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  1. Poll: I really don't care, but I hate having to listen...

    I really don't care, but I hate having to listen to other peoples private telephone conversations. Furtunately, in Japan most people respect the "manner" rules and refrain from speaking on phone in...
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    Poll: I think that it would not be fair to generalize....

    I think that it would not be fair to generalize. On one hand you have China Town in Yokohama - which could indicate that Chinese do not integrate. On the other hand, you have so many Chinese women...
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    Poll: I am a Social Anthropologist with regional...

    I am a Social Anthropologist with regional specialization in South Asia, and I do know what I am talking about.
    You, on the other hand, seem to pick and choose your information, without...
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    Poll: The the migration theory have so far not been...

    The the migration theory have so far not been proven. Recent genetic studies show that there are some linkageges between different communities who live far from each other, but the idea of one Aryan...
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    Poll: Actually the concept Indo-European is mostly used...

    Actually the concept Indo-European is mostly used when talking about Indo-European languages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-european

    If you like to include the South Asian cultures/countries...
  6. No problem. I could write a new article, but...

    No problem.

    I could write a new article, but the theme would not be to compare Japan and West, and adding a lot of personal stereotypical points of view.

    The article could be about family life...
  7. OK, now I begin to understand your point of view....

    OK, now I begin to understand your point of view. You think that japanese men look down on working women and that the women are often given tasks and responsibilities far below their potential level....
  8. My main problem with what Machiamo wrote is not...

    My main problem with what Machiamo wrote is not that it is not true - people write so much nonsense in the various threads. What really bothers me is that it was places as an authorative article at...
  9. Really! When less than ten percent do somthing...

    Really! When less than ten percent do somthing you can not say "lots of" and base your whole article on that minority as if was the majority.

    When 50% of the population are women, and 22% of the...
  10. OK you challenged me! Below you will find the...

    OK you challenged me!

    Below you will find the article with my comments with large fond.

    First of all: The writer is a westener who had a short marriage to a japanese woman. So obviously not...
  11. I find the original article so full of...

    I find the original article so full of generalisations and stereotypes that it comes close to racism. I have been married to a japanese woman for 9 years now and know many japanese couples. Frankly I...
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    Poll: I speak japanese more or less like a child -...

    I speak japanese more or less like a child - thats why people call me Han chan.:wave:
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    I used Babelfish to translate the text: "Ignorant...

    I used Babelfish to translate the text: "Ignorant is absolute, the knowledge is relative". I understand this to mean something like: "If you make black or white generalisations you are ignorant. If...
  14. Actually I thought that I had the same experience...

    Actually I thought that I had the same experience in Copenhagen. However, now that I understand some japanese I realize that many of the groups travelling with tourbusses are chinese and koreans....
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    Poll: So Australia and New Zeeland are Eastern...

    So Australia and New Zeeland are Eastern countries?
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    The Mcdonnalds in Japan have some quite strange...

    The Mcdonnalds in Japan have some quite strange items on the menu. I newer went to any "Makudo" as they call them in Kansai. I wonder if I should try an Ebi-burger next time I go to Japan?

    The US...
  17. I do appreciate that many countries in the west...

    I do appreciate that many countries in the west have very nice cuisines. I have been dining in most european and north american countries and because I try to avoid junk food I have had many nice...
  18. I agree that japanese in general are very...

    I agree that japanese in general are very interested in good food. However, I do not think that this makes them superficial.
    :-)

    Most people in the west eats crap food even though they could...
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    Poll: I know that many japanese are fed up listening to...

    I know that many japanese are fed up listening to americans complaining about Japan and japanese people. I would wish that they would be less polite and actually tell these arrogant americans: "If...
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    Poll: Dear Maciamo Thank you for the clarification....

    Dear Maciamo

    Thank you for the clarification. I do think that we agree in general. When you reflect on the experiences you get as foreigner in Japan you become aware that Japan is so many things...
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    Poll: I do not claim that there are not other people in...

    I do not claim that there are not other people in Asian countries which are influenced by western culture. However, after its isolation during the Edo regime, Japan has strived to learn from the...
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    Poll: When starting this thread Maciamo wrote: ...

    When starting this thread Maciamo wrote:


    ....and today in response to my statement: "Japan has a higher Gross National Product per person than most European countries." - "This may have been...
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    Poll: Japan has a higher Gross National Product per...

    Japan has a higher Gross National Product per person than most European countries. So this point counters what Carlos tries to argue. As a person who newer went to Japan Carlos argues that the...
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    It seems that the viewers of this film are very...

    It seems that the viewers of this film are very split. I for one really disliked it!

    The users of the Internet Movie Database are also very split. While more than 20% find the film excellent , the...
  25. This is very interesting. Actually I...

    This is very interesting.

    Actually I understand that many in Japan do not even register some of their overtime. People do not register some of the overtime either because they feel under...
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