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By Western standards, Japanese culture emphasises independence and self-reliance from an extraordinarily young age.

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Author YamiKisara ( ago)
I dunno, I'm from Central Europe and me and my classmates were walking alone to school since the second semester of our first grade. Not as far as that Japanese girl, or at least so it seems from her way description, but still. I think the reason so many people are driving their kids to school nowadays is convenience more than anything else

Author EBR ( ago)
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Author veer49 ( ago)
I walked to school with my twin since we were 6 years old. before that my 12 y/o brother would walk us. When we were 10 we would travel to the other side of our city by taking 2 or 3 buses. when I was that age it wasn't that strange to do things on your own, but now my nieces school actually requires one of her parents to bring her every morning until she is twelve.

Author 1tropik ( ago)
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Author Ariaditya Pramestu ( ago)
How come nobody comments on this? And with such high number of viewers?

Author Lygar X ( ago)
what if they covered up homocides and declare them to be suicides to artificially drive down the crime rate.

Author Daniel Pohl ( ago)
From American prospective, I would be terrified to send my child to school that far alone.

Author Femke Vande Walle ( ago)
This kid is more independent than me... I feel like a middle-schooler-baby right now XD

Author SirAgravaine ( ago)
Watching this I felt sort of terrified for Noe Ando, watching her walk all by herself. But then at the same time I remember trying to fight with my mom so I could walk to school with my brothers; we lived not even a mile away from our elementary school and there would be a virtual migration from homes in the area to the school, so it's not like we would have been isolated or anything.
Children are definitely very sheltered now in Western societies.

Author Classified. ( ago)
kskdj

Author Nea Sanners ( ago)
Remove the comments bro quick. ppl are gonna complain and say this isnt impressive.

Author Nea Sanners ( ago)
No comments seriously?

Author DeJ Bi ( ago)
Westerners will kidnap or rape your kids. That's why we don't let our kids go anywhere on their own.

Author drsolari111 ( ago)
Japan is also a homogeneous culture. The evidence is clear that cultural diversity and forced cultural integration increases in-group preferences and yields a higher mistrust of outsiders.

Author Trishana rowz ( ago)
im too nurturing , protective and scared of the crazies in society to have allowed my child to be this independent. good for japanesse to allow their kids to blossom so well at a young age but i just couldnt

Author keyon gray ( ago)
I didn't realize this was noteworthy

Author Lesslie Rivera ( ago)
😀

Author Aj Paredes ( ago)
4:35 the eyes tho 😍

Author mizzwanned ( ago)
Tyg

Author gab braule ( ago)
been going to school on my own since I was 7... once a guy tried to kidnap me. how do they make sure that doesn't happen?

Author Ivan Rivera ( ago)
japan seems to be a great country overall.

Author Jack Middleton ( ago)
7:53 I love the Japanese hum.

Author Steven Gallanter ( ago)
American kids would be so, so traumatized.

Author manuluvsfifa ( ago)
so good, he is a good father , sugoi

Author Aby H ( ago)
meow

Author vanidar21 ( ago)
I never had a long way to school when i was younger, that being said I started going to school by myself in the first grade. I'm from Germany btw.

Author TapTapCar0t (1041 year ago)
Where are the comments? O.o

Author fthecorsage05 ( ago)
Cool.

Author Hahduked ( ago)
wth i have been walking to school and taking the train ever since i was a child to only in nyc i dont understand what the big deal is it is not to taboo for western standards jeeeeeez lol

Author patchesdf ( ago)
When I was seven I used to bike couple of miles to visit my friends in another town and no one ever thought twice about it.  If that happens today some parents would be charged with criminal negligence.

Author Ryuuken24 (993 years ago)
Then people ask why so many people commit suicide in Japan, THIS is the reason.

Author Moixrockt 92 ( ago)
wow!

Author Amy Easter ( ago)
Emily is very pretty😍😍

Author tolebelon ( ago)
A nicely well balanced presentation of both sides along with pros and cons of each.

Author anthony7666 ( ago)
it's great in Japan, but not in America. If the kid goes to school alone in America, would have disappear.

Author Superb Salad ( ago)
I wish the west was organized like Japan.

Author Superb Salad ( ago)
I wish the west was organized like Japan.

Author Dogling ( ago)
last

Author Mugen gurg ( ago)
Yeah, that's why most of the people has been molested in young age. Sure, send them on an adventure of a lifetime. :)

Author Jani ( ago)
Pedophiles dont exist anymore then... good for the world

Author ATomira ( ago)
5:27 LOL

Author MissVanilla ( ago)
I would have loved to go to school by myself when i was younger but my parents worried too much about the people out there and the possible dangers. I was about 10 or 11 years old when i started to go to school and back home by myself

Author Odile van der Stap ( ago)
I think its really good for kids to be so independent!

Author Marisa Kennedy ( ago)
You can't really let kids younger than 7 go to school by themselves in America because they stick out like a sore thumb. It is considered polite, if you see a small child by themselves, to ask if they are okay or if they have lost their parents.

My mom made me walk to school with a neighbor who walked his kids to school until 6th grade. Although I found out in high school that he was a drunkard child abuser who gave death threats to family members and others and was so hated by the time he died that they played "Highway to Hell" at his funeral. But you know, whatever gives parents peace of mind.

Author Galadok ( ago)
poop

Author Elodie Coquillat ( ago)
Wow. I never went out alone until I was 11. My mom sent me to buy 500g of strawberries, kinda like a test and I was sooo stressed out about messing up. But I'm pretty sure I'd be just as stressed when letting my own kids go for the first time.

Author Jo ( ago)
wow!! its surprising to know Japan is safe enough for young kids to go on their own

Author caseymac MacL ( ago)
Good grief! My son turned 18 a few months ago and I still worry when he's out on his own. I realize I'm hyper paranoid (he also has mild Asperger's) but I can't help it. At 7 there is no way I would have let him wander around on his own. These Japanese kids are amazing!

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Author Om Joud ( ago)
They are only considering traffic danger but what about crazy people and sex offenders , this is the majority of my concerns as a parent letting my kid leave the house alone ? The benefits of this kind of independence are way less than the danger issues that could occur, i find Japanese parents heartless to be honest

Author Juju jujuria ( ago)
where are the comments?

Author jun phuc ( ago)
cute kid

Author Ashilee Bowser ( ago)
Amazing watch ! good to know japan is such a great place to raise kids. But having to adapt to their standards would be scary

Author Susan S ( ago)
My six year old could easily walk the 2 miles school each day. I wouldn't worry about her not being able to cross the road. I would never let her walk herself though, because some busy body would definitely call the cops or harass her.

Author Marla Singer ( ago)
Very interesting.

Author jammersss ( ago)
But why is this guy walking around like its the olden Japanese time. Is he being forced to wear only the kimono?

Author jammersss ( ago)
I'm american. I honestly don't find the whole riding the train at seven weird at all tbh.

Author Murmad Man ( ago)
holy shitt I wish my wife looks like that at 39

Author San Francisco Professor ( ago)
Google "free range kids." American families that let their little kids go to the park by themselves get reported to the police. And sometimes with good reason.

Author OtakuGamingFreak ( ago)
Japan is such a beautiful and magnificent country. I wish I had lived there during my high school days but now in university which is to work someday and live in Japan. It's great that you show great interest in Japanese culture and you should look further into school systems such as clubs etc.

Author Geekly weekly ( ago)
maybe it's just my family but i lived in detroit and took the bus to school that was
when i was 5

Author Qcknd ( ago)
This was interesting, i'm glad it came up in my recommendations

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Author Kai Z ( ago)
When I was 8, I got up alone (parents had already gone to work early), dressed, got myself breakfast, took the bus to school, then walked home in the afternoon. Kids can do all these things no problem, our societies just choose to treat them like babies who can't do anything.

Author Ninjakid01042 ( ago)
i wish i had that sort of freedom and independence before :/
my mom is so controlling about when i can go outside on my own, and i've only ever done so in very few, extremely rare cases... like less than 10 times? X'D

im going off to university next year and am going to go from nearly no freedom to completely in charge of my transportation :/ ugh, don't want to deal with figuring it all out at once... =_= at most, i know how busses work in my city, but figuring out skytrains and maps like stuff like that, or if the bus system is all different... fnghrishrgluwhhdjskfjr

it'd be better if i had more expreience with this stuff before and my mom wasnt so darn paranoid and overprotective =_=

Author violetgirl1996 ( ago)
well that 10 yr old is lucky to still have been babied. i grew up in new zealand, of another modern western culture, but a lot young kids start walking to school on their own, even at the age of 7. yeah, but maybe not 4.. that IS particular to japan, but i think that definitely has ts own ups

Author tsfcancerman (1427 years ago)
if kids cant walk some 3km to school or take buss or trains from age 6 they will probably live at home at age 30.

Author Irische Frau ( ago)
This doesnt work in the west because we are too multicultural.

Author Neb88 (1035 years ago)
Independence is a good experience for a growing individual, better than being sheltered and not being able to do things for themselves. Helicopter parents or micro managing will not help anyone.

Author cordy1987 ( ago)
I live in Germany. My elementary school wasn`t far from home, so my parents only walked me to school for the first week. Then i walked alone or with my friends like they did, too. When i turned 10 i went to another school where I had to go by bus and by train. By that time i took my little Cousin (6 years) with me, because we had the same way to school. That's pretty normal here, too.

Author babii kare (1553 years ago)
6:06 Ninomiya

Author [Insertnamehere] ( ago)
3:17 - is that a freaking deer?

Author Sayeth Di Puppeth ( ago)
I'm seeing a lot of cultural connections to Pokemon here... like why no one is worried about several 10-year-olds going on long journeys, and why the ending of "Hey You, Pikachu!" has you telling Pikachu to go buy you a telescope, and then secretly following it to the store. Very interesting stuff.

Author Teia Koi ( ago)
I don't like that kids are push like that by themselves . As parents the presence of them gives memories of endearment n parental connection of love. That is why is you look at the younger generation of Japan, they are wild n do whatever they want. There is no parental guidance hence Japan is changing. Look at the new generation in Japan today and you will see it's not the same anymore.

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