There is an accepted practice in Japan that, when pedestrians wish to cross the street, they must first wait for the Green Man. These days nobody is waiting for the Green Man.
All over Japan, the lights are going out on the little Green Men. It seems their batteries are dying in the humidity and cannot be recharged. Local Green Man expert J’o Shmii said he could not explain what was going wrong and that the Green Men lights had been fully functioning last year in all conditions. “Maybe time is finally up,” he suggested.