Japan is one of the leading countries in the world. High technologies are harmoniously combined with the unique culture of the state. However, the Land of the Rising Sun has its own exotic, which surprises and raises a lot of questions from the Russian people. Novate.ru will tell you about the most unusual facts related to Japan.
1. Japanese - childfree
Childfree is an ideology characterized by a conscious reluctance to have children. At the moment, there are already more old people in Japan than the younger generation. Young people do not want to give birth, but prefer to have a dog. Because of this, the population of Japan is aging rapidly. By the way, this trend is gaining momentum in other developed countries of the world.
2. Early age of sexual consent
In each country, legislation regulates a certain age of sexual consent. On average, it is 16-18 years old, but in some states it may be less or more. In Japan, for example, girls from the age of 13 can legally have sex.
3. Chomping is good
In our country, champing at the table is considered a sign of ignorance. But in Japan, you will definitely pass for your own if you do this. Japanese housewives and cooks perceive loud sounds as a compliment, which means that the dish is very tasty. But snacks on the go are considered the height of indecency. Want to eat? Go to a cafe or restaurant instead of chewing a bun on the bus.
4. Fruit is a great gift
For us, fruits are commonplace, and hardly anyone gives a kilogram of apples or plums for a birthday or other festive occasion. And the Japanese will gladly accept such a gift. The fact is that fruits in the country are very expensive, so they are equated to a good gift. For example, 1 kg of pears will cost about 1,500 rubles.
5. Kingdom of patriarchy
Japanese society is the realm of patriarchy. All high-ranking positions and key roles in the state and companies are performed strictly by men. In cafes and restaurants, they are served first, even if the woman came earlier. The same goes for greeting when meeting.
6. Land of suicides
In the Land of the Rising Sun, the number of suicides is off the charts. The Japanese are famous for their workaholism, which brings them to burnout, and then a fatal step. There is even the term karoshi, which means death from overwork. According to statistics, at least 60 people say goodbye to life every day. And sometimes whole families do it, if the main man decides so.
7. Cleanliness and order
The Japanese protect the environment, wildlife and ecology. Wastewater treatment plants in the country are working so well that there are even different types of fish swimming in the gutters. In our reality, it is almost impossible to imagine such a thing.
8. There are no guest workers in Japan
In the Land of the Rising Sun, 98% of the inhabitants are native Japanese. People from other countries do not come here to earn money. The government has fixed salaries at the legislative level and made them sufficient for a comfortable stay. So it is much more profitable for employers to hire a Japanese than to pay more to foreigners.
9. No signatures
In Japan, they do not sign documents with their own hand. For this they use a special seal - Incan. It can be purchased or custom made. The Japanese always carry the seal with them and use it several times a day instead of a personal signature.
10. Hotels of love
A similar service operates at airports and train stations. These are hotels where couples in love can retire. They are especially popular with young people, because it is often difficult for them to find a place for a date. Hotels are designed creatively, so you can find a "nest" for every taste.
11. No tip
In Japanese establishments, it is not customary to leave a tip. Employees may think you are being patronizing and take it as a personal insult. If you would like to thank for the delicious cuisine or good service, make a small gift. For example, leave the chocolate bar.
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