Cultural Differences: Saying “no” in Japan

In Japan saying “no” means losing status.
For this reason a Japanese gentleman named Ueda wrote a paper called “Sixteen Ways to Avoid Saying ‘No’ in Japan”.
So if a mother sees her kid gleefully smashing eggs on the kitchen floor, instead of saying "no" she’d say something like "why drop eggs on the floor? Mr Egg is saying ouch!".

-Leil Lowndes

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