12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan


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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

Chiune Sugihara

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

Friendly police

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan
12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

Animal welfare

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

Japan is a first world country

When people talk about first world countries, people forget about Japan. Japan is a first world country.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan

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.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Japan
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  • Anonymous
    Japan is a very interesting countries, but I think "links between Japan and the 10 lost tribes of Israel" is just a fairy tale, lots of Asian and even Native American ethnic groups were being related to "lost tribes of Israel", by some imaginative authors. Japanese people are obviously not Israeli by origin, they are different race, their language, script and culture are totally diverse, as well as their religion.
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    • ADFSDF1996

      It could a be a fairly tale but there might be some truth to it. That website gives some good explanations.

    • Anonymous

      Well, the website is made by some unknown authors, who are probably infatuated by certain biblical stories, we can also read similar explanations about "links between American Indians and lost tribes of Israel" in The Book Of Mormon ;)
      PS - During the Mongolian invasion of Jerusalem, Jewish scholars thought that Mongols were one of the lost tribes of Israel, who came back to claim their land. Of course, later they saw Mongols, and concluded they were wrong.

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  • Zorax
    Japan is definitely one of my favorite Asian countries, I like Japanese culture, tradition, architecture, cuisine and martial arts. Excellent Take :D
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    about the ainu, ryukyu and other aboriginals known as jomon in japan, they are NOT thought to be eurasian by anyone.

    it has been proven many times that they have DNA that is matched with present day southeast Asians. the ainu have the D haplogroup which is known as ”short black man”
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      you can see clearly that ainu man has a flat, broad nose. that is not a eurasian feature.

      i am offended.


      Full-blooded Ainu, compared to people of Yamato descent, often have lighter skin and more body hair.[40] Many early investigators proposed a Caucasian ancestry,[41] although recent DNA tests have not shown any genetic similarity with modern Europeans. Cavalli-Sforza places the Ainu in his “Northeast and East Asian" genetic cluster.[42]

      Anthropologist Joseph Powell of the University of New Mexico wrote "... we follow Brace and Hunt (1990) and Turner (1990) in viewing the Ainu as a southeast Asian population derived from early Jomon peoples of Japan, who have their closest biological affinity with south Asians rather than western Eurasia peoples".[43]

    • Yeah hear hear!

  • redeyemindtricks
    I lived in Tokyo for 2 years.


    I mean... I'm pretty sure EVERYONE knows Japan is a first-world country. It's where, like, *all* the advanced micro-technology comes from -- and its people have by far the longest life expectancies in the entire world.

    Srsly dude. I met impoverished Hurricane Katrina refugee kids in Houston who even knew this. Literally the only things these kids knew about Japan were that (1) it's an island, (2) we fought them in a war, and (3) it's a hella rich country that exports tons and tons of phones and video games.
    (To give you some perspective... These were kids who didn't even know that "New Mexico" is a US state. Even though we were in Texas. Which is right next to New Mexico.)


    Also... You DO know that the US military STILL occupies Japan, right?

    We still have shitloads of military bases, all over the country.
    It's REALLY not a good look, either -- especially not in the areas farthest from Tokyo, like Okinawa.

    The US military basically treats Okinawa (and Guam, and other Pacific islands) like "detention". That's where they send basically the shittiest recruits who haven't actually committed any crimes -- so, essentially, they can't be locked up in the brig, so they just get sent as far away as possible.
    These people do NOT leave a good impression of Americans. They drink, they carouse, they harass and assault local women (and men)... they fuck shit up.
    And remember, this is in a country that has basically NO VIOLENT CRIME.

    Yes, you read that correctly. The rate of violent crime in Japan is basically ZERO -- even in Tokyo, a city of 40 million -- EXCEPT for the crimes committed by our illustrious "winners" at the military bases. (This also explains why the police are so friendly -- which, yes, they absolutely are.)

    The WORST part is... This tends to feed the racist stereotypes that Japanese people DO have. Because there aren't a lot of *other* Black or Latino Americans in Japan... except for the ones on those military bases, who are basically thugs... and so LOTS of Japanese people are left with the impression that Black and Latino Americans are *ALL* thugs.

    It's BAD, dude.
    We really need to just clear our personnel the fuck out of there -- but, the MacArthur constitution (signed after WWII) won't allow for it. So we're still there.

    We pulled out SOME of our troops in '52 -- mostly so we could send them to fight in Korea! -- but, nope, we didn't leave. That is factually wrong dude.
    • ADFSDF1996

      Technically the reason why there are U. S. Bases there is because the Japanese gov't wants them there. Most of the bases are in Okinawa because there are Japanese citizens that don't want them on the mainland. Remember though. Our country (the U. S.) has bases in various parts of the world.

    • No dude. The still-existing bases are still exactly as set up by the MacArthur government after the war.
      In 1952 the San Francisco treaty removed *some* of the occupying US forces, but, the others were left unchanged -- **still as determined by MacArthur's postwar government**.

      Also... I mean... Yokota (big US air force base) is literally inside the Tokyo city limits. And there are big Army and Navy bases that are so close that they can bus the kids over from the base schools for football games.

    • ADFSDF1996

      How many U. S. bases are there on the mainland?

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  • YourFutureEx
    Interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing :)
    Blue countries represent first world countries, what does violet (US) represent?
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    • ADFSDF1996

      It's still a first world country but I'm not sure why it's colored differently.

    • Even Russia is coloured differently. Maybe it's related to capitalism vs communism.

    • ADFSDF1996


  • JCT666
    Good take! I've been to Japan and I found the people to be very friendly and accepting towards me than anyone in my own country probably ever would be. I had no problems with discrimination there either.
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    • But you have no problem discriminating against Asians *eyeroll* but I know you mean well so whatever.

  • SnowHearth
    Already knew that.
    The last chart is outdated, as the terms used there, actual terms are:

    Develoved country (formerly 1st world)
    Newly industrialized countries (formerly 2nd world)
    Developing country (formerly 3rd world)
  • Jan1ssary_
    You forgot to mention about that hot Japanese chick Asa Akira and the Penis day Japanese has :D

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  • objectivetruth
    Except they really do eat cats, dogs, and raw fish. They are also werd.
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  • MrShinyPants
    Another thing people don't know about Japan, is you are guilty until proven innocent
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  • KonseMachine
    Well I knew some of those things but not all of those things. I'm especially intrigued by the relationship between Japanese and Koreans. I thought Chinese were usually disliked more. Oh well.
  • Bvroon
    Thank you for sharing, this was very interesting.
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  • Adigelunar
    Good postv
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  • OfDeath
    I knew all 12 things.
  • Anonymous
    I don't find them, or their women, too terribly interesting
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  • Anonymous
    13 TONS of them are racist against other Asians, especially the Chinese and Koreans And they desperately wanna be white while they're not white at all. LOL

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    • All Asians, japanese included, are not and never will be white. They could wish all they want but it will never be a reality.

    • No Asians want to be white lol that's retarded. The average white person is not seen well in traditional Asia idiots!