Don't get derailed when you're angry

| Jul 13, 2015

Don't get derailed when you're angry

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While Japan’s train system is universally lauded as punctual and convenient, there’s always that one person on the daily commute that ticks you off. How many times have you stood on a crowded train with elbows jabbing into your back or a drunk businessman ...

Coming to terms with 'kuru'

| Jul 13, 2015

Coming to terms with 'kuru'

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Chotto, sanpo-ni itte-kuru-yo. (I’m going to take a walk for a while.) Situation 1: Mr. Shiba is about to take a walk. 夫: ちょっと、じゅんをつれて散歩に行ってくるよ。 妻: じゃあ、ついでにお茶を買ってきてちょうだい。 Otto: Chotto, Jun-o tsurete sanpo-ni itte-kuru-yo. Tsuma: Jā, tsuide-ni ocha-o katte-kite-chōdai. Husband: I’m going to take a walk with Jun ...

| Jul 13, 2015

Let's discuss safety on trains

There were calls for security checks to be instituted on users of bullet trains nationwide after a self-immolation on Tuesday left the perpetrator and one other passenger dead, and two people seriously injured.

Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

| Jul 6, 2015

Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

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Kireina Tanabata kazari-ga dekita (We’ve done well decorating our bamboo tree.) Situation 1: Mariko has finished decorating a bamboo tree for Tanabata (Star Festival) with her mother. 母: まり子、きれいな七夕かざりができたねえ。 まり子: うん。今夜晴れるといいなあ。 Haha: Mariko, kireina Tanabata kazari-ga dekita-ne¯. Mariko: Un. Kon’ya hareru-to ii-nā. Mother: Mariko, ...

| Jul 6, 2015

Beijing introduces tough smoking bans

China, the world's largest tobacco producer and consumer, on June 1 started imposing its toughest-to-date restrictions on smoking in Beijing, as part of efforts to reduce health problems and burnish the image of the capital as it seeks to host the 2022 Winter Olympic ...

| Jul 6, 2015

Let's discuss changing child care laws

This week’s featured article JIJI A group of parents in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, are taking legal action against the municipal government after a decision to strip nursery access from parents who take postnatal leave to care for a newborn. The plaintiffs, 11 people from ...