I thought about the prospect of settling in Japan from a foreigner’s point of view.
If I was a foreigner, I wouldn’t want to live in Japan, at least judging by global indicators.
(1) There is no diversity!
– No LGBTQ bills have been passed. (Although that could change by the end of the current session of the legislature…)
– The government has not addressed the growing problem of people being driven to suicide by anonymous posters on social networking services.
(2) The gender gap is the worst among developed countries.
– Even allowing couples to have separate surnames cannot gain acceptance.
– Women earn 60% of what men earn.
(3) The poverty rate for single-parent families in Japan is the worst among the Group of Seven countries.
– Single mothers are left in poverty.
– As a result, they cannot pay school lunch fees for their children.
(4) There is no awareness of social good. Environmental destruction does not stop.
– Thermal power generation is continuing.
– There are efforts to restart nuclear power plants.
(5) Too much overtime! Work style reforms do not make headway.
– Low productivity for hours worked among developed countries.
– Digital transformation is not progressing at all.
Kyoto Shimbun editorial: New LGBT law — agreement of the ruling and opposition parties is a step forward
The irony of women having a higher level of happiness than men in Japan, a country ranked 120th in equality for its harsh discrimination against women: Why men have a lower level of happiness in a male-dominated society
Japan’s poverty rate for single parents is the worst in the G7. L’Oréal supports single mothers.
Dentsu/Dentsu Institute survey: Attitudes to social good lag behind in Japan, but are driven by the cohort that posts frequently on social media
Working hours and working styles in Japan and overseas