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Posted 12/7/12

diodrin wrote:
Agreed on the liking to get real information! I consider any nuclear accident to be horrific. And I lean towards the really bad in this case based on the lack of reliable information available. But I'm paranoid about nuclear fallout. Have been since my 6th grade science project was on chernobyl.


It is horrific, but I don't like the fact that the world (and then I'm mostly pointing my finger at America and Europe) is making it so sensational. Nuclear accidents are bad, really bad, but they make it sound like the next generation of Japanese will be mutated thanks to eating radioactive fish.

Jaydizm another thing you can ask your friend. Is he willing to live in a country that gets earthquakes and tsunamis alot ? Might scare him off
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There was an earthquake 13 hours ago too.

I've been to Japan 3 times so far and every time I go, I have a few friends who express their desire to go but never put any effort into actually making the trip happen. If your friend doesn't have a passport or even a plan to pay for a flight and accommodations then this is just a dream. A goal without a plan is just a wish.
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Posted 12/7/12

Eznik wrote:

There was an earthquake 13 hours ago too.

I've been to Japan 3 times so far and every time I go, I have a few friends who express their desire to go but never put any effort into actually making the trip happen. If your friend doesn't have a passport or even a plan to pay for a flight and accommodations then this is just a dream. A goal without a plan is just a wish.


So true !

It's like people saying they want to learn Japanese. When the topic of me studying Japanese pops up I often get the response 'Oh teach me some Japanese !', first of all I'm still a student myself, second I cannot just teach someone Japanese in 1 hour (Same with 'teach me Dutch !'). Uhm just buy some textbooks, take a course and learn it yourselves ?

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Posted 12/9/12
My best friend was stationed in Japan for almost 3 years. Still doesn't know more than simple hello's and goodbyes. Learning a new language is easy when you're young, but the older you get the more your brain struggles to adapt to new languages. You're best off getting the Rosetta for Japanese and giving yourself a year or two to prepare for immersion in an alien culture. I lived in Hawaii for 4 years, and I understand the nuances of Japanese cultures, but still have very little grasp of the subtleties of the Japanese language. I sound like a retarded 2nd grader to them. They understand what I'm trying to relay to them, but they laugh cuz I sound like I'm swallowing marbles. However it was awesome being a 6 foot guy surrounded by 4.5 ft tall asians.
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Posted 12/9/12 , edited 12/9/12

diodrin wrote:
Learning a new language is easy when you're young, but the older you get the more your brain struggles to adapt to new languages. You're best off getting the Rosetta for Japanese and giving yourself a year or two to prepare for immersion in an alien culture.


This. I have graduate degrees, and teach Computer Science, but trying to memorize Japanese characters is like trying to stuff a brick into a keyhole.

I find it a lot easier to pronounce the language when I see the Hiragana.
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Posted 12/9/12

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He's convinced from Anime to move to Japan.

LOL. I'm pretty sure nothing from Anime relates to the Real Deal Japan.

Or is there? Anyone know?


Tell your friend to apply to the JET program. If he is picked up, at least he can have 3 years living in Japanese working as an English teacher. He can get it out of his system now, before he has a career, mortgage, car payments, and other responsibilities.
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Posted 12/11/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


Jaydizm wrote:

He's convinced from Anime to move to Japan.

LOL. I'm pretty sure nothing from Anime relates to the Real Deal Japan.

Or is there? Anyone know?


Tell your friend to apply to the JET program. If he is picked up, at least he can have 3 years living in Japanese working as an English teacher. He can get it out of his system now, before he has a career, mortgage, car payments, and other responsibilities.


At least three years? JET stopped putting a limit on how long you can be in the JET program now. Now you can become a lifer! I know a few people who are considering it lol.
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Posted 12/11/12 , edited 12/11/12

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GodWhomIsMike wrote:


Jaydizm wrote:

He's convinced from Anime to move to Japan.

LOL. I'm pretty sure nothing from Anime relates to the Real Deal Japan.

Or is there? Anyone know?


Tell your friend to apply to the JET program. If he is picked up, at least he can have 3 years living in Japanese working as an English teacher. He can get it out of his system now, before he has a career, mortgage, car payments, and other responsibilities.


At least three years? JET stopped putting a limit on how long you can be in the JET program now. Now you can become a lifer! I know a few people who are considering it lol.


If I didn't have a mortgage, an expensive car lease payment, three jobs, a seat on a board of directors, etc... I would probably consider doing that.
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It really does depend on the anime。
I've been to Japan at the beginning of this year, and yes, they are quite similar to anime characters。
The way they talk, dress and even behave。But that's normal characters。
No magic, no random fighting or battle scenes。
Normal everyday life students/people。

If your friend can speak some Japanese and is ready for a brand new culture, go for it。
If he's not, it's best to put some time into that before making the big move。

I mean, I myself am planning on moving to Tokyo within the next few years too。
But not because of anime, I'm moving because of my career choice。(^__^)v

But sincerely, through experience, most Japanese cannot speak english so some knowledge is definitely needed to at least get out of the airport。(^ ^;)
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I know someone that just from a sudden interest in Asian girls dropped out of his current university course to take Japanese, which he's failing, to move to Japan and get girls.
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Posted 12/15/12

Zorthos wrote:

I know someone that just from a sudden interest in Asian girls dropped out of his current university course to take Japanese, which he's failing, to move to Japan and get girls.


Lol sounds like a complete douche
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He doesn't realize the hardships people go through in Japan -__- Anime cant compare how many violent, suicidal and sexual crimes happen everyday there... i don't have anything against Japan but its not really a safe place to live ( for females that esspecailly ) :/ males are luckier there but Japan is still the same like any other place in the world, the only thing unique about it is that they let everything legal there, whether its good or bad
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He doesn't realize the hardships people go through in Japan -__- Anime cant compare how many violent, suicidal and sexual crimes happen everyday there... i don't have anything against Japan but its not really a safe place to live ( for females that esspecailly ) :/ males are luckier there but Japan is still the same like any other place in the world, the only thing unique about it is that they let everything legal there, whether its good or bad


What the $&@& are you talking about??!?
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Posted 12/16/12

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darkr23 wrote:

He doesn't realize the hardships people go through in Japan -__- Anime cant compare how many violent, suicidal and sexual crimes happen everyday there... i don't have anything against Japan but its not really a safe place to live ( for females that esspecailly ) :/ males are luckier there but Japan is still the same like any other place in the world, the only thing unique about it is that they let everything legal there, whether its good or bad


What the $&@& are you talking about??!?


Yes what is this nonsense ?
Compared to many countries I know it is waaaaay more safer in Japan. And not everything is legal at all ? Care to give us some examples ?
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Posted 12/16/12 , edited 12/16/12

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Jaydizm wrote:

He's convinced from Anime to move to Japan.

LOL. I'm pretty sure nothing from Anime relates to the Real Deal Japan.

Or is there? Anyone know?


There maybe bits of cultural stuff that's accurate, depending on the anime, but if he expects the people and his day to day life to be like anime he's going to be disappointed. Form what I understand things can be pretty lonely for foreigners as far as having a social life, even more so for ones that speak little or no Japanese. Honestly, if he has no idea about Japan he's probably just going to reinforce any dumb foreigner stereotypes the people he meets might have. To live over their he need at least a four year degree and a job were the employer is willing to sponsor his visa, that or he needs to find a Japanese wife.

Then again I don't know personally I am just going what I've read and heard from others like Gimmeaflakman on YouTube.


Not true at all as for the no social life (unless you know NO japanese which would make talking hard). My friend went there for only 6 months on some "teach english" program thing that is becoming popular.
She ended up going out a couple times to wander around and made SEVERAL friends who she still keeps in contact with, within 6 months she got like...~80 new people on facebook commenting on everything she posts :P
It's actually fairly the opposite. Of course, like in all countries, you have SOME people who hate foreigners and are all wah wah wah. However, she said most of the people that found out she was american became SUPER interested in talking to her, ESPECIALLY the ones who knew english, as it is hard for them to speak to people in english, so they were DELIGHTED at the opportunity (Even though she has fluent japanese, most insisted on practicing conversations in english)
They were just as interested in learning her culture, as she was in learning theirs.
It was a VERY enjoyable experience for her. So enjoyable that she took the same gig for 2013
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