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General Issues: Wakarimasen Dekimasen; The Phone Rule; SekuHara; At Last To Be A God; What Color Is Your Skin?

School Issues:
Do As I Say, Not As I Do; Internationalization; Your Place In The Grand Scheme; There Is Nothing Outside The Test; Y.R.S.W.


From The CJGuide:

Japan's Knife Laws
Don't bring a knife to any fight...
Learn more about it here.

From The CJGuide:

The cover of Suzanne Kamata's Losing Kei

Losing Kei by Suzanne Kamata
Rice with rotting beans makes for a really lousy breakfast...
Learn more about it here.

From The CJGuide:

The cover of Todd Jay Leonard's An Indiana Hoosier in Lord Tsugaru's Court

An Indiana Hoosier in Lord Tsugaru's Court by Todd Jay Leonard
Sometime during the Reagan Administration...
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From The CJGuide:

The cover of Andy Barker's Kamakura

Kamakura by Andy Barker
There's a photo of hollyhock in front of a moving train.

It's the kind of photograph people keep in a shoe box along with blurry shots of lights and accidental photos of the ground.
Learn more about it here.

From The CJGuide:

Kanji Cards Graphic

Kanji Flashcards--White Rabbit Press
There was lots of swearing, crumbled cards and endless rants about why a single nation needs four alphabets involved.

Japanese Kanji Flashcards from White Rabbit Press are among the best Japanese study materials available on the market.
Learn more about it here.

Loose Ends Issue

Second Impressions Are A Bitch
Shinzo Abe’s tenure as Prime Minister began with some surprising successes.

Less than a month later things began to fall apart.
Learn more about it here.

Ministry of Bungled Affairs
Of all Prime Minister Abe’s embarrassing problems, the Agriculture Ministry has been a particular embarrassment.
Learn more about it here.

The Best Education Money Can Got
80,000 students at 461 high schools in 46 of Japan’s 47 prefectures were not eligible to graduate.
Learn more about it here.

Show Me It's All About The Money
Workers in the prefectural office of Gunma Prefecture have been systematically embezzling tax money for the last 12 years.

They've managed to steal over 14 million dollars.
Learn more about it here.

Abe Rising
Shinzo Abe was recently elected as the president of the Liberal Democratic Party and will soon be sworn in as Japan's next Prime Minister.
Learn more about it here.

Ends and Odds
Horie's lawyers claim that not only did he not know what was going on, but that what was going on was not illegal.

It seems Murakami and Horie were playing golf one day and Horie let slip he intended to takeover NBS.

Rumor has it that 1.3 million doesn't go as far as it used to

One can only hear "Amazing Grace" so many times without going insane.
Learn more about it here.

From The CJGuide:

My Mother Is A Tractor
Shunning thousand-mile walks, the martial arts, zen and forays into art and culture in favor of beer, day-trips and karaoke, Nicholas Klar's My Mother is a Tractor offers a disturbingly realistic look at life as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan.

The book's message, or warning, is simple: This is life in Japan. Enter at your own risk. Enjoy your stay.
Learn more about it here.

Your Humble Editor

He so buried himself in his books that he spent the nights reading from twilight till daybreak and the days from dawn till dark; and so from little sleep and much reading, his brain dried up and he lost his wits.

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CJT Special:
The Accidental Anthology 2005

The Accidental Anthology 2004

The Accidental Anthology 2003

Quotes Of 2004
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Quotes Of 2003
   --Gold Prize
   --Silver Prize
   --Bronze Prize
   --Hon. Mention
   --Sports Quote
   --Non Sequitor
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