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Unclear on the concept

Middle-aged woman: How do I get to that far intersection? This crossing only goes over there and it looks like I’d have to wait in the middle for another loop before the signal turns green?

Policeman (standing next to a sign saying “Traffic Safety Week”): That’s right. You have to cross here and then wait over there before you can cross to the far signal.

Middle-aged woman: Can’t I just walk diagonally across now?

— Midorigaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday