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Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (141)

Posted by ampontan on Thursday, August 16, 2012

一言居士
– A person who has something to say about everything

Rather than indicating an inability to compete globally, the lack of English ability is a lack of competitiveness because it indicates an inability to communicate with anyone other than Japanese and the lack of interest in places other than Japan.

– Tokai Yukiko, visiting lecturer at Showa Women’s University and former NHK sportscaster

2 Responses to “Ichigen koji (141)”

  1. Isn’t “inability to compete” and “lack of competitiveness” the same trait? The subordinate clause is a fine quote by itself. (My students’ attitude: “[A]n inability to communicate with anyone other than Japanese and the lack of interest in places other than Japan.” The rest is pedantic.

  2. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    “inability to communicate with anyone other than Japanese and the lack of interest in places other than Japan”

    Substitute Japan for any other country…..

    What is the difference between our people and the rest of the world (minus …Europe and USA?) is the question I got. So Japanese (well, most of) had been, are and will always be, non-competitive. Why could Japanese ever compete, if any, with Europe and USA? May be it was not a competition, others ceased to compete at the time and yet other others did not start it. Then it is not that Japan once was “competitive” but was just playing the game alone. Yet the author hit one point – unless you want to communicate, you do not communicate. Japanese without conversation skills and I am one of them. May be the skill of production of automobile spoke on behalf of us. Before. May be not.

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