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“The main enemy” and “the most dangerous country” are very different.

According to today’s Nikkei, one third of the high and junior school students in South Korea consider that the main enemy (主敵) of (South)...
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Jun 25, 2011 09:01 politics international
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You need to be careful of snatching, but not mugging, perhaps.

I learned people outside Japan are unlikely to use “purse snatching” and “mugging” differently. In Japan, street mugging is extremely rar...
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Jun 24, 2011 15:58 judicature 司法
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It will return home after 72 years’ absence.

According to Nikkei’s front page today, it is expected that a futures market for rice will open in Japan for the first time in 72 years. ...
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Jun 24, 2011 07:50 economics
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“Safety-First” in a Factory during WWII

People very often see a slogan, “Safety-First” (安全第一) in factories. It seems that the factory where human torpedoes were produced during ...
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Jun 23, 2011 22:09
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Will the Chinese government accuse the Japanese government of lying?

According to the Japanese press, today, a ship from the Chinese government did an oceanic survey in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone off I...
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Jun 23, 2011 21:03 China politics international
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An electricity forecast was wrong.

Today was hot and is still hot. (今日は暑かったし,まだ暑い) “An electricity forecast” (denkiyoho), which shows how tight the demand and supply of ele...
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Jun 22, 2011 21:32
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A Lesson of が and は (ビールは美味しかった)

I know many learners of Japanese are worried about how to use は and が properly. I do not have a special trick, but I can give you some st...
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Jun 22, 2011 18:31 Japanese_language 「が」 「は」 助詞
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Were sixty-nine spies working at the Fukushima Plant?

According to the press, TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima Plant, are worried that it cannot find out who was working in the plant for ...
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Jun 21, 2011 11:36 原発
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Taiwan and Japan are in the same boat. 一蓮托生

According to the press, RAND Corporation, a US think tank, reported that the Chinese Forces have adopted a new policy by which they will ...
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Jun 20, 2011 18:09 China politics international
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何事のおはしますかは知らねども

I came across an interesting Japanese poem, waka. 何事のおはしますかは知らねども かたじけなさに涙こぼるる It was composed by Saigyō Hōshi (西行), a very famous...
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Jun 20, 2011 17:10 Japanese_language
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“The authors will become rich if you ...”

The attached picture is from the bottom of the front page, today’s newspaper, one of the “quality papers” in Japan. It is ads for magazi...
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Jun 20, 2011 16:04 Japanese_language
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知り合った友達が来ました。

I came across an interesting phrase. 週末に元の会社で知り合った友達が来ました。 (Last weekend a friend of mine came with whom I became acquainted at a compa...
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Jun 20, 2011 10:40 Japanese_language
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[tips] 小説の書けない小説家 (書けぬ vs. 書けない)

Although few people at present use 書けぬ and 書けない differently, according to traditional grammar, 書けぬ means “impossible” and 書けない means “inc...
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Jun 19, 2011 18:16 Japanese_language 助詞
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Do you know Sea Shepherds?

A friend of mine wrote about the Sea Shepherds and he said: “it is clear to me now that their actions are poisoning the relationship betw...
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Jun 19, 2011 11:10
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Japanese linguists are also unlikely to know it. [自発]

A book said that most learners of Japanese, even as well as some (non-native) Japanese linguists, did not often know about one of the usa...
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Jun 19, 2011 00:26 Japanese_language 自動詞 「れる/られる」 自発
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Greece is likely to envy TEPCO.

The Greek government has to pay 17% interest, while Tokyo Electric Power Company has only to burden an extremely low interest, said to be...
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Jun 18, 2011 13:32 原発
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20歳未満のアイドルら / 20歳未満のアイドル等

Asahi wrote that the Korean Fair Trade Commission forbids promoters to compel idols under age to be too flesh-baring. I think the sentenc...
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Jun 18, 2011 10:02 Japanese_language 「ら」
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The Korean government also complained to Japan.

The Korean government complained to the Japanese government of a criminal trial in Japan. It was about a murder in Japan whose victim was...
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Jun 17, 2011 23:00 judicature 司法
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Why did zero fighters lack armour?

There are rules in the mass media in any countries. In Japan, if people talk about Mitsubishi zero fighters (active in WWII), it seems th...
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Jun 17, 2011 16:00
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Italians are said not to make a contract today.

I heard people in Italy will avoid making a contract on Friday the seventeenth. Therefore, today is the worst day, when car salespersons ...
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Jun 17, 2011 13:51