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    OP, you seem to be just making claims based on your own opinion. I'm not sure if you're looking for a debate or just a pat on the head :p: .

    I was under the impression that the Japanese regard western culture with a sense of detached kitsch (hence, the whole 'big in Japan' thing). I know of one guy who went to Japan as a male escort; his work would be just impersonating an English gentleman at functions, and to be giggled at. Also, besides the cities, isn't Japan still quite backward anyway?
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    (Original post by ak56)
    [Insert country here] people often exhibit great interest in [Foreign] cultures, and [a few people would say]often attempt to emualte them at the expense of their own. In the most extreme of cases [Insert wild unsubstantiated claim here].

    Most [Insert cultural grouping] tend to like their nations, and feel strong afinities for them. While we take an interest in other cultures, we generally still like our own and have a deeper afinity for our own culture than we do others.

    [Britain, America, a European country] is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, one of the highest standards of living in the world and often rather high wages. Certainly far from a poor country, and yet the attitude I get from many [Insert country here] people, particularly the youth, is that they view [Insert country here] as a country lacking in opportunity, and they even consider [Insert country here] to be somewhat backward and poor.

    Many [Insert any european country] youth have this great urge to study abroad, the favourites being the UK and US, and they often have this idea that the grass is very much greener here and that once they make it here, all their aspirations will suddently fall into place, and that ultimately these countries are a lot better to live in than their own country.

    While some indeed do like it, the majority of [any foreigner] students who study in [another country] stay here for 3 years or so, and then realise that [Insert country here] isn't quite what they'd imagined it to me and often are happy to return to [where they came from]with a new perspective on their country.
    I can almost guarentee you that Western chains/style restaurants do a better trade in Japan more traditional restaurants.
    Well Wendy's recently closed its stores in Japan...

    I think there are some very sweeping generalisations you make that can be applied to the youth of any developed nation. It's not exactly unique that the Japanese culture is very much influenced by the west and especially America - most countries around the world are. It is the west who dominate media and entertainment, Japan has a unique relationship in this respect because of the occupation of Japan and the massive influence that America left behind (some would argue most aspects of modern Japanese culture are just a rehashing of America's).

    I would disagree that they don't like their culture, quite the opposite, I would say they are highly proud of it, and that they hold a belief that no non-Japanese can ever understand them. Which I think is one of the reasons behind their ethnocentrism and apparent (and sometimes actual) racism.
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    The Japanese are notoriously xenophobic.

    Meanwhile, here in the West, we suffer from a plague of annoying weeaboos.
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    I thought they had a superiority complex.

    Japanese society is very politically incorrect.
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    I think there are many more people over here wanting to be Japanese than the other way round.
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    (Original post by TKC)
    Also, besides the cities, isn't Japan still quite backward anyway?
    My first impressions would be no, it's standard of living and level of development, all of the country is widely considered to be higher than the UK, and probably higher than the majority of European countries. I think the UN ranks them as 8th most developed, while the UK is 19th I believe.

    However, I remember speaking to a British women who was married to a Japanese bloke and she reckoned there are a few particularly romote areas of Japan where there is no proper plumbing or sewerage and they basically **** in a hole outside.

    However, I don't take what she said at face value because she was a bit simple and I honestly can't believe that in a country as technologically advanced as Japan there would be areas wouldn't proper sewerage, considering how densly populated the country is, you can never be THAT far away from a population centre.

    Having said that I'd say there are proberly more backward areas of the Scottish Highlands than there are in Japan.
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    I can imagine Japanese women wanting to be more a part of Western culture, as Japan is still an unbelievably sexist country - here in the West they can work just as hard and get far more recognition and rewards than at home. I read in The Times that not a single member on the boards of ANY of Japan's top companies is female :lolwut:
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    I've wondered this as well, I can understand why some Chinese or some Indian people want to come here to university, but Japan?!

    In a way I could imagine more people from Asia trying to get into Japanese unis than English ones.


    The only things I can think of are;
    1) Male-dominated
    2) More focused on a nation, rather than an individual
    3) Lots of industry is in technology...


    hmm?
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    (Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
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    You're mistaking strong economy and technologically advanced for an advanced nation.

    I was reading the other day, that women on average need to work 20 years longer than men to be paid what they are being paid for the same job.

    It's pretty backwards like most of SE Asia.

    Scandinavia is where it's at!
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    I think it's just a form of escapism, to idealise and romanticise other cultures, I'd say it's part of the reason people have such strong urges to travel. But ultimately the majority of people would prefer to live in the country/ culture they grew up in rather than to leave everything behind and live alone in a new unfamiliar country. I think that's why you get so many poor immigrants here from asia wheras the rich ones tend to visit/ study here and then go back home.
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    I have been traveling, working in many countries around the world, including Japan. No country is perfect. Having said that, Japan is more advanced than the rest of the world in many ways. I hope more people can see and accept the reality, and RESPECT the differences more openly in this century.
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    (Original post by SiaSiaSia)
    I've wondered this as well, I can understand why some Chinese or some Indian people want to come here to university, but Japan?!

    In a way I could imagine more people from Asia trying to get into Japanese unis than English ones.


    The only things I can think of are;
    1) Male-dominated
    2) More focused on a nation, rather than an individual
    3) Lots of industry is in technology...


    hmm?
    You are surprised young people want to go to university in a different country? It seems to me the more developed the country the more people will want to go to foreign unis as its a lot more expensive.
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    I do think it's sad that operations to change eye shape are done. And I know for a fact this happens, my mum is Chinese and Philippino (not Japanese but she still has her views on this..) and it happens with some Chinese girls too. Admittedly it's more often girls than boys in Asian countries who have their eye shapes changed. I think Asian people, from my experience, are very proud of their culture. They are very proud of who they are and their heritage. However, the youth particularly can sometimes be found trying to Westernise themselves which I think is sad because they are beautiful the way they are. It's our differences that makes the variety of life so interesting and if we all looked the same it would be boring. Maybe they think people find Western people more attractive? Which I don't think is true by any means or on any level, but it's just a thought as to why they might be doing such things. There's lots of imagery in the media of western people which could explain a few things, I mean it has an adverse effect on the body image of girls here in Britain let alone in Japan too. Personally I love being Eurasian, it's a good balance between the two in my opinion.

    However I think the point about education that you made is purely because Britain and the US have some of the best institutions of education in the world, and I doubt highly that the Japanese are purely going just because they idolise the western ways any more than their own country's, but more the fact that they strive for the very best in education, which is arguably found in both Britain and the US.
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    You don't know how patriotic the Japanese are...

    But yes, I understand what you mean, because the number of foreigners is extremely low in Japan, whenever they see a "gaijin" they will immediately start getting curious.
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    (Original post by Hanvyj)
    You are surprised young people want to go to university in a different country? It seems to me the more developed the country the more people will want to go to foreign unis as its a lot more expensive.
    I can't believe I'm being quoted from February 2010 :|
    But really? You don't get many americans hanging around our universities over here do you? Or french? And how many english people do you know who are in America, france, germany, japan etc?
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    (Original post by SiaSiaSia)
    I can't believe I'm being quoted from February 2010 :|
    But really? You don't get many americans hanging around our universities over here do you? Or french? And how many english people do you know who are in America, france, germany, japan etc?
    lol, sorry I didn't notice that it was from that long ago...

    After a breif search, I came across a 1.7% figure. compared to 1.4 of china and India according to this article*. I know of two people who and two Americans. My gf lived with someone from Greece.

    I remember in my physics lectures the lecturers usually ask if anyone is from X (because the guy who discovered something was from there or whatever), there was almost always someone putting their hand up.

    *Didn't look into the source:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...-overseas.html
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    (Original post by Greens)
    Actually, most of the young Japanese people I have come across in my life seemed to be fairly attached to Japan and proud to be Japanese. They are far more patriotic and nationalistic than we are here in the UK.
    This.

    I've never noticed that the Japanese have an inferiority complex at all, if anything, something closer to a superiority complex.

    Taking an interest in other cultures =/= having an inferiority complex =/= aspiring to be like other cultures.

    And OP, many young people from all over the world aspire to get a British degree. Doesn't mean they're renouncing their culture, just means British higher education is well regarded. You can study in the UK and still be very proud of your own culture and nationality
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    (Original post by ak56)

    I can almost guarentee you that Western chains/style restaurants do a better trade in Japan more traditional restaurants.
    Lol, which part of Japan did you go to?
 
 
 
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