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Many Japanese tour guides are embarrassed by Japanese male tourists abroad who fail to follow local customs of showing courtesy to women, according to a survey conducted by a major travel agency.

The most common rudenesses committed by Japanese men is their failure to let women exit elevators first, which is the custom in many countries. Only two of the tour guides surveyed said this was not a problem.

The survey, conducted by JTB Corp., questioned tour guides about the behavior of Japanese travelers in North America and Europe. It also seems that some Japanese tourists are a bit naive about safety. Eighty-five guides said some travelers reveal their secret money pouches at shops.

Three said some even open their wallets to shop clerks, asking them to take out as much as necessary.

Eighty-two said some travelers walk in hotel lobbies wearing slippers.

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