Sometimes, it seems that people aren’t as nice to us as they could be. It seems that they aren’t excited as they could or should be when we speak their language. It happens. Move on. There are literally millions of alternatives.
We don’t really judge any group of people fairly. Almost all our judgments about entire nations tend to be based on sample sizes of one or two. I am more than willing to ignore whatever increasingly rare BS I get from an occasional random person who is Japanese because I have Japanese friends who look out for me like family.
A friend of a friend recently broke up with his Japanese girlfriend. He was a total Japanophile before. Now he totally hates Japanese people. He still lives here, but he’s suddenly anti-Japan rant-prone.
Who’s wrong? Who’s right? That’s beside the point, really. The point is…make thee a Japanese family. Skew your perceptions, because they’re already skewed anyway. Skew them toward the good, because that’ll help you more. You’ll be happier and feel better.
Methinks that there is no reality to observe impartially when it comes to things like this. There is just your circle of friends. You’re hardly going to go out and meet all 127 million Japanese people. Nor will you meet the few thousand that would be necessary to make meaningfully accurate statistical statements about the whole. So there’s no point discussing the whole, because you’ll only ever interact with a handful of parts anyhow.
Manage the parts. Fix the parts if they need fixing. Construct your world. Fill it with characters whom you like, and make casting adjustments as and when needed. Since they get the most lines and screentime, if the stars are good enough, then a miscast stray extra here or there won’t have much effect either way.
It’s not Japan you need to change, it’s your peeps. Maybe. Probably. 😀