Japan leads the world in patents per capita (thank you Secret of NAM for providing this link). This doesn’t necessarily prove creativity, but it does prove that new products are being developed in Japan and Korea, and they are NOT being developed in India, China, or Brazil
Japan has exported a lot of its culture to the United States. Everyone loves to eat sushi, and loads of American kids are enthralled with Japanese anime. And then there were those Godzilla movies from the 1950s.
I also really LIKE most of the Japanese people that I’ve met. I feel completely the opposite way about Chinese people. Most Chinese people seem to be weird in a way that’s hard to explain. While Japanese people are probably more introverted than the average white American, they aren’t introverted in a way that seems unfriendly or hostile.
I thank the Japanese for inventing digital cameras, LCD televisions, and Blu-ray Discs. There are probably a lot of other products that I can thank the Japanese for but which I can’t think of right now.
I predict that robot technology is going to become the next big thing, and that Japan is going to lead the world in this technology.
There have been certain commenters saying bad stuff about Asians, but they should really be more careful about what Asians they are talking about. I’ve never had any bad experiences dealing with Japanese-Americans or native Japanese (at least not worse than I’ve had with white people).
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Also, Japanese women should be commended for liking skinny and weak men who weigh 125 lbs and not the muscle-bound juiceheads from Jersey Shore that American women like. While American men are busy lifting weights, Japanese men are going to be inventing robots that will transform the world and make Japan the world’s richest nation.
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And I thank the Japanese for Final Fantasy XI, a really awesome computer game like World of Warcraft, but better. When the U.S. government creates a game for unemployed people to play to make money, we should hire Square Enix to program us something like Final Fantasy XI.
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It’s very important for me to add that American-born Chinese, and especially second-generation American-born Chinese, have much better personalities than foreign-born Chinese.