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The Big Sleep

last modified May 27, 2016 03:37 PM

The Japanese don’t sleep. This is what everyone – the Japanese above all – say. It’s not true, of course. But as a cultural and sociological statement, it is very interesting. 

The Japanese don’t sleep. They don’t nap. They do inemuriDr Brigitte Steger, University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, explains all in an article in the latest issue of the University of Cambridge alumni magazine Cam77.

This article has also been published on the BBC Worldwide website and translated into Turkish, Spanish, Hausa, Indonesian, Persian, and other languages.

Dr Steger's research on social and cultural aspects of sleep, mainly in Japan is described (with a selection of links) on the Japanese & Korean Studies Research Group web site.

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