Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Interesting questions about Japan -2-

Let me answer the interesting questions again.
4 - Did you know that Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year,but do not prevent her from becoming the second largest economy in the world?

It's true. We don't have any natural resources. We used to have coal, but it was dug out. And actually today in Tochigi where I live there was an earthquake. I'm afraid big earthquakes, and I hope we don't have an earthquake like in 2011 again. On the other had we are used to having small earthquakes.

5 - Did you know that Hiroshima returned to what it was economically  before the fall of the atomic bomb in just ten years?

It needed at least ten years to get back to that vibrant situation. Now Tohoku area has been in a bad situation since the earthquake and Tsunami hit there. I hope Tohoku will become vibrant again as soon as possible, though the radiation problem is complicated.

6 - Did you know that Japan prevents the use of mobile phones in trains, restaurants and indoor?

Is it strange? In public rambling on the cell phone makes others annoyed. Quick talk is OK.
But who can decided whether the talking is long-winded or not. So using cell phones in trains are prevented. Though in restaurants it's not prevented, if used your cell phone people would frown upon you. Japanese people prefer being courteous and conciderate.  But I think "indoor" is not prevented. It depends on the place. However many people use cell phone quickly in trains and restaurants.

7 - Did you know that in Japan students from the first to sixth primary year must learn ethics in dealing with people?

Is it strange? We don't have lessons about any religion.But ethics is important. And probably it's easy to learn ethics at school. Because we don't have a big (especialy religion) conflict because we are isolated people. 

8 - Did you know that Japanese, even though one of the richest people in the world, do not have servants?  The parents are responsible for the house and children.

Before the war, some people used to have servants. One of the reason is probably they are big families. And the difference between rich people and poor people were clear. But now most of them are small family, and the difference is not clear.  Some people who are really busy or very rich hire housekeeper. But the cost is very high. And we are not used to let someone do house chores.

9 - Did you know that there is no examination from the first to the third primary level; because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building, not just examination and indoctrination?

Well, well, what kind of examinations does this question point? we often have small tests, and terminal tests even at primary school, though every primary students can automatically go to the next grade without considering their scores. And every student gets score grade at the end of each term.
And what does it mean "indoctrination". Education at school is done for building character. I think it's right.

to be continued.

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