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Japanese Buzzwords for 2007

Pink Tentacle has translated a list of 60 Japanese buzzwords from 2007. Reading the lists will help you catch up on trends that you might have missed this year. My personal favourite is the Bottom Biting Bug (oshiri kajiri mushi). Outrageous.

Publisher Jiyu Kokuminsha has announced this year’s crop of nominees for Japanese buzzword of the year. The wide-ranging selection of 60 words and expressions — many of which come from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment — were selected based on suggestions from the general public, and they provide an interesting look at some of the events, people and trends that had an impact on Japan in 2007.

A panel of judges will choose the year’s grand prize winner and top 10 buzzwords from these 60 nominees. The final results will be announced on December 3.

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