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25 November 2006 @ 06:56 pm
i really enjoy our study meetup. It has been so fun especially for
the past few weeks when all of us got to know each other better. It is so encouraging and motivating when we find like-minded kakis to study together. But i'm especially proud of our group because everyone is so serious in the learning and study, yet we had sooo much fun!! And i'm very grateful for all our friends who volunteer to teach, guide and share with us in our preparation. i treasure the friendships in our group!
08 October 2006 @ 12:43 am
I think all of us had great fun at the Mid Autumn Festival Celebration.

I have uploaded some photos to the following site:

Thanks to all those who helped to take photos during the event.
24 September 2006 @ 12:06 am
Saturday, September 30, 2006, 2:00 PM

Liang Court, 1st Floor River Valley Road

Info Map/Directions
Let's meetup & study together. Be prepared for the JLPT exam year end. Welcome those not taking the exams but want to study with a support group.

Please bring your own study materials, stationery, etc...
Also, please state if you are studying for JLPT Exam Level 4, 3, 2, 1 or exam-unrelated so that we can arrange the groups if necessary.

This study group will continue to be a weekly event till JLPT exam is over. The venue may change as we are still searching for a better location for the group. Try your best to RSVP so that members who arrive earlier at study venue can help to reserve enough seats required.

Also, wish to inform that after the study, we'll have dinner and probably some other activity together if time permits.

Thank you!
23 September 2006 @ 11:19 pm
i really had such a great time with our study group today. we initially planned our study at Sun Plaza's Mos burger. However, there was a sign at the restaurant discouraging students studying there. Also, the table space was rather small. we then wanted to move to library but found that it wasn't possible too.

finally, we landed up at Sun Plaza's Macdonalds. The table we had was really great. One table was able to occupy 8 of us and we had an overflow of 2 to another table.

Really thanks for such a wonderful turnout. All of us get along so well. There was so much fun and motivation studying together. Thanks to Yukie-San who has been so kind & nice to help and teach us! Thanks for all who came all the way to Sembawang! To me that's a lot of effort and support - such an encouragement to me.

i learnt alot today. one of which was, yesterday was just talking with Sharyn about the word Otaku, and today i found out the new meaning for it. all of us had fun teasing Peter, using him as illustration for sentence construction. And he's so nice to stimulate it further. hahaha..

We studied till about 7pm and went over to Northpoint for dinner at Sakura. There, we had a great time joking, laughing while having nice dinner & dessert.

next time must really get camera and take our group in action!

Many thanks to aLL who was present at tonight's study group! You're just great!!!
Koizumi Cabinet E-mail Magazine No. 250 (September 21, 2006)
[Lion Heart -- Message from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi]
(Provisional Translation)

Many thanks for the past five years

Junichiro Koizumi here.

This will be the last issue of the Koizumi Cabinet E-mail Magazine,
of which we launched the Japanese version in June five years ago
and the English version in March two years ago.

Ever since my inauguration, I have spent every day thinking about
how I can discharge my responsibilities as Prime Minister and have
devoted myself wholeheartedly to my job while keeping close to
heart the Chinese philosopher Mencius' words:

"When about to place a great responsibility on a person, heaven may
test one with hardship and frustrated efforts in order to toughen
one's nature and shore up deficiencies."

Although holding discussions, asking for advice, and utilizing the
knowledge and wisdom of experts are all essential, in the end vital
decisions have to be made on our own. There will be times when we
have to disregard our friendship or personal preferences and become

I have worked hard to the best of my abilities for the past five
years as a public figure, always preparing myself to be able to
promptly respond to any situation at all times.

Over the years, I have received both strict criticism and warm
encouragement from many people of Japan including the readers of
this e-mail magazine. I cannot tell you enough how much your words
have encouraged me.

In my policy speech immediately after my appointment as Prime
Minister, I stated, "The top priority that I must address is to
rebuild our economy and reconstruct our society as one full of
pride and confidence. Moreover, Japan must fulfill a constructive
role as a member of the global community."

Thanks to the efforts of people in the private sector and across
the nation to advance reforms while enduring their pain, the
Japanese economy has moved back onto the recovery track, and people
are regaining their confidence. With the Japan-US alliance and
international coordination as the basis of foreign policy, the
Government of Japan has endeavored to achieve peace and stability
of the world as a responsible member of the international community.

It is precisely because I had the support and cooperation of many
people that an ordinary person like myself was able to come this

There is a saying that goes, "People with virtue lack talent, while
those with talent lack virtue." I believe myself to be a timid,
plain, common sense individual.

I have given my all with a feeling that something is always
protecting me and that luck is on my side.

Yesterday, Mr. Shinzo Abe was elected as the new president of the
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was the first chief editor of
this e-mail magazine. He has also served as the Deputy Chief
Cabinet Secretary and the Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Koizumi
Cabinet, as well as the Secretary-General and the Acting Secretary-
General of the LDP. As such Mr. Abe is a trusted friend who has
long been supportive of the reforms that I have advanced.

The new prime minister of Japan is scheduled to be elected on
September 26. After leaving my office, I would like to assist the
new prime minister as a Diet member while maintaining a low profile.

I have expressed my current sentiments in the tanka poem below:

"Many thanks to you all
For all your support
Many thanks to you all
For all your encouragement and cooperation
Words of thanks are not enough to express my gratitude"

To conclude I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the
readers of this e-mail magazine and to the people of Japan for all
your support and assistance over the past five years.

* Profile of the Prime Minister

* The title of this column "Lion Heart" is a reference to the
Prime Minister's lion-like hairstyle and his unbending
determination to advance structural reform.

[What's up around the Prime Minister]

- Japan-Nigeria Summit Meeting (September 14, 2006)
Prime Minister Koizumi held a meeting with Olusegun Obasanjo,
the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

- Prime Minister Observes the Japan Patent Office
(September 14, 2006)
Prime Minister Koizumi experienced a patented technology that
enables people to practice musical instruments by muting the
sound and demonstrated his performance of the violin.

[Koizumi Cabinet E-mail Magazine]

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20 September 2006 @ 01:23 am
PGI is an IT recruitment company. We currently have openings for Japanese-speaking candidates for both IT and non-technical positions. Please send your resume to weekeng@pgi.com.sg or call our office at 6396-3800 if you are interested.

Below are the requirements for the positions:

A. Agent for order processing
Handle orders from Japan by using SAP
Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or 1pm to 10pm. (OT required especially every Quarter end)
Salaries up to S$3,000 per month
1 year renewable contract (depends on performance)
Fluent in Japanese and English (reading and writing)
Good computer skill
Open to both Native or Non-Native Japanese

B. Japanese Helpdesk/ Desktop Engineers
Work in call center environment providing hardware and software troubleshooting
Good knowledge of Windows, basic networking, Microsoft Office, Outlook Express, Antivirus products
Fluent in spoken English and Japanese
Good communication and interpersonal skills required
Salaries up to S$3,500 per month
Open to native and non-native Japanese
Some positions may require shift

C. Japanese Network Engineer
Working in network operations environment
LAN/WAN knowledge, routing protocols like OSPF and EIRGP, network design and implementation, network troubleshooting of WAN, VOICE, LAN and WLAN.
Cisco IOS Configuration, network performance tuning.
CCNA or CCNP is a plus
Required to work on 12 hour shifts
Direct contract with client with salaries up to S$4,500 per month
Open to native and non-native Japanese

D. Contact Center Team Leader
Supervise and assist in training
Handle agents escalation of customer issues
Good communication of English and Japanese is a MUST
Exprience in call center or customer services for 2 years
Able to handle work stress
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18 September 2006 @ 10:21 pm
This information was posted by Hsiao Ching to japan_sg. Thanks, Hsiao Ching, for sharing!
Anyone interested??

Japanese Cosplay Masterclass by Mr Muneaki Hashimoto, from Japan

DATE : Saturday, 30/09/2006
TIME : 7pm to 9pm
FEE : $20.00 (Member)
$25.00 (Non-Member)
DURATION : 1 Session of 2 Hrs

Highlights of the workshop
· What Japanese Cosplay is about
· How to create your favourite Cosplay character
· Making your own Cosplay accessories
· Latest trends & Cosplay scene in Japan
· Samples of costumes
· Latest Cosplay character in Japan
· Cosplay scene around the world
· What it takes to stand out in a Cosplay competition

Enquiry & Registration:
Please call Thomson CC at 62516344
Waseda Shibuya Senior High School Seiran-sai 2006

1st level corridor

Posters advertising their classes events


Entrance for the 「縁日」"ennichi"

Inside of the room

Forgot what is this exactly about but I think inside it was those acting dramas.

Just inside of the "Alice in Wonderland" flowery entrance

The queen's spade card warrior and the little mouse

"Alice" is fighting it

The background poster is the ghost house. Note: deep behind the background there is a maid cosplay (who is unfortunately a guy hahaha).

Queing up for 「忍」"Shinobi"

Exit for "shinobi"

Went for this tea ceromomy, most of the guys can't endure kneeling down for long. hehehe.

Serving snacks 「お菓子」

We got to try out into their uniforms. cool. 悪い人間は悪かったねェ・・・

Taking our(guys) group photo with a schoolgirl in yukata.

Takoyaki store

Note how big is this takoyaki hahaha...

Band performance at the cafeteria, 「イケブクロ」"ikebukuro"

Band ensemble, 「早稲渋ブレイカース」"Waseshi Breakers"

This one is very cool, especially with the guitarist in yukata, "Sham Arc"

After putting up these photos i think its abit huge. I might repost them with smaller ones later. Also I might post videos up, but my video taking is bad and cut off though. But I believe it will give a better glimpse of what is happening inside.

This event is really an eye-opener, and I've totally enjoyed it, wanting more. haha