Trust in Japan

Ever since I stepped into this unique and wonderful island, I was completely swept away by it’s people. Despite the country having such rich landmarks, beautiful temples, vast nature and mountain ranges.. nothing beats the fact that the people living on this island are very unique compared to the rest of the world.

At a plain sight people seem extremely kind or if you are condicioned by western ideology, often this is seen as a weakness or a way of unconfidence. Obviously just like any country, Japan has it’s weaknesses.. but the beauty that is there is something that many other countries could learn a lot from if they would give Japan the attention they deserve.

The basic premise is that the Japanese people trust each other. The level of trust is not simply close family or friends, but extends to total strangers, people passing you on the street for example. There is often no need to lock the bicycle however.. especially after the fukushima incident the trust towards the government has increasingly declined. It has become evident that this trust has also had very negative effects, that the people have had to suffer from.

The government has not cared about the people, as much as the people have cared about themselves. This createst a big dilemma within the minds of the Japanese people. While things are changing rappidly, it is amazing how strongly the Japanese mind is stilling trying not to loose faith for anything else than the government.

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