Sep 23

WIT Life #127: The plot thickens

WITLife is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends together with her own observations.

Tensions have increased between Japan and China over the former’s prolonged detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain.  In response, China has put an embargo on shipments of rare earth minerals, which are used for various manufacturing purposes such as solar panel glass and Prius motors.  The conflict has escalated to the point that Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao stepped in early this week to personally demand the captain’s release.  Stay tuned to see how this diplomatic crisis pans out.

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