Mother: What will you do after you leave your job?

Daughter: I was thinking of traveling, maybe going to Australia or New Zealand.

Mother: Oh, New Zealand? Isn’t it dangerous there? They have a lot of earthquakes.

— Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. Overheard by Japan Times On Sunday reader David Applebaum

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