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In a culture where communication tends to be indirect and messages are inferred, knowing how to "read the air" is crucial

CJS faculty member Shinobu Kitayama talks with the BBC in "How 'reading the air' keeps Japan running."

Tags: Center for Japanese Studies

Mark West, dean of the U-M Law School and former CJS director, talks ethics and lost wallets in Japan with the BBC

“The bottom line, of course, is that people in Japan have their lost property returned because of laws and norms, not some intrinsic notion of honesty. But it works."

Tags: International Institute; Center for Japanese Studies

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