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SDF major’s 'enemy of people’ comment echoes wartime Japan

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21.04.2018

During World War II, the word "teki" (enemy) was used in profusion in everyday Japanese.

"Tekisei-go" (language of the enemy) denoted "eigo" (English), and words of foreign origin such as "saidaa" (fizzy softdrink) and "furai" (fried food) were replaced, respectively, with "funshussui" (gushing water) and "yoten" (Western tempura).

At schools, blue-eyed dolls were condemned as "tekisei-ningyo" (dolls of the enemy) and burned. And there was the wartime slogan of "zeitaku wa teki da" (luxury is an enemy).

Today, only a few phrases contain the word "teki" in Japanese. The only examples that come to mind are sports-related, such as "ko-teki-shu" (worthy rival) and "teki-shitsu"........

© The Asahi Shimbun