Boye Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, and Korea since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, trade journalist, editor, and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird: The School of Global Management). His 70-plus books include Japan's Cultural Code Words, Business Guide to Japan, and Japan Unmasked.
"This is a great phrasebook geared towards tourists and business people traveling to Japan." -The Japanese Page blog "This book was very handy during a 7 week trip to Tokyo. The progression of words is very useful when trying to acquire the language, but it's very difficult to try and find a particular word or phrase. The book included some good introductory material about pronunciation and structure that's also helpful for wrapping your head around Japanese. I would recommend this for someone who wants to make a concerted effort at learning some basic Japanese." -Goodreads "The Instant series from Tuttle, however, is not your usual phrasebook. Rather than focusing on phrases to help you order food, go to the hospital, rent a hotel room, or buy a train ticket, it provides you with more than 100 key words and phrases to help you express more than 1,000 unique ideas based on general conversation topics." -Eurolinguiste