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The vanishing art of taking responsibility will lead to tears

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I recently came across the concept of "diffusion of responsibility" in a book on social psychology. It explains why some crimes committed in full view of a crowd of people are neither stopped nor even reported.

Social psychologist Koichi Okamoto wrote that humans seem predisposed to think that if they don't do anything to help a person in need, someone else will. This, Okamoto posits, means that their inaction is not because people are observing them, but simply because other people happen to be there.

Perhaps this psychology was at work when a Shinkansen Nozomi train came perilously close to........

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