Why do Japanese people sometimes call a person “teacher” who is not a teacher?

This really is an interesting question, it took me a while to get used to it when I first arrived in Japan too.

It turns out some occupations such as doctors, writers, and lawyers are referred to as ‘teacher’ in Japan as a form of respect.

You may even hear it if you happen to share some new information or knowledge with a Japanese person — they may say it out of respect.

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