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2018.11.02 Japanese feminine expressions removed from "Black Panther" subtitles
Japanese feminine expressions such as "da wa" and "da yo" used in the Japanese languageare to be removed from the subtitles of the film Black Panther, which begs the question: how often are Japanese women really using this language? Most probably, opportunities to use such expressions in daily life are becoming fewer and fewer. However movies with Japanese subtitles are a gold mine of opportunity for the use of such expressions. That is why with the release of Black Panther this year in March the removal of these expressions from the subtitles became a hot topic.

These kinds of Japanese female expressions were often seen as a characteristic of Japanese society where the gender gap is particularly noticeble. However, situations in which these expressions can be used in daily life are also gradually disappearing. In despite of this, the use of feminine Japanese language expressions has been kept alive in film subtitles. One reason for their usage was to indicate to the audience in a limited number of words whoch character was speaking. According to experts, this practice is used because the Japanaese language often tends to omit the subject in conversations. Therefore even if a translator where to translate a sentence into modern day speak, the party who had ordered the translation would modify words into a female form.

According to an article published on September 22nd in he digital Asahi Shinbun paper, originally female language was used by women in the kitchen of the Imperial household during the Muromachi period, and it seems that prostitutes began to use in the Edo period. For this reason was popular among female students to use these words during the Meiji era, but it was seen as vulgar at that time. However, during the second World War when the use of Japanaese started to spread throughout Asia, the association that Japanese was an elegant language due to its differentiating of male anf female words and thus feminine Japanese was considered to be refined. Although this feminine language is associated with Japan's gender gap it actually has a history of less than 100 years.

However as the eras have changed, the use of these "refined" feminine phrases are becoming less common. Additionally, it seems that men also are becoming more hesitant to use male terms such as "ore" - meaning "I" or "myself". This change has also been reflected in Japanese film subtitles. Compared progress is slower than in the United States and Europe, there is no doubt that the gender gap in Japan is also starting to gradually disappear.