The food there is better than SOME places in Europe.
At which price? How much is an apple? A goat cheese? A bottle of wine? A tomato? You can always find worse. The question was to be among the best 10 in the world. And you can find at least 20 cities in the world where food is better than in Tokyo (in choice and quality)
Quite a few people there speak English - They are required to study it in school from a fairly young age
Most of japanese I met didn't speak English (and they were the most open to west culture ones.). Whose who speaks are very hard to understand because of their acccent. They speak English as if they were speaking japanese. Going in a city where nothing is written in English (in Paris many restaurant have menu in English) and where you must look at pictures to choose what you eat is not very attractive.
White people who don't tread all over the local culture and customs aren't (IMHO) treated with much racism. Its the same story anywhere you go - if you treat the people there with respect and make an attempt to deal with them in their comfort-zone you won't have any problems
Their confort zone is so complicate and different from ours that you can not avoid bad surprises... Japanese are one of the most racist people. Exemple = they have no jews and many of them declare not no like jews...
I see no intentional hypocracy in that, its more that its considered pretty rude to just tell someone "no" in a formal setting. They would rather be polite and give the impression that they are considering your request. They do it to each other too - not just white people. Its a cultural thing. Many businesses are run with a very similar mindset. I know, I work for two of them.
I know that. You can call it as you want but the problem is the same = it is too different from ours habits to be attractive for us. I have read about Japan and know people who have visited Japan. A friend of mine spent 3 days without talking to anybody in Tokyo because nobody was speaking English (she speaks well and like to speak very much, she lived 1 year in Canada, traveled in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, US, Hong Kong and told me she had never seen people speaking English so few...)
Yeah, its mostly Japanese people in Japan. Who would have thought it possible? I bet the majority of people in Paris are French too...
What is the % of blacks/hispanic/jews/italian/chinese... in NYC, LA, SF, Paris, London, Milano, Sidney, Vancouver, Berlin, Vienne, Madrid...?? What is the same % in Tokyo? Tokyo is not at all a cosmopolite city. So less attractive than a cities with 100 differents nationality like NYC where you can travel from Italy to China when you cross the street. Tokyo is one of the city I would like to SEE. Probably in the top 10. But I don't think Â it is one of the best to live in.