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Things like this have happened all over the world. In the past, English speakers were so in love with cultures of other countries that they imported countless words into the English vocabulary. Now, English is a wonderful mishmash of words from old English, French and Latin. This is why English often has several ways to say one thing (e.g., ask-question-...


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There's been a lot of studies regarding English loan words in Japanese. You can even find complete books about the subject. Here's two references: Loanwords in Japan: Effects on Japanese Language and Society in the Era of Globalization English loanwords in Japanese An interesting section to read in relation to your questions would be, in the first ...


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English loan words show up in a lot of other languages as well. When I was a French student you would see things like "Le Hamburger" and "Le Email". But with respect to Japan/Japanese and the question at hand, I think the nature of the Meiji Restoration being a turn toward the West after centuries of isolation probably has set a long arc ...


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