Re: Japan is a sad place today...
That's what you get for living in Tokyo.
I'm working at the most powerful synchrotron in the world, at night I live in a little village by the sea where the people are great. Young people range from the equivalent of the Valley Girl to participants of Philharmonic Orchestras. Japanese culture is alive and well as is just about everything, good and bad, from the West.
I really like living here but then I don't expect much more or less than I do anywhere I live.