What do Japanese people think of America?

Today's Japanese think highly of America.
In fact they love America.
Whenever they see a foreigner, they assume he's American.
Young Japanese have visited America at least once in their lives. Usually to New York and Boston, but also to Hawaii, Florida and Los Angeles.
They feel that there is more freedom in America than Japan. But they also feel that there is much more crime in America as compared to Japan. They feel Japan is a much safer place than America. They also feel that Americans use swear words a lot as compared to the Japanese.
They also have a feeling that Japanese maintain a much healthy body than Americans.
They think that Americans are more open and friendly as compared to the Japanese who are shy.
Many young Japanese are absorbed into American culture, including the music, the food, the fashion and the language.
Some like American pop and rock songs. Some like American TV Dramas and Movies. Some like the nature and landscape. They consider American lifestyle to be rich and American clothes to be 'cool'. In fact, America plays a key role in making them want to study English (and not UK).
They like American fast food like Burgers, Pizza and Donuts.
Also, they like American Baseball! In fact, Japanese love to play/watch Baseball as a sport.
Many Japanese girls would like to date an American guy and vice-versa. In fact, many Japanese are married to Americans.
When it comes to inter-racial dating, they would prefer white people as compared to black or brown people.
Many Japanese go to pursue their higher education in America. In fact, some have even settled there.
America is much more exposed to them as compared to other countries.
They might not know about other countries, but they surely would know something about America.
Most Japanese would like to visit America. They view America and Americans positively.
The countries where Japanese would like to go the most are USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and also Asian countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. The places where they want to go the least are the African countries, the Middle East (Arabian nations), and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc). The number of Japanese tourists in the former set of countries is much more than the latter set of countries.
 If you want to visit Japan and are American (or white), you have fairly quite a better chance of being accepted there.
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(I'm Caucasian, but not from the US).

It depends on the person of course, but generally Japanese people are interested in and friendly to foreigners. And they tend to assume Caucasians are American.

Positive stereotypes associated with Americans are- wealth and Hollywood glamour, being "cool", having freedom to speak one's mind, etc

However, they do have negative stereotypes- Americans are loud, individualistic, like to sue everyone, all have guns and carry them everywhere, etc...

Some would also have opinions on matters like the presence of military bases in Japan (particularly in Okinawa, where a large portion of the main island is taken up by military bases, and some US military personnel have committed crimes such as rape against the local people),  and poor behavior of some tourists in Japan, essentially acting like Japan is Disneyworld and the locals are there to entertain/serve them, or getting really drunk and aggressive. Also there's a lot of  men from Western countries who move to Japan because they are obsessed with Japanese women, some Japanese women are pretty creeped out by this (and Japanese men aren't too happy about it either).

Of course, not everyone who does these things is American, but like I said, they tend to assume all Caucasians/English speaking people are American.

Also, people frequently ask me if I'm in Japan because of anime. There are enough adults who cluelessly go around telling anyone who will listen about their anime obsession that people are starting to assume we're all otaku, which I find deeply cringeworthy (even though, yes, I do watch some anime).

Americans have an unfortunate reputation of being loud and aggressive. This is a stereotype that is too often earned. The contact made with Americans in Japan or Japanese visits to the US often belies the notion of the blustering American. America tends to celebrate the individual at the expense of the group. When it comes to how Americans in general are perceived by people who have never met you, Japanese perceptions can seem very unfair and undeserving.

The Japanese view Americans as open and friendly, as opposed to being more reserved and shy. The flip side to this coin is that America is considered a violent place with prolific crime. Japan has the lowest homicide rate in the world, yet Japan has 40% of the US population squeezed into a land area smaller than California. It makes sense that there are complex rituals and polite personal protocols in place to reduce friction.

Americans live in a more spacious country and tend to be just as open with their feelings and passions, often providing opinions where none were requested. Media reinforces the stereotype that Americans are fat, gun toting, selfish consumers. Perhaps this is an unfortunate case of "you are what you are portrayed to eat". Evidently all Americans drink extra-large beverages, eat Dunkin Donuts daily, and forever munch burgers that are a least 1.5 times bigger than those served in Japan.

The Pew Research Center poll revealed that most Americans and Japanese "trust" each other either a great deal or a fair amount, opinions diverge when it came to assigning national traits. The vast majority of Americans view Japanese as hardworking, inventive and honest, but the Japanese weren't quite as eager to assign the same traits to Americans.

Only 37% of Japanese considered Americans "honest." That rate dropped to 25% for "hardworking." But 67% could agree that Americans were "inventive." Aside from a few personal misgivings, both populations were united in their belief that the countries should maintain strong relations as China's military power grows.

I think it just depends.  People grew up during the war time, they do think America is a friendly nation. 

Younger generation, however, are more exposed to hollywood movies, books, musics etc. so they are more "acceptable" to so called american pop culture and american people in general.  Having said that, as some already mentioned, people who live near US military base, they definitely do not have good feels for America.  I worked for an american company that had a manufacturing plant near a US Navy base, and it was a nightmare.  You can really feel the window shaking and  you cannot hear the person next to you while a jet plane passes right above your heard.  (you tried that a day or two... ) 

But all and all, it totally depends on where you are and what you do :-)  Having lived in Tokyo for a few years, generally, people are okay with Americans.  But my friends all wore Canadian flags when they traveled :-p

They view America as the role model that they must imitate and be like, in order to be cool just like them. They view America the same way a little kid views the ‘'cool guy'' from school, and wants to be just like him, and tries to imitate him in every way, regardless if what the cool guy does is good or bad, he little kid sees that the cool guy gets all the attention and everybody praises them, so he want to be just like him. I don't have there has ever been a nation more obsessed with America than Japan. They went as far as copying even the word ‘'soccer'', instead of using the original European word of Football, they copied the American one of Soccer just because America used it. They obsess themselves and try to imitate everything America does, because they think if America does it, then its cool and its the ‘'right thing to do'' so they think if they copy them the world will view them as cool too. They imported the game baseball which is now the most popular sport in Japan, just because it is popular in the US, they had to take it and obsess themselves with it, if you go into detail research, there are a lot of things they took from the US, the rocker bike gangs is a direct import from the US too, the way they dress in a hip hop style is also a direct import from America. They dream of being like America so bad, you can see it in their manga stories.

America is USA?

Sometimes USA becomes an enemy,,,, currently an ally.

For me,  USA is wall street, capn crunch, broad way (RENT!)
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Some Japanese says "American foods tastes bad",
I didn'T think so they are yummy.
But it contains high calory and its mount is so big. That is the reason there are lots of fat guys in USA. They should eat tofu, rice, vegetable(not potato, not tomato sauce , not corn) every other day.

I drink coke(not diet coke).

I want Texas BBQ and other famous area's BBQ.
Meat ball spaghetti.

USA is changing always , so it is hard it has tradition. (my vias o US)

I hope visit USA except Alaska .
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