In fact, I'd say they are almost opposites :
in Japan, work is more important than family.
In Thailand, family is more important than work.
In Japan rules and regulations are everything.
In Thailand these count for almost nothing : corruption rules.
In Japan the honour system is SO strong, that even today politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, etc., exposed as corrupt redeem their shame by comitting suicide, in Japan's traditional manner.
When was the FIRST TIME anyone ever heard of a Thai doing that ?
But the difference between Japanese and Thais, based on my opinion, is the attitude of work. Thai people are pretty lazy compare to people in our neighbour countries.
In the past, Thailand was plentiful in term of agriculture. We were not be colonized. Our country was so peaceful. (only the war with Burma but it was not a big war compare to other wars in the region.) So, our life was kind of comfortable. We didn't need to work very hard. We could survive by agriculture whereas our neighbour countries had to work very hard for survival.
The affect is Thais are easygoing, unhurried, kind of lazy... you see, why lottery is so popular here. Corruption is never died. They'd prefer to lie you or cheat on you for selling product once instead of planning long-term strategy for keeping customer sustification. Parents never feel guily to sell their daughter to be minor wife, be bar girl or be sold by rich guy. (how can people who earn money by easy way realize the value of the money. Money's come fast, money's gone fast too.)
There is not only Thailand where is a lot of poor people, but also many countries in the world. So, please don't say that poor Thais have no chance to work. It's up to them to choose which way to survive. I don't complian only Thais who choose easy way to make money e.g. a bar girl who work less harder and get higher paid compare to a salary woman. The problem is also from Thais law which is kind of support entertainment industry. Thus, there is no wonder why you see a lot of special massage place, including Entertainment place, in Thailand.
So, my conclusion is we need to improve our education. We must teach our new generation to "Think", not only "follow and copy". They have to plan for long-term, not think for only survival.
I wish my country will be developed as equal as Malaysia.. soon.. (since we were more advance than Malaysia 15 yrs ago. but now)
I wish my country will be not overtaken by Vietnam, Philippine along with Indonesia soon..
You just contradicted youself within the one post.
It has always been about corruption and corruption alone, as to actually inovate a product would mean investing in ones' own knowledge, not just copying what already exists, something the Thai do very well.
The elites do'nt have a need for intelligent Thai only subserviant ones.
The elite Thai alone have a strangle hold on what is bought and sold in the kingdom.
That foreign agents take advantage of the situation is the Thai elites making, as you well know they have made the laws to suit the very dubious nature of their business practices.
You well know that famous quote.
"To be rich is to be GLORIOUS" not matter the origin of the wealth.
At the end of the day Rooster is all about BIG FACE, 'square' or otherwise.
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