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What are ways to say goodbye in Japanese?

What are common ways to say goodbye in Japanese for different situations?


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In a work setting, there are some other ways that are cultural norms used in place of a typical goodbye.

  1. お先に失礼します - osaki ni shitsurei shimasu - Excuse me for leaving before you. This is polite to say to co-workers because you are leaving before they have finished their work.
  2. お疲れ様です(でした)- otsukare sama desu / deshita - You've got hard hard work left to do / You've worked hard. Has the understood meaning and sense of gratitude to someone working hard. So it's a polite expression to use with coworkers in many situations, but also for when you tell them goodbye in the evening.

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