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Interviewer: 政権は親米だったけど、国民は違っていたと。

Interviewee: イランはその後、「アメリカというのは大悪魔だ」と言うようになるし、アメリカは「イランは世界のテロリストの親玉みたいな存在だ」というふうに呼ぶんです。

It is an interview to a specialist.

How is ふう working there, or as what? My assumption is that it is working as 風 for tendency/manner, but I am not so sure.

  • a bit more context would be nice. this sentence seems to be a follow up to prior sentence. – A.Ellett Aug 26 at 1:37
  • I did so. Please help. – davidpolygoth Aug 26 at 17:01
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Your assumption is correct. This usage corresponds with the following definition from 大辞林

ふう [1] 【風】 一 ( 名 ) ③ 方式。やり方。「どんな━に説得するか悩む」「私の発言をそんな━にとらないで下さい」

In this case, the "interviewee" uses ふう because 「イランは世界のテロリストの親玉みたいな存在だ」isn't a direct quotation of something a specific American official said about Iran on one particular occasion, but a kind of summary or paraphrase of the way in which American officials have typically talked about Iran since the revolution in 1979.

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