Wednesday, January 19, 2011

US vs Japan

Found this pretty cool website that allows you to compare any two countries based on a dozen or so statistics. I did a quick US vs Japan comparison. Pretty interesting.

Seems Japan has the US bested by all but 2 categories - birthrate and salary. The birthrate is definitely a problem Japan is facing and something I knew about. It's quite a complicated issue, but primarily its because the expense of living is high, and your education, especially the status of your school traditionally dictates how good of a job you can get. So families tend to pour their resources into one child instead of multiple. Also couples are getting married later, so that's not helping either.

Then of course there's the problem with the society quickly aging because of the long life expectancy and the small birthrate, but that's another problem. At least that means there should always be work for me in the future I guess though, heh.

Anyways, I'm kind of surprised by the salary being lower than the US on average. Not to say that I feel the US is a poor country, but because the cost of living here is so much more expensive. Plus, Japanese society is in love with brands, so you'd think they're buying these cause they have a little more pocket change, but I guess not.

The rest is all as to be expected - longer life expectancy, healthier society, less resource usage, but that's just because its a smaller country. The lesser class division is probably on account of the society being 99% Japanese. In fact, from my observations there isn't much racism, or rather, they society isn't as hyper-sensitive to the issue as the US is. But I suppose that's because other races are in quite the minority. Still, Japan is quite polite so I guess racism wouldn't be as severe in general.

Of course I could be completely wrong. These are just the opinions I've come to based on my own experience with the country over the past 5 years. Interesting stuff though.


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