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昨日の夜、やっと決まりました、はい、そうです、労働党[ろうどうとう](= Labour Party)が政権[せいけん] (= government)をとることになりました。ジャシンダ・アーダーンさんは、労働党[ろうどうとう]の党首[とうしゅ](= party leader)に数か月前になったばかり、そして、今度はニュージーランドの首相[しゅしょう](= prime minister)になります。37歳の若き首相です!

We finally found that which party would form a government - the New Zealand Labour party! Jacinda Ardern, the party leader, landed the party's leadership position just a few months ago and now she will be the prime minister of New Zealand! A full-of-energy 37 yr old PM will be born!

Note: Labour Party used a slogan 'Let's do this' during its election campaign.

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FREE Japanese film showing in October 2017

Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:50 PM
Location: L3

Studio Ghibli Animation Film!

Free Admission! No booking required! English Subtitles!

‘When Marnie was there'

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Voice: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
2014 | 103min. | PG

Promise we'll remain a secret, forever.

Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off from everyone around her. Concerned for her health, Anna's foster mother decides to send her to rural Hokkaido to stay in a sleepy town by the sea. As she dreams her days away amongst the marshes, Anna finds herself strangely... Based on the beloved novel by Joan G. Robinson, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is the latest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of ARRIETTY.

Presented by Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland, The Japan Foundation
Supported by The University of Waikato

Any inquiries? - Please contact Athena Chambers at School of Arts, FASS (838 4932).

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I wrote about 'the Buried Giant' some time ago. This novel was written by British writer Kazuo Ishiguro and he has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature!

Mr Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan and moved to U.K. when he was five years old. Mr Ishiguro grew up in Japanese language environment (his Japanese parents kept Japanese communication at home) and he understands Japanese now (but he is not so good when it comes to speaking, apprently).

If you want to know more details of this news, you can find here (the BBC site), for example.

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