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Posted in: Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity See in context

Everyone should learn to respect. I am glad there is still respectful events and places where we learn how to behave - wherever country that would be. I am tired of complaints and grouchy attitudes. It’s plain being tactful instead of being tactless. It is not healthy to look at the dark side of everyone.

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Posted in: Gov't says N Korean leader mentioned abduction issue in 2nd summit with Trump See in context

Hopeful and praying everyone is enlightened. There is too much hate in this world.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

We should not push any person to do as they wish. We are all free aren't we? So who are we to think that only the way we do things are perfect and above it all! If they do not wish to rent to someone for whatever reason, you can't force anyone. Maybe they do not like the terms and you generally think it's discrimination. It could be a language barrier. My son had a heavy friend walk to a store in Europe and got insulted when they said, there is nothing in here for you. They did not explain that she is heavy and the things they carry are only for skinny people. They were trying to save her time. Instead his friend found it discriminatory and they did not want her in the store; which was far from true.

Maybe they have had experiences where a foreigner who rented in the past did not pay and just left the country and trashed their place. That word gets around fast and it scares them. Culturally, they are very disciplined and neat. Having traveled back and forth to Japan, I am learning that they leave restaurants neatly, and even return their chairs after eating the same way they found it. They put away their dishes or stack them to the side ready to be picked up. We tend to just stand up and make the dining area like a tornado just passed by. Their streets are so clean. Their subways are very clean. It is obvious they do a very clean job when they clean.

I have also observed they do not make rambunctious noise in stores and streets. They are generally quiet.

In fact they go out of their way when you ask them anything. If you ask where your train is, they will go out of their way to take you exactly where the train will arrive to your destination. After a while my son immediately realized we were inconveniencing them so he asked me to stop asking where everything was. They may not be able to explain how to get to point B so they would take you all the way to the point where it is easiest for you to navigate thereafter to get to where you want to go.

We have friends who planned to take us around. They first did a dry run for the trip to make sure it would be smooth and enough time to do a lot in one day before we arrived.

Maybe talking in another language at work makes them feel you could be talking about them. After all, if you want to live in another country to work, you might as well speak their language. By speaking their language while at work helps you to become more proficient in their language. Soon, you would speak like a native. As they say "when in Rome, do as the Romans do".

As for those who want a native Japanese helping them out instead of a foreigner, maybe they have a hard time understanding the foreigner speak their language so they are asking for someone who speaks the language without an accent so they could understand them.

As for losing things, we've left an entire suitcase on the sidewalk in the heart of Shinjuku that looks like Time Square and yet got it back still sitting in the same spot when we traced our step back. I have left my expensive teapot in a gift box on top of a counter near the TSA area by the garbage can. An hour passed while inside our gate and we realized we forgot the teapot in the box. I went to the Airline counter and she went back to get it. Yes! They found it! And another time, my other son forgot a big shopping bag in the restroom. He went back to get it and and they gave it back to him!

Here, I just dropped a child's book 2 blocks away and we hurried to get it and it was gone. And my granddaughter left her little doll in a suitcase at a bus stop and we immediately got off the bus to walk back and it was gone.

So far, my encounters have been very pleasant and I feel I could relax when I travel to Japan. It feels safe and the people have been very helpful.

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