Everyone knows that Japan is a country in Asia, everyone knows that it provides entertainment to the world (anime, etc). Japan has developed a reputation for having "kinky things", being xenophobic and mistreating certain people, of course those are just stereotypes and generalizations. Even though I've never been to Japan, I do have a relative that use to live there before she moved here(the U.S.A.) here are some things that I've learned about Japan from books, Internet and my relative that now lives here in the U.S.
During WWII a Japanese man named Chiune Sugihara saved 6,000 Jews by giving them transit visas so they could stay in Japanese territory. After the war in 1985, Israel named him "Righteous among the nations"(a honorific). Chiune died on July 31 1986 in Japan.He had 4 sons, now only one of his sons is currently alive.
Xenophobia is starting to go away little by little
A lot of people criticize Japan for it's xenophobia. The truth is that most Japanese people don't have anything against foreigners. The only people in Japan that don't like foreigners are the hate groups like the "Zaitokukai", they specifically dislike Koreans. A lot of Japanese people dislike these hate groups and even protest against the bigots.
Founder of traditional Jujutsu
Jujutsu, often spelled "jiu jitsu," are two Japanese words. "Ju" meaning soft/pliable and "Jutsu" meaning art. This is a Japanese martial art involving grappling(joint locks, small joint manipulation, submissions, throws etc). Some books say that a Samurai named Minamoto no Yoshimitsu was the founder of this art, this man would dissect his slayed foes to study anatomy and develop grappling techniques. From there, jujutsu would continue to evolve. Today Jujutsu is very popular in the mixed martial arts community. According to the book Kojiki, there were older Japanese martial arts such as a hand to hand combat art called Tegoi.
Rumored links between Japan and the 10 lost tribes of Israel
Many people believe that Japanese people are one of the ten lost tribes of Israel. Some people have done research and claim to have found some clues to Japan's connection with the Israelites. These connections are not confirmed but many people believe that there are connections between Japan and the Israelites. https://www.biblemysteries.com/library/tribesjapan.htm
Japanese ethnicity is a mix
Traditionally, the Japanese thought they were a unique culture that has rarely been influenced by foreign cultures. Experts from Japan and various parts of the world have discovered that Japanese are a mix of various ethnicities. Specifically from China, Korea, Mongolia, Siberian tribes and the Ainu. The Ainu is an ethnic minority native to Japan that mostly resides in Hokkaido. The Ainu are said to be the first inhabitants of Japan, before people from mainland Asia moved to Japan through a land bridge that isn't there anymore and mingled with the Ainu. The Ainu would face oppression. The Ainu are said to have Eurasian DNA. This is perhaps why some Japanese have fair (light complexion) skin. Japanese people can considered a "new" ethnicity as a result of these mingling of cultures. Below is a picture of an Ainu man.
Japan was part pf the allies in WWI
During WWI, Japan fought alongside the British against the Germans and the Austro-Hungarians during the siege of Tsingtao. The Japanese and the British were victors in this battle. This was the first encounter between Japanese and German forces. After the battle, a little under a thousand of the captured German soldiers were sent to Bandō POW camp. The Germans were treated humanely by the Japanese. The Germans even formed their own orchestra. They played Beethoven's ninth symphony which made the song so popular in Japan. After the camp closed down, 63 of the prisoners decided to stay in Japan. This was a different Imperial Japanese army, it was more disciplined and more humane than the cruel WWII Imperial Japanese army.
Japan has never been colonized by a foreign power
After WWII Japan was occupied by the U.S. military but it was temporary, it lasted from 1945-1952. It was to rehabilitate Japan and make economic, social and political reforms. The Japanese kept their culture intact. Besides that occupation, no foreign country ever took over Japan.
The police in Japan are very disciplined, polite and are patient when dealing with troublemakers. By the way I'm not putting down our police here in the U.S. When the Japanese police do have to use force, they are careful because they don't want to hurt the trouble maker. Most of the Japanese police are trained in traditional Japanese martial arts.
Strict weapon laws
Firearms have so many restrictions and if someone wants a gun, they need to fill out a lot of papers. Double edged/single edged Knives and daggers longer than 2.2 inches, swords longer than 6 inches, Spears, switchblades that open 45 degrees or more and are longer than 2.2 inches are banned as well. A lot of Pocket sized close quarter combat weapons originate in Japan but I don't know what regulations apply to them. Japan did come up with airsoft guns to compensate for the strict gun laws.
People always generalize East Asians with not caring about animals but the truth is most Asians or in this case the Japanese, don't mistreat animals. You always hear about the whalers who hunt whales and dolphins but those are in the minority. It is stated that In 631, Emperor Tenmu banned the consumption of meat but the consumption of meat was reintroduced later on, the Tokugawa shogunate reinstated the ban but the ban was lifted with emperor Meiji. Since 1973, Japan has had a animal rights law. Pictured below is a cafe in Japan were cats give you company.
Japan is a first world country
When people talk about first world countries, people forget about Japan. Japan is a first world country.
Now you know things about Japan that you never knew about. All of this info is from various books, reliable internet sources and my relative.