'Grabe talaga sa Japan!’ Pinay impressed by Japanese values in returning 'change'

MANILA, Philippines – One of the foremost destinations on the list that tourists want to visit is probably the country of Japan. Not only for its stunning and immaculate beauty, but the Japanese are also known for their fervent appreciation of their culture, customs, and values.

Pinay impressed by Japanese values in returning 'change'
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Akiho Closet

The Facebook post of a netizen named "Akiho Closet" is trending after sharing an experience about Japan.

Akiho couldn't believe what happened because, in her opinion, it was just a small thing.

She recounted that she was forgotten to be given change at the post office in Japan on January 13, but it wasn't a big deal for her because it was just a small amount.

She didn't realize that she missed calls because during those moments she was in the Philippines.

When they returned to Japan, she was surprised when the head of the post office personally visited them and handed over the change, accompanied by a freebie as an apology for their mistake.

"Grabe talaga sa Japan!" she said on her viral Facebook post.

"Nakalimutan nila kong suklian sa post office nung January 13, which is ang sukli ko ay ¥20 lng namanπŸ˜‚ tpos naka ilan beses tawag skin kaso nasa ‘Pinas kami. Then today, nagulat ako pumunta pa sa house namin yung leader ng post office para mag apologize at ibalik yung sukli ko na ¥20, may kasama pang mga kimochi para sa pagkakamali nila. Wala lng naman skin tlga kung tutuusin dahil 20 lng nmn yanπŸ˜‚ dibale kung isang lapad sana hahahah."

“Dun mo tlga makikita ang lupet ng Japan. kahit barya pa yan tlgang ibabalik at ibabalik nila sayo lagi yung para sayo❤️ i love japan!❤️❤️."

This garnered various reactions and comments from netizens. It couldn't be avoided that it was compared to the Philippines.

"Yes ang ganda talaga sa JapanπŸ’• di maiwasan na ma compare sa Pinas pag walang sukli bigyan ka ng candy 🀣"

"Sa kanila kasi mas binibigyan ng halaga ng education ang magandang asal na nadadala ng mga bata hanggang makatapos sila, dito sa atin mas hinuhubog tayo maging matalino."

"Sa poultry shop dito sa Pinas, Paranaque nalimutan akong bigyan ng sukli. Kinabukasan binalikan ko kasi nanghihinayang ako sa 50 pesos. Sabi ko di nyoko nasuklian kahapon... Sabi ba naman sakin kung pede nalang ba daw i convert into catfood since catfood naman binili ko kasi mababawas daw un sa kahera... Sabi ko nlng... Bakit? Diba may listahan kayo jan na sinusulatan ng orders so it means malalaman nyo na may sosobrang 50 pesos jan. Ibalik nyo ung 50 ko. Ayun binalik."

But some netizens also said that there are still people like that in the Philippines.

"Well recently here sa Pinas, meron parin naman ganito. January 24, I went to AMS in Makati, nagpaphotocopy ako worth P2.00 lang as they required kaso P50.00 pera ko. Nakalimutan ko sukli ko kasi I needed to go to Makati Med for some tests. Kinabukasan ko nabalikan, when I asked, may note sila said reception about my change. πŸ˜… So ayun, nabalik sakin sukli. Kudos to AMS staff! 😊"

"As a maliit na store owner ung mga naiiwang sukli dyan ko nilalagay (garapon) since kilala ko naman halos mga bumibili sakin. pag bumalik inaabot ko."

"May ganiyan din naman sa Pilipinas, hindi naman lahat ganid sa pera."

The practice of returning change accurately and promptly is often associated with Japanese culture due to several factors:

Attention to Detail: Japanese society values precision and attention to detail in various aspects of life, including financial transactions. Returning the correct change reflects this emphasis on accuracy.

Customer Service: Japan is renowned for its exceptional customer service standards. Returning the correct change promptly is seen as part of providing excellent service to customers.

Trustworthiness: Trust is highly valued in Japanese society. Returning the correct change fosters trust between buyers and sellers, reinforcing the integrity of transactions.

Cultural Norms: Japanese culture places importance on harmony and social order. Following etiquette and social norms, such as returning the correct change, contributes to maintaining harmony in interpersonal interactions.

Education and Training: Business practices in Japan often involve thorough training and adherence to established procedures. Employees in retail or service industries are typically trained to handle transactions accurately, including returning change.

Overall, these cultural, societal, and practical factors contribute to the perception of Japanese people as being diligent and reliable when it comes to returning change.

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express



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