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* Forwarded by Boris Ivanov (2:5020/1779)
: (Thursday June 04 1998 10:15)
* : All
* : Re: Japanese Honesty

Jonathan Dresner wrote:
               There is a broader lesson here about relative ethics. Japanese (on
               the whole, of course, and I d probably never let a student of mine get
               away with this kind of generalizations in a paper) are scrupulously honest
               with regard to personal property, with the exception of umbrellas and
               bicycles. In social situations (and many professional ones), "truth" is
               secondary to "relationship." And in politics and diplomacy, all bets are
               off, just like every other country.
Interesting you bring up umbrellas and bicycles, as I was going to offer
rebuttal with just those examples. Why are they the exception?
In my town, according to a neighborhood flyer, there were nearly 12,000 bicycle
thefts last year. Hundreds end up parked outside my workplace at Fukuyama
Station. There are so many stolen and abandoned bicycles, trucks have
to come to haul them away for storage under the rail overpasses (I see
thousands of lost bicycles gathering dust). I lost my favorite umbrella,
after some idiot stole it out of my bicycle basket. So far, I ve lost two
bicycles, and my wife has lost her scooter.
On the other hand, Japanese regularly leave their cars unattended WITH THE
ENGINES RUNNING, while they make deliveries, play pachinko, or go shopping.
Japanese are also free to equip their cars with the most incredible stereos
I ve seen (and televisions/car navigation systems), with little fear. One
student has a Mazda Roadster (US name: Miata), a convertible, with a THREE
MILLION YEN ($21,500) STEREO! I have also seen a custom installed ONE MILLION
YEN ($7,000) Alpine stereo in a Honda Civic, lowered and fully tricked out with
racing interior and one bolt wheels, and no alarm. [For sale: 1,080,000 yen.]
In five years, I have never heard (nor seen) a single car alarm. This would NOT
work in the US.
Same goes for the unattended shops, where I must go back to fetch (awaken) the
proprietors, while anything up to and including consumer electronics goods sits
on the sidewalk. One US high school band of over a hundred students touring the
Akihabara electronics district brought shame upon itself a few years back, when
about 80 members were found to have shoplifted stereos and other items.
Then is the fact Japan is a cash society. I have seen feeble old people walking
in and out of banks with thick stacks of cash. I have seen 10 million yen
($125,000 at the time), sitting on a desk in an elementary school office,
awaiting distribution for summer bonuses. The clerk got the cash himself from
the bank, and calmly sat with the sliding doors fully open, with people and
children (and gaijin) walking in and out.
Such "honesty" taken for granted can result in tragedy, even in Japan. Here in
Fukuyama, there have been a string of unsolved robberies since last year,
resulting in one shooting death. In one case, the robber simply walked up to
the junior high school clerk after her trip to the bank, and relieved her of 33
MILLION YEN CASH (about $264,000), intended for 50 teachers winter bonuses.
[Damn, teachers get paid a lot here. My former principal of a public junior
high school of about 345 students, got over $100,000 a year. One science
teacher there, with about 15 years experience, bragged he cleared 5 million
(then $62,500) a year.] The Board of Education sent more money to cover them
the very same day.
Then are the infamous multimillion dollar supermarket or pachinko robberies,
like the one in Toyoda, Aichi Prefecture last year, when a pachinko parlor s
intended bank deposit, delivered in an ordinary station wagon, was relieved of
90? million yen, and shot up. The robbers simply knew that the car was
following the same Monday route.
Last year, I posted about that idiot ex-US Marine who was arrested and blamed
for at least 32 unsolved armed robberies near Tokyo. Well, some people sure
know how to make money the easy way in Japan.
Eric Takabayashi
Fukuyama, Japan
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