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Japanese people should certainly be commended for their exemplary displays of civility, I’m sure this doesn’t require debating (this scholarly source including examples like respecting subway stair lanes, leaving a lost shopping bag beside a tree and a hotel apologizing for a 4-am 1-minute Internet shortage). However, I am genuinely curious what the psychological cause for said civility would be. Has there perhaps been a time in Japan’s history when this wasn’t the case from which we could infer an origin for such high and seemingly nationwide standards?

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  • $\begingroup$ If anyone has the power to do that, I would appreciate the adding of some relevant tags like japan, respect, civility! $\endgroup$ – MatTheLemur Dec 27 '20 at 10:41
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    $\begingroup$ This should probably be in sociology or culture stack exchange. $\endgroup$ – JCool Dec 27 '20 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ There is no sociology or culture stack that I'm aware of. The history stack exchange might be better. Either way, this question is too opinion-based for this forum. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Jan 1 at 6:51

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