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Japanese Anti-English

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Japanese Anti-English

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Japanese Anti-English

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Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is out to cleanse the Japanese language of English influences. He's launching a Japanese Language Task Force to make people aware of the English words and phrases that have become part of Japanese, with the hopes they'll stop using them. But experts say language is difficult to tame, and the Japanese have transformed so many English words it may be impossible to weed them all out. NPR's Eric Weiner reports.

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