When people ask me why I keep coming back to Japan, the answer is usually the same: safety and comfort. Violent crime is rare, as is petty theft. In terms of comfort, despite the overzealous work culture, there are numerous ways to relax in the country. Aside from that, the little things also add up: trains that always run on time, the ego boost from being above average height, and the lack of noise on public transportation. When I was in San Francisco, it seemed like I heard a crazy guy yelling at me on MUNI every other day, or had someone who felt BART was the ideal place to practice his dance routine.
Such behavior would be almost unheard of on any kind of bus or train in Japan, and it’s not the only difference.