>Looks like next month the Japanese government is going to outlaw Bic-style lighters in Japan because of young children getting hurt by them. Great. Next they'll be outlawing Lego because they have hard edges.
Yeah, this trend is depressing. When I was a kid, my parents let me have knives, ropes, sharp sticks, lighters, etc.....to a degree. My parents were certainly not derelict or neglectful, but they let me learn the hard way sometimes. I'm better off for it.