Kuto had always been averse to violence. He was the kind of person who preferred to avoid conflict whenever possible. So when he found himself in the middle of a heated argument with his Costa Rican counterpart, he was quick to try and defuse the situation.

“Look, I’m sorry if I said anything that offended you,” Kuto said, holding up his hands in a placating gesture. “I didn’t mean any harm by it.”

“You’re damn right you didn’t mean any harm!” The other man shouted, red-faced with anger. “How dare you come into our country and start telling us how to live our lives!”

“That’s not what I was doing,” Kuto protested weakly. “I was just trying to share my own experiences.”