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Lessons on How NOT to Communicate with the Japanese Posted by on May 26, 2021

Not a day is passed without hearing the Tokyo Olympics controversy (論争 ronsou).  Approximately 70-80% of the Japanese residents oppose having the games this summer. People are so frustrated (イライラする irairasuru) that their voices have been ignored by the government.  Approximately 400,000 people have signed a petition so far asking the government and IOC to cancel…

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LINE – An Iconic Scene in Japan Posted by on May 7, 2021

What’s an iconic (象徴的  shochoteki) scene in Japan?  I would definitely say “a LINE” (行列  gyoretu). People line up without any hesitation to get a popular pastry, to eat at a popular restaurant, and so on.  There was even a Japanese TV episode, like Twilight Zone, in Japan about this “line” up trait (特性 tokusei). In the…

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