A foreigner going about his business in Japan has unexpectedly learnt the meaning of 第三次世界大戦.

An Iranian attack on US forces in Iraq, in retaliation to a US drone strike on Friday that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, has led to 4-years-a-gaijin Peter Rogers learning “第三次世界大戦”.

“You just don’t think it’s going to happen until it does,” says Rogers.

“I can now say 第三次世界大戦 without any problems at all.”

Rogers hopes he will forget how to say it in a couple of months.

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