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File:8-2earthquake-kanto.jpg has been nominated for deletion on Commons -- (talk) 07:48, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

CJKV characters as disambiguatory terms in article naming[edit]

FYI, this may touch on the area of concern of your wikiproject's topic. See Wikipedia talk:Article titles#Inadequacy of current WP:UE guideline with regard to Chinese names -- (talk) 06:17, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

Proposed update to the Nihongo template[edit]

Hi everyone. There is a suggestion over at the talk page of Template:Nihongo that we change the parameter names to allow more intuitive use from the visual editor. I'd appreciate it if you could leave your comments over there. Best — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 11:05, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Japanese ethnicity[edit]

{{Japanese ethnicity}} has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 06:14, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Japanese peanuts[edit]

Hi. I am working on the cueritos article and one of the ingredients for a related dish is referred to as "Japanese peanuts". It took me a bit to figure out what was meant, the peanuts encased in a crunchy brown shell. Do these have a proper name? Should there be an article about them? I would like to be more clear for readers who may not be familiar with what this is. At first I thought the description I saw mean the peanuts were in the peanut shell and it was eaten whole, cruunchy in some way. :) Anyway, thanks for any assistance y'all can provide. Domo. Candleabracadabra (talk) 23:34, 10 July 2013 (UTC)


南山 has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 08:05, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Free images for seiyuus[edit]

I once asked this on the Anime and Manga WikiProject, but they said that since WP:JAPAN is the parent, I should ask it here. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to request voice acting agencies to donate free agencies to Wikipedia. Most of our articles on seiyuu have no images, in most cases simply because free images don't exist for them. Also, would it be a good idea to also ask record labels to donate free images? While many of our articles on mainstream artists like Ayumi Hamasaki and AKB48 have free images, lesser-known singers are usually left out. Would such an idea be helpful to the project? Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 01:52, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Why does it matter what a seiyuu looks like when what they are known for is their vocal talent? I can understand for musicians because they have more of a performance aspect, but really.—Ryulong (琉竜) 04:35, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Wouldn't you need an image for an FA-nomination ? -- (talk) 04:45, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
That doesn't seem to prevent us from having featured articles on topics for which there are no free images.—Ryulong (琉竜) 05:00, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Those would not be biographies of living or recently (1950+) alive people. -- (talk) 02:18, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

New templates for Japanese prefectures[edit]


just a few words to inform you that new templates have just been created to allow geolocalization on some Japanese prefectures (14 so far), and more should be available soon. They can be used in infoboxes (i.e. Narita Airport, Tochigi Green Stadium, Miyagi University, Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant...). This includes :

So feel free to use them. XIIIfromTOKYO (talk) 11:12, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

"Hokkaido Prefecture" is just "Hokkaido". Similarly, it's just "Tokyo". I've moved the templates accordingly.—Ryulong (琉竜) 14:25, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Excellent work! I hope these get used on plenty of articles. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 16:31, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Nigerians in Japan[edit]

More editors welcome to help in resolving content dispute at Nigerians in Japan. See Talk:Nigerians in Japan. Thanks, (talk) 23:27, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

I need some translation help[edit]


I'm sure that you've noticed the new WP:VisualEditor software here at the English Wikipedia, and I hope you've tried it out. I have just been assigned to help the Japanese, Polish, and Swedish Wikipedias with this software, which will probably be turned on for all their users in a few weeks. I want to make sure that these communities have the important help and information pages translated and that the software developers hear about their concerns as feedback and with bug reports on Bugzilla, so that any problems they find will get fixed.

The problem I have, is that I don't speak any of these languages! From what I can tell with Google Translate, the Japanese Wikipedia has no information at all about this change. I am leaving this note here in the hope of finding a few people who understand Japanese and are interested in helping me support the Japanese Wikipedia. I need people who can:

I have posted a note to ja:Wikipedia:Help for Non-Japanese Speakers#VisualEditor, and I would also appreciate any advice about people or pages in that project to contact.

If you'd like to help, please let me know. I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:45, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

Sorry but I'm not experienced enough to help you do full translations, however I will suggest you call the article JA:WP:VisualEditor as that's the name of the software, unless there is a Japanese logo and everything and it's fully recognised in that language. Personally I would also suggest you call VisualEditor ヴィジュアルエディター in Japanese, unless your original translation was already decided on in the VisualEditor project. (This second translation uses a mimicked 'v' sound which does not traditionally exist in Japanese, whereas that original translation took the more original approach of using a 'b' sound instead. Both are correct though.) For translations, you could possibly directly contact experienced members of this WikiProject. Sorry I can't really be much of a help, but I felt compelled to reply anyway. Good luck with the rest of the VisualEditor work! DarkToonLink (talk) 07:14, 9 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply!
The name I pasted above is from the WP:Tags put on the edits in Special:RecentChanges. I don't know how it was selected, and it might not be the best.
We are making some progress (or, I should say, other people are making some progress, and I'm unfortunately unable to do much more than watch). You can see where things stand at mw:VisualEditor/Portal/ja. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:05, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
It seems they have selected the first name, which is probably fine for general audiences anyway, I was just making a suggestion if it hadn't been named yet. Anyway, it's great to see things are moving along! DarkToonLinkHeyaah! 06:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
I might be able to help out with translating Japanese bug reports into English and for non-official dialogues with users from For translating the project pages and usage guide etc. into Japanese, though, you're probably better off getting the help of a native Japanese speaker. I think it would be a good investment by the foundation to hire a professional translator. That's the most sure-fire way of getting a quality result. Having said that, it might be possible to get good results by asking users (although it strikes me as a bit hit-and-miss). — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 08:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
That would be very helpful. Tools like Google Translate seem totally inadequate for that sort of task.
I've found a couple of people to work on the English-to-Japanese translation. You can see some of their work at mw:VisualEditor/Portal/ja. Another person, who seems to be a very good translator, is hoping to work on it this weekend. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:51, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
Please note WP is not an alias for the Wikipedia namespace in Japanese Wikipedia. The project page is at ja:Wikipedia:ビジュアルエディター and ja:WP:ビジュアルエディター does not work. --Kusunose 17:51, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! I have corrected my broken links above. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:51, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Update: VisualEditor has been delayed at the Japanese Wikipedia due to problems with unicode fonts. It will probably not be released to all users there until at least the middle of August. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:10, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Dancing monkey.jpg[edit]

image:Dancing monkey.jpg has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 11:50, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Where is Mitake in Yamaguchi prefecture[edit]

A recent CNN story talked about the tiny community of Mitake, with a grand total of 16 residents, described as "remote" and "mountainous." Which town or village is it located in?

WhisperToMe (talk) 19:08, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

It's in Shūnan, Yamaguchi. And since yesterday it even has a separate Wikipedia article: ja:金峰 (周南市). --Asakura Akira (talk) 19:24, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
Ok! Do you know if Mitake was in, before 2003, Tokuyama, Shinnan'yō, Kano, and/or Kumage? WhisperToMe (talk) 19:53, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
I started a small stub at Mitake, Shūnan, Yamaguchi WhisperToMe (talk) 20:14, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
The Japanese article seems to say that it was in Kano before the 2003 merger WhisperToMe (talk) 21:02, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Sayuri Sugawara at Articles for Improvement.[edit]

Dear members of the Japan WikiProject. This notification is sent from the Articles for Improvement team to let you know that the article Sayuri Sugawara, which has been tagged as part of the project, has been selected to receive community improvement.

Users and members of the project that are willing to help, may do so in the article's entry on the Articles for Improvement page.

Regards. みんな空の下 (トーク) 05:33, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

"Monogatari series"[edit]

The usage of Monogatari series (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) is under discussion, see talk:Monogatari (novel series) (this article is not about a series of monogatari or various monogatari series, in any generic or cultural sense ) -- (talk) 06:22, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

The Ape and the Fox[edit]

At talk:The Ape and the Fox we are having a discussion on the applicability of Japanese art in an Aesop's fable -- (talk) 13:36, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

WP:NPOV concerns at Five elements (Japanese philosophy)[edit]

The article Five elements (Japanese philosophy) seems to me to have some real WP:NPOV problems. I’ve flagged the article with {{POV}} and left a comment on its Talk page in the hopes that others will review it as well. —Frungi (talk) 01:27, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Caption for 'Japanese Naval Landing Force, waiting for attack order with wearing a gas mask.jpg'[edit]

The caption on File:Japanese Naval Landing Force, waiting for attack order with wearing a gas mask.jpg is under discussion at WT:CHINA -- (talk) 04:11, 31 July 2013 (UTC)