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Date: 2012/08/25(Sat) 17:28
As you know, we Japanese have strong patience.
You take it that Japanese don’t demand.
It is true, as lonf as you know the bound.
But in this case, they crossed the red line.
You will know this was our tipping point.
In diplomatic negotiation, if you want 10, you should demand 15 at first. And as negotiation progresses, you make a compromise against the other and finally, you can get 10. This is the way it is done.
Japanese, however, begin negotiations with requesting 10, because demanding more than what they want seems not gentlemanlike thing for them. Greed is not beautiful. Since it is a diplomatic negotiation, they have to make concessions nevertheless. In the end, they can get only 5.
This is however, relatively good for them, because their modesty sometimes doesn’t allow them to request 10 but it allow them 5. As a result they can’t less than 5.
But here is an interesting story;
An English diplomat once had a negotiation with Japan. As usual, he asked irrational demand. To his surprise, however, Japanese official complied this, and didn’t seem to get angry. And when he had the next meeting, he demanded more. Japan accepted again! So he did far at the next time.
One day Japanese diplomat told him with anger. ”We thought YOU were gentleman, so we accepted what you demanded. But we realize you are not. You went beyond what can be considered acceptable. We can’t stand any more.” Of course, he was surprised. What on earth did they get angry in such a sudden?
After that he Winston Churchill was surprised again. He heard that Prince of Wales and Repulse, which are the strongest battleship in the world at the time were sunk by Japanese military.
So I want to say this;
We seem modest, but if you exceed, we'll do what we should.
Don't get gay with us, Korea.