Departmental Bulletin Paper Concerns about Vagueness of Japanese Students: \nPossible Effects on their Answers as Informants in Questionnaires and/or Interviews

達本, 美香

  In this paper I discuss how vagueness of expression among Japanese students might affect research data/results, in particular regarding their responses to questionnaires/interviews. In the first section, some examples of the vagueness are described and discussed, and the second section considers how Japanese culture is related to such vagueness. In the final section, I discuss the necessity of being cautious about possible impreciseness of answers from Japanese informants.

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