| Aug 23, 2014

Sagi (詐欺)

Instant messenger Line has been a popular target with fraudsters in recent months, with users being asked to buy prepaid cards in messages from friends whose smartphones have been hacked. In August, Line users have been hit by a new type of fraud (sagi, ...

| Aug 9, 2014

Pop-up

A pop-up is a temporary store that is small in size and attempts to build up interest through consumer exposure.

| May 24, 2014

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is defined as "the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community."

| Mar 15, 2014

Zero-hour contract

A zero-hour contract is an employment contract used in the U.K. containing provisions that create an "on-call" arrangement between an employer and employee.

| Mar 8, 2014

Aruki-sumaho

Aruki-sumaho or, literally, "smartphone walking" refers to a pedestrian who uses a mobile phone while walking.

| Feb 22, 2014

Satori no Sedai

Satori no Sedai," or "Generation Resignation," is a term used to describe those born around the time the economy started to slide two decades ago.

| Feb 8, 2014

Frost quake

A frost quake (shimo jishin, or 霜地震) is produced when soil or groundwater that has become saturated with water after a period of heavy rainfall freezes and expands after a sharp drop in air temperature. The earth subsequently cracks, creating a loud popping sound ...

| Jan 11, 2014

What the heck is that word I keep hearing?

A polar vortex (kyokūzu/極渦) is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet’s geographical poles. The extreme arctic blasts that wreaked havoc across the United States last week were caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled ...

| Dec 28, 2013

Sharent: シェアレント

Sharent A sharent (シェアレント) is a parent who regularly uses social media to provide a lot of detailed information about their children. Anyone who has ever used Facebook before knows exactly who we’re talking about. These parents compulsively post photos, and blog and tweet ...