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Fake, japanese choosen word of the year

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14 Nov 2007
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I found this lately and wish to show it, although its not new:
'Fake' sums up Japan's year of turmoil
'Fake' sums up Japan's year of turmoil
By North Asia correspondent Shane McLeod
Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:39am AEDT

Political turmoil...Prime Minister Shinzo Abe abruptly stepped down in September and checked himself into hospital.
It has become quite popular at this time of year for the people who put together the world's dictionaries to come up with the word that sums up the year.
Japan has a similar phenomenon, but it is a more democratic process.
Japan's association for the learning of kanji, the Chinese characters that confused most people trying to learn Japanese, surveyed more than 90,000 people to get their view on the character that most summed up the year. The most popular choice, it seems, was the character "Gi".
It means fake, and it sums up the views of many Japanese on how the year has panned out.
The country has been overwhelmed by the number of scandals involving fraud.
Many of them have centred on food, from fake beef mince that was actually pork, to sweets and cakes sold as gifts at some of the country's most popular tourist spots, that turned out to be well past their use-by dates.

Political scandal

And then there was the year of political scandals.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe abruptly stepped down in September and checked himself into hospital. It was two months after he had lost control of parliament's Upper House in an election, and a matter of days after he had vowed to fight on.
He had been in the job less than a year, and while he had scored early results, hosting a visit in April by China's premier Wen Jiabao, and signing a new security pact with Australia's then-prime minister John Howard, Mr Abe's final months in office were plagued by scandal. The government admitted it had lost superannuation records for tens of millions of people.
Amidst a corruption scandal, one minister committed suicide, and another resigned after suggesting the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki could not be helped.
A third minister then quit after failing to explain why he appeared at a press conference sporting some rather strange facial injuries.
By year-end, the new 70-year-old Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was aiming to right the ship, but he faced the embarrassment of having to pull out of US-led anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan.
Because Japan's Opposition refused to give permission to renew the mission.

Crime, nature grab headlines

It has also been a year where crime has shocked the country.
In April, the mayor of the western city of Nagasaki was assassinated, by a man with links to crime gangs.
It heralded a series of gang-related shootings that seemed to baffle even the police.

Nature also created headlines.

A massive earthquake jolted the city of Niigata, north of Tokyo, and the country's largest nuclear power plant started leaking.
Japan's hopes of keeping its greenhouse emissions within its Kyoto targets have suffered a major setback as a result.
In all it was a year of turmoil, but without any clear theme for the country.
The prospect of economic recovery seemed to recede into the distance, with the country facing perhaps yet another downturn and unable to completely shake off the deflation of recent years.
By year's end, with the country's politicians stuck in a stalemate, it looks as if Japan is heading for another election next year.
Those who choose the country's kanji of the year will be hoping for a more positive choice in 2008.

Sometimes a mirror. . .


10 Mar 2007
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I read many of your posts on other threads. So I think why you are starting this thread.

a kind of disappointment I feel


5 Feb 2005
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Thread closed.... pointless at this moment.
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