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2022-02-06 12:34:26

TOP-5 false myths about Japan

TOP-5 false myths about Japan

Naturally, everyone has his own impression of the life and characteristics of the indigenous people. And the travelers were there in different years. But, talking about the traditions of the Japanese, few people take into account that times change, some moments go into the past and cease to be relevant.

It is in this way that the most incredible myths are born, some of which we will talk about in this article.

Japanese lactose intolerance

The myth that the Japanese, like other Asians, never drink milk, because their body simply does not tolerate lactose, is quite popular among foreigners. However, this has nothing to do with reality. The Japanese drink milk! And not only adult residents of the country, but also children: milk is given to them in schools during lunch.

Of course, in Japan, as in other countries, there are those who do not consume milk. But this is due to the usual food allergy, and there are few such cases. In almost every supermarket you can buy milk, and varieties of it are offered plenty. By the way, many Japanese also prefer to drink coffee with the addition of milk to it.

Fish and rice are the only food of the Japanese

Of course, any Japanese is very fond of both rice and fish dishes, because this is a traditional food in the country. Nevertheless, the Japanese are no less happy to eat meat, bread, butter, cheese and other products familiar to us.

Crowded train cars

Many people mistakenly believe that getting on a train in Japan is a serious problem, since trains at stations are jam-packed. In fact, such a situation can arise only in Tokyo, since a huge number of people live in the city. And then only during peak hours, at other times, even in the metropolis, there is no crowd at the stations. And in other cities you will not see this at all.

Moreover, the Japanese are a very organized people. While waiting for the train, they line up, and upon its arrival, they enter the cars calmly, without pushing or hurrying.

Absence of non-cash payment in the country

People who visited Japan or lived in it a decade ago claim that there are no bank cards in Japan, as well as non-cash payment. In fact, in those years it was. But nowadays the problem has already been solved: the Japanese not only actively use bank cards for financial transactions, but also pay with the help of special applications in the phone. Almost all establishments accept such payment.

12-hour working day without mandatory leave

Again, some time ago, this was indeed the case. Although now recycling is a familiar phenomenon for the Japanese. However, the situation is gradually changing for the better, and there are not so many enterprises in which employees work 12 hours a day.

Most employers observe the daily routine as much as possible, and employees are provided with the number of days off necessary for rest. The Japanese work 5 days a week for 8 hours, and on holidays and weekends they do not go to work.

As for vacation, the Japanese are entitled to it from 7 to 14 days a year. At the same time, the final decision on the number of days for a long annual rest remains with the employer.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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