|Japanese drivers are generally very law abiding, different to what I've seen|
in some other parts of Asia.
She was also shocked at how polite the drivers were: they gave way to us many times even at intersections. We saw none of the pushiness you see in Australian drivers and, apparently, Taiwanese drivers too.
Both of these aspects of life here are almost second nature to us (I mentioned the golden rule of life in Japan in this post in April). When out and about we're usually on alert for being a bother to other people. But we also expect that drivers will be fairly polite (though Australian win in stopping at pedestrian crossings, but I guess that is a law difference).
*I really wanted to add "polite pedestrians" into the title, but that might have been a bit much, especially as I didn't really talk about those. But polite pedestrians will not block the whole path if they are walking as a group, or will keep their ears open to hear a bike bell and move to one side.