Japanese Life Rules That Foreigners Do Not Understand

11You cannot be a vegan in Japan

The one place it is hard to be a vegan in is Japan. All their foods have some animal products in them. Even their noodles are boiled in meat broth. This is because the Japanese believe in a healthy diet and know that every food product available in nature for man to eat is important. Even though their dishes look completely vegetarian it will contain some meats.

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12Going bar hopping with your boss

In most countries spending time with your boss after work hours is something that is mostly a personal preference. But, in Japan, it is a tradition to go bar hopping with your boss after work. This helps them build a strong work relationship and team for their normal work. There is also another rule that says you cannot refuse to do this. If you cannot make it then that is understandable but you cannot refuse.

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13People don’t rest

In Japan, the work culture is so busy and hectic that there is no time for anything else. People don’t spend their evenings hanging out with their friends or watching TV. The ‘Land of the rising sun’ is a good name given to Japan as people get to work the moment dawn breaks and only come home to eat and sleep and get ready for the next day.

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14Women get paid less

Patriarchy is very strong in Japan. This is an unwritten rule but everyone knows it. Women should stay at home and look after the house and children. But, when they want a career they have to deal with the fact that they will be paid less for doing the same work. To avoid this many women who want to work start their own business.

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15Don’t do someone’s job

The competition is strong in Japan. In other countries, if you help the postman or janitor it is seen as a sign of a good-natured individual who is trying to help others. But if you do the same in Japan it is a sign that you want to take their jobs. Which is why you are doing it for them. This is not appreciated and frowned upon.

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