JAPAN: Watch That Slurp!

Should the well-behaved diplomat belch after a good meal? Should he blow his nose? Such questions, Tokyo decided, might well agitate the 53 ladies & gentlemen of Japan who arrived in San Francisco last week. Result: the Japanese Foreign Office issued a special instruction booklet designed to keep delegates Emily Posted during their stay in the U.S. The booklet warned against:

¶ Taking off shoes and wiggling toes in public.

¶ Noisy gargling: "To make as much noise as a flock of ducks and surprise the people about them seems to be the peculiar ability of the Japanese....

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