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Unclear on the concept

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Teacher: The subject of today’s lesson is “Time.” To begin, I’d like to ask you some introductory questions. For example, “What do you think about people who are always late?”

Student (after arriving 20 minutes late to the lesson): I think those people are very rude! Japanese people are never late.

— Arakawa, Tokyo, Overheard by a Japan Times On Sunday reader

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