Views from Osaka: Would you agree that Japanese society is built upon politeness and hospitality?

Michael Brett
Academic consultant, 28 (Irish)
Yes and no. Yes, because people go out of their way to be polite in public — for example, not talking on the phone on trains — and they are also polite and hospitable in customer service. But those two seem very superficial. Once you know a Japanese person well, it’s not there so much. It’s like keeping the surface moving smoothly while, on a deeper level, everyone’s just human.

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