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Old 01-14-2014, 02:01 AM
 
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The least likely is obviously Japan. And the most likely?
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:44 AM
 
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There are many people interested in Japan but not the other way round.
Japanese are not interested in foreigners.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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There are many people interested in Japan but not the other way round.
Japanese are not interested in foreigners.
Hmmm don't speak for all Japanese. The many Japanese I've met here on working holidays definitely are/were. I would actually say the Japanese are more likely to befriend foreigners than some other Asian countries, it varies from person to person.

As for the OP it would depend on what exactly you mean by befriend, how deep you want this friendship is and genuine it is. You can find genuinely friend people all throughout Asia, but I haven't befriended enough people to really say if any are better.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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Chinese people are very friendly toward foreigners.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:35 AM
 
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There are many people interested in Japan but not the other way round.
Japanese are not interested in foreigners.
Japanese unfortunately tend to racism.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Thailand and the Philippines.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:42 AM
 
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Hmmm don't speak for all Japanese. The many Japanese I've met here on working holidays definitely are/were. I would actually say the Japanese are more likely to befriend foreigners than some other Asian countries, it varies from person to person.

As for the OP it would depend on what exactly you mean by befriend, how deep you want this friendship is and genuine it is. You can find genuinely friend people all throughout Asia, but I haven't befriended enough people to really say if any are better.
That's because people who move abroad tend to want to interact with foreigners. I thought this was obvious the expat demographic is significantly different than the non-expat.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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The Philippines has many westerners from many different countries and most Filipino people I have met are very friendly. My advice would be to start out in a place like Cebu City where many expats live and then possibly branch out from there once you know your way around. There are also forums about living in Cebu where you might also meet expats and Filipinos alike.

Educated Filipinos speak English which in my opinion gives us a leg up when living or visiting there.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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That's because people who move abroad tend to want to interact with foreigners. I thought this was obvious the expat demographic is significantly different than the non-expat.
Working holiday people aren't ex-pats per se...yeah they're a lot younger in general , mostly 20-40.
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:41 PM
 
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The least likely is obviously Japan. And the most likely?
Is there a story behind this? I always knew about Japan's xenophobia, but after over 10 years, I've recently noticed strangers acting more unfriendly and passive-aggressive around me. I'm a little less friendly (definitely not rude) in return. Wish I knew why.

It's apart of the history, it's in the laws, it's even ingrained in the language. You're an alien, you're not one of them. It doesn't mean it's impossible to make a lot of friends in Japan, but Japan as a society isn't very accommodating to foreigners.

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