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Peter Durfee
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Translator/editor in Tokyo
Translator/editor in Tokyo

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This video deserves more than 13,000 views in the seven years since it was uploaded. Yoshi Ikuzō ftw. 
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America is bigger than people tend to realize. Here it is compared with some other locations in the world. 
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This guy could probably have made a nice bit of money selling this account to a business. Nice of him to do what he did instead. 
On March 10, the Japanese government finally accepted the @japan Twitter account offered as a gift by Spaniard Javier Castaño. It is one of many accounts he has given away to local and national governments. Nippon.com interviewed Castaño about his role as a guardian of place name accounts on Twitter.
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女子プロレス!
The dramatic and sometimes brutal history of women's professional wrestling in Japan.
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Putting this together was a fun way to use up my morning. (The site I used to make the Yamanote loop maps is particularly addictive.)
From past to possible future, get some different angles on Japan's sprawling capital city with these five maps of Tokyo.
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Our look at the 50 nominees for "Word of the Year." Top 10 list and winner(s) to be announced on December 1. 
Each year Jiyū Kokumin Sha, publisher of the popular annual reference Gendai yōgo no kiso chishiki (Basic Knowledge on Contemporary Terminology), selects its “most popular word of the year” from a shortlist of 50 words and phrases that have loomed large in the popular consciousness over the past 12 months.

Here is our guide to the terms in the running. Make sure you can keep up with the conversations of your Japanese friends by knowing your "rerigō" from your "ribenji poruno." The finalists and champion will be announced on Monday, December 1.
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"I'm just a lizard, standing in front of a boy . . ." 
Japanese actor Watanabe Ken has become a Hollywood fixture in the past decade. His latest blockbuster role is in Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. In a recent interview, the global star shared with us his views on the underlying message of the iconic character Godzilla today—60 years after its screen debut.
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Fireworks! The season is coming up. These shows are one of the few reasons to stick around for the heat in Japan during these months. 
Firework master Aoki Akio is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with pyrotechnics. In huge fireworks consisting of thousands of pellets, if even is one is not quite right it can ruin the whole effect. But when they do work (again and again) they are beautiful.
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Clearly humanity's only hope, in the long term, is to take to the skies and colonize 46737 Anpanman. 
It's far too rainy in Tokyo now for us to look up and see any of them, but the skies are filled with objects named after people, places, and things from Japan. In-house editor/translator Richard Medhurst takes a look at some of them. 
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