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Japan's honorific language about more than manners

February 7, 2015 - 03:00
The physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88), studying Japanese while in postwar Kyoto, rapidly ran into difficulties as his teacher tried to get him to learn three separate words for "see." (
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Children shown Islamic State murder image in class

February 6, 2015 - 09:13
A Nagoya municipal elementary school teacher showed pupils an image of the body of a murdered person believed to be one of two Japanese hostages killed by the Islamic State militant group, the central Japan city's board of education has said. (Jiji Press)
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Princess Kako attends 'kyogen' play performed in sign language in Tokyo

February 2, 2015 - 22:03
Princess Kiko and her daughter Princess Kako attended traditional "kyogen" comedic plays performed in sign language by actors with hearing impairments at the National Noh Theater in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Feb. 1. (Asahi)
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Japanese and U.S. law schools at a crossroads

February 2, 2015 - 06:49
Law schools in Japan and the U.S. find themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place as the number of applicants continues to shrink in the face of a bleak legal job market. As a result, all but the most elite law schools are being forced to take draconian steps to survive. (Japan Times)
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