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Japanese brainwashing quote of the day

“Children who can maintain proper posture are praised as ‘skillful’ (jouzu) and ‘being able to do it’ (dekiru). This usage is not a conscious manipulation of language by the teachers but the standard means of praising another’s activities, whatever the context, in Japanese. This cultural expression represents good behaviour to the children as a moderately challenging skill they will be able to accomplish through effort and practice rather than as an indication of obedience or tractability.”

From “Learning to go to school in Japan” by Lois Peak

On a good day, I take that kind of thing as a clever piece of subtly that keeps everything in Japan working so well. On other days, it just seems like brainwashing…

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