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There are many [type / types] of English around the world. Some well-known varieties in Asia [include / including] Chinglish in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of language [expats / experts] in Japan is troubled [on / by] how the government [uses / useful] English. In particular, it says the government uses computer or online [translated / translation] too much. Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words and [expressive / expressions] . Many of these are confusing to English speakers. The researchers worry this could have a negative impact [on / in] Japan's tourist industry. They even say the increasing amount of [unsuitable / suited] words is [becoming / become] a "national embarrassment" in Japan.

The [research / researchers] team says computer software gives odd or incorrect translations for [individual / lonely] kanji - the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. There are [many / much] examples of this, including "Hello Work" - the name for job centres, and "Go To Travel" a [plant / plan] to help tourism in Japan [while / during] the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally [funny / funnily] translations that could easily be [corrected / wronged] if they were just checked by an English speaker". Businesses also create this English. The Christmas message [been / being] used by the Seibu Sogo department store has [raised / shaved] eyebrows. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong thing to say during coronavirus and "Stay Happy" would [be / say] better.

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