Kaba-chan Re-elected

Gubernatorial elections were held this past Sunday, March 25.  Current governor Ikuo Kabashima was re-elected in a landslide, winning over 90% of the vote.  Voter turnout was just 38.44%, a record low.

Though he did not seek any official endorsement from any political party, he enjoyed support from the Liberal Democratic Party - which controls more seats in the prefecutral diet than any other party - and the Komeito Party.  He also received support from the Democratic Party and the social Democratic Party, who had supported different candidates when Kabashima first ran in 2008.

Governor Kabashima, now 65 years old, was first elected in 2008.  After receiving a BA and Master's degree from the University of Nebraska and and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in America, he worked at the University of Tsukuba for 10 years, first as an associate professor at the Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, then as a full professor, and finally as Dean of the Graduate School of Political Economy.  In 1997  he moved to the University of Tokyo to become a Professor of Law.  He has written a book in English entitled Changing Politics in Japan.  He is affectionately known to Kumamoto residents as "Kaba-chan" (kaba is Japanese for hippo).  

Keisuke Kuboyama (68) ran against Governor Kabashima.  Kuboyama is the leader of the Communist Party in Kumamoto but ran without the party's official endorsement.  

Summarized from an article in Kumanichi on March 25, 2012.


Corrections to the 2011 Tax Year Packets for U.S. JETs:

2-5th year JET tax packet
2555-EZ form
line 10a:
2-5th year JETs should write "2010" in the space provided, as that was the last year that you filed a 2555-EZ form.  Line 10b should be blank.  Check "No" on line 10c.  Line 10d should also be blank.

The corrected versions of the tax packets are now available:  2011 Tax Year Packets


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Japanese Phrase of the Week
さい しょく けん び 

意味 (meaning):
to have both brains and beauty
Obscure English Word of the Week
Trinoctial [tri noc tial]
1. lasting for three nights; comprising three nights

example sentence:
Jim's trinoctial poetry-reading put the entire audience to sleep.  
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