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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

International Relations- quotes about Japan and the rest of the world

“I love France. I once had a French girlfriend. She gave me a pistol as a souvenir but now it’s too old to be of any use.”

Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara, still trying to deflect criticism of his remarks in 2004 when he said French was disqualified as an international language as it was impossible to count in it. Twenty-one scholars, teachers and translators, including seven French people who live in Japan, sued Ishihara unsuccessfully for damages

“Japan’s long and unfortunate neurosis in its relations with the outside world: borrowing balanced by a defensive brand of nativism, the seesaw of admiration and xenophobia” Patrick Smithin Japan, A Reinterpretation

“The Japanese have ever since (they started copying their culture from China) taken a lively interest in copying the material culture of others while resolutely rejecting their principles” Patrick Smithin Japan, A Reinterpretation

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