November 17, 2017

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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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  • Hibakusha

    Hibakusha (被爆者) is a Japanese word used to refer to people whose health was damaged by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the Ministry of Health and Labor, the total number of hibakusha in…

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  • Prime Minister “Ayb”

    I have met a couple of Americans who refer to Japanese Prime Minister Abe as “ayb” instead of “ah-beh.” After I tell them the proper pronunciation of his name, they do not mispronounce it anymore.…

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  • Constitution and Martial Arts

    One day, when I met a foreigner in Tokyo, I asked him what had brought him to Japan. His reply was, "Kenpo." In Japanese, "kenpo" is the word for "Constitution." So I asked him, "You…

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  • Conscription

    Under the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, conscription was mandatory for Japanese citizens. However, under the new Constitution which was established after the end of WWII, conscription is forbidden. Although the Constitution does not…

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