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Chinese student goes to ridiculous lengths to breathe clean air in dorm full of smokers 【Pics】

When you’re too introverted to ask your roommates to please smoke outside.

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Italians have a helpful hint for Japanese commuters on a busy day

Every society has its cultural niceties, its polite communal behaviors and its social faux pas. In Japan, since public transportation is so prevalent, the rules about how to ride the trains are fairly ingrained into each person.

One of these unwritten rules loftily floats above all others though, and it’s that you give up your seat for someone who needs it more. Many people are happy to do so, but there are times you wish you could be seated as well. In those situations, there is nothing you can do but suck it up through the rest of the train ride, that is, unless you are riding on a train in Italy.

This short comic illustrates what had happened when a couple of students were faced with giving up their seat on the train, and, spoiler alert, everyone got to sit down!

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A simple change to train station platforms could save hundreds of lives

With cherry blossom season well underway, Japan is currently all about the hanami parties. These usually consist of sitting under the beautiful cherry blossoms and drinking with a bunch with friends or coworkers. With well-enforced policies against drunk driving, trains and subways are the optimal way of getting home after a day spent enjoying the pink flowers and fresh energies of spring. So it’s no surprise to see that a rise in alcohol consumption also increases the number of people falling onto the tracks.

JR West, the main railway company for the Kansai area, carried out a two-year study to find the best way to prevent these moments of imbalance, and the answer may be as simple as a 90-degree turn in a different direction.

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