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Japanese DVDs and their lack of subtitles

After being in Japan for close to a year now. I haven’t stopped
my movie watching habits although the choice of movies is a bit
different. There are some days I wish I could get the latest
movies back in the U.S. but that is what patience is for.

One thing I have found rather disappointing about Japanese
DVDs is many of them LACK subtitles. And I don’t mean
English subtitles for the Japanese-impaired foreigner. I mean
Japanese subtitles. At first, I didn’t think much about this
but for movies I find that reading subtitles a good way to
double check that I’m hearing what I think I’m hearing and
pick up some new vocabulary on the way.

However, many Japanese movie DVDs do NOT come with subtitles.
I find this very disappointing considering that most Japanese
DVDs cost easily 3000Y and above which is close to twice the
price of an average DVD in the U.S. Perhaps, Japan
doesn’t see the need to have subtitles on their movies but
I have to wonder why the price so much more. What are
they doing with all that money?

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