I had a couple of jobs where I had to interact with Japanese, with comical results. The first one involved a consignment of crated goods, being shipped from Tokyo, to Las Vegas. All the crates were clearly marked, in large stencil letters “Ras Begas”. The other involved some young teenage Japanese girls, wearing the cutest pink and white tops, with teddy bears and unicorns, and the English words “Fvck you” (you can imagine the actual spelling), emblazoned across their chests. It was obvious they had no idea what the words meant.
Don’t be so sure ;)
Back around 2000, we got ‘hired’ to help an R&D team from a Japanese tire mfgr better understand the needs of off-road vehicles. Most of the team spoke exactly two words of English...”Crazy Horse”...as in the Strip club. (CH2 was still open then).
We had them out in the desert for three days. Well, most of them. Because after the first night at CH2, one of them disappeared for the duration. The dancer that he left with, and he, were found a week later in one hell of a ...situation ;)