I agree with “The need for more proactive communications” by Ross Rowbury in the Oct. 16 edition.
Though Japan has been encouraged to change, it is basically a country of nonverbal communication. And the way of thinking is basically a “both A and B” pattern, not “either A or B.” Vagueness in Japanese seems to be closely connected with such a pattern.
As Edward T. Hall says in his books, culture is communication. Japanese must try to learn about different cultures to communicate as fully as possible.
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