Archive: 2007-02

  • Pub quiz: official languages

    Question 1: In how many countries is Japanese an official language?

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  • Full to the brim

    The Thames was particularly high this afternoon:

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  • Oi, bigots!

    The level of discourse around foreign immigrants can be bad in the UK, but it’s worse in Japan. There’s a lot of casual racism: one example that always used to annoy me was the poster in one station on the Osaka subway warning passengers to beware of pickpockets—illustrated with a blond-haired, big-nosed caricature of a stereotypical gaijin (foreigner). To be fair, though, most of it is driven by ignorance.

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