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A poster requesting commuters refrain from talking on their mobile phones on trains hangs at an underground station in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese are well known for their civility and politeness,  but a recent governmental campaign to clamp down on lewd behavior that may inconvenienc others -- including talking on cell phones and applying makeup while commuting on a train -- was fueled by a decline in everyday etiquette and manners.