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Tokyo: What does Japan do better than anywhere else?

by Mark Buckton

Rajeshwaran G
IT consultant, 27 (Indian)
Everyone here in Japan, or in Tokyo at least, is so disciplined and always punctual. The Japanese people I have met stick by their comments and the promises they make, and in my experience excuses are not accepted as much as they might be elsewhere.

Michal Rachtas
Engineer, 27 (Polish)
Japan is so very well organized, in my opinion. I am really surprised how, with all the traffic there is in and around Tokyo, it is so clean and well-maintained. Also, the people are so polite all the time, and more often than not are very hospitable.

Makiko Sato
Insurance firm staff, 37 (Japanese)
I think Japan and the Japanese have a great reputation for caring about other people, keeping streets clean and providing excellent service. Also, the people are so orderly that even walking on a sidewalk packed with commuters is not so stressful.

Valentin Brossard
Computer engineer, 26 (French)
The people — they are always so polite, nice and smiling. If and when you ask a person a question, they really try to help, sometimes going out of their way to do so, which I think is really good. And of course, the food is great — I love the noodles here.

Naoko Ito
Housewife, 44 (Japanese)
Sumo! Of course it’s a very popular sport in Japan — our most traditional of sports, handed down through the centuries. As a result, many foreign people come to Japan just to see sumo, and from what I see and hear, they really seem to enjoy it.

Tim Lackorzynski
Ph.D. student, 28 (German)
Everywhere’s clean, and people and trains are punctual. It’s a bit fake at times, but there are always plenty of people for everything. At Tokyo Tower there were three women on the main counter, one by the elevator, another inside — all to see us to the top.

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  • Steve Chan

    Japan is what an advanced civilisation should be…
    sadly the civilised is still far outnumbered by barbarians in this world (hint: religious fanatics and the immoral and selfish)
    at the end of the day planet earth cannot escape being destroyed by the barbarians

    • kennytan

      ah, the barbarians are the newly-riched people of PRC China, right?

  • Mike Wyckoff

    Not to troll, but isn’t the top of Sumo a Mongolian?

    I think japan does toilets right!
    My overseas guests are always fascinated by my Japanese toilet. The heated seats, water jet, auto flush and seat opener. It’s something that japan should be more proud of.

  • James

    “I think Japan and the Japanese have a great reputation for caring about other people”, ever seen the tramps in the train station at night? and why the high suicide rate?

  • kennytan

    Japan is a country I never get tired of and will always have time for. I have visited the country so many times and never get stressed even in a place like the Shibuya crossing. It is so organized that for a first timer looking at this place, they never believe it. You walk into a cafe like Douter, order your coffee and hotdog and you get the service that is 5-star! The food is so good even in an ordinary coffee shop or a ‘conbini’ onigiri take-away… Many times I enjoy buying a onigiri or a sandwich plus coffee back to the hotel and oishii! Go to Japan and find out for yourself.