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What are some of the most common stereotypes that people in your native country have about Japan?

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What are some of the most common stereotypes that people in your native country have about Japan?

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That all Japanese people are polite and kind to each other.

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On the positive side, intelligent, diligent and polite.

On the negative side, cruel, xenophobic and robotic.

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Believe it or not, the biggest stereotype people were telling me about right before I came to Japan for the first time, is that Japanese people eat dogs.

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That it's the same as China.

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That Japan is synonymous with diligence, honesty, and high quality, especially when compared to her neighbors China and Korea

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That Japan is a technologically advanced country.

That all Japanese are polite.

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That all Japanese people are all hard-working, polite and honourable.

A lot of them are, that's true, but I'd argue no more than in many other cultures.

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I don't know because I live in Japan and rarely even seen another foreigner.

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Believe it or not, the biggest stereotype people were telling me about right before I came to Japan for the first time, is that Japanese people eat dogs.

Not really a stereotype - it is simply confusing Japan with neigbouring Asian countries. If they had said it about China or Korea, then it would have been a stereotype.

A stereotype about Japan is that they are all hard-working and eat sushi.

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Positive stereotype: they're always clean, hardworking and honorable people

Negative stereotype: they have weird porn, xenophobic and don't shower in the morning

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(generally speaking of course) (more like an idea) that Japan/Japanese = China/Chinese which is annoying because it,s total ignorance, but i think most western people know this, they,re just too lazy to learn the differences.

on the positive side, that Japanese are incredibly generous, kind, polite and very intelligent, which is not 100% true of course but people tend to generalize too much.

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All Japanese eat natto.

All Japanese eat sushi/sashimi

All Japanese know karate or some form of martial arts

All Japanese have slanted eyes and buck teeth

All Japanese are short

All Japanese women are geisha

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I came here a long time ago when people still remembered the war and before I left I was told that the Japanese were all animals.

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That Japanese women are the best wives.

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@ rcchOct. 21  05:19 pm JST (generally speaking of course) (more like an idea) that Japan/Japanese = China/Chinese which is annoying because it,s total ignorance, but i think most western people know this, they,re just too lazy to learn the differences.

on the positive side, that Japanese are incredibly generous, kind, polite and very intelligent, which is not 100% true of course but people tend to generalize too much.

Thank you for the last laugh of this evening as I go to bed. Goodnight!

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The first time I went to Scotland as a young kid I was surprised at the lack of kilts being worn. When I go home some people ask me if I have a Chinese girlfriend. The people I work with ask me when I'm going back to America. Some people just don't know much about the world I suppose.

But to answer the question, despite its high-tech reputation my parents upon visiting Japan (in early spring) were surprised that in my house I was using kerosene heaters, washing machines that only used cold water and insulation usually found in garden sheds.

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Opinions vary. Some positive, some negative.

Polite and hard working, to sneaky and two-faced.

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Positive: very disciplined and polite, quiet than any insect.

Negative: Most look like the same in attitude and suicidal tendency.

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