Gaikokujin Vs. Expats
In the last year, I have lived in or visited eight Asian countries, over this period I slowly started to notice a difference between the communities of expatriates that I have encountered in each country. I determined that a unique set of circumstances engenders a relatively humble, considerate, if not tame foreign community in Japan. Please share your thoughts.
1. Japan is not a destination on the Sex Tourism Circuit. This eliminates many of the older men you see drifting through Thailand and Cambodia.
2. Japan doesn’t offer retirement visas like many ASEAN countries, which use their warmth and affordable living to attract primarily male retirees.
(Cheap cost of live-in care)
3. Japanese visa holders are students, professionals, or university graduates (this is a matter of policy)
4. You must enter Japan with an employment visa intact or a Japanese company immediately ready to help you sign over. There is no loophole like in Taiwan, where workers keep renewing their Tourist Visa by making quick flights to Hong Kong and back. (This cuts out the drifters and the unemployed)
5. There are no Drug Tourists in strict Japan. India and rough parts of ASEAN have drug tourists who travel for binge months.
6. Japan doesn’t have a class of expatriate professionals who manage outsourced projects with cheap local labor. Japan has foreign professionals who work in partnership with the Japanese or in Japanese companies, they do not work in transported offices across the world. (These people are noticeable in India and Thailand, where they make up the wealthier end of the expatriate community.)
7. Japan is not cheap. Many of the foreign communities except in Japan, are staying in Asia for the lower cost of living. This eliminates the seasonal workers from Japan- – there are plenty of Western adults who stay in Thailand during the off-season of their business to save money on the cost of living. Schoolteachers, hospitality, and tourism professionals who are free for months at a time. (Eliminates young party tourists from the Japanese scene)
8. Japan although interesting is not a vacation destination, like the beaches of ASEAN. This eliminates the seasonal beach goers.
9. Japan even in its tourist centers doesn’t have the access to English like in the ASEAN tourism centers. Many people are turned off from staying in Japan because so little English is spoken.
10. Japan has strict laws and prejudices against foreign owned real estate and businesses. Unlike the more flexible ASEAN region. This limits the community to be dependent on Japanese colleagues for credibility and makes staying in Japan long-term difficult.
11. This one is up to you