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Top 60 Japanese buzzwords of 2007
2007/11/21
9:17am
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Grant Barrett
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Publisher Jiyu Kokuminsha has announced this year’s crop of nominees for Japanese buzzword of the year. The wide-ranging selection of 60 words and expressions — many of which come from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment — were selected based on suggestions from the general public, and they provide an interesting look at some of the events, people and trends that had an impact on Japan in 2007.

2007/11/21
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Glenn Peters
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“Why don’t you call me ‘Madame Sushi’?” In Japan, ‘rice’ means ‘sushi.”

I don’t know if I trust that page. ‘Rice’ doesn’t mean ‘sushi’ in Japan. For that matter, in Japan, it’s ‘gohan’ that means ‘rice’. (Which I know because most of the names in Dragonball Z are wonderful/painful puns.)

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