From Japan to The World!!

26 November, 2005

An Interview with a Native Australian☆

I had an interview to an Australian woman today, asked ten questions about Japan.

Q. How long have lived in Japan?
A. Two months. I'll be here for a year.


Q. Why did you decide to come to Japan?
A. Erm..., "anime." I like Japanese comics, animation etc. pop culture.
Q. Yeah, I've seen some foreigners who like Japanese comics like you.
Then, what did you expect to Japan before coming?
A. I expected everuthing was expensive, but, they are not expensive at all.
Q. Not at all?!
A. Yes. If you ask me, DVDs, fruits and vegetable are expensive, but other things are much cheaper than things in Australia.

Q. Well. what was (is) the most astonishing thing for you?
A. Hahaha..., food.
Q. Food? Like "Natto?"
A. No, Japanese people eat everything. For example, meat. Australians eat only clean meat such as liver, rib, or sirloin. But Japanese people eat all meats!

Q. Oh, I see. I've never heard such a interesting opinion.
Next, what is difficult for you to get accustomed to?
A. Again, food. There are narrow choices for food. fresh fruits and vegetables, I
want more. Oh, one more thing, noise.

Q. Have you found your country's food in Japan?
A. No, nothing. I think I can get them at some soecial shops, they import food.

Q. Have you tried to talk to any Japanese on the road? What did you feel?
A. I talked in Japanese. I asked direction and help. They were very friendly and helpfull.

Q. What do you think system is not comfortable for non-Japanese people?
A. What system?
Q. Anything, like trains, traffic, or service.
A. I think Japanese are invisible. they ignore and avoid talking with us. So we sometimes feel lonely, but I'm fine.

Q. Lastly, as a non-Japanese, what do you think are Japan's good and bad things?
A. Erm, I really think Japanese people need to relax, calm down. Australian people don't care about time very much. Also, eat more "normal" food (laugh).

Thank you very much for your answer!
Like this, I knew some things I've never heard before.
She looks about 27-30 years old, and said living Japan is comfortable.
For workers, Japan seems to be good to live.

16 November, 2005


Is the integration of Asia possible?

Asian Currency Unit (ACU) was set up its beginning last month.
This currency will be used as an indicator of the stability of participating currencies, and the Asian Develpment Bank aims to integrate Asian countries as EU in the future.
Now interdependence of the East Asian countries is one of the significant international policies, but problem is that each country's sense of value is obviously different, especially between China and Japan. It seems muh more difficult to unite Asian countries than to unite European countries. Although we(Asian people) are similar human races, there are still a lot of conflicts among us. In my oponion, interdependence of each country works well now, but to integrate our countries is not needed very much. Precisely, I don't understand why many Chinese, Korean and Japanese people still hug historical problem so much.

asahi.com
http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200511050143.html

13 November, 2005

Creating a New Civilization

An international forum was held at Tokyo international forum today.
This was organized by a Japanese foundation, and sponsered by some groups and organizations in many countries including the Gorvechov Foundation.
The theme is "Creating a new civilization."
With the main talk with the pre-president of USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, ambassaders of 46 countries, economists, scientists, and famous representatives from many companies talked about how to keep and develop the civilization now and in the future.
They discussed this theme from the view of environmental problems mainly.

Today, we have lots of problems such as terrorism, poverty, lack of resources around the world. Although thousands of such forums were held in many parts of the world, there have been little changes by now. Scientists have found problems and crisis that the world faces, but unless each individual recognizes and makes actions for them, nothing will change. It will be to late if we wait until every problem becomes obvious. We need to do something from now, and in this point, Japan will be able to contribute enoughly to needing people.
Globalization will work well (because we need to talk with people in the world to solve these problems), but we common people also should take environmental issues more seriously, and make efforts to save resources.



FORUM 2005;
http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/event/forum2005/index.htm

08 November, 2005

Multiculturalism or melting pot?

In our debate today, it was difficult to judge which was better, mosaic or melting pot society.
Accorfind to a student, melting pot society is good for these points (I was for mosaic, though);
①every culture is mixed up thus enjoyable
②new cultures are born from immigrants
③less gap of wage than mosaic societies

I think we didn't have persuasive opinions very much.
But in sum, it is almost impossible to unite all cultures in a country.
If goverments give oppression to minority groups, riots such as in France can happen.
So our conclusion was mosaic is better than melting pot.

28 October, 2005

This is the second time I write on this page. I forget my password so I couldn't log in here(TT).

I seach about mozaic and melting pot societies now. Our group is for mozaic. I'm thinking which is better, mozic or melting pot society, but I think both of them exist in Japan. We have absorbed many kinds of cultures and Westernized. Our life style is like Americans' now, and meanwhile, there are a lot of kinds of people from many forign countries. While we eat food, wear clothes, and use words from abroad, each race keeps each language, causine, or religion. I don't think to make a melting pot society completely is possible.
Anyway, I need to find melting pot's negative sides for the debate in the class.

One more thing, I'm going to leave Japan for Malaysia next May.
(This is the second time for me to go to Malaysia, I've stayed there for a month before.)
Malaysia is also a mozic country, and they leave their lives relatively in peace.
There are Malay, Chinese(Cantonese), Tamil, and some Thai people in that country.
Their original religion is Islam, but Chinese are Buddhists, and Tamil people are Hinduists.
They respect other's religions and escape conflicts. They accept each other's culture, but I'm not sure about it yet, so I want to see their life styles more carefully this time.

04 October, 2005

About the animation we watched, I think the theme is conflict between difference races. I wondered why the circle ones disappeared at the end of the story. The all characters became the same shape in the end, so it seems to tell us that being different leads to a conflict, and it makes us think whether or not being same is good for coexistance.

Now globalization is advanced and there are many kinds of people even in Japan, relatively one-race country, I feel it's interesting. I'm going to Malaysia for about one year next year, that country is also multiethnic country. I'm interested in the country and I'd like to study about it too.