chapter  7
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Ordinary Citizens and Citizens’ Movements

The words which non-Japanese students of contemporary Jap­ anese find most striking and often the most difficult are words which the Japanese have borrowed from other cultures, because they do not appear in any dictionaries. Even when the original meaning of the word is understood, the meaning is altered in the context of Japanese culture. These words can be said to belong to a world culture, or, more exactly, to an international culture.