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is japan obsessed with america?
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they quite adore American for some reasons. and you can see from manga, anime or J-drama, a perfect guy would be someone who is handsome, about >1m80 tall, is from a rich family, can speak English fluently, either is gonna study abroad in America, or has just come back from there. something along those lines, you know I think America kinda represents wealthy and modernisation to the Japanese people. Of course it doesn't mean that they ignore their own culture. they are proud of their own culture, but adore that of another country.
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i don't get whats with the English either o_o
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and here i thoguht everyone almost in the worl hated usa
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Japanese schools have a requirement on learning English in like Elementary school. People naturally know a few English words over there.

That, and there's a slightly grateful side Japan has to America. If Japan hadn't met America, they wouldn't be anywhere near as advanced as they are now.

Though, there are some times when they say English words to sound cool, at least in Anime... and that's... weird. But I guess it's kind of like when we say "Sayonara! Sucker!"
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Edit: Dang it! freyt beat me :<

They are required to learn Basic English in their schools. You'd be surprised by how well the English reading skills are for many of the kids and young adults in Japan. And in some cases when they are dedicated and practice a lot with native speakers at places such as eikaiwa's (English conversation schools) their speaking skills improve immensely. I witnessed this first hand having taught eikaiwa in several different places (like in the big cities and the inaka/countryside) in Japan to kids and adults. So yeah, I would say they are interested in other cultures and learning new languages, especially English. But I would not however say that the majority is obsessed with America; that's probably a small minority.

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America has no real freedom, walk the street wrong and bam a your in trouble, what is the world coming, too. Express ourselves? We get in trouble for that too. The idiocy of the American society doesn't realize what their country really is except a few. The world has so much hidden that everyone puts a blind eye too. But I have noticed that there are more American references in Japanese anime. You can tell even in the coloring. I think it's more about the artist if anything though.
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nah, I dun think soo that they're obsessed..
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Japan seem to do what America sometimes seem to do as well: When they see something they like, they create their own version of it or makes parodies of it.

America just seem to do the better job of gaining attention in the media these days.
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In regards to cultural influences seen through the media, I reckon Western culture, especially music and fashion as is seen today has more a namesake world wide than at home Japanese culture. Just my tiny observation from the internet and TV. Likewise many cultural influences from Japan have had an impact on Western culture, obvious anime, manga and cuisine. In my limited understanding, right off the bat I think Western culture has infiltrated Japanese culture more than the other way round. Japan is diggin some of American entertainment culture and it's totally true the other way round.
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Posted 9/14/10
I believe it's mutual, cooperation and interest.

I was born only 7 years after the war(my father and uncles having been service men) and had nothing good to say. But along came
the first portable TV from Japan and the world opened

Japan has led the world into electronics which founded our interest in Japan
then Americans took the lead and now it all comes down to economics
we each found things we love about both cultures but it all comes down to Money and profit sharing
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I never knew Japanese people could be obsessed with America.

If an American trying to be Japanese is called a weeaboo, what's a Japanese trying to be American called?
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