• Japanese Children clean their schools everyday for about fifteen minutes with teachers. That’s how the Japanese generation is modest and keen on cleanliness.
• Any Japanese Citizen who has a dog must carry special bags to pick up dog droppings. Hygiene and cleanliness is part of Japanese ethics.
• A hygiene worker in Japan is called “Health Engineer” and can command salary of US $5000 to $8000 per month, and a cleaner is subjected to written and oral tests.
• Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year, but this has not prevented the country from becoming the second largest economy in the world. We also experienced a mild earthquake one early morning shaking the house and things but nothing fell down to ground. No one comes out of their house during such times as the houses constructed are tremor proof and safe.
• Japan prevents Smoking as well as the use of mobile phones (Keitai) in trains, restaurants, indoors and in public places and hence there is no nuisance like we see here
• From first to sixth primary year, Japanese must learn ethics in dealing with people.
• Even though one of the richest nation in the world, the Japanese do not have maid servants or drivers. The parents are responsible for the house and children.
• There is no examination from the first to the primary level because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building. Education is compulsory up to High school level.
• If you go to a buffet restaurant you will notice people only take and eat as much they need without any waste. If you book a table in an eatery you have to be there on time. Five minutes early or delay accepted more than that the reservation gets cancelled
• All citizens are fully covered with Health insurance
• The rate of delayed trains in Japan as informed to us is about 7 SECONDS per YEAR! The Japanese value their time and are very punctual to minutes and seconds. For Train delays portion of your ticket money is refunded. Train delay can never be a reason for late coming unlike it is in India.
• Although the country is the second largest producer of cars and two wheelers you hardly find them on the roads as 90% of the people use public transport like bus and trains which is more convenient and cheaper than to own a car.The parking charges either at apartments or public places are prohibitive. There are no traffic jams or blocks at any of the signals.
• You always find people giving you way while standing in a Queue rather than rushing and pushing in front of an escalator or a lift or at train entry/exit points.
• It was a great experience to interact with the seniors who are more active and healthy and are ready to help at anytime. Although the retirement age is 65 years, after that the people take up odd jobs like taxi drivers, postman, and delivery job or do service as guide, traffic assistants, etc. as they want to be active and useful to the society.
• There is a price tag for every item and no bargaining in the shops and no tips to be paid anywhere to anyone.
• Japanese women enjoying the highest life expectancy of any country in the world as many of them are above hundred years and Infant mortality rate being third lowest globally.
The Japanese love their country and wherever they are employed, they come back to settle down to their native places. Dignity of labor and work ethics are their great virtues.
My visit is a lifetime experience. There was a lot to learn, to follow and to implement.However there is not much importance to attract tourists and immigrants as the Japanese are more worried about the erosion of their culture and religion.
Cost of living is high but If you get an opportunity please do visit to experience the harmony, love, hospitality, cleanliness and nature beauty it is really worth the money.