I have to comment on this post. I am an American living in Japan. We are a military family, if you cant tell by my screen name.
There are alot of military bases here in Japan, so as you can imagine that means alot of young military members who may have just graduated high school and now they find themselves in a foreign country and they don't know how to act. Personally to me this is very embarrassing.
I am always hearing news about an American who has committed a crime here in Japan, from all the branches of the mil. Sure there is crime in Japan, but it seems that when its committed by an American, its even worse. It makes us all look bad.
I think its a shame. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to live in Japan. It is a great experience for me and for my children. No doubt we would never have been able to otherwise.
Some people may disagree, but sometimes I think (some) Americans just do whatever they want and think, "oh well if they don't like it *uck em". Its like a sense of entitlement just because we are American.
For example I hate how a lot of Americans when they go to another country, (Japan or another) they think everyone should speak English, signs should be in English, or whatever. Its ridiculous. We are in "their" country! We should be the one making more of an effort to communicate!
That said, alot of Americans are respectful, courteous and polite, and we are proud of our country. At this time more than ever, we need to really concentrate on how we are portraying ourselves to our neighboring countries.
I would like to think that no one would hate someone just because of where they are from. If you actually know someone and then hate them, thats different.
Anyway I am aware that there are many J-persons who may not want us here, but I hope that they know some of us are grateful to live here and learn about their culture.
Please don't judge us on disillusioned media portrayals or a few bad seeds.
And I apologize if I have offended anyone, that was not my intention. Thanks.