Sorry, America, but Japan is better on guns, transit and health care

As a longtime chronicler of challenges facing the Kansas City area, I made mental notes about some of the lessons Japan could offer in improving the quality of life in this region and even this country of 314 million. Here are a few examples, while recognizing Japan is not close to being a perfect society and the United States is a great country (but too often hardly exceptional).

Sorry, America, but Japan is better on guns, transit and health care

As a longtime chronicler of challenges facing the Kansas City area, I made mental notes about some of the lessons Japan could offer in improving the quality of life in this region and even this country of 314 million. Here are a few examples, while recognizing Japan is not close to being a perfect society and the United States is a great country (but too often hardly exceptional).

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Sorry, America, but Japan is better on guns, transit and health care

As a longtime chronicler of challenges facing the Kansas City area, I made mental notes about some of the lessons Japan could offer in improving the quality of life in this region and even this country of 314 million. Here are a few examples, while recognizing Japan is not close to being a perfect society and the United States is a great country (but too often hardly exceptional).

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