Daniel comments

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I don't think we have the right to judge how Japanese people react to this particular photo. Just as westerners have a specific way of life, so too do the Japanese; their culture and lifestyle are totally different. That's the beautiful thing about cultures - we're all different and see things from a different perspective.

So going back to the photo in question, we can have our own opinions on what we think is right or wrong - but I don't think it's fair to criticize Japanese people for how they react. Keep in mind that Japanese culture is all about conformity - there is a discourse, societal expectation as to how people should look and behave.

Note that I'm not saying it is absolutely wrong to sit inside a shopping trolley as I am probably guilty of doing so myself. But in a world where people are more connected than ever before, let's try and put ourselves in other people's / citizen's perspective to see why and how they might think the way they do.

By criticizing the outrage of the Japanese netizens, are we not doing the very thing we are outraged about?

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