December 13, 2009

Inside jokes, Japan edition:

Filed under: Life — kadiphd @ 8:02 pm
A piece of your mind
Hatoyama buzzwords in 2009
On Dec. 1, publisher Jiyu Kokuminsha announced the 10 buzzwords for 2009, chosen from a list of 60 expressions. Prime Minister Yukio Hatayama himself, his wife and his administration’s reform policies appeared several times in the round-up. Which of these do you think he will be most remembered by?
Regime change (seiken kōtai)
25% reduction (25% sakugen) of greenhouse gasses
Operations to screen government spending (jigyō shiwake)
Pork-barrel spending (baramaki)
“to Venus in a UFO” (UFO de kinsei ni)
Donations from deceased donors (kojin kenkin)

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