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VOX POPULI: Try being a leftie in a right-handed world even for just a single day

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Can openers, pocketknives, cameras and automatic ticket gates all share one thing in common.

They are difficult for left-handed people to use because they were basically developed with right-handers in mind.

Naoya Oji founded “Nihon Hidarikiki Kyokai” (Left Handers Association of Japan) four years ago to promote mutual understanding between left- and right-handers.

“Except for guitars, golf clubs and some other items, the vast majority of consumer goods are designed only for right-handers, and that’s the reality,” said Oji, 55, of Otsu.

When he started school, Oji, a leftie, was forced to practice writing with his right hand........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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