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Regarding Edan Corkill’s May 29 article, “Looking for love, and an English teacher“: Wow. Thanks for informing us about another bad television series (five-part NHK drama about a couple who work together at the Tokyo office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees) that, thanks to its Saturday night time slot, I can most assuredly avoid.

There is probably a good reason that actress Kazue Fukiishi’s English teachers don’t know much about Japanese television stars: Most of them would probably rather bang their heads against a bus window than spend half an hour watching such insipid drivel.

I’m not sure which gives more offense: Fukiishi’s painfully typical apprehension toward developing relationships with foreigners — which appears to be based almost entirely on stereotypes — or the fact that this sad excuse for journalism was actually published.

k. hendricks

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