At 5/27/12 09:14 AM, SpiderTaco wrote:
These explanations are little more than "just because", and I realize there isn't a real answer. but that doesn't make this any less bizarre.
I've glanced at the other answers, and yes, many are just unintelligible inferences of what they think rather than what they know, but I'm afraid there's not much else I can tell you. I've studied the Japanese language and picked up a lot about the culture and societal habits and happennings of the country as side information, but I am no expert at the subject. All you need to know is that they can, in fact, read their games in occasional English with little to no difficulty. Speaking English for them is an entirely different, and let's face it, comical, story.
Heck, I had an eighth grade pen pal from Japan who wrote excellent English paragraphs considering she had only two or so years of real study. Maybe the answer really is closer to "just because" than we might think. After all, why do we sell untranslated Manga, anime, and Japanese cuisine in an English-speaking and western-culture based society?