Author: Kate Davis Green

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Davis Green: Civility, infrastructure and warfare in Japan

As I reflect on my weeks in Japan, a few learnings stand out: The Japanese people are ideally civilized. Orderly conduct is the general rule of thumb. You are expected to respect your fellow citizens and (fortunately for me and my classmates) even go out of your way to help tourists. There are many tangible examples of this: everyone is quiet on the metro, so as not to disturb fellow passengers, everyone walks in an orderly fashion (mainly on the left side of the sidewalk or stairs) and if you ask a question, the Japanese often do their absolute...