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As the orange and white bus closed its doors at Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport, the passengers settled down for the 100-minute drive to their various hotels while, outside, three employees of the bus company, in neat cream-colored shirts and black pants, executed a deep, respectful bow as the vehicle left the depot.

Welcome to Japan, perhaps the world’s most polite society, where everything is orderly and everyone seems helpful and respectful.

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