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@jonathan_soble — 2,526 followers, 254 tweets

Jul 20, 2017

英語が(ある程度)できる日本人VIPは一言も口にせず通訳ばかりに頼ることが多い。「間違い」のリスクは避けるが、その代わり「まったく国際人じゃない」と不当に思われる。  http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLASGM21H0J_R20C17A7EAF000/ 

Jul 20, 2017

Not unusual for Japanese VIPs with passable English to rely entirely on the interpreter. It's easier, they don't want to risk mistakes, etc.

Jul 20, 2017

Fun to imagine Akie Abe feigning incomprehension to avoid Trump, but probably false. There was an interpreter.  http://nyti.ms/2tuuRMK 

Jul 16, 2017

I'm not sure what Pokemon Go is doing for its 1-year anniversary, but it's luring middle-aged dudes to my apartment building. https://t.co/XlfwasRwIL

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