Japanese Quality of Life: My Family’s Experience in Tokyo

Hello world I often get asked: How’s life in Japan? What I think they’re really asking is what is the quality of life like. I live in Tokyo the biggest metropolitan area in the world. It’s got to be a hectic life, right? The easiest answer I can give is: I bought a house. There’s a lot that factors into quality of life: health, family, education environment, social belonging, recreation and leisure time and a bunch of financial stuff that influences the cost and standard of living. I will focus on the financials in a follow-up video. But let me address it briefly at the start of this one: Working professionals can afford to buy a home and have all their primary needs taken care of. An extravagant lifestyle? No. But they have the ability to make ends meet while living within an hour’s commute to the center of the mega city that is Tokyo. Let me paint the picture of what a Japanese middle-class lifestyle looks like. We have a roof over our heads, in fact, we own it. Well, the bank does. Press a button Do it once. Now give me the key. We always have food on the table, clean water, electricity, gas, heat, air conditioning, internet, smartphones No oven… dishwasher, our dedicated drying machine though kids go to a free public school Where lunches are made in-house, although we do pay for that, like two dollars a meal. After school, the kids partake in extracurricular activities such as art classes and sports. We have health care We’re required to pay for it, but it’s universal so we can’t be denied access and the quality is good. Did I mention kids are free from visits to the family doctor dentist and optometrist two prescriptions? We don’t own a car. We could probably afford it. But the benefits are so little within Tokyo that I feel it’d be a luxury expense, especially since the kids walk to school and my wife has her commuter pass paid for by her company, which in general is what most Companies do. For fun, well, it’s mostly free or cheap activities that we do like going to parks, visiting family and friends, catching up festival Or going to super CentOS, which are nice public bathhouses that cost under $10 a head The biggest non-essential costs we have are eating out and paying for public transport to get to places. Although I love traveling my family isn’t as keen as me so we don’t often get out of the city. As a single person the cost wouldn’t be too bad. But as a family expenses really do add up. Especially when hotel rates are based on the number of occupants versus the number of rooms So does that paint a bit of a picture about our lifestyle? Now let’s get into some overarching themes. First up is family: Family is such a huge factor for me. Not only my immediate family, but siblings and parents, too This must sound funny since my Canadian family is an ocean away. But my Japanese family are all within a short walk. So you win some you lose some. Why our Japanese family over our Canadian one? Well that has to do with the cost and availability of housing, not our affection for our loved ones, at least That’s what it publicly say. In the area around Vancouver even when our family wanted to be located near each other It was a practical impossibility to rent or purchased in the same neighborhood. Only those that got in before the craziness that is the Vancouver housing market were able to establish themselves. While Vancouver’s not considered a large city by international standards, living in a place suitable for a family within an hour’s commute of the downtown core was not possible for me and many working professionals. In Japan, housing can come in all shapes and sizes. Since zoning laws allow you to build on very small pieces of land; as an example, I now own a detached home that for all intents and purposes takes up all the land. I don’t have a yard beyond the few feet of concrete on the side. That’s a trade-off that I was able to make. I chose no yard Versus living another 30 minutes away where I could have had one and a more spacious house to boot but I wanted not only to be closer to the center of Tokyo but more importantly close to family. Unlike years ago in Japan. We don’t live in a Multi-generational household. If our parents do require care as they get older as opposed to the free childminding that they currently provide us. We live so close that we can walk there in minutes. So we’re close, but not living on top of each other close. The services available to family members from my niece who recently graduated from the day care system, to my kids in elementary school, to the grandparents who may one day go to adult daycare are all located within a few minutes walk. Groceries, health clinics, parks, recreation centers and quite importantly, a train station are all equally close Tokyo being a walkable city is a big deal that lends itself to a healthier lifestyle. And let’s talk about health: So there are many aspects to health beyond access to doctors and hospitals, but let’s discuss those things. Whenever I want to see our family doctor, we walk or bike to the clinic and can be seen within an hour. But if we choose the right time of day, it’s more like 15 minutes. No appointments necessary. The cost is so little that I never think if it’s worthwhile to spend the money to see the doctor. Instead, the equation I calculate is whether a visit is not only worth my time, but the time of the doctor. A pharmacy is usually located beside the clinic which means you can pick up the prescription quite quickly Prescriptions are also mostly covered under the health insurance system and even if they weren’t, the national governments control ensure that medications are affordable. If I want to see a specialist, but the dermatologist for my eczema are an ENT for my tinnitus I can drop in just as I did with my family doctor. no referral our appointment necessary and oh yeah, they’re also located within walking distance But what about the quality of care well? Subjectively I find it comparable to Canada some things are better some are worse But overall I trust that the doctors are qualified that I can get access when I need to and that I’ll be taken care of Whether I have money or not even with Japan’s universal health care coverage you are required to pay 30% of costs there are monthly limits that mean you won’t end up having to pay beyond your means and Thus won’t be going bankrupt due to some unforeseen or chronic. Health issues you’re also free to choose any hospital nationwide Now I’ve been talking about physical health, what about mental health that I can’t personally comment on since I’ve never utilized the services Hearing stories from other people gives me the impression that Western countries are more progressive in this This kind of leads into stigmas and social belonging There’s this idea in Japan that you don’t want to stand out which means you don’t want to admit You have mental health issues or that you lost your job or many of the other life? Situations that you may have to deal with I think in the West we’re more open to talking about our personal problems in Japan It’s just not something that’s often done What I’ve observed is that people are generally Understanding and sympathetic to those who are struggling in life? Whether it be financially physically mentally are otherwise Like any other developed country the Japanese deal with a host of issues From your kid who isn’t doing well in school to an uncle who’s in a wheelchair to that cousin who has a learning difference these things are talked about but usually quietly a Lot of commentary you might hear about Japan makes the society seem rigid and stuck in the past But I’ve seen a lot of changes and openness not only in my generation, but the generations above and below I keep on coming across examples of things progressing and improving from gender Inequality to working hours to an overhaul of the University Entrance Examination System you’ve probably heard that Japan has a suicide problem But the thing is it’s now not that different from other developed countries There was a period of time in the 90s and the turn of the century when the economy wasn’t doing well and the numbers spiked What if trends continue in a few years the rate will be the same as the u.s.? Which unfortunately is seeing its numbers rise? There’s also a stereotype that in Japan foreigners are just that foreigners, and they will never belong So does our family equally Canadian and Japanese feel like we belong I’d have to say yes And ironically probably even more so than in our community in Canada a country that is known for its Multiculturalism and is a country of immigrants. Why do I think this well? I don’t think it has anything to do with the people themselves But more with how the community is set up and the social expectations that come with living here I keep on coming back to this point, but it really makes a difference in my life And that’s walkability in Japan men people walk a ride around the community so you inevitably Run into the same people over and over when people know you and you them that promotes a sense of responsibility to the greater whole schools another reason for that sense of belonging School especially elementary school forces parents to interact with one another and I do specifically use the word force Because you’re gonna interact whether you like it or not the elementary school catchment area is roughly a kilometre in radius which means everyone lives within a 10-minute walk to school and In some areas you wouldn’t even need to walk that far because all these circles represent a ten minute walk to each Elementary school in the area that I could spot There’s this term called the popsicle index The popsicle index is the percent of people in a community who believe a child can leave their home? go to the nearest place to buy a Popsicle and come home alone safely Kind of like the good old days of yore when I was a little girl growing up in West Philadelphia Popsicle index was a hundred percent was unthinkable That we couldn’t run up to spruce street play the pins get a popsicle and come home alone and any time of day or early evening okay so Japan 2018 weekday mornings elementary school kids in my neighborhood gather together in groups to walk to school without adult supervision On the way back home though. They’re all on their own Given this fact. I’d say that my neighborhood would score 100% on that popsicle index Especially since there are stores along the way that they could stop by and pick one up To expand upon this idea of children roaming the streets unsupervised I don’t think the term playdate exists in Japan kids just walk or bike to a friend’s house or even meet up in the park Once they get cellphones which most kids seem to have by the time they hit junior high They make plans via the popular line messaging gap Do Japanese parents fear for the safety of their children that a malicious crime like kidnapping might occur I think parents are about as fearful of this in Japan as they are in Canada But what I can confirm is that Japanese parents don’t seem to be as concerned about kids being injured by speeding vehicles because in residential areas in Japan The pedestrians and cyclists rule the road and cars are limited to 30 kilometers an hour and for you Americans That’s 20 miles an hour in Canada cars. Generally go double that speed regardless of posted speed limits Something else that contributes to social belonging is both the voluntary and involuntary community participation The local group of five to ten households that manage the waste collection point that’s not an option Being the parent monitor for your elementary school kids morning gathering spot also not an option attending the festival for the local shrine That’s optional going to school festivals also optional passing along the local news bulletin not an option For people who don’t want to conform this type of living can be onerous to put it in perspective though I can’t seem to survive more than a year in the Canadian corporate world as I like the freedom of self-employment too much by beater What’s happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports yet I don’t find the social norms in our little community in Tokyo to be burdensome in fact I kind of find the rules freeing, but how can that be? Well following the rules only take up a small percentage of my life So even if I don’t like the rules they don’t dominate how I live As long as I follow the little rules. I’m free to do whatever I like and I also believe the pros far outweigh the cons yes I have to pitch in to clean the garbage area, but because everyone has to do it No, one is going to purposely make a mess there I have to watch my kids gather in the morning a few weeks out of the year But I can also rest assured that my kids are safe going to school on their own having to be reined in at work We’re controlled me for a good 8 hours a day. Yeah, the cover sheet. I know I know bill talked to me about it. Yeah Did you get that memo whereas conforming to these community rules is maybe eight hours a month? You might be thinking I have specifically addressed. How we fit in as a foreign or perhaps half foreign family My wife was born and raised in Tokyo after all yes. I like my idea Sorry, it’s in the wallet my ID It’s inside is in there my ID well. I can tell you this. I don’t have regular run-ins with the cops Because there are many touch points of course and free to attend social obligations You’re going to participate and that ensures you become a part of the community Even with the language barrier and let’s be clear. I still suck at Japanese I’m much more involved at the local level in Japan than I’ve ever been in Canada So yeah we fit in and I kind of don’t know if we even had a choice Now let’s move on over to education Education was a top fare I had before moving to Japan I heard the schools restrict and that creativity was stifled bullying was also a thing my kids have been just fine Things are different in Japan than Canada. There is no doubt, but I think they’ve been receiving decent education in both systems What you need to know about Japanese education at the elementary school level? Is that unless you’re someone from the elite who wants their kid to attend the top? University in the country the pressure is not all it’s cracked up to be Once you start getting into junior high in a high school I think it’s a different story, but my family is not at that stage yet So if you’ve seen those videos or read those articles about Japanese kids testing to get into the right kindergarten to ensure their future success That’s the exception not the norm Since education is governed at the national level this ensures a certain standard of quality all across the country big city our small town You can see the same types of schools with the same curriculums with the same gyms and swimming pools With the same sports days and festivals there are Japanese math and science classes, but there’s also social and life studies arts music Physical education and home economics there are several field trips a year and many festivals to put on it’s honestly a more diverse educational experience than I’ve seen in Canadian schools Teachers are hired by the prefecture which is similar to a province or state and are moved around schools every few years So while my family isn’t located one of the wealthier parts of Tokyo I feel the facilities and teachers aren’t dramatically different – the more money Daria’s The vast majority of students attend public school especially at the elementary level, so this really is the story for most Japanese Tisa the program for International Student Assessment ranks Japanese students quite highly If you ask my kids uncle prefers the Japanese school system because she says she understands it better all Shin is rather indifferent We’ve witnessed incidents of bullying in both Canada and Japan, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t rate one place better Or worse both school systems are anti-bullying, but if you know kids the unfortunately can find creative ways to get around official policies One big difference the kids and I have noticed between the school systems is the freedom and responsibility Given to students overall I’d say Japanese have more responsibility than Canadian students Whether it’s serving up lunch cleaning the school putting on events or watching over the younger ones but being able to be yourself Canada is the winner in that category you can have purple hair scooter into class and have your own learning style So I’ve spent a lot of time talking about obligations education and help, but what about the fun stuff? recreation and leisure time This is perhaps the trickiest section for me to talk about that’s because my family doesn’t have the typical setup I work for myself and thus make my own hours my wife works, but it’s fairly close to the typical nine-to-five So she’s home within decent hours while our working hours are in line with Canadian parents But I know I’d say we’re home more than other Japanese parents are So from my experience the average Japanese family has less time together than a Canadian one in Canada There’s a bigger priority on having quality of time with not only children But also with spouses like if there were some non-essential work that needed to get done in the evening Or your kids soccer game to attend I feel like in Japan the work would win out Whereas in Canada taking your kid to the soccer game? Would this is of course a huge generalization, but if you need to sum it up? That’s how I feel the cookie would crumble for parents. I don’t see a big culture of having date nights within my Canadian family It’s something that’s deemed essential for a healthy relationship in Japan dates are for unmarried couples not parents In Japan taking care of the families also still more of a female than a male thing So it’s expected that a mother would make the meals and clean the house Times are changing and the role is becoming more equal, but it’s probably a generation behind what I see on the ground in Canada Japanese family vacations are shorter affairs: think a couple of games as opposed to a week There’s just not enough consecutive time off of work to go on long trips There’s also lots of school activities that need to be attended to Overall Japanese people seem to have less free time to do things of their choosing, but when the Japanese do recreational things They usually do it in a serious way So what’s the quality of life like in Tokyo I bought a house? It’s somewhere. I can see my family living for the foreseeable future Because we can live near to family because we can be part of a small community Because we can work jobs that don’t require long hours because we can spend time with our family Because we don’t need to own a car we can have a decent quality of life One thing I’d like to come back to is the education we’re in a special situation where our kids can speak English And that’s becoming an increasingly important subject in Japanese schools It’s one of the main subjects you can use for test scores for getting into both high schools and universities Coming from Canada my kids have a natural advantage Furthermore their Canadian citizenship and myself and my wife’s ability to make a living back in Canada Meaning that we always have the option of going back to the Canadian education system for certain years If things aren’t working well in Japan This means our kids probably don’t experience the same type of schooling pressure that regular Japanese ones do on The other hand we have very much been actively working to ensure our kids are fluently bilingual in Japanese in English It’s not a given that they can speak both languages. They’re currently not at a native level of English hi There’s like when we were living in Canada. They weren’t at a native level of Japanese It’s a constant struggle to prepare them to be able to communicate at a need of level in two languages By the time they graduate from high school not only that we want to make sure they can feel at ease living in either country a Very important question, but one that’s also so subjective as if we’re happy are we happy with our life in Japan How about a simple answer to this complicated question? Yeah Thanks for watching. See you next time bye. What’s the quality of life like where you’re from? Hey guys Greg here as promised in the follow-up to this video, I’ll talk about the costs the standard of living in Japan I think in developed countries if you’re wealthy enough you can have a fairly good quality of life So what I’m more interested in talking about is what the quality of life will be like for a regular average citizen stay tuned for that if you like these types of videos they do take a while to make and Making them requires the consumption of quite a bit of tea And I really do slurp I Really do slurp my tea like that It’s hot right. You know this is great Japanese technology but anyways if you’d If you have the means to support my tea drinking habit. I have a patreon account so consider that all right

100 thoughts on “Japanese Quality of Life: My Family’s Experience in Tokyo”

  1. 도쿄에 사는 일본인들의 일상을 보여주고 있네요. 휴식 및 산책을 할수 있는 공원, 학교, 주택등에서의 다양한 삶을 다큐멘터리 처럼 보여주고 있네요.
    (민족과 민족이 맞서 일어나고 왕국과 왕국이 맞서 일어날 것이며, 곳곳에 식량 부족과 지진이 있을 것입니다. 이 모든일은 진통의 시작입니다.-마태복음 24:7,8
    지혜로운 자와 함께 걸으면 지혜롭게 되지만, 미련한 자와 어울리면 해를 입는다.-잠언 13:20
    당신은 가엾게 여겨서는 안 됩니다. 생명은 생명으로, 눈은 눈으로, 이는 이로, 손은 손으로, 발은 발로 갚아야 합니다.-신명기 19:21
    자기 죄를 덮어 가리는 자는 성공하지 못하지만, 죄를 고백하고 버리는 자는 자비를 받는다.-잠언 28:13
    의로운 자들은 땅을 차지하고 거기서 영원히 살 것이다.-시편 37:29
    하나님께서는 세상을 매우 사랑하셔서 자신의 독생자를 주셨습니다. 그것은 그에게 믿음을 나타내는 사람은 누구나 멸망되지 않고 영원한 생명을 얻게 하려는 것입니다.-요한복음 3:16
    그분은 그들의 눈에서 모든 눈물을 닦아 주실 것이다. 더 이상 죽음이 없고, 슬픔과 부르짖음과 고통도 더는 없을 것이다. 이전 것들이 다 사라져 버린 것이다.-요한 계시록 21:4)

    (당뇨, 혈압, 암환자는) 네 저수조(방광)에서 (나오는) 물(본인 오줌)을 마시고, 네 우물에서 흐르는 물을 마셔라.-잠언 5:15

  2. Thank you for the informative video! As for my quality of life, I'm living in a suburb of a city in the central USA. There is a distinct four seasons so nice spring and autumn but you pay for it with hot summers and cold winters. Walking everywhere is just not possible. It's 3 miles to the closest grocery store and 15 miles to downtown so people pretty much drive everywhere. I've got a home on 3 acre lot that's costing me $1600/month plus the associated utility bills and end of the year property taxes. Schools are really good here, but the quality declines as you get closer to the city center. Infastructure appears to be way better in Tokyo than here. I love the smooth roads and how clean the sidewalks are where you live. I can't comment on what's a typical work day here since I work as a pilot for an airline with a totally different schedule than most people, but I would estimate a "normal" office job is a 9 hour day with one of those hours for lunch.

  3. I hope your children will be able to be bilingual during their teens. Make sure they can read and write in both languages. I wonder if there are classes for English for English Speakers. I found this video informative and the formatting made me think this was a high budget documentary. The transitions made me interested to continuously watch these videos.

  4. For me in a suburb of Los Angeles, it is fairly nice and clean, but has nothing of the community feel as you show here, which looks very nice and welcoming by comparison. Everybody drives everywhere here, and people seem disappointed to run into someone in the hall or street, weird as that sounds. People are generally friendly, but there is a general sense of fear in my opinion, not love and sharing like with human brothers and sisters that trust each other. Watching anime all these years, I always thought how nice and family-seeming Japanese communities seem to be by comparison.

  5. This dude could make a KILLING making travel guides for, well, anywhere or anything!
    The production values, professional attention to detail and the raw humanity are so compelling.

  6. As far as higher education for your children, aren't they also Canadian citizens? So if they cannot get into a Japanese university, can't they use Canada as a relief valve?

  7. Tokyo is ultra clean, no trash, cig butts, nothing on the streets. It is part of the social order in Japan. It’s group culture & they are aware of how things affect other people. No talking loud in public or trains, certainly no cell phones. Even blowing your nose in public is rude

  8. I love these videos but the constant cuts to non-Japanese media (fresh prince, office space, that fat American woman talking about popsicles, etc) completely kills the immersion. I don't want to see any of that stuff when the magic is happening.

  9. i don't see any values for family,relationships in this bizarre city life and my kids wont be learning humman values in this speed up lifestyle wher we look up for quality and easy access of life in this concrete structures is very bad…..Im an Indian 27years old been to america worked their but i have to come back for the human values that i was loosing…now im happy here with my family and friends in india living with family is an ultimate life.

  10. I've been recently thinking about where I would move to if I ever chose to leave the U.S. Japan and Canada are at the top of the list. Still doing my research on the specific areas I would settle to.

  11. i grew up in a middle class family here in new zealand. The cost of living here is very expensive and most wages don't keep up with it very well. A lot of people here struggle to make ends meet. However being a developed country we've never experienced any other major struggles. Crime here is probably higher than japan. But most neighborhoods are safe. Our healthcare is good however not free but heavily subsidized especially for children. Dental care is expensive for adults. Our schools have a decile ranking 1-10 on the quality of education, overall the education system here is good and university is subsidized.

  12. Great video! From what I've heard, Japanese work-life is pretty heavy for a Westerner to adjust to though. I'm from Finland and worked in Germany for a while, and it was pretty annoying how hierarchical the culture was, but the Japanese have the hierarchy thing on the next level so to speak, at least from what I know..

  13. I think most of us foreigners romanticize the beautiful aspects of a country to say we'll like to live in a certain country but as some comments say Japan is not only Ginza or the metropolitan area and not as pristine as we think, which can also be said of New York, Paris, etc. Yet Japan to me stands out for the things you highlighted and for the culture, I know I would also like to live in Paris but it had to be in the millionaire row whereas in Japan it can be pretty much everywhere

  14. Man, it just blows my mind whenever I see this. I'm also from Canada and even in my city and even my neighborhood… you really have to watch yourself now. It feels almost inappropriate to write this comment because I don't want to spoil this incredible video, but it just comes to show you what life can be like if everyone is truly part of the same culture. Although it would be lovely to have multiple cultures living harmoniously, trying to awkwardly force different cultures together is probably the worst idea anyone has ever had. Especially when in come cases they are clearly not compatible. It seems like everywhere that there is cultural and ethnic homogeneity, there is an astonishing amount of peace and stability. Hope I bump into you when I visit Japan next year for the Olympics. Your channel has been really helpful in planning my trip.

  15. I don't know exactly what the author wanted to say about quality of life, because it probably varies depending on the country of origin. I have a saying in Poland that the point of view depends on the point of sitting. I lived in 4 countries and in several places in my own country. From Asian countries it was South Korea and China (Guangzhou). I believe that the number of people and overcrowding is such an indicator that little is said. And he is very dangerous. China is much more overpopulated than Japan. Anyway, in the picture it looks beautiful, unfortunately life does not spoil. It should not coddle.
    I don't think Japan has a high quality of life, but rather a high standard of living. However, this is also debatable. Because I've seen more than one video about how people squeeze over a dozen square meters and work all day, and they don't have much free time after work. This applies to a large group of society in Japan, especially in Tokyo area.

    Of course, the Japanese province outside big megalopolis has its rights, as does the metropolis of Tokyo. However, I have seen a lot in my life in Hong Kong, Guangzhou or Seoul…
    I think that living in a smaller city is sometimes beneficial. I am annoyed by the lack of privacy when there are a lot of people everywhere.

    But there are many other problems related to Japan. For example, the cost of vegetables and fruit and the availability of healthy food.

  16. Since you asked what life is like where your viewers are from: Well, my family and I live in the land of Utah. No, we are not members of the church that runs the state, but we do live here.

    Many studies suggest that Utah has the world's least amount of crime, and, I feel, that's likely true. However, it comes with a cost. The people here, for the most part, are always on-edge and fearful of going to hell if they disobey their church leaders; and so, if one lives in a community in the beautiful, mountainous place called Utah, AND, if one lives where the religious majority is less common, then yes, a peaceful life is doable.

    The mountains and other beautiful nature here are amazing. God does great work! 😀

  17. The fact that you don’t need to own a car with two kids and still live easily and do daily chores is a big big plus point comparing it to a city like LA or NYC

  18. I really enjoy the information and comparisons that you share. Can you provide any information with regards to how single-parents are accepted in Japan? I am considering a move to Japan with my daughter.

  19. Thanks for sharing specific details.
    I once studied in Japan for a month,
    and began to feel part of the community.
    I've never experienced that in Australia!
    I hope to return to Japan to live one day.

  20. All of the b.s you speak about is the same around most of the world. However you say nothing about need of surgeries In which the govt deems not needed! You are spreading b.s bro

  21. Thanks for these great videos that show an interesting part of Japanese everyday life and not just the touristy parts :). I realize you might not have time to answer, but I would like to ask something (maybe you've answered this somewhere). I'm a self employed entrepreneur as I gather you are too. Is it hard to move to Japan as an entrepreneur, because the info I've found seems to say that it's very hard? If you can, it would be great if you could answer in a sentence or two, what is necessary to do so. Thanks either way and have a great day!

  22. Beautiful, thoughtful video. So well done. If I could speak Japanese I would love to live there several months out of the year.

  23. Quality of life defends on your work and inheritance especially a house, it is must for the next generation of your family to inherit a own house so they can start better think better live better.

  24. A toast to your informative, fun, and very objective videos on Japan. I lived in a host family in Japan 10yrs ago and your videos really remind me of how their, and mine, day to day lives were like. Keep up the good work man!

  25. 1. Japan unlike the west doesn't rely upon skilled immigrants to help them progress.
    2. You will not feel lonely in Japan or in most of the East Asian countries unlike in the west where there is no accepted culture and because the neighborhoods vary from location to location.
    3. Japan has a highly ethical work culture, unlike the west where the work culture is overrated.

  26. In India, some days can be really bad, and some days can be great. But I like the higher sense of community in INdia then in Western world. the flip side, i have to ignore a large amout of litter

  27. The quality of life from where I am … Well, shameful education, the typical American education that won't help you in life more than spitting it all out on paper. Recreation, Well, I really live in a small town on the edge of Houston, so there's not much to do. Originally I am from Cuba, and although in the United States it has more economic advantages than in Cuba, Cuba really is better. Its educational system is a bit freer, besides that education is not so important because a socialist country does not require so much competitiveness. I lived in Havana, which was the capital, leisure was very common because people enjoy more free time than work. People in Cuba are more sociable than Americans. However, it is very common not to have the same economic possibilities as in the United States, if you are an entrepreneur in Cuba you probably have no future. Besides that, the economy although in recent years has grown and the country has opened more to the world, even so, there is economic resection. The houses are offered to you by the government. Yes, families in Cuba are usually very large, up to 10 people can live in the same house without exaggeration.

    It is also true that you cannot speak badly about the government publicly, but also not to be given the death penalty for it. Depending on how bad you talked about the government, you can receive a fine or jail. But honestly, it is not that Cubans care much about their government. In the United States without racist zoning something that I have noticed is that in the neighbourhoods of African-American culture is where there are more crimes, I do not know why that is.

  28. Japan was the best time in my life-
    We lived in Wakayama- and loved every minute.
    Great video and thanks for taking the time to create Greg!

  29. Whaaat, there is a Your Lie in April show with real actors (10:55) ? 😀 I really love your references!

    You used that scene with that woman with crutches (6:05) in antoher of your videos as well, didn't you? Or to be exact it's not exactly that scene but the part after of before that. Just can't remember which one it was.

  30. I really admire Japanese culture. Their government seems to really care about the citizens unlike here in the U.S. Schools here are used to label kids and keep them doped up. They don't teach things that will be needed in your adult life and teaching responsibility what's that? But they promote getting the flashiest clothes for back to school. Prison pipeline definitely goes on too. Japan seems to be a great place to live.

  31. Blah blah blah…. With all due respect, I lived in Japan for about 24 years. Please don't forget to make a video telling the bad about living here too. Racism, no diversity, severe hierarchy at work and schools. I don't watch japanese tv anymore…tv here only shows the "good" thing about the country. Every night the same thing on tv: comedy, food, travel, light tv news on the screen. No tv show discloses the real thing about the country. like youth violence, Aids, high suicide rate, high proliferation of radiation from Fukushima, hidden facts about the its military past on scholar books, etc. Yes, they don't show the dark side here. I often need to check websites from abroad to now what's really happening here. There'es no diversity here, you won't see even naturalized foreigners working at a bank, department store, police station or legislating at the government here. Even those that "look alike" japanese. If you're a white, korean or chinese naturalized citizen, forget those jobs. They want "pure" japanese only. I have no intention to offend anyone here. Thank you.

  32. This is absolutely correct. Japan is based on a communal life. Almost every services you can think of are all within reach and efficient! That is what a convenient life should be.

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