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03-13-2011, 01:04 PM
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- Aug 2005
After they were defeated and occupied the emperor,under pressure from MacArthur,
proclaimed that he was a mere mortal not a god. Many of the older Japanese people were never able to adjust to life without a godhead .
Japan smells and looks different than America .For years they had open sewerage in ditches flowing along beside their streets .The Japanese in the past used 'night soil' to fertilize their farmland .They have a very strong social code of honoring and obeying their superiors .the Japanese are scrupulous clean and bathing rituals are observed even in the smallest village with community bathhouses.
03-13-2011, 04:39 PMGovernment is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
03-13-2011, 08:48 PM
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03-14-2011, 12:12 AM
During the cold winters I remember a popular watering hole, everyone went outside to warm up their cars before leaving..no one stole anyone's car..
03-14-2011, 12:28 AM
Cultures of Corruption: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets*
Columbia University and NBER University of California, Berkeley and NBER
First version: March 2006
This version: April 2006
Abstract: Corruption is believed to be a major factor impeding economic development, but the
importance of legal enforcement versus cultural norms in controlling corruption is poorly
understood. To disentangle these two factors, we exploit a natural experiment, the stationing of
thousands of diplomats from around the world in New York City. Diplomatic immunity means
there was essentially zero legal enforcement of diplomatic parking violations, allowing us to
examine the role of cultural norms alone. This generates a revealed preference measure of
corruption based on real-world behavior for government officials all acting in the same setting.
We find tremendous persistence in corruption norms: diplomats from high corruption countries
(based on existing survey-based indices) have significantly more parking violations. In a second
main result, officials from countries that survey evidence indicates have less favorable popular
views of the United States commit significantly more parking violations, providing nonlaboratory
evidence on the role that sentiment and affinity play in economic decision-making.
The countries were ranked in accordance with corruption as correlated by violations per diplomat, from 1-146. Kuwait was the worst offender at number 1, with 246.2 violations per diplomat, with 9 diplomats in the section. Japan placed near the bottom, at 140 out of 146, with 0 violations per diplomat, with 47 diplomats assigned. Out of all of the countries with 0 violations, Japan had the largest number of diplomats.
The study can be found here.--Odysseus
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
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03-14-2011, 12:49 AM
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- Southwest Michigan (in Exile)
I rarely lock my doors...even my house door when we leave
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