Q4: Why are Japanese parents so soft on their children?
I feel there are two reasons. One is, due to the sluggish economy in Japan, many couples choose to have one child, thus causing them to pamper their children.They cannot draw a line between loving and spoiling children. The other is, the loss of parents’ authority in today’s society. The once-valued Confucian traditions have crumbled. This has weakened parents’ disciplinary control over their children.
Q5: Why is alcohol sold in vending machines in Japan?
I believe there are two reasons. Firstly vending machines can increase alcohol sales considerably. Almost every liquor shop in Japan sustains their sales by having vending machines, especially at night. The other reason is the government’s loose enforcement of regulations on teenage drinking. The Japanese government is not ready to tighten its control over alcohol consumption of this age group.
Q3: Why don’t the Japanese look other people in the eye when speaking?
I consider there are two reasons for this phenomenon. One reason is the Japanese tend to be timid when speaking with others, especially speaking in front of two or three people. They are worried about making a mistake. The other reason is Japanese people think it is polite to fix their eyes on the shoulder of the other. Especially when speaking with their superiors, many people don not look them in the eye in order to express their respect.
Q4: Why do the Japanese fall asleep on trains?
I think there are two reasons for this habit. Firstly, Japanese people don’t get enough sleep, averaging less than 7 hours, so sleeping on trains can make up for the lack of sleep.
Secondly, Japanese trains have a clean and comfortable environment, which makes tired people easily fall asleep.
Q5: Why do even adults read comic books on trains in Japan?
I feel there are two reasons for this phenomenon. Firstly, Japanese working people usually take much time to commute by train and so reading comic books on trains helps relieve stress and fatigue from hard work. Secondly, Japanese comics are rich in variety, ranging from intriguing ones to merely diverting ones. Many of them are written in such a sophisticated way that even adults can enjoy them.