Young Japanese Can’t Speak Japanese

Most young people take the meaning of certain old-style expressions in Japanese in the opposite way from their original meaning, a government study has found. A poll by the Agency for Cultural Affairs revealed that 70 percent of those between their 10s and 30s think the meaning of the Japanese expression “nitsumaru” (煮詰まる) is “to fall into an inconclusive situation.” In fact, the expression means “to get closer to conclusion after discussion.” In contrast, over 70 percent of those over 50 gave the correct meaning.

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Japanese telco institutes upload caps… of 30GB… daily

Bandwidth caps are coming to Japan, but not in the way to which North Americans are accustomed. OCN, operated by NTT Communications, has decided to impose a daily upload limit beginning on August 1. The limit? 30GB per day. Upstream.

According to the company, the limit is being implemented to address a “small number” of users who apparently upload far more than that on a day-to-day basis by running servers for file-sharing. Customers will get a warning upon first violation, NTT spokesperson Tei Gordon told IDG News Service today, but could be disconnected for repeat offenses.

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