This article has been making the rounds lately among foreigners on social media.
- Japan may look high-tech and wonderfully weird from the outside but not from the inside when you scratch the surface.
- Japan needs to stop resisting change.
- The economy is stagnant and the population is aging and shrinking.
- Land and property values has plummeted since the bubble era of the mid-80’s.
- Pork barrel politics keep the LDP in power but have also attributed to an eye-watering amount of public debt. There’s also the matter of health care and pensions for the elderly.
- People don’t want to see an influx of foreign residents to replace retiring workforce, although the county isn’t really as ethnically pure as Japanese like to think.
- You can trace back the lineage of those in power now to those who have always been in power–samurai and imperialists–and they want to roll back some of the changes that were made during the US Occupation.
- It’s a whole lot cleaner, safer and more orderly than other major cities in Asia, and may I add, the toilet seats are heated.
Noah Smith (I don’t know who Noah Smith is) has a somewhat opposing viewpoint, apparently based on statistics, graphs and charts.