A question in Japan’s parliament on Wednesday peppered with English financial terms had Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi warning a lawmaker to mind his language.
“Who understands (English) words like ‘compliance’ and ‘governance’?” Koizumi asked the embarrassed opposition questioner.
“Use words that ordinary people can understand,” he said to loud cheers and laughter.
“Some members know English, I’ve studied a bit, but debates shouldn’t be limited to those who understand English. Debates are for everyone.”