What is a good idiom for 'not being invested'?


In English there are a few idioms that are variants on the phrase,

I don't really have a horse in this race, so...

which essentially means "I'm not invested in the outcome of the current debate/issue/conflict."

It's not difficult to imagine a non-idiomatic translation like 「結果はどうあれ、私には関係ない」, but that is pretty direct and lacks the softer indirectness of the original idiom.

What equivalent idioms exist in Japanese to choose from for this?


Posted 2014-04-04T22:07:07.623

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1It sounds like you want to know a more colloquial way of saying 「結果はどうあれ、私には関係ない」but please could make it clear what you want to know? For example you could say "I am not interested in that debate" or "I have no interest (or stake) in that debate" but the two sentences mean completely different things and you cannot substitute "interest(ed)" with "invest(ed)". – Tim – 2014-04-05T00:22:32.230

I agree generally, but I think that the nuance is clear here as opposed to 「…私には興味ない」 – bright-star – 2014-04-05T06:48:52.247



[対岸]{たいがん}の[火事]{かじ} Fire on the opposite shore.

This is the same expression in Japanese.

Sources: Japanese person.


Posted 2014-04-04T22:07:07.623


Is that softer as an idiom, though? It's vivid, but seems like a written phrase as opposed to a verbal one. – bright-star – 2014-04-05T06:50:24.640

1"What equivalent idioms exist in Japanese to choose from for this?" The question didn't specify verbal versions. And I have never ever heard 'I don't really have a horse in this race, so...' In English. Another one is [高]{たか}みの[見物]{けんぶつ} but I'm not quite sure how to explain this one. Like watching something from high up so it has nothing to do with me... – None – 2014-04-05T10:00:23.007

高みの見物 is pejorative, which doesn't line up either. – bright-star – 2014-04-06T04:57:21.003

I did check with a native speaker, and that is why I didn't include that one in my answer. – None – 2014-04-06T06:19:24.480