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· December, 2008

Stories about Japan from December, 2008

Japan: Japanese Language Proficiency Test Day

Takeshi at Saigon kara kita tsuma [サイゴンから来た妻] writes about his Vietnamese wife who took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test [en] [日本語能力試験, nihongo nōryoku shiken] today, as do thousands of other...

Japan: Ikeda on the Fall of Japanese

Minae Mizumura‘s The Fall of the Japanese Language in the Age of English, which sparked debate recently in Japan on the future of the country's national language, is the subject...

Japan: Print Media in Crisis

Ampontan translated an article from a magazine which gives an overview of the problems faced by the Japanese print media with a few suggestions for overcoming those problems.

Japan: Fukuoka Bar Association requests halt to Street View

Matimulog reports on news that the Fukuoka Bar Association has made a declaration requesting that Google halt its Street View service [ja], launched in August of this year in Japan...

Japan: Spoofing Aso

Englishman posted a few photos spoofing Japan's prime minister Taro Aso's wit in his speech.

Japan: Decorated trains

Edo from Pink Tentacle collects a series of photos on decorated trains in Japan.

Japan: World AIDS Day Series and the Red Walk

As a part of wAds (World Aids Day Series) [jp], the HIV/AIDS prevention and education campaign taking place between October and December, many people this year have again participated in...

Japan: Japanese man living in Mexico City Int'l Airport

Blogger que es que, a Japanese living in Guadalajara (Mexico), commented on news concerning Hiroshi Nohara [en], a Japanese man who has been living for months in the Benito Juarez...

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