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May 17, 2002

PM Criticizes Use of Loan Words

We all have ones that annoy us. Junichiro Koizumi is particularly annoyed by words like "back office" and "outsourcing". The embattled prime minister criticized the use of such words at a recent committee meeting, saying that they do not reflect Japan's unique issues and are hard for the layperson to understand. Personally, I'm not sure what a "back office" is!

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