It's inspiring stuff to be part of a democratic movement (pictured above). That's what Our Man was doing this morning when he popped out to pick up his envelope of cash from a portacabin next to Abiko City Hall. It took several city hall bureaucrats in white coats armed with megaphones to operate a Byzantine ticket allocation system (tickets were arbitrarily assigned A, B or C prefixes and then a two or three digit code) when a simple "Queue here for your free cash" sign would have done the trick. But despite this example of the famed Japanese efficiency at work, this time round, Our Man only had to wait 30 minutes (he had ticket number A-74). But when he left at 10am, the queue was considerably longer:
Our Man walked out of the place with ¥84,000 and would have made a clean getaway if Our Woman hadn't intercepted him and gone off with the lot to buy some groceries and a couple of T-shirts from Uniqlo.
Stimulatin' the economy ain't as easy as it looks, eh readers?