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To clarify, the students I was referring to range in age from 30 to 60, and they are all supposedly well-educated. I’m actually surprised that someone would assume that they were young, since ideas such as “Japan has a unique culture” have gone out of fashion. I find it surprising to still be hearing ideas based on Nihonjiron — “theories of the Japanese” — which I heard when I first came to Japan in the late 1980s.

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