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前 refers to the "front" of tangible objects (eg, a car) or the "forward" direction, but when it refer to time, 前 means "~ ago" or "previous(ly)". 10年前 ten years ago 前に聞いた話 a story I heard a while back 前の記事 previous article もっと前の出来事 an event that happened even before it So when I see a button saying 前 on a tutorial site like TextFugu, I would ...


I suspect that the site is wrong in the usage. Usually its something like <-前 次-> Here are examples from yahoo japan and rakuten:

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