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The Difference between America and Japan
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There is no such thing as perfect country or place no matter where you live.

I'm an immigrant to America and I lived here long enough to know its flaws and imperfections.
Do they let me down? Nope. I just live best to my ability and see what tomorrow brings. I don't care about being successful. As long as I feel safe and comfortable, I can put up with the any living condition.

Other countries have their own set of problems and theirs aren't pretty either. No one ever says that his/her country is the perfect place to live. Just like us, foreigners face their own country's problems that bother them everyday.
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Totally agree with you xD
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jesshall wrote:



Now, as for Japanese Idols and such, I'd be curious as to the value of their status. For example, are they like "boy bands" and pop-stars in America? After their 15 mins of fame, do they disappear, only to return to some reality show as a washed-up celebrity 10 years later? Or do they get more respect than that? In America, it seems that while we may idolize celebrities when they're popular, we also enjoy seeing them fall. I think it probably goes back to the fact that we may idolize them when they make it big, but we also want to be them and feel it's our right to be where they are. There's that kernel of resentment called "if only", which makes us revel in them being "has-beens" and stooping to appear on this reality show or do a concert at that rinky-dink stadium. If I had to guess, I'd say that Japanese Idols differ in that cultural resentment and jealousy, since Japan wasn't founded as a Capitalist Land of Opportunity. Like the original post said, you can want to be an idol, but realistically know that you never will be or will never date one. But in Japan, I suspect that there's less of a cultural sense of entitlement, and therefore, maybe more long-term respect???




It depends. Look at Morning Musume, Yaguchi Mari and Tsuji Nozomi have relatively successful post idol careers while Kago Ai got harassed by tabloids to the brink of suicide. Then there's Goto Maki who could have had a successful post idol career has she not been such an obnoxious loudmouth. Part of the idol phenomenon works to build these girls up and the other part looks to tear them down as violently as possible.

Now it's all about AKB48. People watch them intensely. So much so that the pressure to even be in AKB48 is immense. They can't have private lives, they can't date unless they want to see it in the news and they can't do anything to upset the balance of the group of give it a bad name. The "reward" is a lucrative career beyond the singing and dancing they have to perform on a contractual basis.

And respect is fleeting, the Japanese attention span is much shorter than you think.
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Posted 5/3/12
1 like starting wars other like building robots
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Posted 5/3/12
Ok here it goes. Excuse me if you may, but please don't be offeneded. :D


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JAPAN AND AMERICA?


America, porn. Japan.....Hentai..


Nuff said.
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The American Dream! Ah, reminds me of Gatsby.


wait i might have just misinterpreted your discussion question.
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Posted 5/3/12
This thread fails. ;_;
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One is full of nationalist extremists, the other is filled with filthy skanks who sleep with entire platoons.
Posted 5/3/12
We relate with the human part of places and it's mainly how we define the area. That will be my focus.


Americans from my sole exposure through media are prolific at:

Pros - Are loud and don't mind. This is a good thing seeing how easy it is to get them to rally behind stuff. They can be then put to good use.

Are too comfortable. They are fat so when a hungry kid from a poor country comes over he is given the chance to get fat.

Cons - Mass stupidity can easily be spread amongst them. They care too much on looking good and end up compromising on genuineness.

They are terrible planners when it comes to other countries.

They have the highest known capacity to being incredibly lazy.


Japan from my sole exposure through media are:

Pros - Kinky as heck. Are quite docile but give them a designated place to let loose and they'll get freaky and zealous. No, actually they can be really attentive and calm at concerts.

They're diligent and young at heart with a reserved fiery passion so long as it does not disturb their neighbours.

They have a lot of prevailing social norms they like to maintain like no bums or free loaders.

Cons - The strong sense of silence and dignity won't always be good at exposing and dealing with vice.

The more you stand out and outlandish your voice from the norm the more you become a novelty or get squeezed into a niche.

Have a strong sense of inhibition and that equals to their potential kinky-meter to being really really high. This is evident in tentacle porn.
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I feel that the main difference between the two countries, besides America being a republic and a democracy (Romans and Greeks) is that America is a big bowl of salad. We have diversity, which allows for new ideas and even more creativity.
Posted 5/5/12
America is America and Japan is Japan.
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D01BCDN3 wrote:

America is America and Japan is Japan.


The most profound answer yet.
Posted 5/5/12

Kuro_Kiri wrote:


D01BCDN3 wrote:

America is America and Japan is Japan.


The most profound answer yet.


And Americans like to make faces like:
Posted 6/29/12
America: If a guy wears a lot fashiony clothes with a lot of accessories, ex: a scarf , some would think that he's a homo.
Japan: if this situation was in Japan, it'll be considered style, not homosexual
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America: White people who stereotype Asian people

Japan: Asian people who stereotype White people
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