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Is Japanese etiquette the same on Social Media?

No.R.in.JPN

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Essentially I heard that foreigners can easily be politely isolated from Japanese society. If they aren't willing to fit in for the most part. Not only that, but it is rare for a Japanese person. To ever tell you when you are doing something wrong. Just wondering does the same rules apply to social media or is the culture more liberal in this area?
 

Mike Cash

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Foreigners typically do a wonderful job excluding themselves before the Japanese ever get a chance at excluding them, although they prefer to place the blame in the Japanese.

Why do you ask?
 

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Foreigners typically do a wonderful job excluding themselves before the Japanese ever get a chance at excluding them, although they prefer to place the blame in the Japanese.

Why do you ask?
I'm trying to figure out how one would act on social media in Japanese culture. In american culture it is just a free for all. Same thing when it comes to real life. But it seems Japan values harmony.
 

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Japanese is a very context-driven language and culture, with multiple layers of politeness.

Despite widespread belief to the contrary, the Japanese people are not all cookie-cutter automatons with no individual personalities. Different people have different characters and different senses of propriety and will behave differently, and they are just as susceptible to the temptations that go with net anonymity as are any other people anywhere on the planet.

That means you will find the full range....from people who maintain their classiness both online and offline to people who are boorish both online and offline and every other permutation you can imagine.

You can either be true to your own character online or you can pretend to be anyone you want to be....that's as true of the the Japanese as it is of Americans or anyone else.
 

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I can not speak for everyone, but from my point of view there is more "freedom" for them on the internet and social media.

Althought, there are some people... who... lets say, take it too far. (If you want to know what I am talking about, visit 2chan [not 2channel nor 2ch])
 
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