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If you ever go back again, most Japanese speak decent English but they don't think they do, and they're embarrassed to try. They can read it well, and they will do that. So if you have to talk to them, write it down. They won't speak to answer you, but they'll write down their answer. We didn't have Google Translate when I lived there. :)

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