Japan needs nurses, STAT - page 3

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    Um my understanding is that Japan is very Americanized and most folks there know English, though it is rude to not know their language. Attitudes are changing towards women also with more of them in the workforce. They still have pervasive sexism though, it would be tough for us to adjust to. I think American women nurses are the strongest, bravest most liberated group of women in the country. We don't even realize it until we work in a different field. I can tell you working in a school with women teachers and secretaries that I would rather have a nurse on my team any day. These gals with their "Oh I broke a nail"! fashion-queen women are weak and dependent mentality make me want to scream.

    I personally would love to go for a time, and even considered going there to teach English when I was in college, but life got in the way. My nephew just got back from Japan amd he is glad to be back in the states.
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    Quote from cxg174
    Um my understanding is that Japan is very Americanized and most folks there know English, though it is rude to not know their language. Attitudes are changing towards women also with more of them in the workforce. They still have pervasive sexism though, it would be tough for us to adjust to.
    Japan may be more Westernized than it was years & years ago, but I don't believe that most people know English. I think that most of the folks who do know English, know it from the written stuff they learned in school, not so much conversational. This may be different in large cities or areas with a large high school/university student population. When I was there back in 1989, only a small fraction of the people with whom I worked spoke English. When I was traveling out & about (small cities to larger cities), it was all in Japanese.
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    Well I am sure that the smaller rural areas are not the same, but the kids do study English in school and lucky for us, English is the language of the internet, so eventually economic forces will push it to become the international language. There will be one eventually, and since English is leading the way it goes to follow that it will be the one. Of course that does not relieve us from the responsibility of trying to also learn another language, in fact it makes it that much more important.
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    I lived in Japan from 1979 to 1981 while I was stationed at Yokota AB in Tokyo. I lived "on the economy" meaning in a Japanese apartment and never had any problems. The Japanese were very curious about how my husband and I lived and that I was in the military. (Hubby was in the Air Force and I was in the Navy).

    We enjoyed it. Many people, especially the younger generation do speak English. However, the elders (the ones the nurses are being hired to care for) did not.

    I have lived in several non-English speaking countries for years at a time and when I had to seek healthcare it was always very very stressful not to have anyone I could communicate with.

    So...I do think its necessary to have Japanese language competencies.
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    I would not work there. It is a closed society and I don't feel that my loud mouth, Texas background would go over very well. In addition, they tried to kill my father in WWII and I just can't get over it. I know that sounds stupid and it is certainly not the fault of the people that live there now, but I just can't get past it.
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    Im actually going over in january to see my bf who is teaching english there in yoshinaga and see how it feels like for me to be in Japan. I am currently trying to learn Japanese in 4mths. gah the stress!! but i have a kanji background. I do hope though that should my partner decide to stay an xtra year that i will be able to work there as a nurse or something!!!
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    Quote from missykk
    Im actually going over in january to see my bf who is teaching english there in yoshinaga and see how it feels like for me to be in Japan. I am currently trying to learn Japanese in 4mths. gah the stress!! but i have a kanji background. I do hope though that should my partner decide to stay an xtra year that i will be able to work there as a nurse or something!!!
    Enjoy your visit! My nephew is going over there soon for a month-long stay. He also spent a month in Japan last year.

    January should be pretty decent weather. I was there from July - November. During the summer muggy (mushiatsui!)/rainy months, the weather is pretty severe (especially on Okinawa). By October, it's pretty nice.

    I found the Japanese to be predominantly very kind, and very polite (yet occasionally abusive in some business situations). Take lots of pictures, enjoy the country & people, and PLEASE get out of the city & visit the countryside. I hope to go back some time with my wife. She and I were in Tokyo for a few hours on the way to China (to adopt our daughter) about 4.5 years ago, but she says that visit did NOT count!
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    Um my understanding is that Japan is very Americanized and most folks there know English, though it is rude to not know their language.
    Wonder if anyone finds this to be a strange thought? No disrespect to the OP. We'd never get away with that here...lol
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    well i heard that it will be snowy winter in January in Japan. I will be down at the countryside in Yoshinaga. so im sure it will be amazing am really looking forward to it heaps
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    Sounds like they don't really want us there.


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