1- Bite your tongue!
The French are well-known for their love of debate. We believe that people should be actively engaged and never shy away from expressing and defending their opinions; we expect others to disagree and argue with us. Conversely, Japanese culture places great stress on distinguishing the “hone”, one’s genuine feelings, from the “tatemae”, what one must say publicly. When the Japanese government promotes Tohoku as the Promised Land for more than three years, the French expats in Japan fully understand that they must suck it up and carefully avoid controversial subjects.