The Japan team pose for a group photograph after their quarterfinal match against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup. Photo: REUTERS file
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'One Team', '#KuToo' buzzwords for 2019 in Japan

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By Odd ANDERSEN

Japan rugby team's slogan "One Team", the "#KuToo" campaign against a requirement to wear heels at work, and the new imperial era name "Reiwa" were chosen Monday as the most memorable 2019 buzzwords.

"One Team" was declared the top buzzword of the year live on national TV, after the Brave Blossoms captured Japan's imagination by reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.

With stunning wins over Six Nations sides Scotland and Ireland and a gutsy last-eight loss to eventual winners South Africa, the Japanese team won the heart of a nation hooked on baseball and sumo -- with supporters packing out fanzones and tuned in in their millions.

The word #KuToo, a play on words from the Japanese word "kutsu" -- meaning shoes -- and "kutsuu" -- meaning "pain" -- also made the top 10.

Campaigners say wearing high heels is seen as near-obligatory when job hunting or working at many Japanese companies.

They submitted a petition in June to the government to protest against the requirement.

The list also included "Reiwa," -- meaning beautiful harmony in Japanese -- the name of the era that defines the new emperor's reign.

Although the Gregorian calendar is widely used in the world's third-largest economy, Japan is the only country still using Chinese-style imperial calendars for private and public documents as well as computer records.

The announcement of a new era name is a massive event in Japan, marked with special newspaper editions, calligraphy shows and public festivities.

Another topical buzzword was "keikaku unkyu" (planned cancellation) in relation to the advance suspension of Tokyo trains as Typhoon Hagibis approached in October.

A craze for tapioca drinks resulted in another buzzword "tapiru", which combines the two words tapioca and "suru" (do).

Women's British Open champion Hinako Shibuno's nicknames, "Smiling Cinderella" and "Shibuko," were also on the list.

Japan chooses the buzzwords as well as the kanji, or Chinese character, of the year annually at the year's close.

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Although the Gregorian calendar is widely used in the world's third-largest economy, Japan is the only country still using Chinese-style imperial calendars for private and public documents as well as computer records.

Dont forget that North Korea uses something similar! The North Korean Juche calendar!

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Japan Pride ! Banzai!!

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I think it should be ShinzoAbe#1

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One team? I dont believe I heard that buzzword as much as I heard "victory road".

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a nation hooked on baseball and sumo

Hooked on sumo?

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Jimizo, it’s a late 60s early 70s song famously covered by Blue Swede.

Ookachaka ooka ooka ookachaka...

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I don't get how Kutoo made it on the list, it was a very short-lived thing that ended up accomplishing nothing.

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“NHK wo bukkowasu” should’ve made the list.

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Extremely lame choices this year, especially #KuToo, since most people can't pronounce "too" but would say "Tsu" when reading it, as well as how it minimises a serious movement.

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Quite rightly, the photograph shows Japans Rugby team proudly posing with the countries national flag, and not the countries naval ensign.

They are one team representing Japan, not the Navy.

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One Team is just weak.  Were the other countries fielding more than One?  Were the other teams not united?

itKuToo also a bit lame.  As said above, has essentially disappeared without a trace.

Ex - what has the naval ensign got to do with this?

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Ex - what has the naval ensign got to do with this?

The Rugby World Cup was really a rehearsal for next years Olympics. Lets hope that the host country recognises the difference between Japans national flag, and Japans Naval Ensign.

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Still not sure what you are trying to say.  do any of Japan's sports teams use the naval ensign?  Does anyone in Japan - apart from right wingers - routinely use that old flag?

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"One Team" is essentially a piece of Japlish. Doesn't really make sense if you think about it too much.

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Does anyone in Japan - apart from right wingers - routinely use that old flag?

I have recently found that, if I say to somebody displaying the Naval Ensign flag "Oh, you are in the SDF Navy. What ship are you onboard," they look at me blank.

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I don't do "buzzwords." Too copycatty and conformist.

When did it become "cool" to do all the same things -- like say the same words, wear "hipster" glasses, grow big bushy beards, get tattoos, and so on -- as everyone else?

Being "cool" used to mean being different, an individualist. Now it seems to mean just being a copycatting drone.

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Jenni- agree 100%. Being cool today means “belonging to some trending cause” as opposed to being yourself regardless of what others think.

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Jenni- agree 100%. Being cool today means “belonging to some trending cause” as opposed to being yourself regardless of what others think.

Yeah just look at Dave Chappelle. Going on and on about trending causes, and never being himself, only being what people want. That's the only reason he is cool, right?

 

 

...right?

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