Some issues to think about regarding having a bi-cultural background and/or internationally educated. These are the stories I often hear and discuss with friends who have lived in more than 2 countries and seen things from outsider’s point of view.
One of the reasons why fewer students are going abroad, apparently, is because domestic companies do not like hiring them. When they come back, they are too Westernized and cannot be molded into the Japanese young-graduate fix. They have an opinion, think for themselves, come with ideas to improve long-standing practices and, most appallingly, want work-life balance!
Clearly, these are not the kind of people that the domestic Japanese business world is looking for. They want people who conform, execute orders without questioning them and, most importantly, sit in the office until the boss has left. True commitment to the job is working long hours!
That reminds me of a question. Why is it that, in Japan, it is harder to find a job if you are fresh out of college with no previous career experience? In the U.S., it is totally opposite. Fresh graduates often complain, “How do they expect us to have a job experience, when no body is letting us find a first one?”
The reason? Japanese companies wants young ones with no imprint of previous experience and habit of questioning. American companies want to hire ones with skills that needs no training. A big difference.
If Japanese schools are such a great option, why do kids need to cram?
Agreed. Some people believe Japanese schools are the best, but I doubt it. How can the people taught not to argue or critically question teach their students to do otherwise? Cramming seems what all Japanese children do nowadays, but think how uncompetitive they are in the world! Japanese universities don’t even count as the world’s top 10, sadly!
Also, life for most of the “halfs” (ridiculous name, by the way) isn’t easy. Japanese still regards them as gaijin. If you live in a small town, having a Japanese boyfriend or girlfriend as a “half” is almost mission impossible. I have met a lot of halfs that have decided to be Japanese, and most of them complain about discrimination, difficulties in finding work (not all of them become celebrities), relationships, marriages. My question is, why should they choose to stay here and be discriminated against and lose their second citizenship?