We get those ‘Get Out of My Way’ style ones here as well. Yes, the question is, will my actions actually result in any change in behaviour, especially when it’s a ‘gaijin’ doing it. I was coming round the corner the other day, and there was a woman coming towards me on my line. She didn’t move, so I just stopped. She gave me a look as to say ‘Why did you make me stop? Why didn’t you move out (to accommodate my behaviour)?’. So I just said,’ sumimasen, hidarigawa desu ne?’ Maybe I will try the dumb gaijin approach in future.
When I took my mama chari to the shop, the mechanic said he thought English people were probably not as rude as Japanese people. I was a bit unsure as to what he was meaning, so he pointed to the two people who had turned up for assistance with their bikes since I had arrived, and proceeded to leave them in the middle of the entrance, blocking the way.
I did get a scooter rider (60ish male) pull straight out from a side road without looking and ignoring a stop sign. (If I had been on top of the junction, he would have been right into the side of my car - narrow lane.) Now he got a very loonnngg blast of the horn, and a stern ‘Abunai yo’. Will it change his behaviour…maybe not…but I wasn’t letting him get away with a completely dangerous and irresponsible action; hopefully, he will think twice before he pulls a stunt like that again.