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Subject:  Re: The New Luxuries Date:  10/12/2000  1:00 AM
Author:  ClarkePitts Number:  21549 of 876452

Luxuries should be those things that improve your quality of life.

Here in Japan, the per capita income is very high - a lot of people can afford Gucci, Mercedes and international air travel etc. yet they have no living space to themselves and I think the standard of living quite low by comparison with Western European or American standards.

The latter day luxuries for most apparently well off urban people these days are - living space (gardens!), free time and a good environment (air, litter etc.) Very few living in the major cities of the world enjoy these.

How many people live in small appartments!

How many people only see their families and friends at the weekend or not even then!

How many people breath dirty polluted air that leaves grim on their clothes; and have to wade through litter the moment they leave their homes.

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