Voices | OVERHEARD

Keep it simple, stupid

Foreign reporter (in Japanese): If you have some spare time, would you mind granting me a quick … (pause). What’s that word in Japanese again? Shuzai (reporting), isn’t it? [Types into Google translate app on an iPhone.] Oh, of course, インタビュー (interview).

— Yurakucho Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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