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If you want to see what a world swimming in lanes looks like, visit Japan. At airports, people are deployed to straighten suitcases after they have fallen on the baggage carousel. Men in uniform with fluorescent batons stand outside construction sites, politely reminding you that walking to the construction site is probably not a good idea. In department stores, smartly dressed women help you use the elevators. And in one of Tokyo’s best bars, a team of four was involved in preparing your correspondent’s gin martini (from the freezer, of course, free-poured and very dry).
Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.