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Filipino Hospitality and Respect for the AgedAging in Japan and Across AsiaKashiwagi Shiho

In the Philippines, like other Southeast Asian countries, caring for older people falls mostly to family members, but private organizations step in to help older people who live alone or are in difficult financial situations. This warm and human response to genuine need also reflects the Filipino tradition of respect for one’s elders.
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What Japanese Search For: The Top Internet Keywords of 2016This Year in Japanese

Major search engines Google and Yahoo! Japan released their top Japanese search terms for 2016. The rankings provide insight into topics that most interested Japanese net users.
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Dictionary Pros Pick Their Top New Words for 2016This Year in Japanese

Two major dictionary publishers have announced their new words of the year for 2016. As the Japanese language continues to evolve, it borrows and coins new terms at a rapid clip—and these, say the publishers, are the ones most likely to stick around long enough to end up in their dictionaries.
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Timeline for December 2016Japan Timeline

Prime Minister Abe visits Pearl Harbor, an Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, and the House of Representatives passes casino legislation. Look back at the key Japan-related stories of December 2016.
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Nail Salons in JapanJapan Glances

Japan’s nail salons are popular with international visitors who wish to experience local styles. Nail art in Japan, more flamboyant than in the West, can include 3D decorations and anime characters in the design.
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The Wolgye Social Welfare Center’s “Beautiful Neighbors” ProgramAging in Japan and Across AsiaKim Sung-won

In South Korea, the late 1980s saw the beginning of a trend toward supporting the social welfare of communities by establishing local centers for that purpose. The Wolgye Social Welfare Center in Nowon, Seoul, is one such facility. The success of its “Beautiful Neighbors” program, in which people contribute to social welfare by donating goods and services that local residents need, has made it a model for similar programs around the country.
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Another Golden Year for KanjiThis Year in Japanese

The year 2016 was tumultuous and unpredictable by most people’s standards. But the kanji that best represents the year, as chosen by public vote in a keenly followed annual contest, was one that never goes out of style: 金, pronounced kin or kane and meaning “gold” or “money.”
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Sakamoto Ryūichi: A Trailblazer Reshaping the Art of MusicLegends: Japan’s Most Notable NamesAmatatsu Yasufumi

Sakamoto Ryūichi won global fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a member of Japanese techno-pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra. In the ensuing decades he has continued to carve out new musical possibilities with genre-crossing works.
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“Purikura”: Photos with FriendsJapan Glances

Purikura booths are places to take photos with friends or family members. Users can apply the latest technologies to make creative adjustments and improvements.
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2016: The Winning WordsThis Year in JapaneseNippon.com Staff

Kamitteru, or “godlike,” topped this year’s finalists to be recognized as the word of the year for 2016. Other selections in the 10-strong finalist pool shed light on the economy, current events, and celebrity romances and scandals that left an impact on Japanese news-watchers—and their vocabularies—over the past year.
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Timeline for November 2016Japan Timeline

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō meets with US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, Mifune Toshirō receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Japanese peacekeepers get an expanded mandate in South Sudan. These are the main news stories of November 2016.
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Float Festivals Inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Heritage ListJapan Data

On November 30, UNESCO selected 33 Japanese festivals for its list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity at an intergovernmental committee meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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A Place for Older Koreans: Memories PlusAging in Japan and Across AsiaKim Sung-won

Jongno, Seoul, is home to a rich array of support services for the senior citizens who gather there. One such establishment is Memories Plus, which, with support from the private sector, offers patrons inexpensive refreshments and a place to relax. The success Memories Plus has found encouraging interaction between its patrons and creating employment for older residents is attracting attention.
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The Japanese Tea CeremonyJapan Glances

Sadō, also known as chadō or chanoyu, is Japan’s austere rite of tea. Although its origins lie in Chinese Zen ritual, over centuries the ceremony developed into a distinct Japanese form combining native culture, including art, ikebana flower arranging, and haute kaiseki cuisine.
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The Words of 2016This Year in JapaneseNippon.com Staff

Once again, the publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha has selected the nominees for its “Words of the Year” award. Learn about these 30 terms that help to show how the Japanese saw the year that will soon be finished.
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As Regions Age, Shopping Centers Strive to AdaptAging in Japan and Across AsiaKawamura Keitarō

“Shuttered shopping districts” are on the rise across Japan as aged storekeepers with no successors are forced to close down instead. The city of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture has managed to rebuild its community and revitalize its shopping district by supporting new stores opened by returnees and new arrivals to the city.
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