Life in U.K. comes as a shock for many Japanese

 

Many Japanese have a somewhat romanticized image of living in Britain. While for some those expectations may be fulfilled, the reality for others is that they struggle to adapt to a very different culture. A common complaint of those having difficulty adapting to British life is a feeling they cannot make themselves understood in English, and this leads to a sense of powerlessness, isolation, inferiority and frustration, says Nippoda. Unable to describe their true feelings, Japanese women may argue with their British partners and, on some occasions, turn violent, she said. In addition, some Japanese women may feel disappointed that British men do not match up to their expectations of a traditional English gentleman. Japanese students frequently find they are unable to follow lessons and, rather than seeking help, withdraw from life and become demotivated.
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