Hiroaki Izumi wrote:
I'm really not an expert in these things but I know that when translating into English for some of the Shihan, I have found that their usage of these terms is a little less restrictive ...
Everything is a little less restrictive for the shihan I have seen.
I don't necessarily disagree with your points -- Japanese is inherently less categorical than English or any Western tongue, but by the same token, Western speakers tend to categorize in their own usages, warranted or not.
As long as we don't mistake the pointing finger for the moon ...