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What are you doing in a commuter train?

When I visited England in 2008, one of the things I noticed was that many of the people in a commuter train to London were reading the newspaper. A long time ago, we could see the same scene in commuter trains in Japan, but now seeing people pressing keys on a cell phone is more common. Do I need more cases to come to a conclusion on this phenomenon?

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Academic terms

There are two semesters in a year in most Japanese universities. The first semester begins in April and ends in September. The second semester begins in October and ends in March. A long time ago, when the first semester ended in October and the second semester began in the same month, there were two-month-long summer holidays that began about July 10th. Students used to be free from classes in the hottest season in Japan, but now they are busy at school until early August. I wonder how they are supposed to study in the classrooms in the season that is not appropriate for studying.

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"The devil made me do it."

Buttons were there to be pressed, and he is going to resign. A lawmaker voted twice by pressing the "aye" button for both himself and a fellow member whose seat was next to his at a plenary session in the upper house in Japan. I think he is a kind person, and he wanted to vote on behalf of the fellow member who had left the plenary session before voting started, although he was not asked to do so. "魔が差した" is a set phrase for this situation. The devil made him press the button next to his. I wonder why the devil wanted to make him do so.

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