When I lived in Japan, I used to be amused by the essays printed on Coke cans advising the right techniques for opening and drinking the liquid, or the public annoucements in parks saying things like: “Be careful not to fall over, you might hurt yourself!” Japan is a nanny state just like Australia is, but for some reason, I tend to find the Australian version more offensive. Maybe it is because I can forgive the Japanese for being foolish and precious, but when Australians do it, it seems to grate me more!