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COMMENT: Completing the trilogy of “life in Japan” polls, our first talked how easy Japan is as a place to live; the second how easy a place Japan is to work. Regarding living in Japan, a clear majority–62%–indicated Japan is an easy place. However, asking the question about Japan as a workplace elicited responses that were less clear. Total 49% of 227 respondents leaned towards “difficult” or “very difficult”, whereas 31% leaned towards “easy” or “very easy”. Of course, there are more factors at play (and less under the control of the individual) when it comes to workplace versus lifestyle. So to me it is quite understandable that opinions would be more mixed. See polls archive here.
Now, putting the two together, how about making Japan your permanent residence? The largest number of respondents, 45%, said they were rather or very inclined to live here. That outnumbered those who were disinclined, which totaled 32%. So on balance (but not a clear majority), given work/life parameters in Japan, Debito.org blog readers were prepared to stay. Good.
Again, as disclaimers keep pointing out, this is hardly anything scientifically “significant”–just a survey of readers who wished to vote.
Next poll: Let’s deal with the recent firestorm about the word “Gaijin”, and see if readers think it is a word one should avoid using.