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When American musician Scott Murphy first came to Japan in 2001, he could only say a few phrases in Japanese.

“I learned how to say little things on stage, like みんな、楽しんでる? (Minna tanoshinderu, ‘Are you guys all having a good time?’)” he says. “When you say it on stage the kids just go crazy. So I thought, the next time we come I want to be able to speak a little more Japanese.”

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