Japan's independent kids I The Feed

  • Опубликовано: 7 сен 2015
  • By Western standards, Japanese culture emphasises independence and self-reliance from an extraordinarily young age.
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  • Be Attentive
    Be Attentive 2 месяца назад

    Well, few things... First most Asian cities are walking city where cars are not needed where as in the west, cars are a must. Also, especially in Japan, this is why they generally do not have empathy. If you bring up problems u are having, most likely others would say try harder 'gam bare!'

  • tubeyou89119
    tubeyou89119 2 месяца назад

    That just shows how safe and orderly Japan is. Not many developed countries can be that, let along developing countries.

  • Sebastian Bermudez
    Sebastian Bermudez 2 месяца назад

    arent they afraid about human traficking and stuff, she could get kidnap

  • Bruna Oliveira
    Bruna Oliveira 2 месяца назад

    Infelizmente no Brasil não é possível fazer isso

  • Ciro Amaya
    Ciro Amaya 2 месяца назад

    Its so cute how independant they are.

  • KineticCat
    KineticCat 3 месяца назад +7

    Some may call this bad parenting, but I wish I was as independent as Japanese kids are when I was younger. Hell, I was afraid to walk into a classroom that wasn't my homeroom even though I knew it was ok.

  • Donna Young
    Donna Young 3 месяца назад +18

    So your saying Japan doesn't have child predators like in other countries? I would never let my little girl or boy out alone. Not because they can't do because they can't protect themselves!!!!!

  • sarupi
    sarupi 3 месяца назад

    This will be bad parenting bad home.

  • Aarush Soni
    Aarush Soni 3 месяца назад +1

    That guy is Australian I can tell by his accent. Like if your Australian. and it said NSW on his car numberplate which is an Aussie state

  • Angie Encarnacion
    Angie Encarnacion 3 месяца назад

    Dique "highschool walking by myself " girl I'm just starting high school and my mom waits for me right their in the parking lot it's so embarrassing . All my family members thinks my mom treats me like a baby even though I'm turning 15😕

  • Lady Lauren
    Lady Lauren 3 месяца назад +3

    I guess people in the US are to crazy to trust! I couldn't imagine send a 7 year old child to travel to school by their self ☹️

  • collinsashley1990
    collinsashley1990 3 месяца назад +9

    In america, if this happened there's like a 95 percent chance your child will be abducted and abused. To know there is a country that can allow small children to venture out without your child coming up missing is something I've only dreamed of.

  • Senura Rajapathirane
    Senura Rajapathirane 3 месяца назад

    I don't think this is something American chumps should see

  • Pearl
    Pearl 3 месяца назад

    How is that 10 year old already thinking of highschool? She still has three years to go?

  • SalikUlHaqq
    SalikUlHaqq 3 месяца назад +3

    by MODERN Western standards. when I was I kid I always walked miles alone. And my mother was alone younger and my grandfather's even younger.

  • Yellow Rose
    Yellow Rose 3 месяца назад +1

    In other parts of the world, traveling alone like that, that kid would have been chopped up right after being raped, and then thrown in the woods, or her body parts buried and hid inside the wall of some house. Real life.

  • DangerouslyBEATS
    DangerouslyBEATS 3 месяца назад

    In my little village in Indonesia is possible to walk your kids all alone to their school, even if it is their first 3th grade as they walk by with their school mates, and its safe. Because the terrific isn't that busy and people mostly walk around not using car or bicycle. OMG I missed my childhood

  • StormwaterJay B
    StormwaterJay B 3 месяца назад

    Australia still has way lower crime rates than the USA.

  • mirzamay
    mirzamay 3 месяца назад +7

    They must not have many child predators/ serial killers over there. Feels like we spawn them like Pokemon go over here in the U.S.. Could just be fear of the few instances, but having it happen every few towns is a terrifying thing for most parents. I cannot let my children go by themselves until they are big/ heavy enough to fight and know what to do. Crossing roads fine, it's the kidnappers I can't forget. And what they do when they get your kids, how few times they are found and how it's usually just bodies that are found when they are found at all. What they go through before they become bodies. And when they didn't become bodies outs often almost as bad our worse, treats and years of sexual abuse and slavery etc. Human trafficking.
    Yes it could be ill conceived but I'm too terrified to take the chance.
    Do you know how many people have pictures of missing children on their mantle 20-50 years later? Those people can't ever be right, ever move on. We are the domestic terrorist capital of the world, we spawn more private under the radar sociopaths than anyone. Serial killers never caught. I don't know why. But I can't forget it and let my child walk around willy nilly even if I know the statistics are that it won't be my child next. I can't LET it be. Yes it's probably paranoia but I can't help it.

  • Lanun Lhungdim
    Lanun Lhungdim 3 месяца назад +14

    I am 26 and my parents still worry about me taking the public transit. 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • K-S -H
    K-S -H 3 месяца назад +1

    I think US-Americans are some... I don't know... in Germany many kids go to bus and school on their own bevor they become 8 or 9 years old... and it works greate...

  • Zion Mainframe
    Zion Mainframe 3 месяца назад +1

    Wow there like the oppostie of Mexicans

  • Larissa Reyes
    Larissa Reyes 3 месяца назад

    i always wanted to take the bus, but because my parents owned a gas station down the street i was dropped off. i didn't take the bus until high school. I'm not sure if i would let my kid go to school by themselves at 7, but at 10 i would let them.

  • Chris Guillen
    Chris Guillen 3 месяца назад

    What if someone tries to kidnap her

  • A
    A 3 месяца назад +1

    I'm from Australia and my neighborhood was quite safe. Parents pushed me to be a little more independent. Walking to school at the age of 7 and I enjoyed it a lot! Usually walked with my classmate who is only a street away from me and I would purposely leave early for school just to grab freshly baked bacon and egg bread rolls for $1.80 and have the spare 20c to buy 2 snake sourheads (back when canteen treats weren't ridiculously expensive) for lunch. This got me skipping down memory lane haha! I enjoyed my childhood a lot due to learning things on my own rather than just being feed how to do things. You think better and become more efficient with time and speed :)

  • Lois Mensah
    Lois Mensah 3 месяца назад

    I love this, coz I know people who cannot do anything without their parents

  • Ananya Srinivasa
    Ananya Srinivasa 3 месяца назад +18

    That awkward moment when you're an Indian teen and you do all this shit every day, but no one calls you 'independent'.

  • Ken Rainski
    Ken Rainski 3 месяца назад +24

    So we won't let our kids walk to school but let them die in a war once they graduate?

  • Criosphynx
    Criosphynx 3 месяца назад

    I'm American. I remember very clearly at 5 years old asking (borderline demanding) to walk to my school myself. (it was about 2 blocks away) and my mother would not allow it. I asked again at 6 when I moved up a grade so I imagine other little kids have to same drive and desire to do this. This looks amazing

  • 高昕
    高昕 3 месяца назад

    world safest country——JAPAN

  • Novia Nur R
    Novia Nur R 3 месяца назад

    Because Tokyo is like the most safe city in the world. When I was there, tho I was careless to keep my bag zipped or left my luggage on the train, I can get em back. I'm not losing anything when I got back to my apartment.

  • AINIE A.N.
    AINIE A.N. 3 месяца назад

    It is nice to be independent like them but in here in philippines we couldn't since there are lot of dangers just like rapists while in japan there are just a few

  • Yenny Kartika
    Yenny Kartika 3 месяца назад

    The little Japanese girl is so cute!!!

  • Yenny Kartika
    Yenny Kartika 3 месяца назад

    Raising my future kids like Japanese parents? Hmm.. worth trying..

  • Agomon Hossain
    Agomon Hossain 3 месяца назад +3

    It migth be safe to go to school by it self in Japan.
    But I think you should take your childern to school if its far away

  • Princess Berry
    Princess Berry 3 месяца назад +1

    I couldn't take the train on my own at 7, but a I also live in NYC and kidnappings are a thing.

  • bored_and_tired
    bored_and_tired 3 месяца назад +2

    Germany is pretty similar to japan in that regard, the USA is simply paranoid and weird

  • Matthew Marcum
    Matthew Marcum 3 месяца назад

    My sister's 8 and she still makes my mom carry her

  • NatsuKei Aoi
    NatsuKei Aoi 3 месяца назад

    All Asian parents will teach their kids to be independent at an early age. Its not unusual really..

  • Fotoloq
    Fotoloq 3 месяца назад

    When I was a Child, I went to my school by my own every single day and prepare all my things too (I think my mother has a lot of japanese mother thougths lol) but it was so good for because that gave me the independence that I appreciate right now, being an helicopter parent it isn't correct

  • agizzy23
    agizzy23 3 месяца назад

    This made me a little less nervous to take the subway everyday for school. Of course New York is different than Japan. I'm used to going to and from school by myself, but I only lived two blocks away. Now it's gonna be ten city blocks.

  • nurul nazirah
    nurul nazirah 3 месяца назад +4

    How did japanese not scared that your kids will get kidnap. Hmm

  • Atika Ngagipar
    Atika Ngagipar 3 месяца назад +5

    When i visit Japan, its such a common scene to see grade schooler kids took train on their own, its so impressive because of the elaborate and complicated train line they got there.

  • Herr Hurbig
    Herr Hurbig 3 месяца назад

    were I live, children start going to school by themselves at the age of six. They don't have to take the train though, they just walk 20 mins at most.

  • Zabel Connor
    Zabel Connor 3 месяца назад

    "They don't care less about someone else" - I don't think that is the saying?

  • HazelnutSheep
    HazelnutSheep 3 месяца назад

    3:00 I couldn't stop laughing xD

  • bubblybangtan
    bubblybangtan 3 месяца назад

    Fuck, my mom didn't let me go out alone until grade 7. Now she's even more strict after a child was killed in my province

  • ro3
    ro3 3 месяца назад +3

    Crime rates in japan is very very low, ok? In many other asian countries, its not safe for children to be alone

  • Suaidatul Aziemah Kusnadi
    Suaidatul Aziemah Kusnadi 3 месяца назад

    I was thinking about kidnapped. There must be low kidnapped crime cases in Japan right?. How peaceful.

  • Kopfy Smart
    Kopfy Smart 3 месяца назад

    Its the same in Germany. Parents accompany you in the first day of first grade and then you are on your own.

  • PonPonProduction
    PonPonProduction 3 месяца назад

    I live less than a kilometer away from my primary school.....and my parents wont even allow me to go on my own......

  • Arabella L
    Arabella L 3 месяца назад

    Japan is more safe for kids because their culture values respect ...where as Australia we dont value respect for others we are a Selfish people who speed past school zones i cant tell you how many kids have died from hit amd runs in Australia in the last 12 years i know of 4 in my area alone in less than 10 years.

  • Catherine Paguay
    Catherine Paguay 3 месяца назад

    Honeslty thats normal here in NYC anyways cant speak for all of state but in NYC , walking to school by yourself is normal. I walked to school and back in 4th grade. Then for middle and high school, I had to take the subway and bus, which isnt such a big deal.

  • Kayla Thlang
    Kayla Thlang 3 месяца назад +1

    Can't do this in America because fucking pedophiles.

  • L.P
    L.P 3 месяца назад

    I think it depends on the time frame here in America. When I was in elementary school (abt 11 years ago), I would get myself up, eat breakfast, get dressed, and walk to the neighborhood school bus stop by myself. Things have changed, though. I wouldn't be allowed to do it by myself now.

  • BlueBeardedDevil
    BlueBeardedDevil 3 месяца назад

    I don't know anyone that had their parents take them to school, maybe if they had an injury or something 😃

  • MintGreenGhost
    MintGreenGhost 3 месяца назад

    This isn't weird for some parts of America (ie the hood.) Parents off to work before school, parents back really late. Kids gotta get to school and the after school programs are severely underfunded. It wasn't uncommon, especially where I grew up with 5 schools within 10 minutes of each other, for you to see an 9 year old dropping their sibling off at preschool on the main street and walking over to the elementary/primary K-5 school further into the residential area. This was probably helped by the amount of bus serivce in the area and the sheer number of kids around.

  • St. Kabuki
    St. Kabuki 3 месяца назад

    I remember visiting Tokyo when I just turned 12. We kept seeing little kids, half my size at the time, riding the subway by themselves.

  • 6Kubik
    6Kubik 3 месяца назад +8

    When I was 6-7 years old in Germany it was normal or us to go to school alone. I still see children going alone, playing alone etc. I am not sure if I would let my children go alone in this country anymore. It has become way more dangerous since I was a child.

  • lifewithBunmi
    lifewithBunmi 3 месяца назад

    I didn't start riding public transportation by myself til I was about 16

  • Ashkookie
    Ashkookie 3 месяца назад +2

    Bruh i think kids its just the place not the age

  • Sophia Villarreyna
    Sophia Villarreyna 3 месяца назад +1

    I've had a key to my house since i was 6 years old. Mom had to be at work by 6AM and I had to get myself to and from school everyday, on my own, making sure get up on time, get dressed, and get to school on time to eat breakfast.

  • J-Bird Oliver
    J-Bird Oliver 3 месяца назад +3

    My favorite part of being a kid was always me and my friends striking it out on our own.

  • Cristina Guerra
    Cristina Guerra 3 месяца назад

    Los niños de muchos otros países son igual de independientes que los de Japón, no me mal entiendan, admiro la lo capaces que son los chicos de este video para hacer las cosas por sí mismos sólo digo que no es novedad o al menos para mí no

  • Darling Aaliyah
    Darling Aaliyah 3 месяца назад

    When my Japanese-American high school teacher turned 12 his parents sent him from SF to Tokyo. He had his own apartment and was responsible for himself (his parents sent money which he had to budget). I was in disbelief when he told me this😱😱

  • edvxrd
    edvxrd 3 месяца назад

    In Serbia its the same as in Japan. No problems

  • The Truth
    The Truth 3 месяца назад

    You can't do this in the West because some migrant will end up kidnapping and raping the child. Sad but true.

  • Mansoor Haque
    Mansoor Haque 3 месяца назад

    Damn, I feel so lucky as my parents would drop me off and pick me up from school.Appreciate my parents even more.

  • ckaj Xyzpqrstuvwx
    ckaj Xyzpqrstuvwx 3 месяца назад

    Following Japanese example, I kicked my 6 months old baby out of the house (they are gonna live alone in future anyway). I am a responsible parent.

  • Emma Frost
    Emma Frost 3 месяца назад +4

    Everyone calls this "Child abuse" but in my opinion Over protecting is child abuse because you are getting in the way of the mental development and you are ignoring the childs unhappiness to feel better about your fears. Over overprotecting is not love It's fear and paranoid management for yourself. You are almost just as incompetent as deadbeats.

  • dangerouskrill
    dangerouskrill 3 месяца назад

    beyond having lower crime ratew, japan also has better public transit and way less cars per capita. lots of factors make it a lot different for pedestrians. it's not necessarily all about family dynamics.

  • peanut butter
    peanut butter 3 месяца назад

    I was raised the exact same way. My mother couldn't help me in any way and I head to do things by myself. At first it wasn't easy. Ofc as a kid you want to have your parents to things for you and more but now i don't regret it being raised like that. I am independent and I know how to solve things by myself.

  • Sapphire Bloom
    Sapphire Bloom 3 месяца назад

    I been going to school alone since i was 7 and i started walking with my brother since i was 5. I took the city trains and buses to go visit my mom at work in manhattan after school sometimes. I lived in Bronx Ny and my mom entrusted my brother and i with chores and going to school. I know this generation is a little different cause i dont really see that anymore

  • Fw Aa
    Fw Aa 3 месяца назад

    I would love to live at japan

  • Effa Humayra
    Effa Humayra 3 месяца назад

    hoping malaysia is safe enough just like japan to let kids go on their own :)

  • ela ito
    ela ito 3 месяца назад

    We can't do this in italy.. if a teacher or some parents see a kid come alone they will call some social assistent becouse probably there is something wrong in the family...

  • Indie Andie
    Indie Andie 3 месяца назад

    I'm Venezuelan. My mom can't let my walk to school! I hate it, but i know it is for my well-being tho...so frustrating!!!

  • kek
    kek 3 месяца назад

    I'm almost 18 and I still have my mother breathing down my neck. She has severe paranoia, so I suppose it's a different case, but I still couldn't imagine having so much freedom at such a young age in america.

  • mark luis
    mark luis 3 месяца назад

    a few years back a 11 year old kid from new York took the subway. and child support was called and I think the parents were charged with child abused.

  • MsEnigmabk
    MsEnigmabk 3 месяца назад +1

    Okay....kids in New York would do this all the time. Myself included when I was her age o.o

  • Lexi Gabriella Stone
    Lexi Gabriella Stone 3 месяца назад

    Still remember the first time i was allowed to cross the road by myself... a whole new world

  • DeniseXdeSC
    DeniseXdeSC 3 месяца назад

    This is not possible in Rome...roman drivers never respect the rules...car crush, car incidents, car hitting people who were crossing the street while the light was red for the cars...all this and more happens very often in Rome! You see plenty of flowers on the side of streets in honour of the poor victims.

  • Davie Lawrence
    Davie Lawrence 3 месяца назад

    My friend lived in a small village, about 30 km away from the town where her school was. She went with her little brother to school every day, using the bus, the train and another bus again. Also in Germany children are allowed to walk home from kindergarten on their own if the parents want it. And many do! In can't remember my parents walked me to school except when it was raining very hard and I couldn't go by bike.

  • Alyx-Fao
    Alyx-Fao 3 месяца назад

    It's probrably a good thing. I guarantee if those kids where surrounded by their parents constantly they would lose their fucking minds. This is probrably a good way to keep the kids out of the stress that would rub off from their parents. The only thing to consider is that Japan is one of the safest countries on the planet with very little actual room and no bordering countries.

  • No Face
    No Face 3 месяца назад

    The mother is 39??? She looks at the most 27 wtf

  • Motionless Min
    Motionless Min 3 месяца назад

    Wait who doesn't go to school on their own?

  • Zang
    Zang 3 месяца назад

    I wish my parents were more like this with me as a kid. My mom was paranoid about me biking to school and the gym up until I was 15. I eventually just stopped listening to her when she told me not to go out on my own. I think rebellion is natural, especially when the rules you break aren't logical or healthy.

  • Faizol Refaeil
    Faizol Refaeil 3 месяца назад

    Being independent for a child at a young age is a good thing for them and also when they go grow up. I can't see this happening in America or England

  • Pablo Gutierrez
    Pablo Gutierrez 3 месяца назад +6

    "Brushes her own teeth" like who else's teeth is she going to brush?

  • Layla Ali
    Layla Ali 3 месяца назад

    There's more paedophiles within the UK. it's a problem

  • Roger SNITH
    Roger SNITH 3 месяца назад

    Hahahahahahaa they're only able to do that because they don't live in America 😂😂😂😂😂 when i moved to chicago these same kind of Asian parents definitely changed their mindsets about letting their children go to places by themselves. Those who do, later find out that either their children got involved in a gang, shot, or worse.... Japan is so nice. It's so shitty here smh. Atleast 5 gunshots are reported every month in my are SMH

  • Daniel R
    Daniel R 3 месяца назад

    wtf as if it was so unusual to manage to get to school and back alone?? Nothing special about that.

  • Klaus Gartenstiel
    Klaus Gartenstiel 3 месяца назад +19

    they grow up fast in japan and then spend a lifetime trying to relive their childhood. whereas here in the west we never truly mature. only time will tell which is the better approach.

    GABRIELFILMSTUDIOS 3 месяца назад

    I'm from Germany and here I think it is quite normal to go o school by your self, maybe in first or second grade parents go along but after that you go on your own.

  • Ainul Mardhiyyah
    Ainul Mardhiyyah 3 месяца назад

    Cool~ In Singapore, kids here are somewhere in the middle. For me and my siblings, our schools are usually along the way my dad drives to his work. So he drives us part of the way and drops us off before going to work.
    For primary school (7-12 years old), either parents walk their children to school or school buses do. Those taking school buses usually go to and go back with buses. Other students will go back home on their own, if their parents did not get a helper to do it.
    Once you hit secondary school age (13-17 years old), then most kids would go to school on the trains and buses. Less students have parents send and fetch them.
    I guess you can say SG students either have to or can afford to go back alone because of our low crime rate and because majority of SG students have regular tuition classes they have to go to after school LOL.

  • toppytangy
    toppytangy 3 месяца назад

    So cuuuute
    But poor girlie struggling with her bag >.

  • Lisa Wormer
    Lisa Wormer 3 месяца назад

    "If she doesn't solve the problen herself, she won't be able to come home" *smiles* But hey, I like this attitude.

  • ZaChannel
    ZaChannel 3 месяца назад

    We also do this in the Philippines.

  • Mikko Saarinen
    Mikko Saarinen 3 месяца назад

    This is normal in Finland as well. Except that finnish kids start to travel by themselves in about age of 7.

  • hvuu1628
    hvuu1628 3 месяца назад +7

    But also teaches a child that family no longer matters. This is why japan is having a population crisis. All this independent idea with not family oriented focus.