Bicycle Cop in Japan - Amazing!

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Japanese Police officer pursues and pulls over a Lamborghini super-car . . . while on a bicycle!

This video shows much of what happened. What do you think this shows about Japanese society? Do you think this would have been possible anywhere in California? The full article appeared in Japantoday.com.

Caring for others and taking personal responsibility for the space around you is still an important part of Japanese thinking.

For example, if someone drops a glove while walking somewhere, there is a good chance that someone will see it, pick it up and lay it on something so it is easy to see in case the owner might come back to look for it. I have seen some really nice things, even small things like a nice pen or some very nice handkerchief (always carried here) lying carefully on a fence or in some way that is easy to see.

We have periodic neighborhood cleaning days where all the neighbors go outside to clean up around home. This is mostly sweeping all around the street and pulling any small weeds that might have begun to show through the cracks. It's kind of a nuisance and yet, somewhat to my surprise, I kind of like it. It is a ritual of shared experience that has gone on for generations and it happens all over the country at various times. 

The garbage is another of these annoying and yet satisfying rituals. The garbage truck never stops in front of individual homes. There is a neighborhood collection spot that we all take our garbage to. We all take responsibility to make sure the place is always clean and responsibility for making it happen is passed around from household to household. 

It might not seem like it but I feel that these things are linked to the situation with the Lamborghini being pulled over by a bicycle cop. All over Japan, in every level of society there are structures in place that constantly remind all of us of how interconnected we all are. The Lamborghini owner may have been motivated to stop out of a fear that he would be recognized and be in more trouble later. But even if that is true, I can also understand that here, we all expect that all of us would yield to the authority of the policeman . . . not just because of his authority but because that is the way it is supposed to be.

Unfortunately, this natural order of things is slowly breaking down. In our neighborhood there are a lot of student housing apartments. Students regularly leave litter on the streets in front of ours or other's homes. It is we who are left to clean it up. There will be no street-sweeper or other city sponsored cleaning crew. 

It seems strange to me to be nostalgic for a way of life that is foreign to me. And, for sure there are some serious down sides, but it is kind of nice to live in a place where everyone looks out for one another; where children are, for the most part, safe and secure because everyone is looking out for them.