I live in a country which features one of the most direct democracies in the world. I don’t know about you, but for me democracy is important, being it closely related to freedom, and the less it is delegated, the better.
As soon as I moved to Switzerland I was surprised to see long aluminum poles planted on grassy grounds arranged so that their bases formed a rectangle. “It’s for a new building,” I was told, “to give neighbors time to decide whether they like it to be built there or not.” That’s right, the poles represented cornerstones and height of a soon-to-be-built building, according to design plan. The neighbors had veto power on it.
However, in Switzerland ordinary people are much more involved in decisions than just vetoing buildings.
How different is the criminal justice system in Japan if compared to the ones in the Western World? Japanese culture and history have produced a completely different justice system, with exceptional results and means difficult to accept or understand for Westerners.
I’ve recently stumbled upon an article about “crime and punishment” in Japan. Its title can be translated in “Japan, lights and shadows of Justice. The most frequent crime is bike theft.”
I found the article extremely interesting because it highlights how different Japanese law enforcement system is from the ones in the western world.
The article, authored by a European journalist who has been living in Japan for a couple decades, begins by listing facts and figures about crime in Japan.
Japan is the country with the lowest crime level among the countries belonging to G20
Japan has 54 inmates every 100,000 citizens (US: 700)
Japanese citizens who are victim of at least one crime over one year are 16% (US: 39%)
Risk of being robbed in Tokyo is 80 times lower than in New York City
Risk of being assaulted in Tokyo is 200 times lower than in NYC
Risk of being raped in Tokyo is 700 times lower than in NYC
Risk of being killed in Tokyo is 2,000 times lower than in NYC
However, such stellar results don’t come without a price.
What is Culture Shock? How does it develop over time? Here you can find an introduction to culture shock and accounts from expats about their experience with it.
If you have ever felt in the wrong place after moving to a new city, or went through a stage of continuously criticizing people around you after expatriating, or felt irritable after relocating, you’ve probably suffered from culture shock.
You may not even have known you were suffering from culture shock.
Did you experienced some to several of the following symptoms sometime after relocating abroad or to another part of your own country?
Even when people have the opportunity and the willingness to move their whole life abroad for whatever reason, it can be difficult to choose what country is the best.
Some have a dream country, but it’s not like that for everybody. Many just would know they want to move abroad, but aren’t sure where to.
I’ve personally been through that: years ago I knew for sure I wanted to leave Italy (or I should say flee), but I had no idea which country best suited my needs and my nature.
I knew for sure that I wanted to move to a less-corrupted country. I liked the abundance of opportunities that the US can offer. I loved Australia’s quality of life. I was attracted by the culture of some European countries like the UK, Switzerland and Germany.
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