Regarding Shihoko Goto’s Nov. 7 article, “Japan as a role model for civility“: It would be wise to bear in mind a distinction between volitional “civility”, and the Japan-centric tradition as a compliance culture with a hive mentality. This is worth mentioning because transitory societal behaviors can look the same regardless of which of the above is the more fundamental motive.
Regarding second-language choices among Japanese, it is worth examining current second-language programs in Japan’s schools — more specifically, the ostensible mandatory teaching/learning of English in Japan’s elementary through high school curricula.
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