Okay. I am a designer working mostly in branding in Australia, but I lived in Tokyo for 7 years. While there I had the best idea for the city's logo, based on the kanji. It's one of those logos that just makes sense. Who do I pitch it to?
If they want it, they can have it in exchange for a simple holiday and a word of thanks. I have no use for it.
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It's just sad how far from those traditional romantic notions of honour, courage, integrity and unity for the country this all is.
The saddest part is how there is very very little public outrage.
Please don't defend actions like this, or be cynical about it. It doesn't matter where Japan is on the corruption table - which would be nect to useless in its accuracy anyway. What matters is this is wrong at a human level, and there should be outrage!
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I personally am very happy I made efforts to learn Japanese while I was living in Tokyo.1 It helped me understand the people around me much deeper than I could have without it. 2 With 3 sets of characters, including kanji, it is intrinsically interesting, and a worthwhile hobby. 3 It taught me something a little scary about myself: "how much of me is ALSO based on the culture I was raised in?" 4 It's polite to make an effort to communicate with people in their country in their language. 5 You meet different types of people. Not every person is interested in a free English lesson. Some of these people and I had pretty interesting & satisfying discussions in a mix of Japanese and English. 6 Not every girl is interested in speaking English with a foreign boyfriend. Some of my most fulfilling relationships were with women like that. 7 I have had numerous conversations with Japanese people in my own city in Japanese when I meet them here, and they love being able to confide/relax with a "foreigner" in their own language. (Much the way a lot of lazy-ass westerners do in Tokyo - may I add)
A middle-aged American man sitting next to me on the Yamanote line saw me studying kanji once. He said - I'll never forget the arrogance - "Why are you studying for? All you need to say is 'hello' and the women drop their panties."
I was mortified. Please don't think like this man.
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