When you think about “Japan”, what stereotypes come to mind? There are loads of myths surrounding Japan – about the people, the culture, the trains, and even the food! Many of them are far from accurate, but several common stereotypes are actually spot-on! Read on to find out which stereotypes about Japan are true, and the facts that back them up.
1. Japan is Safe
Japan has a reputation as being one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rate is incredibly low, and has been continually decreasing every year for the past 15 years. 2017 actually set a new record low for crime in Japan, with a rate of just 915,111 recorded crimes, according to The Japan Times. And, according to the 2016 UNODC statistics, Japan’s rate of intentional homicide per 100,000 population is the second-lowest in the world at just 0.3, which is incredibly low compared with 0.9 for Australia and 5.4 for the United States. Japan’s low crime rate is apparent in the way people conduct themselves in society, and many foreign visitors to Japan often comment on how they feel safe walking down an alleyway even in the late hours of the night.
Day-to-day life in Japan is also incredibly safe – if you lose your wallet, its highly likely that the people around you will chase you down to give it back, or turn it in to the nearest police station, kōban. Many people leave their belongings such as bags or phones in public places or restaurants to hold their seats. People often park their bikes without a lock, and they aren’t taken. Many shops and stores display goods outside with no staff watching over them, and none get stolen. Even in crowded cities like Tokyo, it is quite normal for …continue reading