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  1. Most Japanese also don't attach a strong stigma...

    Most Japanese also don't attach a strong stigma to their fellow nationals from certain prefectures the way place of birth discrimination goes down in America (and Europe?). Which might make it more...
  2. Poll: No, but I've been "mistaken" for a European out...

    No, but I've been "mistaken" for a European out of frustration with too many attempted English replies to my Japanese after cutting them off to explain that I DONT UNDERSTAND YOU AT ALL. :angryfire:...
  3. Doesn't Chinese also have a system of honorifics...

    Doesn't Chinese also have a system of honorifics ? You don't need to reach to 外来語. That's probly from where the concept of どのーさまーさんーちゃん was adapted into the language starting in Heian times.
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    Thanks for the link, Dogen-Z ! That's exactly the...

    Thanks for the link, Dogen-Z ! That's exactly the experience that has a real historic, type feel. :cool:

    And if it's a lovely central mountainous area you're looking for, Magome and Tsumago are...
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    The wasteland Shinagawa station and surrounding...

    The wasteland Shinagawa station and surrounding cultural/prostitution quarters became from about mid-Meiji till after the 1923 earthquake is a sad story, but prosper by the post road and die by...
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    I don't know when this map was drawn, but at...

    I don't know when this map was drawn, but at least in the case of north-east Asakusa, roughly bounded by the Sumida, was reclaimed and incorporated by the 1650's. Of course that was still strictly...
  7. Sticky: Poll: I chose the Bakumatsu age of Japanese history...

    I chose the Bakumatsu age of Japanese history (1800-1867). Not as it has been romantized for the last samurai or the anarchy brought about by the introduction of western culture but mostly out of a...
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    Sorry for the double post. :sorry: If you...

    Sorry for the double post. :sorry:


    If you haven't laughed enough during this campaign....this really is one of the truly funny things ever from a Japanese politican. :D
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    It's interesting. The economy is fueled by...

    It's interesting. The economy is fueled by domestic consumption for sure although I haven't analyzed a break down by domestic sources v. exports. But the low productivity of the service sector I...
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    I hope you're right, although programs for...

    I hope you're right, although programs for sustainable, long term economic and fiscal policy is definately a weak point of the opposition manifesto. Their challange is twofold : 1). diversify and...
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    And the rap on Aso was that he lacked directed...

    And the rap on Aso was that he lacked directed and intelligent leadership ??


    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/99704548-8800-11de-82e4-00144feabdc0.html
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    The issue is more one of Ozawa's position than...

    The issue is more one of Ozawa's position than the man per se, as behind the scenes party leader negotiating between ruling party and the Cabinet instead of a Cabinet member where the policy process...
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    Whichever leader emerges is going to be...

    Whichever leader emerges is going to be pragmatic. Both parties are way too factionalized to allow for anything less. The scandal has at least affirmed the strategy of reformists in both the DJP and...
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    Aso went to summit conferences like the opening...

    Aso went to summit conferences like the opening of the UN general assembly, ASEM in Beijing, G20 meeting on the economic crisis in Washington, APEC summit in Peru, and South Korea for a summit with...
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    Actually I don't think Koike is that plausible of...

    Actually I don't think Koike is that plausible of a selection. She doesn't have the requisite support in the her own faction, never mind the party, and Koizumi's standing in the LDP may actually work...
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    You mean as LDP leader after losing the next...

    You mean as LDP leader after losing the next general election ?
    I'm pulling for former Defense Minister Koike Yuriko, who Mr. Koizumi supported for prime minister in the party election that chose...
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    Oh, really ? You are so sure the Chinese are not...

    Oh, really ? You are so sure the Chinese are not in massive nonconpliance since 1% of food shipped or trucked across borders is inspected before being distributed ?? :blush:

    Even Olympic athletes...
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    The emphasis on learning is slight because these...

    The emphasis on learning is slight because these schools realize most students are coming for decidedly unacademic reasons. They want to meet foreigners, socialize, experience something different,...
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    I imagine quite a lot of these NOVA folks --...

    I imagine quite a lot of these NOVA folks -- particularly the younger, fresher inexperienced graduates at the bottom end -- will simply end up leaving Japan if their branch closes. Their only other...
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    If you get more interested in the language, going...

    If you get more interested in the language, going over for a year of study would be another option. It may be prohibitively expensive and even less flexible in terms of eligibility, but there's...
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    Poll: Hello lena ! I haven't ever been to China,...

    Hello lena !

    I haven't ever been to China, yet....but that all may change by next Spring.
    I've been invited on a tour and of course I'm super anxious to go and view what all the hype is about...
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    And now truly universal since it can be used as...

    And now truly universal since it can be used as written in Japanese, too. :-).
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    It isn't the end of the line by any means,...

    It isn't the end of the line by any means, although this ruling today by the Japanese Supreme Court today did go against the company and agreed that refund amounts for cancelled contacts were...
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    Another one that is rather peculiar is the family...

    Another one that is rather peculiar is the family name Bushida. imcj

    Quite auspicious, though, if it was born from a soldier's life mB:cool:
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    A very interesting read. Thanks for posting,...

    A very interesting read. Thanks for posting, senseiman ! :-) I didn't realize the lesson fees at NOVA were cheaper than their competition (assuming this refers to other large eikaiwas), but the...
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