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Oct 8 '14 at 13:37 comment added Russell McMahon I'm 'much older' in many cases. Are you calling me creepy? :-). (Feel free fwiw :-) - I've managed to convey that impression along the way on occasion. I'm as likely to give up my seat to a 19 year old as to a 90 year old (and I'm somewhat closer to the latter).
Oct 6 '14 at 1:14 comment added sawa If you mean babies, or children young enough to be able to walk on their own, they will not be standing on their own feet (but will rather be in a buggy or a caretaker's hands), and giving seats to them will not make sense in the first place. In such cases, people will give seats to the whole caretaker + child.
Oct 5 '14 at 19:38 history edited Michael Borgwardt CC BY-SA 3.0
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Oct 5 '14 at 19:37 comment added Michael Borgwardt @sawa: we may be thinking about different age ranges. I meant toddlers, not teenagers.
Oct 5 '14 at 17:33 comment added sawa You are wrong about kids. Kids (among other categories) are expected to give up seats, not be given seats.
Oct 3 '14 at 11:58 comment added user2617804 Not in practice- rarely do they give their seat but its nothing to do with any cultural practices
Oct 2 '14 at 7:51 comment added Michael Borgwardt @FranciscoPresencia: older women can be notoriously unabashed and might well do it, but what I was really thinking of is that someone else would call you out, thus taking the role of "enforcing social norms" (or maybe "educating the gaijin") rather than "requesting privilege".
Oct 1 '14 at 21:54 comment added Francisco Presencia Are you saying that an old or pregnant woman would confront a gaijin to request a seat in a public transportation system? Really not likely: Close-knit co-operation and the avoidance of conflict are considered to be of vital importance in everyday life. For this reason, the Japanese tend to go to great lengths to avoid conflict, especially within the context of large groups - From wikipedia.
Oct 1 '14 at 12:47 comment added djechlin @LightnessRacesinOrbit I'm pointing out that the reasoning in the answer is not specific to Japan. I'm only experienced with the U.S. otherwise so cannot supply other points of reference.
Oct 1 '14 at 11:52 comment added Lightness Races in Orbit Shrug If you can't see it I can't explain it
Oct 1 '14 at 11:26 comment added Lightness Races in Orbit @Michael: Yeah I got that, but that's my problem: djechlin decided to use "America" as a synonym for "all modern societies" which is pretty offensive and came out of nowhere seeing as nobody else on the thread at that point had anything to do with America!!
Oct 1 '14 at 10:09 comment added Michael Borgwardt @LightnessRacesinOrbit I believe the point (with which I somewhat agree) is that this kind of polite behaviour is pretty universal in modern societies and thus it doesn't really matter where the question or the answer is from. Only the details vary.
Oct 1 '14 at 3:58 comment added corsiKa Emphasis on the not being creepy part. Creepy is a universal language.
Oct 1 '14 at 2:31 comment added RoboKaren Most people when giving up the seat scurry away so that the recipient doesn't feel a continuing obligation.
Sep 30 '14 at 20:23 comment added djechlin All true for America, basically.
Sep 30 '14 at 14:46 history edited Michael Borgwardt CC BY-SA 3.0
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Sep 30 '14 at 11:10 history answered Michael Borgwardt CC BY-SA 3.0