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敬語 Honorific Expression was/is Tools for Communication over Ranks

I read an interesting book about 敬語 (honorific expression) in Japanese. The author said like this (my summary): Honorific expression made...
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Feb 2, 2011 20:49 Japanese_language
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Do you know what US Ambassador Roos is doing in Japan?

Do you know what US Ambassador John V. Roos is doing in Japan? He is known to be ‘preaching’ around universities nationwide about the spi...
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Feb 1, 2011 14:15 Japan
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Was Qing Dynasty of China set up by Mongolia?

The last imperial dynasty of China (from 1644 to 1912) was established by Manchuria. But the Prime Minister of Japan yesterday said “by M...
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Feb 1, 2011 09:10 Japan
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Too few Kanji in Japanese?

The chairman of a global company in Japan says that the Japanese should abolish the limit of using kanji”, this morning Nikkei. Not “abol...
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Jan 31, 2011 13:59 Kanji Japanese_language
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Too many freeloaders on Lang-8 ?

Some people say there are too many freeloaders on Lang-8. They post material in their native tongue and use native speakers as “free tran...
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Jan 29, 2011 14:30
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「は」 of the Japanese Language

A short memo about ‘は’. Sample 1 そんなに短くは書けない。 I can write, but cannot write so short. This is a partial negation. The only ‘so sho...
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Jan 27, 2011 22:01 Japanese_language partial_negation 「は」 「が」
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「と」「か」「や」 'and' 'or' 'and/or'

A short memo about how to use 「と」「か」「や」 Though there may be some exceptions, I think the basic is the following. 「と」 and 「か」 or 「...
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Jan 25, 2011 23:12 Japanese_language
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Are judges who declared somebody not guilty relegated in Japan?

I recently read an article in a magazine issued by a major pubulisher in Japan, titled: “The relationship between the 99.9% into guilty ...
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Jan 23, 2011 22:26 Japan judicature 司法