Recently when I was teaching beginner students office mandarin, I found a very interesting phenomenon.
Japanese people cannot say “no” at work.
Q: [That report] can you give it to me today?
Y: Okay! no problem!
N: Sorry! no way. How about tomorrow?
No matter how these Japanese students practiced, the answer was always “No problem!”
I was so confused... and these students told me:
“You can’t say no to work!”
Wow! It’s so Japanese~~~