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17:02 Dec 1, 2001
Japanese to English translations [PRO]
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Japanese term or phrase: take no notice
If I recall this was an expression used by Prime Minister Suzuki in response to the Potsdam declaration of July 1945. The Allies interpreted his expression as meaning that Japan would disregard the call to surrender. Some people allege that the phrase was misunderstood, mistranslated or misinterpreted and that the result was a final decision to drop the bomb. Any comments from Japanese experts please.
Noah
United States
Local time: 18:02
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4 +1mokusatsuxxxAbu Amaal
4mokusatu (黙殺)Shinya Ono
4注意を払いませんでした。
Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)
4注意を払いませんでした。
Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)


  

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mokusatsu


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xxxAbu Amaal
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agree  Timothy Takemoto: Very thorough
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注意を払いませんでした。


Explanation:
diplomatic phrase

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)
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注意を払いませんでした。


Explanation:
diplomatic phrase

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)
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mokusatu (黙殺)


Explanation:
You are correct, it means "to treat it in silence," etc., but it was interpreted to mean outright rejection. The Japanese side should have said it needs clarification on the Emperor's status. The allies should have checked to see if it meant rejection. The kanji for "mokusatu" mean "slient killing."

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