Continuing my series of quirky videos about Japanese culture here’s a beautifully executed infographic introduction to the country created from a foreigners point of view (by Kenichi Tanaka, a Japanese designer):

Did you know 2 in every 100 people are Japanese and that they have the longest life expectancy in the world (as well as the worst eyesight)? Beside the more common factoids it’s interesting to see some of the worrying aspects of Japanese society addressed here – food wastage, water importing, and suicide are clearly big issues.

With 90 people killing themselves everyday you have to wonder what the price of a healthy economy is…


  1. jesse says:

    great video! i’ve been wanting to visit for quite some time. and all foreigners i’ve known who’ve lived there have only good things to say.

    • David says:

      Yeah, and the big bonus is that they have fast, unfiltered internet there! I would love to try living in Korea / Japan for a few years. Just need to find some sort of suitable employment (not English teaching!).

    • David says:

      Steve – it was made by a Japanese designer about Japan. If they’re not allowed to comment on their own culture then who is?

  2. PeeJayZephyr says:


    The safest developed country in the world. No nanny state. No police state. The most reliable public transport in the world. The 5th most generous country in the world for international aid. They are pioneers in electronics, engineering and pop culture. They pick themselves and their economy up countless times after bombings and earthquakes. Their food and lifestyle is very healthy, and they have the longest life expectancy.

    If that’s “Strange”, then I want to be Strange too.

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