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Opinion

Toshiba's strategic plan reveals an elaborate work of 'tatemae'

Deciphering the Japanese codes designed to obscure difficult subjects

| Japan
Toshiba explained Kurumatani had resigned for personal reasons.   © Reuters

Stephen Givens is a corporate lawyer based in Tokyo.

Evasion of difficult subjects is hazardous to corporate survival. As old Japan hands know, tatemae is a special mode of the Japanese language employed to obscure and soften "difficult" subjects.

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