Japan-Think Ameri-Think


Japan-Think Ameri-Think by Robert J. Collins is a book about the cultural differences between us westerners and the Japanese, and how and why they are beginning to change their ways to ours. This book cover ranging from love, sex, marriage, living at home, kids , food, and life by a day by day basis. The way this book is written is in a Ameri-think version of the subject first and then to the Japan-think version next.
This book really doesnít start until Chapter 2 entitled Love, Sex, Marriage (Sex, Marriage, and Love). This chapter explains how we Americans go about finding a partner and marry. It then states how the Japanese find a partner by going small group dates but also how careful and picky they are too. Before going on a date they do background checks on the person they are going date that night. The book also states that if you are a Japanese male you marry at 28 of you are considered "unfit for society" where as a female marries a 28 year old male at the age of 25. If they donít marry at 25 they end up working until married or for the rest of there lives. Personally I find all the rules and stuff involved in finding a date and/or wife ridiculous. I believe in marriage with love in someone you truly care about, not because you need to in order to be accepted by your peers.
We now jump to Chapter 4 entitled Entertainment and Leisure Time. This chapter is pretty self explanatory as to what it is about. According to Mr. Collins we spend and free time we have to do anything fun and not worry about the stresses of life and that we do this at any age. While in Japan Leisure time is considered to be:
A. The period of time between birth and kindergarten.
B. The period of time between final retirement and death.
C. The period of time when, because the office is closed anyway, he must -gun held to his head- take a four-day vacation
The Japanese seem to live with an all work and no play attitude but that is the way of life there. The do however watch TV when they can and play tons of video games no matter how boring we may find them. So of their choice games are Maj-Jong, Role Playing Games, Puzzle Games, & Pachinko Machines. The also play many of the games we have here but they are not as popular there though. I do have to admit when to get free time the spend it the right way, they go out with friends and/or co-workers to clubs, bars, etc..
So in conclusion I found this book to have very little to do in the world of Economics but it did provide me with a different look at the differences between our two countries. I found that Japan may be strict but they are very successful and happy with what they do. They seem to spend a lot of their time wisely although they lack all the fun we have. The donít eat as healthy as we think they do, in fact sometimes they eat worse than us. I mean come on after eating out an average of four to five days they have to suffer from malnutrition more often than us.