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I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May your holiday season be safe, warm, and carefree.

See you in 2004.


# posted on 12/24/2003          


 

Due to Japan's low birth rate, its population falls every year. According to a recent VOA report (via Nippon Goro Goro), if the falling birth rate continues, Japan will need about 600,000 new immigrant workers each year to sustain economic growth. This will mean that the ability to communicate clearly in English will no longer be an exclusive concern of those wishing to work, study, and travel abroad; but instead it will become an increasingly valuable skill for all Japanese people to have.


# posted on 12/08/2003          


 

I know many of you like going into Kyoto on the weekends for shopping and hanging out with friends. Have a look at the impressive photos on a site called, Alive in Kyoto, by a foreign resident named Nils. Do you recognize some of the places?


# posted on 12/05/2003          


 

Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more about the history of Thanksgiving in the USA.


# posted on 12/05/2003          


 

Announcement: Classes on Friday, December 19th are cancelled. Please mark your calendars.


# posted on 12/02/2003          


 

Ahhh...the colorful fall leaves in Kyoto always put me in a happy mood. I just wonder why they peak so much later (one month) than they do back home in the USA? I suppose it has to do with temperature and amount of sunlight and humidity.


# posted on 12/02/2003          




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