As you may have noticed the responses varied based on the language. While the results of this study are fascinating, it does not tell us a lot about why this happened. The results may illustrate that language influences how we think, but it certainly does not prove this to be the case. It is just as likely that the two answers reflect the cultural values that are tied to them respectively."Real friends should...
Japanese: help each other".
English: be very frank".
"I will probably become a...
"When my wishes conflict with my family..."
Japanese: it is a time of great unhappiness".
English: I do what I want".
Ervin-Tripp, S. (1964). An Analysis of The Interaction of Language, Topic, and Listener. American Anthropologist, 66, 86 - 102.