For the list of bad foreigner manners, I suspect that a lot is confirmation bias, that one bad-mannered foreigner tarnishes the reputation of all. Furthermore, many of these ill-manners can be levelled at the Japanese too; middle-aged women (especially from the Osaka area) are rather noisy in trains, Japanese abroad are quite camera-happy in no photos and no flash areas, around my local station is no smoking, but I’ll see at least one person a day puffing away, and so on.
Foreigners taking photos in “No Photo” areas reminds me of this curious case (scroll down a little).
Here’s a couple of trains manners posters:
Q1: What bad manners in regular trains bother you? (Sample size=3,331, multiple answer)
Rank Percentage 1 People standing in the way when others are trying to get off 75% 2 People hogging more than one person-worth of seat space 62% 3 People sitting in the priority seats but not giving up to more deserving cases 56% 4 Leaky earphones 53% 5 People coughing and sneezing without covering their mouth 52% 6 People putting on make-up 46% 7 People smelling of perfume, BO, etc 46% 8 People poking others in the ribs, etc, while fiddling with their smartphones 46% 9 People not taking their rucksack off their backs 45% 10 People opening up their newspaper wide and getting in the way 44% 11 People just shoving their way in or out 32% 12 People eating snacks 31% 13 People barging in to grab empty seats 29% 14 People using two or more hanging straps 14% 15 Other 3% — Nothing in particular 4%
Q1: What bad manners by foreigners bother you? (Sample size=3,331, multiple answer)
Rank Percentage 1 Foreigners talking in loud voices on the train 48% 2 Foreigners not queuing up, queue-jumping 39% 3 Foreigners littering 31% 4 Foreigners taking photos in “No Photos” areas 29% 5 Foreigners touching art exhibits 23% 6 Foreigners spreading their bags around in crowded places 20% 7 Foreigners taking too large a picnic when hiking and leaving food behind 18% 8 Foreigners smoking in No Smoking areas 18% 9 Foreigners cleaning out the shelves of particular items 17% 10 Foreigners and their toilet usage 15% 11 Foreigners not tidying up their trays at fast food restaurants 14% 12 Foreigners snogging in public 13% 13 Foreigners keeping their outdoor shoes on in indoor spaces 11% 14 Foreigners in hot springs wrapped in towels, in bathing suits 8% 15 Other 5% — Nothing in particular 22%
Between the 22nd and 28th of April 2016 3,331 members of the @nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was presented, although looking at the numbers it looks as if there was an overwhelming number of male, perhaps round about 80:20, and the under-thirties were under-represented.