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Finding official websites of former Japanese schools[編集]

I found the archived websites of the old Monbusho at*/

Do these pages have the URLs of the former Japanese schools:

  • ブレーメン国際日本学園 (Germany)
  • 英国四天王寺学園 (UK)

I ask this because MEXT (the successor of the old Monbusho) has listed URLs of Japanese schools in pages such as this one:

As for this one:

  • サウスクイーンズランドアカデミー (Australia)

From*/ I found the page for South Queensland Academy - did it have a boarding high school program for Japanese expatriate students? What was its relationship to any Australian schools? Was it established in 1992?

Thanks! WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月1日 (日) 22:17 (UTC)

I was able to start en:South Queensland Academy but I still don't know info about the Bremen and Shittenou schools. WhisperToMe会話) 2015年4月7日 (火) 14:09 (UTC)


I'm Wikipedian in Residence at en:ORCID and a Japanese friend, who is not a Wikipedian, is doing ORCID outreach work there, which will benefit Wikipedia, as explained at en:WP:ORCID. Your Template:Normdaten currently relies on a link to the English-language article on ORCID. Could somebody assist by translating that article into Japanese, and placing it on this Wikipedia, please? A start was made at 利用者:Athomeinkobe/ORCID, should you wish to develop that. Pigsonthewing会話) 2015年3月4日 (水) 05:56 (UTC)

Being a resource ourselves, I agree that bibliographic topics should be one our focus areas, and yet those are where the Japanese Wikipedia is seriously lacking. I wrote an article on authority control the other day, and I'm somewhat familiar with the area -- at least I already know what ORCID is and what it's for. I have too much stuff on my hands right now so it could take a week or two before I get to it, but I will definitely keep in mind that that topic needs an article. --朝彦会話) 2015年3月4日 (水) 06:28 (UTC)
Thank you. Pigsonthewing会話) 2015年3月4日 (水) 08:39 (UTC)
I've just translated into Japanese. Please see ORCID.--K-iczn会話) 2015年3月4日 (水) 12:59 (UTC)
Many thanks. Pigsonthewing会話) 2015年3月4日 (水) 15:01 (UTC)
Great job, K-iczn-san! --朝彦会話) 2015年3月4日 (水) 15:24 (UTC)

Are these hoshuko a part of the same organization as the nihonjin gakko?[編集]

I learned about the following hoshuko:

Are these hoshuko the same organization as the nihonjin gakko, or are they separate organizations?

I ask because these hoshuko meet in the respective nihonjin gakko buildings. I wonder if the hoshuko are actually a part of the nihonjin gakko, or if they are separate but agree to share facilities.

Thanks WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月7日 (土) 09:41 (UTC)

Amsterdam schools appear to be different entities despite the shared location with no mention of the other in either web sites. Rotterdam hoshuko's location says that they are "located within the nihonjin gakko". Madrid's hoshuko says that they "merged" with the nihonjin gakko in 1996. Barcelona hoshuko says that they hold their classes where the classrooms are on loan from the nihonjin gakko. --朝彦会話) 2015年3月17日 (火) 01:10 (UTC)
Thanks for the info! What pages say those things? I want to cite that information on the English and Spanish Wikipedias. WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月22日 (日) 14:35 (UTC)

Can this be transferred to the Commons?[編集]

I found ファイル:Kobe chinese school.jpg and would like to use it in en:Kobe Chinese School. Can it be transferred to the Wikimedia Commons? WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月8日 (日) 10:23 (UTC)

I confirmed that it's eligible for license migration. You may transfer it to Commons under GFDL/CC-BY-SA 3.0. --朝彦会話) 2015年3月17日 (火) 01:15 (UTC)
Thank you! Now on Commons at Commons:File:Kobe chinese school.jpg WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月25日 (水) 17:39 (UTC)

I would also like to transfer ファイル:Denko1.jpg (of Den Enchofu High School) but I see a notice in red. What is the notice talking about? WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月28日 (土) 07:53 (UTC)

Quick stub request: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile[編集]

Would anyone be interested in starting an article on the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile? It is the French air accident investigation agency. I found out that two Japanese persons were on board ジャーマンウイングス9525便墜落事故, and the BEA is going to investigate the crash WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月25日 (水) 03:39 (UTC)

Question about 究めろ!ポケモンB・W (Be a Master! Pokemon B & W)[編集]

Does anyone know where one can find secondary sources about "究めろ!ポケモンB・W" (en:Be a Master! Pokemon B & W). Do any sources on Google Books mention "究めろ!ポケモンB・W"? I ask because there is an AFD: en:Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Be a Master! Pokemon B & W. Thanks, WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月25日 (水) 12:12 (UTC)

There is also an "Articles for deletion" discussion about ポケットモンスター PiPiPi★アドベンチャー (en:Magical Pokémon Journey) here: en:Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Magical_Pokémon_Journey - If anyone knows of any Japanese reliable sources about this series it would be great! WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月25日 (水) 15:55 (UTC)

As I commented on the AFD, I found it extremely difficult to believe that 究めろ!ポケモンB・W is a notable work. For the other one (PiPiPi), my search only turned up the book already covered in the AFD (J.Thompson), and other than that, I see only tweets, forum posts, personal blogs, and other nonreliable sources. --朝彦会話) 2015年3月25日 (水) 18:54 (UTC)
Ah, that's too bad. I'm checking with the French to see if they know of any sources that cover the PiPiPi work, since the book was also published in France. I wonder what the names of the major Japanese comics review magazines (discussing comics and posting their opinions) are? If en:Newtype (月刊ニュータイプ) is one of them, they would have articles about them, but I don't know if they would be online. WhisperToMe会話) 2015年3月25日 (水) 19:01 (UTC)

Editors familiar with the history of the Ryukyu Islands needed in this English Wikipedia RFC[編集]

I notice two editors fighting over whether certain "flags of the Ryukyu Islands" are historically accurate in en:Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Japan#RfC: Flag of Ryukyu. I would like to have editor input from Japanese persons who can look at the sources presented and determine whether they are historically accurate.

Thank you WhisperToMe会話) 2015年4月9日 (木) 03:42 (UTC)

Contacting the Japanese school of Sao Paulo to ask for photographs of the main entrance with the name of the school on a sign[編集]

Would it be likely that the administration of the Japanese School of Sao Paulo understand an e-mail written in English? Even though there is a picture of the school at File:Sao_Paulo_Japanese_School.jpg, it's of low quality, and I would like to have a photo of the school's main entrance. Think about the first photo at CTV here. A photo of the main entrance gate leading to the campus would be nice too.

I think it may be best to have a message sent to them in Japanese. I don't know how to write Japanese. I also don't know which e-mail here is the best one: here. WhisperToMe会話) 2015年5月4日 (月) 18:05 (UTC)

My concerns about an article[編集]

Hello! The article 正形表記法 is completely unsourced, and the whole of it is possibly original research (which, most likely, you have a policy against). The Lingit link on the bottom is possibly an advertisement, and possibly the only reason that article exists - to advertise the Lingit website. On English Wikipedia, there is an ongoing investigation to determine whether the author of that article is abusing multiple accounts. We should know that in a few hours, or maybe one or two days. Jkrdsr, the suspected sockmaster, was banned two days ago due to edit warring with me and two other editors. Jkrdsr was removing parts of articles/reports (or indeed, blanking the page altogether), and we were reverting it. See [1] and [2].

Oh, and just so you know, the Korean version of that article was removed after my request to do so. Peter238会話) 2015年5月16日 (土) 11:47 (UTC)

返信 (Peter238宛) Thank you for letting me know about it. I put it on my watch-list and just keep watching, reverting that if suspicious activity is on it. Thanks, --Infinite0694会話) 2015年5月16日 (土) 12:04 (UTC)
Thanks. However, you should definitely consider deleting it if no reliable sources show up within a reasonable amount of time. Peter238会話) 2015年5月16日 (土) 12:42 (UTC)
The page got deleted. Thank you for letting us know the problem. --Aotake会話) 2015年6月16日 (火) 01:14 (UTC)
Good! Thanks for taking action. Peter238会話) 2015年6月18日 (木) 18:19 (UTC)

An invitation to Edit filter managers of wikimedia wiki projects[編集]


This is an invitation to Edit filter managers and patrollers who refer to edit filters from your wiki project to share and know about effective public filters from various wikimedia wiki projects.

It is almost six years since March 2009, that Edit filters are in use on various Wikimedia wiki projects. At meta we have started a platform page m:Edit filters benefiting to various local Wikiprojects to know good and effective (public) edit filters by sharing of relevant information with rest of wikimedia community. This will help editfilter managers, and there by concerned projects, to benefit from maximising potential of best possible (public) edit filters.

We are keen to have your participation in this collaborative and constructive endeavour and the discussions to know and learn from each other's knowledge and experiences.

Mahitgar会話) 2015年5月17日 (日) 07:01 (UTC)

Question about the book アマゾン川にいだかれて : マナオス日本人学校の三年間[編集]

Hi! I found out about this book:

Does anyone know more about the background of Mitsutoshi Miura? What kinds of connections did he have with the school? Who is the publisher? Was this sold in regular Japanese bookstores? Was the Japanese School of Manaus involved in the creation of this book? How would the title and name of the publisher be translated?

Thanks, WhisperToMe会話) 2015年5月19日 (火) 05:35 (UTC)

Update from 利用者‐会話:あるうぃんす#アマゾン川にいだかれて : マナオス日本人学校の三年間: There is a possibility the book may be "vanity published". I would like to determine if the publisher paid the author for the book, or if the author paid the publisher for the book. WhisperToMe会話) 2015年5月23日 (土) 07:58 (UTC)


I posted on its talk page and the equivalent talk page on EN Wikipedia too, but it didn't seem to be getting any attention so I thought I'd try my luck here.

There are two things I want to bring up. First, JP Wikipedia has a page on the Winter Triangle (冬の大三角) and put information about the Winter Hexagon in there; but conversely, EN Wikipedia only has a page on the Winter Hexagon and put info on the Winter Triangle there. This creates a bit of a disconnect on the two pages; that is, I couldn't use the "Other Language Pages" tool on the sidebar to go from the English Wikipedia to the Japanese one. Is there a way of manually overriding this, and is it customary to use it?

Second, and the reason I was trying to go to the JP Wikipedia in the first place: does anyone know where the nickname for the Winter Hexagon, "Winter Diamond", came from? It doesn't seem to be in use at all in English pages, when I checked both Google and Wikipedia, but it seems to be relatively common in Japanese-language pages. I was wondering what its origin could possibly be. - 2015年6月3日 (水) 02:00 (UTC)

First. en:Winter Hexagon is already connecting to 冬の大六角形 but that target is not. I think that you can remove that connection and reconnect.
Second. In historical ( as about one century ) JAPAN, "Hexagon" and "Rectangle" have a nickname as "Diamond". And that nickname is used with the romantic sensitivity. Instead of formally "six/four angles figure".
My unskillful English may not be helpful to you.
世界最狂の魔法使いCray-G会話) 2015年7月17日 (金) 09:43 (UTC)

Question about Japanese spaceflight industry[編集]

Is there technical or economic interest by editors in the Japanese spaceflight industry? And might those editors be willing to help with content about that in the English Wikipedia?

Recent legislation in Japan is mentioned on the English wiki here: Space launch market competition#Raising private capital].

Apparently, the Japanese legislature is considering legislation to allow private company spaceflight initiatives in Japan under Japanese law.

While it remains to be seen whether the legislation becomes law and, if so, whether significant private capital will enter the Japanese space launch industry, it would be super helpful if someone with a technical or economic interest in the Japanese spaceflight industry, might keep their eyes on what happens with this legislation (in the Japanese press), and improve that Japan-related content on the English Wikipedia as the situation warrants. N2e会話) 2015年6月12日 (金) 20:59 (UTC)

フェネンケルテン湖 new name[編集]

The title of the フェネンケルテン湖 article is not good. The name of the lake is Feneketlen-tó, so please rename the page to フェネケルテン湖. Thanks! Zerind会話) 2015年6月15日 (月) 09:32 (UTC)

Köszönöm! I moved it to フェネケトレン湖. --Aotake会話) 2015年6月16日 (火) 01:39 (UTC)
Oh, true, the TL-LT change was an error too! Now it is perfect :) ありがとう Zerind会話) 2015年6月16日 (火) 08:40 (UTC)

I just left an announcement on this wiki[編集]

Apologies for not finding a translator in time. If you could translate the first lines, that would be perfect - of course, if your community is already aware of the issue, you don't need to do anything at all. Kind regards, --Elitre (WMF)会話) 2015年6月27日 (土) 10:21 (UTC)

translation request[編集]

Hi! can you translate en:Boycott Chinese products into Japanese? thank you!

I've just written on Wikipedia:翻訳依頼 (Wikipedia:Pages needing translation into Japanese) for your request.[3]--Chiba ryo会話) 2015年7月9日 (木) 08:26 (UTC)

Licensing confirmation.[編集]

I am a WP contributor from France and last month I've discovered this japanese website : Aomori Movie Contents Promotion. According to the licensing page : ダウンロードについて, it is ok to use as Creative Commons material the photos and videos of the site marked ランクA.
However, three weeks ago, I sent a message (in japanese) at the e-address indicated on the bottom of the homepage asking for confirmation of their licensing system, but I did not receive any answer.
I would appreciate if someone here could confirm that the licensing policy of this website authorizes upload to the Commons website of a ランクA video or photo.

Thanks.--ContributorQ会話) 2015年7月13日 (月) 23:10 (UTC)

This is bad news. You can not use as Creative Commons material the photos and videos of the site marked ランクA. Those photos and videos, marked ランクA, are incompatible Creative Commons.--世界最狂の魔法使いCray-G会話) 2015年7月16日 (木) 08:18 (UTC)
I read the licensing page more carefully and I did understand that you are unfortunately right ; one has to obtain a license for commercial use...
Anyway, thank you for your help.--ContributorQ会話) 2015年7月16日 (木) 22:50 (UTC)

I have problem to cite correctly my article[編集]

I'm doing the Japanese version of this page I need to put my citations, but I think I did'nt write it good. I don't know about (archiveur) and (archive date). I need help to correct my informations please? This is my article: I checked the model page in template cite web, but I'm realy not sure about what to write about (archiveur) (archivedates) o_0 Please help me!

Sorry, but I do NOT understand what the problem is. It seems like you want to write as "<ref>{{cite ...}}</ref>". See Wikipedia:出典を明記する/en:Wikipedia:Citing sources#How to place an inline citation using ref tags in order to know how to use <ref>. And see Wikipedia:翻訳のガイドライン#機械翻訳/en:Wikipedia:Translation#How to translate in order to know machine translation.--世界最狂の魔法使いCray-G会話) 2015年7月24日 (金) 01:44 (UTC)