posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 10:06 AM
reply to post by Leemo
Having been to Japan about a dozen times on business and having a team working over there, I think its awareness of the Japanese culture that leads
other nations, including the US to be a bit leary about what the Japanese are saying. The Japanese rarely use declaritive statements and their
language is all about shades of grey. For example, in a business setting a Japanese person will never tell you "no". Its disrespectful. They
might say they'll think about it - that means no. They might say "thats a good idea" - that means no. Everything but "absolutely, lets do it"
means no. It is their culture. Not good, not bad. It is what it is, but unless you have some experience working within the culture it is
confusing. For example, when they come out with "we're hopeful that this new power line will solve the problem" what they are really saying is
that it is a long shot. If they were really confident, they would say, "this will work". They are not going to make statements that in
retrospect create additional reasons to suspect they have failed in the management of these reactors and subsequently the resolution of this
They are circumspect by nature and extremely pridefull. My biggest concern about this entire nuclear issue from the beginning has been a likely
difficulty in getting candor out of the Japanese. Candor, that is in terms of Western communications.