Voices | OVERHEARD

Selective attention

American man: Why is it that nobody in Japan will jaywalk and yet almost everyone rides their bike straight past the prominent sign that instructs them to walk their bike through pedestrian areas?

— Koenji, Suginami-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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