Japan Facts

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In Japan, there are more pets than there are children.
The CEO of Japan Airlines makes $90,000 a year, less than the pilots. During an interview, he said "We in Japan learned during the bubble economy that businesses who pursue money first fail. The business world has lost sight of this basic tenet of business ethics."
In Japan, ‘yaeba’ or crooked teeth in girls is considered cute and attractive, and girls in fact undergo procedures to un-straighten their teeth.
In 1968, a car driven by bank employees was pulled over by a motorcycle cop claiming the car had been rigged with a bomb. The cop got under the car to “defuse” the device. When the car started to smoke, everybody ran. Then the “cop” just drove the car away. The 300,000,000 Yen robbery remains unsolved to this day.
Most streets in Japan do not have names.
In 1945, a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job on time - in Nagasaki - where he survived another atomic blast.
According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
In Japan, gambling is illegal. However, they circumvent the law by giving out prizes instead of cash, which the winner can then sell back to the establishment for cash.
In Japan, slurping loudly while eating noodles shows that the food is delicious. It's actually considered rude not to slurp!
Japan has a network of roads that play music as you drive over them at the correct speed.
The first foreigner to become a samurai was an African slave.
In Japan, it is tradition for husbands to get a monthly allowance from their wives.
Most Japanese schools don't have janitors. Instead, children do the daily cleaning as part of Buddhist traditions that associate cleaning with morality.
Japanese engineers were asked to redesign the front end of the Bullet Train because it carried enough speed to create a sonic boom whenever it exited a tunnel. Residents could feel the blast from miles away.
The Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WW2 returned years later to present his family's 400-year-old samurai sword to the city as a symbol of regret.
The 1 yen coin can be used as a weight, because it weighs exactly one gram. Also, it can float on water.