Q073: What do you like most in Japanese society? What are you most proud of? What annoys you most?
A073: In answer to the first question, the need to try and do everything as efficiently as possible. Sometimes this can take capitalism to an extreme, but I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing. The value placed on the effort and the process of trying to find the most efficient solution is something that I think the Japanese can be proud of. The stance of seeing yourself as not worthy or the culture of shame are also two of the virtues of Japanese culture.
Of course, there is much that has been lost due to the Westernization of our lifestyles and efforts to increase the standard of living.
Probably the thing that annoys me the most is the ceaseless yearning after Western culture. It is so sad to see ancient and wonderful traditions being wilfully discarded, but of course I am also conscious that I am a part of the problem. I am disappointed by young Japanese who have become stupid through growing up in an era that provides for all their needs.