Originally Posted by Jiro
you just proved my point, Piyo. You were a tourist. Japanese treat tourists like a king. I expect to be treated like that when I visit Japan. That's why people tell others about how clean and polite they are. That's what makes people wanting to visit Japan to experience it. Get it? Tourists = money. Your visit to Japan is a profit for Japan. Liza's brother was not a tourist but as a resident. So yes it makes a world of difference.
It is simply in Japanese nature to be clean and polite. Ever seen Japanese gas station? I would love to have that in here... and they did not even expect to receive a tip for their service.
btw - I did not experience "get lost" attitude in Paris. They were courteous and helpful but those were workers (hotel, restaurants, taxi, etc).... as expected for those who cater to tourists. I will probably experience "get lost" attitude if I live in there and do not speak French.
Compare Japan to other country, you will find Japan more friendlier and clean. Also about the money, everyone want the money and that's normal
Also I don't know what make you to think that they keep their area clean and friendly just for tourist.
And pfffffft! I strongly disagree with you about France, people there are so snob, plus I knew people who visited France said the same thing.