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Chinese have been pondering the differences between the school-buses of Japan, noted for their “extreme cuteness,” as compared to those of the US – described as being “like tanks.”

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USA:

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What these reveal about the respective national characters of their countries is open to rather broad interpretation.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Pokemon themed buses certainly seem likely to be inordinately popular with small children everywhere.

On the other hand, the curious American obsession with driving their children everywhere in aggressively styled yellow rivet-encrusted juggernauts does indeed seem rather more a reflection of the USA’s national character (whether characterised as imbecilic machismo, sensible safety conciousness, or total fear and paranoia regarding child safety)…

India:

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