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    Japanese tourists feel so let down by Paris shop assistants that they need treatment for a type of depression known as "Paris Syndrome".
    "There are around 20 cases a year of the syndrome and it has been happening for several years," Miyupi Kusama, an administrator at the Japanese embassy in Paris, told the Guardian. Already this year it has repatriated at least four visitors suffering from hallucinations."Fragile travellers can lose their bearings. When the idea they have of the country meets the reality of what they discover it can provoke a crisis," Hervé Benhamou, a psychologist, told Le Journal du Dimanche. Bernard Delage of Jeunes Japon, an association that helps Japanese families settle in France, said: "In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistants hardly look at them ... People using public transport all look stern, and handbag snatchers increase the ill-feeling."

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    Interesting. I was always under the impression that it was brisk and business only in Japanese culture... I wouldn't have thought Parisian customs would upset them so much.

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    Parisien shop assistants can be incredibly rude and arrogant but no more so than the bitches I've encountered in New York, London or Hong Kong. Once you start flashing the credit cards they soon get over themselves. I think a lot of Japanese tourists find many aspects of western culture difficult to understand.
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    If they complain about Paris shopkeepers (who are alright in my book), then they should try Corsica, it's way worse...
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    So "boohoo, my feelings are hurt" is now a syndrome? No wonder the world is full of sissies

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    i dunno, the asian customers are probably the rudest customers i have (sweeping generalization, obviously not always the case). they really take the customer is king attitude and sometimes don't even answer me when i ask "welcome! how may i help you?". they demand prices of things then back to ignoring me. always wanting discounts, free samples, free gifts... maybe it isn't the parisian shopkeepers who are the problem.....
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    Send them over here. Shock therapy.
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    I thought this was going to Paris Hilton syndrome. You know, where you think you own the world and feel free to pass your STDs around the universe.
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    ^That's what I thought too!

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    I've heard the only reason that shop assistants in France (and probably Paris) are rude is if you don't greet them when you first walk in the door. This may not be customary in Japan (it certainly isn't in the United States).

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    Um, I've heard of Stockholm Syndrome but not this.
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