Readers' comments in response to William Bradbury's Foreign Agenda article, "Japan: a haven for the psychologically troubled":

This is a wonderful article. It looks between the cracks of Japanese society and nature as well as the very complicated and variable (sometimes minute-by-minute) mindsets of foreigners.

I've lived in, worked in and set up businesses in Japan since 1974, and this is the most reasonable and considered article I've read about "fitting in." You cover most of the bases, from the idea that being a foreigner anywhere is a different and generally liberating experience — foreigner status operates at many levels — to the very specific proposition that this special status, especially in Japan, is helpful and indeed comforting for people with a variety of emotional/mental disorders or eccentricities.