Q: Taro, you've lived decades in Japan; how did you do it?
I'm chemically unbalanced, hee, hee.
Billions of folks' brains are pumping depression juices. Not me.
Prenatal -- I was calm and non-kicking.
As a baby, I was all smiles, gurgling and never cried.
Grade school-- I was a happy camper.
Teenage flew past me by without any angst and college was a breeze even when I was being arrested at protest marches.
Now, I live in a concrete slum with salary zombies and I'm smiling---- See. Unbalanced, hee, hee.
Ok, here's the box score on 23 gaijin that have worked for me, with me, and preceded me for the 30 years my office has existed. You do your own odds.
Escaped in less than week 3
Escaped in less than 12 months: 7
Left under heavy medication in 5 years: 8
Retired: Me, goofing off on the job right now.
I'd say the odds favor "escape" as the best option for gaijin in Japan.