The orderly and tidy i love. It makes those slums look not so bad at all. The shunned for life is complete BS. Here in the US you can go from homeless to millionare as many times as you want. No one will even care. In fact, its a badge of honor for lots of people.
Mind you it makes slums seems good as the Japanese are orderly and comparatively tidy.
What makes this so insidious is that many lifetime workers or handicapped are there,
once they lost jobs and were homeless they acquired a stigma so fierce that no one will hire them no matter how qualified in their former lives. They are basically invisible and shunned to an extreme.
posted by blackzc on Oct 15, 2010: