From the outside, Japanese people may look very controlled and calm. Of course, they feel the same emotions as everyone else, but it's considered rude to be very angry in public. So if someone steps on your foot, the best thing to do in Japan says excuse me or laugh it off. Should you see anyone trip or fall over while in Japan, don't be surprised if you see others laughing at them. Showing strong negative emotions is a loss of face where you lose the respect of others around you. By laughing at someone who falls over, Japanese people are encouraging them to laugh it off and therefore save face.
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