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Looking for a Japanese Interpreter / Translator

Hey BT’ers! A friend is looking for a Japanese interpreter / translator. If you or know someone interested in helping out and earning some money in the process, check out the request below: We are in need of a friendly person, available to act as a translator and assistant for our team, during the Tokyo… Keep Reading

New challenge for Japan

Japan Poem Lover, an English news editor for over 20 years who covers developments on Japan’s political and economic scenes, has a new challenge for Japan when he asks: “Who is truly qualified to serve the public, bureaucrats or citizens? A friend of mine was close to the woman Japan Poem Lover writes about. This woman… Keep Reading


Punishing foreigners, exonerating Japanese

THE ZEIT GIST – Debito Arudou sees growing evidence of judicial double standards!  Did you know?: Under the Foreign Registry Law (Article 18) only foreigners can be arrested, fined up to ¥200,000 and incarcerated for up to a year just for not carrying ID 24-7! Examine any justice system and patterns emerge. For example, consider how… Keep Reading


Commentary: What Barack Obama means to me

When President-elect Barack Obama and his family move into the White House, it will signify moving into every household in America. Obama will not become some Black dude that moved in down the street located in a predominately White neighborhood and he and his family will not become the new Cosby Show. The Obamas will… Keep Reading


Free Legal Services for Everyone

The map above is to Fuchu Prison in Tokyo. I posted this after reading an article in the Japan Times today. With the rash of trouble happening more often than not in the land of Gaijin-san, it could not have come at a better time. Here is the article:  On April 1, 2006, Nihon Shiho… Keep Reading


Learn Japanese! Kansai Dialect

I had the pleasure to meet Ikue Shingu (Lecturer in Japanese, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Junko Hatanaka (Lecturer in Japanese, The University of Texas at Austin) at the American Council of Teacher’s of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) a few months ago. We discussed their website for learning the Kansai dialect of Japanese. As a linguist,… Keep Reading

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