I imagine there is just a ton of money floating around for everyone in some way or another.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Quite safe, really! Even in big cities (like Tokyo or Osaka). I had visited 3 times already. I recall I wasn't even afraid walking back to the hotel alone at night. People are very polite and friendly. Nice place to visit. Highly recommended!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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Interesting, I did not know about the welfare sytem in Japan. Wouldn't the Japanese (who are lauded for being self-sufficient and workaholics) find that to be shameful?
Why do people like to bash welfare? If the system is used the right way to benefit the needy, I really don't see nothing wrong with it. The Japanese probably see it as a benefit to society.

Note, I said if the system was used right. I don't think the US is doing great with welfare.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Japan is an example of why diversity isn't exactly great.

The Japanese value their race, culture, and homogeneous population.

And in doing so they've built a successful, first-world nation-state with a great educational and welfare system. (Socialist Scandinavia is another example similar to Japan... except that their crime rate has been rising due to the importation of a 'foreign element').

Europe, the U.S, and other countries should take a hint from Japan.
Japan is one way of organising a society, and there are many things that are very attractive about it. It is safe, it has a strong sense of what constitutes its culture, there is often a strong sense of community, and while foreigners themselves are often kept at arm's length, there is a pragmatic approach to foreign ideas, which are freely taken up if found to be beneficial (japan is, of course, legendary for taking technology invented elsewhere, and doing it better).

On the other hand, there are aspects of Japanese society that are deeply off-putting, at least to me. Working hours are often brutally long, and the suicide rate is high. Homelessness is a a huge problem - cardboard settlements in Tokyo parks are on the scale that we have long since seen the back of in London, for example. The status of women lags well behind other rich countries.

As for how you could apply to model of Japan - of racial homogeneity and isolation - to a nation like the US, which was built from the start by the sons and daughters of scores of different nations, I'm not sure.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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Japan is a very safe country, especially since they do not have liberal immigration laws that let just about anybody in. If the Japaneese government opened it's doors to millions of Black and Muslim immigrants, their crime and homcide rate would definitely start seeing a sharp increase. If they opened their doors now, Tokyo's crime and murder rate a decade from now might resemble that of New Orleans, Juarez, Caracas, or Rio De Janeiro for example.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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I'm not so sure about the mainland, but it's pretty much as safe as it can get here on Okinawa. I'm 18 and I've lived here for all my life minus 4 years (1 in California, 3 in New Jersey). It's always good to use common sense (don't walk through alleys at night off-base, stuff like that), of course. If you're on a military base, virtually nothing will happen to you even if you're out all by yourself in the middle of the night.

I've been to the smaller islands of the Ryukyu chain, and they're even better in regards to safety. No lie, during my summers on Miyako Island, we sleep with the windows completely open and I don't remember ever locking the house door or car doors.

I've heard the mainland is worse, but I guess that's to be expected when you have a larger population? I've only visited Tokyo, and I've caught glimpses of areas that are definitely shady looking.

It's going to be weird going to San Francisco. I heard the crime rate was pretty "impressive", as my friend puts it.
Okinawa does have crime, but it's not violent crime or crime against persons.
If you're diving at remote sights, your car will be hit and your wallet will still be there but the money will be gone.
It happened several times in different places on island to friends of mine. You won't get any help from the police.

Other than that, more problems occur from drunken military members than anyone else.

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Since this seems to be a bit about US military, one of the more interesting things I've noticed is that many retired military families don't want to return to the US because of the problems mentioned in this thread.
Ah, the irony.

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Old 04-12-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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is sasebo a school ? what would be the best school to apply for with my TESOL CERT 3 ?
Sasebo has a US military base.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Japan is a very safe country, especially since they do not have liberal immigration laws that let just about anybody in. If the Japaneese government opened it's doors to millions of Black and Muslim immigrants, their crime and homcide rate would definitely start seeing a sharp increase. If they opened their doors now, Tokyo's crime and murder rate a decade from now might resemble that of New Orleans, Juarez, Caracas, or Rio De Janeiro for example.
Actually, the crime rate also increases in Japan with the amount of WHITE people that enter the country as well.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:04 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Actually, the crime rate also increases in Japan with the amount of WHITE people that enter the country as well.
That's because there isn't a "white" race. Whites can be seen in Africa, India, Central Asia, and throughout the Americas.

If what you mean are European-descended people, then that would include a lot of hispanics. Then you would basically be agreeing with Tiger Beer.

Tiger Beer was basically trying to say (I hope I'm viewing his post correctly), perhaps not the best way of saying, that people in "free" societies create more crime. Thus, the increase in crime whenever people in more "free" societies come into Japan, crime increases.
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