| 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 ...

Sitting on the fence in Japanese depends on these sentence patterns

| Jun 29, 2015

Sitting on the fence in Japanese depends on these sentence patterns

by Hitomi Tashiro and Akemi Tanahashi

Sore-wa ashita-no tenki-ni yorimasu-ne (It depends on tomorrow’s weather.) Situation 1: Mr. Sere meets his colleague in the elevator. 大久保: あしたはつりに行かれるんですか? 川崎: それはあしたの天気によりますね。天気予報を見てから決めます。 Sere: Ashita-wa tsuri-ni ikareru-n-desu-ka? Kawasaki: Sore-wa ashita-no tenki-ni yorimasu-ne. Tenkiyoho¯-o mite-kara kimemasu. Sere: Are you going fishing tomorrow? Kawasaki: It depends ...

| Jun 29, 2015

Let's discuss NHK in the news

This week’s featured article TOMOKO OTAKE, THE JAPAN TIMES All households in Japan that possess a TV set are legally obliged to pay subscription fees to NHK regardless of whether they watch the public broadcaster’s programs. An engineering professor at Tsukuba University is now ...