07 Mar '11, 4am

Our reader tells us what S'poreans can learn from the Japanese. Agree?

I CONCUR with Ms Charlotte Chu ('Clean and green: Why Japan beats top-ranking S'pore; Feb 22). For the past two years, during the December holidays, my family and I vacationed in Japan. We learnt some lessons there which we hope to incorporate in our lives. Deference: I was amazed when I realised that the Japanese, when they give away stuff that they do not need or want, would clean them first and pack them nicely. This shows they have the interest of others in mind. I experienced this care myself when I was in the changing room of an onsen (hot spring). The Japanese woman next to me who had just blow-dried her hair used a tissue to remove all the hair that had dropped into the basin and surrounding areas before moving off. This quality must be one of the reasons Japanese onsens are so popular. There is the assurance that users would clean themselves properly before steppi...

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