February 11, 2013

What are Japanese customers top ten favourite words?


"a survey carried out late last year, Japan’s Shonan Beauty Clinic asked 1,400 Japanese men and women what their favourite words were." 
1. ありがとう arigato - thank you (76 votes) 
2. 努力 doryoku - exertion/great effort (74 votes)  
3.  ai - love (72 votes)    
4. 思いやり omoiyari - consideration (55 votes) 
5. 前向き maemuki - looking forward (33 votes) 
6. 一期一会 ichigo ichie - once in a lifetime opportunity (32 votes)
7. 笑い・笑顔 warai/egao - laugh/smiling face (18 votes)
8. 健康 kenko - health (16 votes)      
9. 平和 heiwa - peace (13 votes)    
10. なんとかなる nantoka ni naru - ”We’ll get by some way or other.” (12 votes)
Source: Survey reveals Japan’s 'Top 10 Words' - all remarkably positive
By Philip Kendall, FEB. 11, 2013, Japan Today


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