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When you ask a question, if someone gives you an answer that does not mean you have to accept it as the only answer you are going to get. Let's take your simplified examples: Me: Hi, I found your property on [site]. Is it available? I'm looking for a 6-month lease. Realtor: We have showings tomorrow at 1pm. Would you like a tour? Me: [thinking: well it ...


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I may be corrected but my experience with polite Japanese is identical to this. There it is impolite to say 'No' so they tell you as much truth as they can without breaking the bad news. The higher up you go in any organization the less hard information you can get. In the West it (used to be) impolite to ask a direct question of an elder. In Japan it is ...


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