OK, this is confession time. Even though I have lived in Japan for decades, there is something that still absolutely drives me up the wall -- so high up the wall, in fact, that I feel like Spiderman on a Shinjuku skyscraper.

Quite simply, why is it that television and newspapers continually present people without their heads?

Not only that, but the voices of some people interviewed are changed to sound like your great-grandmother trying to gargle after sucking in the air from a helium balloon.