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Old 08-07-2015, 05:50 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Not one bit. Americans who care about health and longevity can take steps in this country to eat well and exercise. And very few American women would trade their life here for the life of a Japanese woman.

Old 08-07-2015, 07:06 PM
Location: Southern California
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Yes, I secretly envy cultures that have huge buildings and eat healthy.
Old 08-07-2015, 07:19 PM
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You must be kidding. I've never heard any American, young or old, say they envy the Japan culture. And this includes several Japanese Americans!
Old 08-07-2015, 07:20 PM
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If they did not work so much I think being Japanese would be pretty cool. I'm working in Hong Kong right now which I assume has a close work culture even if it is not as well known as Japans, and I think the hours here are pretty bad. Working on Saturdays, doing a 9-6 instead of 9-5, bad vacation days. Not my cup of tea personally.

Leisure time is important to me and it is probably one of the reasons why I will leave the United States, so I have little reason to envy Japan.

Outside of Japan, they do not really have anything that the West does not have - unless I am missing something?
Old 08-07-2015, 07:58 PM
Location: 東京
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Originally Posted by simbared View Post
Yes, I secretly envy cultures that have huge buildings and eat healthy.
Most skyscrapers in Tokyo are pretty short. A result of having a country located straight over a fault line.
Old 08-07-2015, 08:52 PM
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Originally Posted by bigcityguy0 View Post
Most skyscrapers in Tokyo are pretty short. A result of having a country located straight over a fault line.
Well, it doesn't help matters that every time they try to build one up high, Godzilla comes and knocks it down!

I've never been to Japan, so my views are based solely on what I've heard and read. I do think that there are some things to envy about the Japanese lifestyle. I would enjoy living in a place where people treated you respectfully; where things ran on time; and where life was very orderly. But on the other hand, we have social freedoms in the U.S. that (again, from what I've heard) simply don't exist in the conformist, "don't make waves" Japanese society. So on the whole, I'd prefer to be where I am, instead of in Japan.
Old 08-07-2015, 09:27 PM
Location: Asia
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I like that there are tons of bars in Tokyo and that you can walk down the street drinking a beer without being hassled.

Otherwise, no. I don't envy the Japanese. I love visiting Tokyo, and I like the Japanese. But, I don't want to be Japanese nor do I envy them.
Old 08-09-2015, 02:54 AM
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I don't but i don't look down on it either
Old 08-09-2015, 06:09 AM
Location: Washington State
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Originally Posted by BornintheSprings View Post
Japan is by far the world leader in technology and has huge buildings.

They eat very healthy food and live longer then the rest of the world.

Do you think Americans and Europeans secretly envy their lifestyle? Maybe they are a model of what a society should be like.

Just throwing this idea out there and you guys can toss some ideas back. Sort of like playing catch.
Japan is no better than 2nd in technology...USA is be far 1st. I envy the health and diet of the Japanese for sure. But their lifestyle overall, though good, is not one that I would want to have. So, no.
Old 08-09-2015, 02:06 PM
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I envy the convenience of the public transportation system. I mean, sure... airplanes are safe... but that's the only way in America that you can travel the distance of San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours. More Americans are seeing the benefits of living in dense areas that accommodate public transportation (and walking), but America isn't letting go of their dependency on cars anytime soon.

Aside from that, it's incredibly easy to adopt the positives of Japanese culture (health, work ethic, anything else), without having to live in Japan, exposing yourself to the negatives that the culture may have. That is, if you're even interested in adopting Japanese culture.
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