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- 1. HONESTYby: Robea Portia S. Ramos, RN
- 2. (su na o na) is Japanese for honestmeaning frank, outright (in adjective form). (sei ji tsu na) is Japanese for honest meaningsincere, truthful. (su ga o na) also can beused for honest meaning literally with anunmasked face, wholehearted, frank.In Japan there is law Article 28, paragraph I ofthe lost property law that says the finder of alost object should receive between 5 percent and20 percent of the value of the object. At lost anfounds if no one claims the object after 6 monthsand 14 days its finders keepers.
- 3. If you loose something in Japan there is goodchance youll get it back. If someone finds yourwallet or purse there is a good chance they willcheck out your address on your drivers license andpersonally deliver it to you with all the cash andcredit cards inside. If you lose your subway or train ticket, train stationattendants will generally take your word and let youout of the station without any problem. In somecases, if you are short of cash and need to buy atrain ticket to get home, you can borrow moneyfrom a policeman or a train station attendant. MostJapanese who do this dutifully pay back the moneythe next day.
- 4. If someone finds your wallet or purse there isa good chance they will check out youraddress on your drivers license andpersonally deliver it to you with all the cashand credit cards inside. One time my wife lost her wallet and theperson who found it tracked her down usingour her video rental card. Keys and jacketsthat are found in parks and along sidewalksare hung from a fence or bush so the personwho lost them can find them the next timethey pass the same way.
- 5. In 2003 a University of Michigan Law Schoolprofessor conducted what he called a comparativestudy on recovering lost property in the UnitedStates and Japan. The professor, Mark West, left20 wallets on the street in Tokyo and 20 in NewYork, each containing the equivalent of $20. In NewYork, he said, six wallets were returned with thecash intact and two were brought back empty. InTokyo, finders returned 17 of 20 wallets, all with thecash intact, and all but one waived the right to claimthe money if the owner wasnt found. "Theres noevidence Japanese people have extreme norms ofhonesty," West recently wrote in an email about his2003 study. "Its partly cultural training, but mostlythe law urges people to hand in lost property to thepolice."
- 6. Failure to return a found wallet can result in hours ofinterrogation at best, and up to 10 years in prison atworst. Police presence. Japan has an active and visible policeforce of nearly 300,000 officers across the country.Cops walk their beats and chat up local residents andshopkeepers. Police are posted at ubiquitous kobans,police boxes manned by one or two officers, and incities theres almost always a koban within walkingdistance of another koban. Organized crime. Police arent the only ones on patrolsince the earthquake hit. Members of the Yakuza,Japans organized crime syndicate, have also beenenforcing order. All three major crime groupstheYamaguchi-gumi, the Sumiyoshi-kai, and the Inagawa-kaihave "compiled squads to patrol the streets of theirturf and keep an eye out to make sure looting androbbery doesnt occur,"
- 7. References:http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2011/03/stop_thief_thank_you.htmlhttp://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=642&catid=18#15http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/26391/Why+do+you+like+Japan.html
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