Her name was Akiko Era. She was a student who did not turn up for the free English lesson in Buzen that I am teaching. (I get paid, the students don’t pay, the council makes up the difference). She called me, explained that she cannot make it to the free lesson, and arranged to meet me. She came to my house, and we decided on times – three lessons a month – and payment. Then the time came…but she didn’t. And she didn’t call.
They say Japanese are polite, and it’s true, they are. But they are also timid, with a tendendy to hide their head in the sand when it comes to problems. So polite that they don’t have the guts to say something bad. I would prefer a phone call.