Coronavirus/Pandemic Japanese Vocabulary

For people studying Japanese or English, here’s a Japanese vocabulary list and basic phrases we often hear in Japan for COVID-19. This list might help healthcare workers and patients in Japan. Interesting that the words “cluster,” “lockdown,” and “social distancing” are entering the Japanese language as English loanwords. “Lockdown” is often mentioned in Japan, but there no such thing as

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ATM scam prevention poster

This is a poster near a bank’s ATM near Yokosuka. It has Yokozuna Hakuho saying, “Do not transfer money” or “Furikomanaide” in reference to the so-called “furikome sagi” (振り込め詐欺) or bank transfer fraud which has been rampant for years. A mother or grandmother receives a call from someone disguised as a son or other close relative saying that he was

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NHK Taiga Drama

I’m currently watching and enjoying NHK’s Taiga Drama called “Komyo ga Tsuji,” (功名が辻) a year-long period drama set during the turn of the 17th century. It features a footsoldier samurai named Yamauchi Kazutoyo and his wife Chiyo. Both are historical figures who actually existed. Kazutoyo served under Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. These three men happens to be

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