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10 Things We Can Learn from Japan

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10. Politeness

A trait that is present in not a few but all of them is how polite and courteous they are. Not only amongst themselves, but they extend the same courtesy to foreigners too. 

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9. Cleanliness

A trait that the Japanese are known for - picking up after themselves. The value and importance of cleanliness has been taught to them since early childhood. The schools have no assigned ‘cleaners’ since they are taught and expected to clean up after themselves. They shocked the world during the FIFA World Cup, when (even after they lost) the Japanese remembered to clean their side of the stadium and not leave a mess behind. 

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8. Punctuality

Whether it be a bus or a train or the people themselves, they are always punctual. They respect others and their time and hence, tend to be on time for anything and everything. 

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7. Visual Displays

It’s hard to get lost in a place where there are boards and signs everywhere. Roads, stations, malls, shops, streets, hotels, buses; they’ve got you covered. Don’t know Japanese? That’s okay, they are in English too! 

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6. Automation

Complete every task without human interference, with the self-help machines you’ll find everywhere. From traffic signals, driverless trains, train/bus ticket dispensers, foreign currency dispensers to even the working of the flush on the toilets; it’s all automated.

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5. Convenience of Travel

Specifically, the bullet train shortens travel time drastically. It makes city to city travel easier and comfortable covering long distances at the blink of an eye. It is a convenient option for business people who need to keep travelling from time to time. 

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4. Passion for Work

Any job you do, do it with passion. That is the mentality the Japanese work with and it can be seen in the results that they bring. By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the video of how the Japanese clean their bullet train. If not, now is the time to check it out and marvel at the speed, consistency, dedication and respectfulness they work with.  

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3. Focus on Continuous Improvement

Any simple task, like the above-mentioned task of cleaning the train, is improved upon constantly. The same is implemented even in industries and factories as methods to improve their efficiency is given a lot of thought compared to the previous year. 

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2. Heritage buildings

As much as respecting each other is utterly important, so is respecting your culture and heritage. This can be seen by how they maintain their heritage buildings.  It is easily noticeable to anyone who visits; the respect for their heritage sites and how clean and neat they all are. This conveys how proud they are of their culture.

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1. Cultural Grandeur

They have a grand culture and love to display it. A classical Japanese dance-drama, Kabuki is a must see. With the elaborate makeup of its performers , the dance-drama is very enticing. 

 

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