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Learning Japanese with Manga Author Umino Nagiko

Umino Nagiko’s bestselling manga Nihonjin no shiranai Nihongo (The Japanese the Japanese Don’t Know) was based on her experience teaching Japanese to international students. In an interview with Nippon.com, she gives learning tips and shares unusual words from the fringes of the Japanese language.
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2015: The Winning WordsNippon.com Staff

On December 1, the publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha announced its list of the top 10 words or phrases for its annual “Word of the Year” prize. The grand-prize winners this year came from the realms of baseball and the tourism industry, rather than politics, which had provided many of the 50 nominees released last month.
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The Words of 2015Nippon.com Staff

The publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha has selected the nominees for its "Words of the Year" award. Read our introductions to 50 terms that paint a picture of what sort of year 2015 was for Japan.
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Timeline for December 2014

Abe Shinzō is reelected as prime minister, Hayabusa 2 sets off on a mission to collect asteroid samples, and Toyota launches the world’s first mass-market fuel cell vehicle. An overview of the key news stories for December 2014.
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The Words of 2014Nippon.com Staff

The publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha has selected the nominees for its "Words of the Year" award. Read our introductions to 50 terms that paint a picture of what sort of year 2014 was for Japan.
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2013: The Winning WordsNippon.com Staff

On December 2, Jiyū Kokumin Sha announced its top 10 picks for "Word of the Year," along with an all-time high four winners. Read on to see what they are.
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Japanese Words to Improve Our Relations—and OurselvesEhab Ahmed Ebeid

In walking around Tokyo I often see Japanese talking to someone on their cellphone and bowing as they say sumimasen (I’m sorry). They are making all that effort to apologize despite the fact that the person on the other end of the line can’t even see them. Japanese are known around the world for their frequent apologies. This contrasts with Middle Eastern or Western countries, where people tend t…
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The Words of 2013Nippon.com Staff

The publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha has selected the nominees for its "Words of the Year" award. Read our introductions to 50 terms that paint a picture of what sort of year 2013 was for Japan.
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