The Downside To Living In Japan

Everyone has heard about the 8.9 earthquake that hit today off the coast of Japan. It made me really start thinking about the cons of living in Japan. Sure, I have glorified the wonder that is Nipponland, and have only thought about the “bad” stuff on a small scale.

Here are the cons that I can think of:

1) Earthquakes: they are rarely huge like the ome from today, but they do happen frequently on a smaller scale. I’m from NY. If I can live next to an elevated Metro-North train (and I mean it was right outside my window), I guess I can get used to minor earthquakes. All I can think of is my mother and friends freaking out as they look at the TV when seeing something major… and I’m half a world away.

2) Tsunami: the complement to #1. Yeah, water and I have a very peculiar relationship. The thought of water rushing in on me frankly scares me. I guess I better learn how to swim before I head over there.

3) Work culture: Women still have it rough in the traditional Japanese workplace. The women’s movement has come a long way around the world, even in Japan, but there is still a lot needs work.

4) Living arrangements: A fair number of Japanese landlords are anti-foreigner and not apologetic about it. They don’t want to deal with rowdy or nasty people, and frankly I don’t blame them. I only wish they didn’t lump us all into the same icky bunch.

That’s what I could immediately think of, but I put it to the public! If you’ve lived or still live in Japan, what are some real cons to living there? Speak on it….

And as a PS, my prayers and thoughts are with everyone in Japan after this tremendous earthquake. Be safe and be well.

2 comments on “The Downside To Living In Japan
  1. It’s expensive 🙂

    In a traditional Japanese company the work culture sucks for men too. Then again, it’s much more likely that a foreigner will be working in an internationally minded company, rather than in a traditionally Japanese one.

  2. I do feel bad for the men in Japanese work culture. The things they have to endure, the straight abuse in some cases!! Ideally it would be good work for an int’l, foreign company anyway…. I am hoping that the culture will change a bit in the wake of the earthquake, to the tune of people understanding where the real priorities are and spend more time with their families.

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