His blog is a really great way to know about Japanese general opinions and the result of polls. This is an interesting post, Dancing bear syndrome : non-native Japanese speakers." Many of them were just citizens, some came to Japan as Mormon missionaries, and some visited there with their own business. But now they are very well known to Japanese on TV shows. I think Thane Camus, whose grandfather Albert is a Nobel-prize winner for literature, is the best Japanese speaker. Thane and Bobby Orogon both became well known to people on a comedy show called "Sanma no Karaokuri TV." Bobby HAD to join K-1 (martial arts fight) because of the TV show's challenge project two years ago. Everybody thought it was a kind of joke, but he won to Akebono. At the end of last year he won against Akebono (yep. many hoped he would stop the fight for the honor of Sumo...orz...Yowazugi). Daniel Kah can speak in perfect dialect; I heard he can speak Yamagata, Osaka, and Nagoya dialect. (Great, I can't speak any Japanese dialect!)
And this is an interesting post too: "Japanese women dream of the USA." Generally speaking, Japanese have a sense of affinity with the USA. Korea is No.2 now. But the result would have been different just 4 years ago. The Korea Boom made the distance between Japan and Korea close. By the way, my American friend said "I'm sure if they'd asked them straight 'Would you rather marry a foreigner or a Japanese?' at least 95% would have said 'Japanese only' without hesitation" and the results would have been different. He liked Japan very much, so after he left once, he missed Japan and finally returned here 3 years ago. Now finally he is getting tired of Japan. He says Japanese are getting rude more than before. He and I and a few other foreign friends talked about the Japanese lack of international common sense and the segregation of foreign people sometimes. Unfortunately, on some points I have to agree. Even though American people have said things like that, I wonder how others are feeling. Arudoe Debito is well known as a guy with questionable methods for fighting for human rights and the rights of foreigners in Japan.