January 22, 2018

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  • Sontaku Dumpling

    The word, "Sontaku", that came in the spotlight due to its frequent use in the reports of Moritomo Gakuen scandal has inspired a company in Osaka to create some special dumplings. Heso Production, a company…

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  • Broadcast Act and Sword of Damocles

    The phrase of the Sword of Damocles derives from a Greek parable, in which an individual finds themselves exposed to constant threat or danger. When John F Kennedy used the phrase at a UN address…

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  • Burasagari

    Burasagari is a slang word commonly used by Japanese correspondents. It means a quick interview on MPs who are moving from one chamber to another in parliament, done by correspondents with IC recorders and memo…

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  • Akie Leaks

    Akie Leaks (https://akie-leaks.com) is a website that displays pieces of evidence of Moritomo Gakuen specifically regarding Akie Abe. Akie Leaks is an obvious play on words and refers to the first lady’s name Akie Abe…

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  • Doraemon Analogy on Donald Trump

    On February 13th, Secretary General of the Democratic Party, Yoshihiko Noda criticized Prime Minister Abe’s response to Donald Trump's policy on immigration using an analogy about the famous character, Doraemon. In the press conference, Noda…

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  • Akkido Case

    In a Diet session on March 2nd, MP Taro Yamamoto referred to the Moritomo Gakuen case as the Akkido case (アッキード), which is a play on words of the Lockeed case (ロッキード)and the nickname of…

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  • Nagata-cho and Kasumigaseki

    It is common for English-language news reports to use a country's capital to refer to the government of that country. For example, "Washington" refers to the government of the United States, and "Beijing" refers to…

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