Monday, January 07, 2008

Now This is News

Mainichi Daily News ran a story yesterday about one of the most pressing issues of our time. (Unfortunately, no English version that I could find - you'll have to take my word for it.)

Apparently, two separate customers paying for train tickets at a station in Japan were given the wrong change.

What seems to have happened is the clerk, instead of grabbing a 100 or 500 yen coin, picked up a 10 yen coin by mistake. One person's change was 180 yen too low, and another's was 480 yen too low. This is national news.

If only I could live in a country where the threshold for making the papers was so low (and where expectations were so high). Did you know that only about half the murders in New York City even make the local newspapers because there's not enough space to print the rest? And crime is down here!

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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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