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The True Benefits of Studying in JapanAlmoamen Abdalla

The noted nineteenth-century British scholar of Japan Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850–1935) commented in his 1902 work Things Japanese that in Japan there exists a “comparative social equality of all ranks and stations . . . The rich not being blatant, the poor are not abject . . . A genuine spirit of equality pervades society.” That spirit can still be felt today. Reading these words, I am reminded…

The Japanese Language

What does the international dominance of English mean for “minor” languages like Japanese? Novelist and critic Mizumura Minae discusses the development of Japanese as a national language and its prospects for survival in an age of English-language hegemony. (Interviewed by Kōno Michikazu.)

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