Claire Smith, Gary Jackson and Koji Mizoguchi for the Conversation: How Japan weaves caring and sharing into all layers of society

The Japanese believe politeness engenders order, safety and cleanliness – core values to live by The Japanese believe a polite society is one in which respect and consideration is shown to others. Photograph: Sankei via Getty Images   Although they are ubiquitous, Japanese people rarely notice the grooved lines on their pavements. Every footpath that…