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The Chinese govt. completely denies the fact that they buried the crashed cars.

The Chinese government has tried to begin a backlash. According to the Kyodo News Service of Japan, 陸東福, a spokesperson of the Chinese...
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Jul 31, 2011 23:09 China
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Thomas Jefferson vs. Communist Party of China

According to the Japanese press, there was a producer at the major state television broadcaster in China, CCTV, who was suspended from hi...
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Jul 31, 2011 21:34 China
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How to look “空いている” up in a dictionary

I think Japanese dictionaries are often inconvenient. I just wanted to look “空いている” (empty) up in a Japanese-English one. It is, however,...
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Jul 31, 2011 17:19 Japanese_language
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Are Chinese Fast Trains Nearly Empty or Still Packed?

As far as I can tell from reading the Japanese press, there are two opposing claims. Some, including Nikkei, are reporting that the train...
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Jul 31, 2011 16:30 China
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What are Na-Adjectives?

When I began to use Lang-8, I was surprised to hear that there are i-adjectives and na-adjectives in the Japanese language. Those who get...
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Jul 31, 2011 15:04 Japanese_language 形容詞
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Victim-looking people are sometimes true wrongdoers.

It is often the case that a person who is thought to be a victim by the people has actually plotted with a wrongdoer. It is likely that G...
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Jul 30, 2011 21:52 原発
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Can members of the House of Representatives see the air?

Many members of the House of Representatives in the US show no willingness to compromise. It was similar to one night before the vote of ...
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Jul 30, 2011 12:48
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How a writer at Asahi passed checkpoints by Chinese police.

Today’s Asahi wrote in great detail how a writer at Asahi, 奥寺淳, was able to reach the spot of the train accident across several police ch...
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Jul 30, 2011 10:36 China
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Minister Kaieda weeps bitterly in the Diet.

According to the press, when he was asked today in the Diet when he would resign, he began to 号泣 (wailing). Today, a fatal scandal by ...
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Jul 29, 2011 19:30 原発
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Local Officials are Likely to be Over Chinese Premier

According to Asahi, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, 溫家寶, was yesterday about directly to answer reporters’ questions on the spot of the train...
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Jul 29, 2011 10:41 China
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何か欠けて物足りない / 欠けていて物足りない

“I feel like something is missing.” 何か欠けて物足りない. This sounds like someone else’s problem, not yours. It sounds objective. 何か欠けていて物足りない....
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Jul 29, 2011 08:04 Japanese_language 「ている」
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風香がよつばを描いてくれた / 描いてくれてた

It is possible that you translate “While よつば was sleeping, 風香 drew よつば” into: 風香がよつばを描いてくれてた 風香がよつばを描いてくれた What is the difference betw...
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Jul 28, 2011 22:36 Japanese_language 「ている」
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“The government is for the safety of people’s lives” (Chinese Premier) is wrong.

Governments are for protecting freedom of the people. If governments are the most responsible persons of the safety of people’s lives, it...
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Jul 28, 2011 18:59
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One of the Rarest Ones of the Rarest Masterpiece of Chinese Porcelain

Asahi today wrote about a masterpiece of porcelain that was likely to be made in China in the 10th century. Some say that it is likely to...
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Jul 28, 2011 10:01
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しやわせ or しあわせ

I usually pronounce it as しやわせ, but more than a few people say they definitely read しあわせ. As the orthography of the Japanese language is ...
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Jul 28, 2011 07:40 Japanese_language
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It was unexpected even for a veteran China watcher.

If you criticize the government in China, you may be forced to go into a mental hospital, as I referred to before. http://lang-8.com/sat...
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Jul 27, 2011 18:56 China
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From whom did they copy their sayings?

BBC is reporting this topic as headlines. According to the press, the president of South Korea warned that he could not guarantee the liv...
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Jul 27, 2011 16:19 politics
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もらう, くれる, and あげる [fixed]

もらう can be translated into to receive, but it implies hierarchical relationship. When a person in lower rank (Mr. A) receives something f...
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Jul 27, 2011 15:44 Japanese_language 「あげる」 「もらう」 「くれる」
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What’s the difference between “ashamed” and “embarrassed”?

I looked these words up in a dictionary for non-native speakers of English and it said at the beginning of the entry, which is kind of a ...
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Jul 27, 2011 12:54
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Why have they changed their minds?

I once heard that friendly sparrows are gradually increasing in Japan, but it seems to still be considerably rare. Today’s Asahi wrote ab...
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Jul 26, 2011 21:18