Even if the economy has not been the best over these last twenty years or so, I think Japan still offers many opportunities for people to live and grow rich both financially and spiritually.
Plus it's a fun place that always has something that makes me laugh... Oh, and did I mention that the food is great?
And everyone who comes here doesn't have to teach English. Some can do what they love!
From Tonoharu. Ninety-nine percent of all
westerners in Japan can relate to page on the right
The Japan Times has an interesting article about foreigners who came to Japan and are living their dream. They have have capitalized on the Japanese having one of the highest literacy rates in the world and the manga (comic book) boom.
First off, from Japan Times, let's meet Frederic Boilet:
Frenchman Frederic Boilet was one of the first comic artists to grab the critics' attention when he moved to Japan in 1990 and launched the Nouvelle Manga movement that mixed the local manga sensibility with the Franco-Belgian school. An eclectic artist who even experimented with photography-based comics, Boilet has always based his sometimes erotic graphic novels on real stories, from either his or other people's experiences, always showing a sincere curiosity toward the country in which he lived until 2009.
As he stated in an interview to L'indispensable magazine, "For me, reality is more surprising than fiction. Rather than predictable and stereotypical imagination, I much prefer the complexity of daily life. Through my art I tried to document life the way I lived it, and trap it into my little stories."
Another artist is Dirk Schwieger:
In his blog he chronicled a year's worth of "assignments" he undertook at the request of readers while living in Tokyo. People from around the world would send him tasks to accomplish — anything from "meeting a traditional sword maker" to "looking for a bosozoku biker gang" — and he would write, illustrate and post a new comic each week based on his experience.
|Feb 05||The comic life of expats in Japan|
|Tales of expat life in Japan all too often get blown out of proportion and quickly become picaresque adventures that little resemble real life. For some reason, many writers can't resist the temptation to exaggerate things. In their stories - be them fiction or memoir - weird, exotic details abound, turning this country into a sort of Wonderland that, depending on the witness, alternate between sleaziness and the Theater of the Absurd.(Japan Times)|
|Feb 05||Over 700,000 condoms stolen while transported to Japan|
|A major manufacturer in Japan has complained after their products were stolen while it was transported from Malaysia towards Japan. According to Sagami Rubber Industries, their 726,000 condoms were stolen, which came from their factory in Malaysia and should be taken to the company's main plant in Japan. When the shipment arrived in Japan, the container van was empty and the lock was changed before leaving Malaysia. The said condoms are 14 percent more thinner than the ordinary condom. (allvoices.com)|