A friend has just returned from a holiday in Japan. She told how polite everyone is, how clean it is…she described the “bullet” train which travels at 300 miles an hour, yet so smooth and quiet. People are not allowed to use mobile phones, or eat on the train. In fact mobile phone use in public is frowned on, unless one can remove oneself to a quiet corner. The trains are always on time. On the freeways and roads, they never heard one car horn, and very few accidents occur. Everyone is nicely dressed and everyones’ shoes are shiny!! There are no rubbish bins in the city, and not a speck of rubbish on the ground.
The contrast between her description of Japan, and here in Australia (especially Melbourne) is stark.
The daily bashings, and aggravated burglaries and assaults.