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japan switching to ENGLISH by 2025

Postby sukida » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:14 am

incredible news.

all of the major japanese newspapers are actually printing today's
edition in both languages.

--sukida

April 1, 2006 (Tokyo) -- Japan to Speak Mostly English by 2025

In a surprise move, the Japanese government today announced a new date
for completing the island nation's long-anticipated switch to English.
As of January 3, 2025 -- only 19 years from now -- Japanese will no
longer be spoken in most places.

The plan, initiated by General Douglas MacArthur in 1950 as his last
act before leaving Japan, has surfaced only occasionally in the years
since. It had originally called for a transition by 2050, which would
have allowed a more leisurely one hundred years.

The last time it garnered public attention was in 1986, when a brief
wave of nationalism led to an ill-fated referendum that ironically
resulted in a slew of new English words. Remembering that, Japan's
globally-minded Prime Minister intends to speed up, and no longer
halt, the conversion to English.

"We realized the gradual way would end up a complete disaster like the
metric system in the US," he said before introducing his 10-point
"Ounce of Prevention" strategy.

To underscore the importance of the new date, the conference was held
by Prime Minister Kimura Takuya, Press Secretary Matsu Takako, and
Minister of Education Nakama Yukie.

On the other side of the Pacific, reactions were positive. Microsoft
hailed the move, but would not comment on its plan to standardize the
world on Microsoft English (tm). Linguist Noam Chomsky said, "English
speakers hear J-Pop like, `blah blah blah CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET blah
blah blah I WANNA ROCKS!' but now we can take the blah out".

In a symbolic move, Matsu and Nakama, both known for magic skills,
made the Japanese press kits disappear and English ones appear in
their place. Takuya thanked the audience by saying "3 9".

Schoolchildren in the land of the rising sailor uniform will still be
taught four separate writing systems (we are not making this up). "To
build moral fiber, zo!", said Nakama.

- Jodanyo News Service
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Postby Tokatu » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:16 am

April April :cheers:

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Postby Reuben » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:19 am

Nice try :P

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Postby airskape » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:30 am

probably the worst april fools joke ive heard this year lol

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Postby mms » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:34 am

haha
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Postby aikidoaasa » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:50 am

:crazy:
Blah!
That was not even fun! Cause I for one forgot that it was first of april... :cussing:

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Postby gunjourui » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:57 am

LOL nice try :lol
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Postby oberon » Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:15 pm

bwhahaha Prime Minister Kimura Takuya, Press Secretary Matsu Takako, and
Minister of Education Nakama Yukie.

LOL april fool

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Postby FaustVIII » Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:28 pm

Nice one :wink: ......but the moment I saw the title, I didn't even believe it for a second. Some Japanese people can't even pronounce the retter, i mean, the letter "L" :fight:.
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Re: japan switching to ENGLISH by 2025

Postby beldaran » Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:28 pm

sukida wrote:\
To underscore the importance of the new date, the conference was held
by Prime Minister Kimura Takuya, Press Secretary Matsu Takako, and
Minister of Education Nakama Yukie.


cute... very cute... XD

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Re: japan switching to ENGLISH by 2025

Postby Shindou » Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:31 pm

sukida wrote:To underscore the importance of the new date, the conference was held
by Prime Minister Kimura Takuya, Press Secretary Matsu Takako, and
Minister of Education Nakama Yukie.


LOL, very nice :P

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Postby TIticamara » Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:34 pm

Damn I didn;t notice all those names until I read the comments. How dumb of me!

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Postby neme_chan » Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:36 pm

pretty good idea :D rofl

has anyone been to tokyo tosho? ;)

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Postby shichif » Sat Apr 01, 2006 4:31 pm

OMG. I can't belive it. I kept thinking "Hey this can't be real! How can the Minister have the same name as Nakama Yukie!" and I forgot that it was April 1st. -_-

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Postby missxmoody » Sat Apr 01, 2006 4:38 pm

i totally forgot today is april fool's day and was going .. "OMG? is this for real? japanese have the worst english!"

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Postby hatanaka » Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:53 pm

Jodanyo News Service

That's cute! jodan=joke :lol

When I first read the title of the thread, I thought: "Dang! Why am I learning Japanese now??" Ha Ha! Good one!!!

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Postby Sakado » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:00 pm

:lol :lol nice one! It scared me for a while, i thought i was learning japanese for nothing :sweat: Nakama Yukie as Minister of Education, nahh, i'd rather have her as my PE teacher :w000t: :w000t:

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Postby nalika » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:16 pm

good one...lol
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Postby Daisukimaru » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:20 pm

as of most people i was like WTF why should i learn japaneses then


and i believed it -.-
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Postby Romance » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:27 pm

haha while i read this i prepared a f*** YOU answer, but i got owned, hahaha!!!

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Postby goygakgoy » Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:31 am

Dude...I don't know why, but I keep falling for all these april fool's jokes. I've been only checking this forum, Japanese section, for a few days now and it's just breaking my heart..haha.

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Postby Kae » Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:44 am

Oh it's a joke! Gosh and I am not Japanese, but ready to defend another's native language with a "What the hell...?". Actually thought about my country's which has lots! Haha, good one.
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Postby Li-Mei » Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:47 am

I saw the date in the beginning of the article and I knew something was up. Haha. Very funny and interesting article!

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Postby albertoavena » Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:08 am

Thank god it was an April Fools Joke!! As I was reading it, I believed it and was about to cry :cry: Nice April fools Joke! :P Yeah, I also thought, "Why the heck am I learning Japanese?"
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Postby Schala » Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:35 am

TIticamara wrote:Damn I didn;t notice all those names until I read the comments. How dumb of me!


Lol. Me either. I skimmed it. And then I was like..this is NUTS. And then I saw the April Fools comments. Hahaha. I keep forgetting today is April 1st. :sweat:
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Postby jholic » Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:11 am

pretty funny one. you definitely caught my eye with the topic title, but once i saw the first few lines, i knew it couldn't be true. have you read some of the english statements on their t-shirts? it would take them until 2225 before you have japanese speaking MOSTLY english! :lol
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Postby ~shinigami~ » Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:23 am

Just posting to tell you that you got me good. :lol

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Postby sejabin » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:28 pm

OMG. I didn't even realize it was a joke.
I was like.. :O :crazy: :cussing:
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Postby sze_sze » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:37 pm

:O :lol I didn't fall for this..... how could I have? :whistling: haha

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Postby fluid » Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:57 pm

I was hoping this would be true than I don't have to worry about learning japanese when I go to Japan someday :P

Nice April fool's joke but how could someone believe this lol...i guess most d-addict members are quite gullible here :roll

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Postby arekesu » Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:17 am

I totally believed this XD Nice one :D

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Postby Twilight Ronin » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:53 am

Lol

Funny though how the article didn't mention Empress Kou... *whistles*

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Postby Kimika » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:30 am

hahaha, nice one! I totally got fooled although it's after April Fool's xD. Freaked out thinking "I'm learning this language for no reason!!" :cry: until I saw the actors' names. =P

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Postby abcd99 » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:33 am

Sometimes people just takes April fools way too far. :D

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Postby topnotch97 » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:36 am

:lol hilarious! ahahaha
i remember one site that got "shut down" by MPAA, with that poster and all and "we have filed your IP address. then i found out it was an April Fool's Joke. ahahahaha :P

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Postby 6502inside » Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:26 am

I don't care if they're switching, I'm going to keep studying Japanese anyways. English is boring and I'm tired of it.

追伸、このトピックは冗談とわかりましたよ。(^^)

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Postby Twilight Ronin » Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:17 am

lol, they're, of course, not... it's the best written April joke I've seen this year.

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Postby AjiKan » Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:33 am

Great Job, you totally got me >< Until i read the last line. Thank god i can understand enough Japanese.

Ahhh.. so scary ><

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Postby moonlit » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:55 pm

Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about checking the date. I actually got worried that this would really happen! The article is really well-written though, it sounds really professional!

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Postby faithfulpanda » Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:15 pm

bahahha,t hat's awesome, good thing I...

oh wait. no. i definately believed it for all of 2 seconds. :D

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Postby sukida » Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:54 pm

it is gratifying that so many people commented on my little prank and
that all of those fooled had a great sense of humor about it. thanks! you surprised *me*.

it's fun every time a victim confesses. have *you* confessed yet? :)

i also posted to http://jtv-forum.clubbed.org/index.php?showtopic=3431
(more good natured victims, i think including a fansubber) and
http://forums.tokyotosho.com/index.php/topic,298.0.html (most people
didn't get the joke ever! i responded with more hints).

i hope it was as fun for many of you, even the ones who weren't fooled
for a second, as it was for me.

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Postby jayph » Sun Apr 09, 2006 10:49 pm

dei uiruu purobarii supikking raiku disu! ( they will probably speaking like this :whistling: ) :lol

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Postby jalapeno » Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:01 pm

geez. i almost belived this article if it weren't for matsu takako's name! hahaha! but yeah. i think nihongo is such a beautiful language and it's one of the things that makes japan, japan... if you get my drift. :)

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Postby Junfan21 » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:41 pm

I feel so bad for believing this... Oh well, nice one!
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Postby doink-chan » Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:43 am

*laughs at the doinks on TokyoTosho thread* Seriously, did most of these people not read the Wikipedia links about Matsu Takako, Kimura Takuya and Nakama Yukie? XD

Good April Fools' joke though, hopefully next year's joke will be even more elaborate (doinkies is awful at April Fools' jokes T.T).
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Postby FruitChaat » Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:05 pm

haha i was readin g this and i was like wtf this doesnt make any sense then i saw kimutakus name and i was just like uhhh wat is this, then i saw the date it was posted and it all clicked =D

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Postby Starlightkitty7 » Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:18 pm

oh! lol actually...I got fooled for a second. ^^''

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Postby AngelicLayer » Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:42 pm

It sux! Only one country on this planet where japanese is spoken only all over the world! Changin to English is gonna be true only with a dumb prime minister! Japan wont give up its culture and its language I think!!! Because I think, a hamburger cannot replace sushi, and a cowboys cannot replace a samurai! Washingto cannot replace Tokyo, and the palm also cannot replace sakura!!!!

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Postby Néa Vanille » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:11 am

AngelicLayer wrote:It sux! Only one country on this planet where japanese is spoken only all over the world! Changin to English is gonna be true only with a dumb prime minister! Japan wont give up its culture and its language I think!!! Because I think, a hamburger cannot replace sushi, and a cowboys cannot replace a samurai! Washingto cannot replace Tokyo, and the palm also cannot replace sakura!!!!


lol.

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Postby 20centuryboy » Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:47 pm

AngelicLayer wrote: Because I think, a hamburger cannot replace sushi,


I'd say, " a hamburger can't replace a hambaagu" :whistling:

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Postby fairytwix » Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:53 pm

AngelicLayer wrote:It sux! Only one country on this planet where japanese is spoken only all over the world! Changin to English is gonna be true only with a dumb prime minister! Japan wont give up its culture and its language I think!!! Because I think, a hamburger cannot replace sushi, and a cowboys cannot replace a samurai! Washingto cannot replace Tokyo, and the palm also cannot replace sakura!!!!


i specifically logged on for this..all i can say is.. LOL! LOL! LOL!!! hahaha...soreeh angeliclayer no offense but...u dint really think this was tru right?? lol..~ im sure u dint..hahah..but ur reaction was juz sooo funeeeeh...hahaha..imagine if it was true..lol... ~
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Postby sukida » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:09 am

more than one person at tokyo toshokan (check out the link on the previous page or so) called it cultural rape, or similar.

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Postby pwner4once » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:22 am

loll.... i just read this thread and thought it was real. I thought there would be no more waiting for dramas by 2050 :lol :lol :lol

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Postby goygakgoy » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:39 am

I read this a long time ago....I still got fooled...hehe.

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bump :whistling:

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Postby TRaven » Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:53 am

ok, i'm back from cleaning myself after soiling myself. what a horrible prank! haha I didnt even notice the names and stuff, haha
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Postby bluemoo21 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:51 am

AngelicLayer wrote:It sux! Only one country on this planet where japanese is spoken only all over the world! Changin to English is gonna be true only with a dumb prime minister! Japan wont give up its culture and its language I think!!! Because I think, a hamburger cannot replace sushi, and a cowboys cannot replace a samurai! Washingto cannot replace Tokyo, and the palm also cannot replace sakura!!!!


:lol soo true though
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Postby cutepiekiss » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:20 am

hahahahaha..I got fooled................although, today is not 1st April

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Postby rayasunshine » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:43 am

lol.. Its 3 days late and i totally fell for this for about a minute.. i was just sitting here in front of my computer with my mouth open... before I noticed the names. funny :)

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Postby vina.loves.sushi » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:53 am

oh man, i can't believe i fell for this joke...hahaha! so funny!
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Postby Felguard » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:11 am

I believed it up until "Japanese will no longer be spoken in most places." That gave the whole thing away.

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Postby Pandemonium » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:41 am

... wasn't this from last year?


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