Middle-aged man #1: Does the consumption tax hike mean I’m going to get another stock question every time I buy something from a convenience store? I’m already asked a) if I have a point card and b) whether I want my purchase put in a plastic bag.

Middle-aged man #2: Just say, “Yes.” I say “yes” to every question I’m asked when I’m shopping.

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

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