Old Nov 26, 99, 9:01 pm
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Eidetic
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Mililani, Hawaii
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On the subject of the difficulty that Japanese have in reading maps, I can personally attest that it is a widespread problem in Japan, and more serious than even johna suggests. My experience is based on asking for help using Japanese or bi-lingual maps, and speaking with Japanese in Japanese, for driving, bicycle touring, and walking purposes. I've often speculated on the reasons, but the most likely is that map-reading isn't tested on exams so it isn't taught in schools. Moreover, few Japanese drive long distances, they take trains or buses. The irony is that you can buy a map for anywhere in Japan, in various scales.



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