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News of the Russia-Ukraine conflict is updated daily in Japan, and that means, as a language learner, you’re likely to hear a ton of new vocabulary.

One word that has often been used to describe Russia’s actions in the region is 軍事侵攻 (gunji shinkō, military invasion). However, as the conflict in Ukraine intensifies, some media outlets have started to refer to this move as a 軍事侵略 (gunji shinryaku) instead.

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