I, like many before and after me, have travelled the thousands of miles to the Japanese archipelago to experience its rich and vastly different culture by teaching English. Many young people are attracted to life in Japan Picture: Stuart Coles The challenges of language, the chance to expand cultural knowledge, the friendliness of the population and the perceived safety of the country where violent crime still makes the national news were all big draws. Before arriving in the little-known prefecture of Kochi, on the southern island of Shikoku, I had been informed that Japanese people did not lock their doors, left their cars running with the keys in the ignition and would never rip you off. But just two weeks after my arrival, I and my fellow recruits were jolted out of our complacency. A fellow female teacher had been attacked in her own home by a man in her mountain village. He had climbed in through a window, beaten her and attempted to rape her.
Dating In Japan: Foreign Women Share Their Stories
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Are foreign women safe in Japan?
What's it like to be a foreign woman dating in Japan? This is a topic that isn't often spoken of, and can cover a wide range of experiences both positive and negative. Here are some real life stories that will make you laugh and cry. Being a foreign woman and trying to date in Japan comes with its own benefits and problems, all of which can deeply impact your emotional well-being — even down to how long you will stay in the country. I grew my hair out, changed my wardrobe completely, tried to be more delicate in my mannerisms — but all that did for me was empty my wallet and leave me doubting my own self-worth. So, I reached out by email to 40 different women of various ethnicities ranging in age from , that were raised in the U.
The 100 greatest foreign-language films
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Two further polls looked for the best films of the 21st Century and the greatest comedies ever made — and those also ended up with films from the US in the top spot. This year, we felt it was time to direct the spotlight away from Hollywood and celebrate the best cinema from around the world. We asked critics to vote for their favourite movies made primarily in a language other than English. And as the poll exists to salute the extraordinary diversity and richness of films from all around the world, we wanted to ensure that its voters were from all around the world, too. The critics who took part are from 43 different countries and speak a total of 41 languages — a range that sets our poll apart from any other.