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Monday, May 4, 2015

Facts And Lies About Japan

A good friend of mine sent me the following. While I can state that some of what was presented by an anonymous creator is correct, I am unsure of what else is.

As such, I am going to add my own comments in RED, after I do my own due diligence research.

No use in spreading true lies, is there. It's why I have amended this viral message from the title about 'some interesting facts' about Japan to what I have above. Another reason why one should not ever believe everything one reads or hears.

Propaganda, baby... all it takes is one person to create it, a person to read it, and a fool to believe it.

I'm not calling my friend a fool... he legitimately thought this was something I could use in my blog - thank you - and it is... it's something I can use to better educate.

The piece starts off with facts to suck you in, and then sneaks in anti-Muslim stuff.

I'm no hater of people or religion.

There are many in any religion out there who are violent or who think their religion is the one true religion and everyone else out there either needs to be 'saved' or needs to be converted.

I prefer the old saying: Love and do as you will. Mocking or denigrating other religions or peoples benefits no one, and to be honest, makes the critiquing religion look bad, if not weak and afraid.

For every one religious-based terrorist out there, there are 1,000 others who are completely against violence. That's my estimate... it might be higher for the anti-terrorist beliefs... probably is - maybe 10,000 or even 100,000. Anyhow... here's what was sent.

  • In just 10 years, Hiroshima after being the first city to be bombed via an atomic weapon, returned to what it was, IE economically vibrant. I think Japan can thank the U.S. and other allies for helping to prop the Japanese economy and for actually having the guts to purchase Japanese-made products;
  • Japan prevents the use of mobile phones in trains, restaurants and indoors. I'm not sure what 'prevents' means, but if true, is a good social custom. Canada is supposed to have stuff like this, but I've seen many a person talking on the phone while trying to order a meal... rude. Trains - bravo... nothing worse than having to listen to someone talk about inane crap at 7:45 in the morning - no wonder some people get grumpy;
  • For first to sixth primary school years, Japanese students must learn ethics in dealing with people. Take this for what it means... every school has stuff like this around the world;
  • Even though one of the richest people in the world, the Japanese do not have servants. True. They have wives and mothers for that. Really. I'm not one to talk, though;
  • The parents are responsible for the house and children. Sort of. The father brings home money and works stupid hours and never sees the kids until the weekend - really. The mothers, get the kids off to school and doing the homework and feeding everyone, BUT it is the schools themselves which provide more moral guidance than the parents... and provide discipline when they screw up. If a kid screws up - say shoplifts and gets caught, the shop owner will call the school, call the kid's homeroom teacher, who then comes and yells at the kid first. Parents may not even know their kid was in trouble;
  • There is no examination from the first to the third primary level because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building. True... no one fails a grade, but you can fail a test. There are weekly tests in every class for every subject. No one gets held back, however. The problem with this, is that many a time a parent will have a kid lacking in mental abilities in a regular class... and that kid will struggle... not just socially, but to get the proper teaching and learning skills to achieve any success in the future. There are schools designed for kids with mental disabilities, but not enough. Plus there's a stigma for many Japanese in having a kid that is 'special'... and try to avoid said stigma by pretending everything is fine because they are in a regular school and class. I saw this with a couple of kids I befriended. I also saw special education class in one school. The special education class worked far better... I know... I ate lunch with them every day I visited their school, and all were better equipped to handle real-life;
  •  If you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste because food must not be wasted. True. Take only as much as you are going to eat. I saw that in school at lunch, kids are doled out food and must eat it... though some light eaters did sneak their food to other big eaters without repercussion;
  • The rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year. Very true. I recall a JR (Japan Rail) shinkansen bullet train delayed for 23 minutes or so because a typhoon was blowing directly across its path. Embarrassed, JR took out a full page ad in a newspaper the next day to apologize for their delay. Can you imagine if they did that type of stuff in your country? The newspapers would be rich!;
  • The Japanese appreciate the value of time and are very punctual to minutes. That's a pretty broad statement, but to one which I will agree. Someone says they will be at your house at 9AM, they will be. You could set a clock by their punctuality;
  • Children in schools brush their teeth after a meal at school, teaching them to maintain their oral health from an early age. Okay, I never saw kids brush their teeth, but it wouldn't surprise me if they HAD to. However, most Japanese don't have such perfect teeth... granted this was 25 years ago, but there was a lot of metal in those teeth - lots of yellow and grey teeth. I blame the lack of fluoride in the tap water;
  • The Japanese focus on maintaining their culture. Therefore, no political leader or a prime minister from an Islamic nation has visited Japan, not the Ayatollah of Iran, the King of Saudi Arabia or even a Saudi Prince. Maybe... but since 2005 the prime minister of Japan has held an iftar... a Ramadan dinner for Muslim leaders IN Japan to come and break their fast. Yeah, the Japanese are very intent on maintaining their culture... if you have read this or any other blog regularly, you'll have gathered that nugget of information early and often. The Japanese are proud of their nation and their Japanese-ness. It's only troublesome should they believe (again) that they are better than everyone else. That's not the case nowadays. As well... Japan regularly invites Islamic diplomacy teams to its shores. Leaders? That might indeed be true, but Japan has met its fair share of Muslims over the centuries, as early as the 1400s, in fact. Unlike many so-called civilized European nations, Japan has no rules barring people of Muslim faith on its shores or denying them the ability to practice;
  • Japan is a country keeping Islam at bay by putting strict restrictions on Islam: 1) Japan is the only nation in the world that does not give citizenship to Muslims. Absolutely False: (Taken from There is no place anywhere on the written application where one specifies their religion or creed. Nor have I read anywhere about anyone being asked about their religious beliefs in the verbal interviews. Because there is no place on the written online application for one's religion, the Ministry of Justice can't publish statistics showing the religions (or races) of naturalization candidates; they can only publish sex and former nationality statistics.

You know.. it goes on from there... and I don't see the need to combat every thing written, since the first two statements are so obviously wrong and deceiving in their fervor.

Becoming a citizen of Japan, regardless of one's country of origin or religion--is difficult for any one.

Japan does tend to pick and choose whom it allows in, but then again, that's its right. It doesn't want just anyone coming in. It wants people who are going to not only be hard-working, but people who are willing to become Japanese.

As a landed immigrant myself in Canad, born in England to parents born in India, we (Canada) have a lot of people here that you sometimes shake your head and wonder WTF they are doing here. I've got relatives who moan and bitch about Canada while pumping up the old home of India. Screw you... go home. That's how I feel. Japan sure as hell doesn't want people like that. Why would you? So... a difficult process to become a Japanese citizen? Yeah.

In Canada and elsewhere, a visitor could marry a local and could get their foot in the door to stay in the country. Japan isn't so pliable. While it could be a nice way to get to stay in a country, because what person would want to leave their new spouse?... uh, don't answer that... many a person has used the 'system' to gain that countries benefits... Japan is less wimpy about it.

Look... there are plenty of things wrong with Japan and the way it conducts itself in the global market. But, the same holds true for every country.

That list talk about how a Japanese community goes on alert should a Muslim family rent an apartment or house... yeah, sure.. but not because they are Muslim, but mostly because they are foreigners. I bet it is true that some Japanese are wary of Muslims... but that's because they believe the hype of propaganda thrown at them...

Are Japanese afraid of Blacks, specifically Black men? Some. Not all. Not the majority. Hell, you can walk around any big city in North America and see some guys that would scare the crap out of me... but there are also many a White guy that can do the same to me... some people want you to fear them...

But I don't hate them. Image... stereotypes... propaganda. Besides... some people want you to fear them...

Take any message you receive in an e-mail or data spewed by a celebrity with a grain of salt... check out both sides of the equation - especially when only one side is mentioned... ask yourself questions...

Trust me, if ever more people did that, this would be a much nicer world... and yes, I see the complete irony of that in this written, on-line document.

Andrew Joseph

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