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Like the Japanese, many Asians have a smart image, right?
Japan, in particular, was proudly ranked first in the list of smart countries in 2019. Why are Japanese smart?
This time, let’s explore the truth.
Why Japanese People are so Smart?
The first thing you need to know is the average value, so not all Japanese people are wise. I think that if you study hard in any country, whether in the United States or Germany, the level of smart and bad will not change.
But higher averages are undoubtedly different at the people and national education levels.
This time, I will tell you about the cultural factors in Japan that make the Japanese smarter overall.
One of the factors that can be considered as a factor for the high level of intelligence in Japan is the high level of education in Japan.
The school’s educational curriculum is closely embedded in the timetable and goes out to society to learn the general education of various fields required.
From my experience of seeing fragmentary education overseas, the difference between Japanese education is that compulsory education includes all the knowledge to be learned. It is up to the students how hard they study, and there is an opportunity to learn.
The timetable is determined by the country or prefecture, so you can study not only mathematics and science, but also the local area, and in the home economics class, you will also learn how to sew and cook.
It is often thought that the nuances are that knowledgeable knowledge is better than what you can do in so-called mathematics.
On the contrary, I think that some countries take education to improve their thinking skills.
The more you study, the more comprehensive you can learn rather than specializing in one area.
This has many benefits.
For example, the more you learn, the more you remember, so you can expect to improve your memory.
Another reason Japanese people excel in innovation is that they have expertise in other fields in addition to their specialized knowledge, making it easy to collaborate on know-how in fields that have not been connected to before.
The Japanese educational curriculum designed to be studied across a wide range, so I often study anyway. Also, classes in each field limited in time, so there is a lot to learn.
Because of these factors, the time of Japanese home study is very long.
Some serious students have been studying since they came home.
There are small quizzes every class, and there are quite often large tests. Japanese students are studying a lot because they have to study so hard for that.
In particular, the range of Japanese examinations is so wide that studying from morning to evening every day before taking the examination is a natural scene in Japan.
This is one of the reasons why Japanese people are smarter.
One of the reasons why the Japanese are smarter is Japanese.
It is a very difficult language for foreigners who have studied Japanese. In fact, I think it is difficult for the Japanese to study for decades.
Ability to conversation
In Japanese, there are honorifics in addition to slang, which used to converse with friends and other close friends. I think every country has honorifics, but there are three types of honorifics in Japan. I will omit the details, but how you use it in honorifics depends on your position and the situation of the other person. There are three honorifics: polite, humble, and respectful.
It is so difficult that there are adults who do not know this difference and how to use it correctly even among Japanese people.
The Japanese must use their brains to speak such Japanese.
Another difficulty is how to express Japanese words. In cultures such as Europe and the United States, people express their thoughts relatively clearly, but in Japan, they often do not convey their thoughts very clearly because of the importance of coordination.
There are many expressions that are so-called metaphors and words whose meaning is neither YES nor No but neutral.
So it’s often nonsense to understand what the other person is saying. In order to understand such Japanese, you need to develop your thinking skills.
Reading and writing skills
Writing and reading are completely different even if you can speak Japanese.
In English, all words can express in the alphabet.
However, there are four characters in Japanese and they used properly. Hiragana, katakana, kanji, and romaji. For example, if you write apples in letters, you can write “Apple” in English, but in Japanese, you can write the same thing in four letters separately.
Among them, kanji is difficult and there are 10,000, and the average number of recognized Japanese is about 1,000 to 2,000.
This makes the Japanese more difficult, and sometimes there are about five things that have the same pronunciation but different meanings.
Japanese people who understand such difficult Japanese have a harder time than those of other countries, so their memory and thinking skills are higher.
As a supplement,
In Japanese classes, students also learn Chinese and ancient writing.
If you are not an archeologist, you will never use it, but all Japanese students are learning.
In a nutshell, you learn the archetypes of Japanese, so you might be in a Latin-like position in English.
If you are studying only this, it convinced that the Japanese are smart.
There are various other reasons, but these are the typical reasons why Japanese people are smarter.
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