Ameba Pico’s English Is Too Difficult

A Japanese user, who might be a big fan of CyberAgent’s popular virtual avatar world Ameba Pigg, asked a question [J] on Yahoo! Chiebukuro (=Yahoo! Answers in Japan) about his playing Ameba Pico, an English version of Ameba Pigg.

I’m playing Ameba Pico but totally lost as I can not understand the following English. Please translate this for me!

com.mongodb.DBPortPool$SemaphoresOut: Out of semaphores to get db connection

and everyone is saying “thx”. What does this mean? Please help me!

The first, the only and the best answer (as the person asked seemed to be satisfied with it) was,

Is this a single sentence?

The beginning “com.mon” should be “come on”, “godb” must be “good by” but then they do not connect well…

By the way, “thx” means “thanks”! Sometimes you type “thanx”! They pronounce “x” as “kusu”♪

via Yahoo! Chiebukuro [J]

Yahoo! Market Opens For Android By Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo! Japan started its own Android Market, Yahoo! Market [J] on October 9.

The market is based on Android applications information from the official Android Market, comes with Android app news provided by several Japanese Android app review media/blogs, such like Octoba, Sumaho-Girl, Andronavi, EX Droid, giveUp de Android, etc. Over 300 reviews per month is expected, which is the largest in Japanese according to Yahoo! Japan.

Each app page, most of which information seem to be taken from the official Android Market and so there are not only Japanese but all language apps, has a link to Yahoo!’s popular Q&A service Chiebukuro (Japanese version of Yahoo! Answers) so that users will ask about the app to all Yahoo! Chiebukuro users.

Currently, it seems to be just another app review site, though it has many reviews providers and potential visitors from Yahoo! Japan. According to Japan, Yahoo! Japan is planning to implement apps registration/sale functions in Spring 2012.

I noticed that the site’s top-level navigation has “Android App” button, which does not make much sense if only with it. Yahoo! Market may have another corners, maybe iOS and/or Windows Phone apps later.

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Press Release [J]

Cheating With Japanese Yahoo! Answers Happens At Kyoto Univ Entrance Exam

Today, 26th February in afternoon, one question around Japanese translation to English on Yahoo! Chiebukuro [J], one of Japan’s most popular Q and A service run by Yahoo! Japan, was mentioned on giant bulletin board 2-channel [J] by an anonymous Japanese web users.

The following comments (all anonymous) pointed out that the question is identical with the one from entrance exam questions of Kyoto University, one of the nation’s top university, done in the morning. And the time asked was just after the exam began. So this person must submit the question from examination room.

Then, 2-channel users found that the same person (id: aicezuki) made a series of English and math questions on Yahoo! Chiebukuro [J]. The math questions were done from 13:37 to 14:11 on Friday 25th, which is during the math exam time (13:30-15:30) [J, pdf].

Although some commented that it is stupid to expect answers within under 2 hours on web Q and A services, suprisingly, he/she got answers before the math exam ends at 15:30. And 4 out of 6 were correct.

Some explained how they think it can be done. Remember, memo or take photos of the questions, then ask permission to invigilators for toilet break, accessing Yahoo! Chiebukuro and write questions. Or, if you have a cooperator outside, you can e-mail to him/her, and he/she will handle Yahoo! Chiebukuro. (You need to go to bathroom twice in a single test, if you yourself want to pass the exam, though.)

The real English questions were not published yet. We will update when we get it but for the English exam, he/she could not get good answers within time.

Some of 2-channellers wrote that it is unlikely to get the exam passed by using these answers without found, and said that this may be done by a part-time exam solver, who are hired to leave exam early and make a quick model answers for big preparatory school, as those schools are expected to disclose all questions and sample answers in hours.

There is also an opinion that it is not for passing the exam itself but protesting against something or showing that the exam can be cheated.

Yahoo! Chiebukuro is one of two popular online questions-and-answers website (the other is OKWave). It was built based on Yahoo! Korea’s Q-and-A service success in 2004, then U.S. Yahoo! made a clone of it and named Yahoo! Answers.

Cheating exam by cellphone was a news in Korea in 2004, but that one was organized mass cheating. This time it goes advance with croudsourcing, which a certain Japanese web user called “Cheating 2.0”.

[Update 22:31] Public TV NHK reported the issue on its website [J]. PR person of Kyoto University answered to NHK that they would investigate issue.

[Update 22:55] Asahi followed [J]

[Update 0:54] Nikkei says that the same person did it at Doshisha University on Feb 8 [J]

[Update 2011-02-28] Some English coverages are coming,

Test taker seeks answers online during exams at several universities – The Mainichi Daily News

Web exam leak rocks elite school / Poster asked for answers in mathematics, English on Yahoo! Japan site : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)朝日新聞社):Elite universities shaken by entrance exam leaks – English

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Japan rattled over online exam leaks

Japanese Web Community As Person

Gijinka (anthropomorphization) is what Japanese anime/manga people love, and it often passes the language barriers.

On giant anonymous bulletin board 2-channel, some amateur cartoonists seemed to vie in their personification sense [J].

2-channel: They know who they are well. derision for everything is their basic attitude.

Nico Nico (Douga): Hatsune Miku, young girls’ livestream on Nico Nico Namahousou, people distantly watching her

Mixi: typical host men image, drinks and smokes. implies how 2-channeller look down the current mainstream Mixi users

Hatsugen Komachi: another gigantic discussion board occupied by Japanese housewives. it is said that everything is driven by jealousy there.

Hatena: Japanese geeks community. well-schooled, critics (from Japanese average), who think (only) they are logical

Pixiv: Social illustration site boasting millions of amateur (and pro) illustrator members

Different from deviantART’s one (see below), this person is given an introverted personality. Beret is a symbol of the father of Japanese manga Osamu Tezuka, often used to draw professional cartoonist and wannabe.

Futaba: The origin of 4chan

Futaba added image upload feature on 2-channel-like bulletin boards, then moot made an English version. Futaba’s domain name is, 2-channel is if you are confused.

This Futaba’s character must be copied from 4-chan’s one. See below.

Yahoo! Chiebukuro: Japanese Yahoo! Answers, though US Yahoo! Answers were made after seeing the Chiebukuro’s success

Net-savvies are irritated with never-ending dorky questions and useless answers.

Mobage-Town: possible Japan’s No.1 social network is full of games

2-channellers seem to believe that some use the social network as a dating site to find high-school girls.

English social services were personified before, you might know,

Yajiuma Watch tells that those personifications might be inspired by this. [J]

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Asiajin » Q&A: What’s The Japanese Equivalent Of [enter foreign web service here]?

It’s Official Now. Google Announces Their Search Platform Provided To Yahoo! Japan

Google Asia Pacific and Japan vice president Daniel Alegre announced [J] on official Google Japan blog that Google’s search technology is again provided to Yahoo! Japan.

According to the article, Yahoo! Japan uses Google’s search engine as a backend, is able to customize frontend in any way. Google emphasizes that Yahoo! Japan has freehand on how to display search results, what original experiences to offer.

Google also provides search advertising platform to Yahoo! Japan. It is said that the data of advertisers and ads are not shared between Google and Yahoo! Japan.

In return, Yahoo! Japan gives its popular contents such like Auction, Shopping and Chiebukuro(Answers) to Google’s search index.


Yahoo! Japan also announced it [J, pdf]

Yahoo! Japan shows how much this change will affect on their search results page. “Only”(the release said so) the blue squares – organic search results and the red boxes – search advertising part on the new one, right side, are influenced by this time change. Yahoo! related keywords, links from Yahoo! Chiebukuro(Answers) and other Yahoo! contents will remain.

The Google’s side announcement on the blog was mistakenly opened at 14:16, then withdrawn until the originally planned 15:10.

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Is Yahoo! Japan Switching To Google Search? – Our comments in this morning