If you were financially secure and could do this, which country (or region) would you choose?
I would raise them in Japan if I could.
Most Helpful Girl
I would raise them wherever my future husband will be working. But mmm I would say either the Gulf cities/countries such as Dubai, Abu Dabi, Doha, Kuwait, Jeddah ( I grew up in this region and I loved it) or North America (USA+ Canada) Or the UK...0
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I think you're rather romanticizing Japan there. My girlfriend comes from South Korea (which I consider comparable in many aspects) and I can ASSURE you, she didn't have the happiest of childhoods. Like Korea, Japan has an incredibly fierce work and study ethic. If you think your children would just be hanging out in Manga cafés and sushi restaurants, think again. Japanese society is very strict and the pressure on the individual and especially on children is almost unbearable. Children study for very long hours and get tons of homework. Did you think your high school in America was tough? Oh, believe me, Japanese kids can only laugh about that. My girlfriend's school days in high school started at 8 in the morning and ended at 11 in the evening! After that, she would go home, maybe eat something small, do homework and go to bed around 1am, only to get up again around 5,30 or 6. Many teachers in Korea (and certainly in Japan too) explicitly tell their children that sleeping more than 4 hours per night is shameful. "Only lazy losers sleep more than 4 hours" was one of the comments my girlfriend regularly heard from some of her teachers. She told me that she and her friends were so incredibly tired in school that they would use the tiny 5-minute breaks between classes to put their heads on their table and sleep instead of fooling around or talking. Now perhaps you think the weekends were any better? Nope, they weren't. On the weekends, the kids in Korea have to go to huge, overfilled cram schools called "Hagwon", where they have to study more to get ahead of all the other kids. I don't know what these schools are called in Japan but they have them too. The academic competition both in Korea and Japan are almost unimaginable. In Korea (and I'm sure in Japan as well) they don't only have absolute marking, but also something called "relative marking". This means that you don't just get an A or a B or a C on a test or a paper you wrote according to how well you did but also on the grounds of how well you did compared to everyone else. So even if you actually did great, this won't help you if all your class mates did great too. You can't just be great at school, you have to be BETTER than everyone else. In my girlfriend's high school (and also in her college), they made school-wide rankings every year and children who are not in the top 100 or so are getting scolded and criticized by their parents and teachers. So as much as I love Korea and Japan, they're about1