The "news reading" challenge 🗞

fully agree, i think this would work well. i think some others would be a struggle cos of spectacle though? like princess mononoke or nausicaa or even kiki’s delivery service to some extent.

that said, out of pure morbid curiosity would love to see a pom poko stage play

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Just to confirm, you’re aware that’s a traditional Japanese story, yes? Not a Ghibli original. Like, it’s the sort of stage production that kids put on in schools.

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Nope, but I guess I do now.

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Pretty sure you can find a kabuki troupe doing it if you’d like to see that. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I believe I’ve seen a Kabuki Troupe on NHK once, very cool stuff.


Today I read an article on a Russian and Japanese couple who set up a mobile food ban to sell goods for charity:


One step closer to world peace, maybe?

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Today I read about the planned expansion to the available languages on the Minato City website:


Who knows, maybe some day the website will be fully accessible to everybody all over the word.

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Today I read about the Japanese Prime Minister’s statements during a meeting regarding the conflict in Ukraine:


He talks about Japan’s ban on Russian imports and expresses concern on how these sactions may affect the future of the world’s economy.

Again, it’s very interesting read about this from the perspective of Japanese media.


It seems I’ve hit the 3-consecutive reply limit…


Today I read an article about Putin’s Victory Day speech:


I can’t really say I have much of an opinion on this article, though the brief statement from the 40-year-old Russian guy was a pretty decent way to end it off.

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I’m not able to find room in my routine for this, but I do try and read odd articles on NHK as a means of measuring progress. (Every time it is a tiny bit easier!)

I appreciate @I-am-nothing ‘s summaries, I can at least skim the headline and first para and get a sense!

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I found the article about the turtles quite sad in the end.

So people when they dont want to take care of them anymore as pets they have to kill them?

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i think it’s more cos the pond sliders can’t be released into the wild, cos they’re an invasive species and would cause a lot of damage. people tend to buy them as pets when they’re small and easy to take care of, then when they get bigger and older it becomes more difficult, and people just, don’t wanna do that for 40 plus years (which is depressing). in that situation, your options are kill the animal (being cynically practical, they could use them as food after this), or arrange some kind of countrywide shelter program (which would be a logistical nightmare).

honestly, idk what i would do in their situation. and i’m pretty sure other countries do this. not as bad as terrapins as far as i can tell, but still not great to have loads of them running around in your ponds when they’re not supposed to be there

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Hey, thanks. I tend to write 'em as I feel it tends to help reinforce it, plus it means I gotta read the article before making a post about it. (Which is something I can definitely picture myself trying to do otherwise.)


Today, I read an article on Japanese media (particularly film) accessibility:


The artilce goes over an investigation last year by the Tokyo NPO Media Access Centre, and closes with a statement from somebody who assists those with auditory impairments.

If I’m being honest, as a learner of Japanese, a lack of subtitles makes me want to cry too.

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Today I read about Yamanashi University’s discovery and investigation of an extinct species of Okami:


Interesting stuff, though I can’t help but be reminded of the game Okami. Who knows what kind of relationship these wolves had with humans all those years ago.

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Today I read an article on the investigation regarding the discovery of bone matter in 山梨県道志村:

I had a hard time trying to word that opening line.

The DNA of the bone matter (alongside some articles of clothing) discovered near the river by the road linked to the disappearance of a seven-year-old girl from the Chiba prefecture. Currently, the police are investigating how it got there.

I’m not sure what else to add, the incident is as tragic as it is confusing.

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Hah, I’ve got an app on my phone called Todai, which (near as I can tell) is NHK News Easy: The App, and it occasionally pops up notifications of new articles. This one popped up last night, and caught my eye because it starts 山梨県で, which is where Yuru Camp is set, so I opened it up, and uh… yeah.

Not very yuru.

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Today I read an article on the effects of factory pollution in the atmosphere:


Hurricanes are one affect of climate change I hadn’t really considered. Neato.

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is this not a crime in Japan?

the guy used the money in a casino overseas that was mistakenly deposited for him.

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Reading something like this doesn’t really feel like “reading”. It’s more like “cheating with Yomichan” and piecing it together.

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Absolutely. The article doesn’t seem to be very firm on that point, but it absolutely is.

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