Buzzword nominees for 2016 in Japan

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It's going to be a nice day today, but tomorrow is looking like we may see some rain in the afternoon. It's still going to stay warm till Tuesday and then it'll cool down but the rest of the week is looking like it won't rain anyway...

The 30 nominees for Japan’s top buzzwords of 2016 were announced Thursday by the Jiyukokuminsha publishing house, covering a variety of new popular terms ranging from the “Shin Godzilla” film to the “Zika fever.”

Comedian Pikotaro was just in time to make the list with his “PPAP” music video going viral on social media since September.

The finalists for the 2016 U-Can Shingo Ryukogo Taisho (2016 U-Can New Words and Buzzwords Awards) included many phrases that highlighted the year’s cultural trends.

The augmented reality phone app “Pokemon Go,” released in Japan in July, of course made the cut. But so did “aruki-sumaho,” or literally, “smartphone walking,” a term describing the act of walking while looking down at a smartphone screen.

Top-selling boy band SMAP’s announced breakup also made the list as “SMAP kaisan.” Fans of the group reacted by mass buying a popular 2003 single “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” (“The One and Only Flower in the World.”) Reaching almost 3 million accumulated sales, it became the fourth top-selling single in the country.

The weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine, which published a number of scoops this year, generated several items, including its nickname “sentence spring,” a direct English translation of its name. Another from the weekly was “bunshun hou,” which loosely translates to “bunshun bombardment,” used by netizens who note that the magazine’s scandalous articles have caused headaches for celebrities.

Such scoops include an affair between TV talent Becky and rocker Enon Kawatani, along with countless reports on celebrities’ adultery. To that end, “gesu furin,” or “sleazy affairs” also made the list.

Nominees also included phrases reflecting politics and social issues, such as “Trump gensho” or “Trump phenomenon,” regarding U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s aggressive behavior and comments during the election, and “EU ridatsu” on Brexit, as well as the massive “Panama Papers” leak.

Phrases on domestic news include “Hoikuen ochita. Nihon shine,” or “Didn’t get a slot in day care. Drop dead, Japan,” which was used in a blog post penned by an anonymous writer who struggled with the day care shortage.

Another was Twitter hashtag “ganbare Kumamon e,” which translates as “cheer up with Kumamon drawings,” where illustrations of the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot Kumamon were posted following mega-quakes which struck the area in April.

The buzzwords were chosen based on the results of a questionnaire answered by readers of the annually published book “Gendai Yogo no Kiso Chishiki” (“The Basic Knowledge of Current News Terms”). The awards selection committee will announce the top 10 words, including the grand prize winner, on Dec. 1.

I don't really care which one wins...as long as it isn't PPAP...I'm already tired of that song...ha ha!

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