“One Team,” the mantra for the Japan national rugby team that made the World Cup knockout phase for the first time, has been selected as the country’s top buzzword for this year, the award’s organizer and publishing house Jiyukokuminsha said Dec. 2.
The Brave Blossoms won the hearts of many during the first tournament held in Asia, winning all four games ? including against heavyweights Ireland and Scotland ? to top Pool A before going out to eventual winners South Africa in the quarterfinals.
The phrase “One Team” encapsulated a side with players and coaches born in different countries, some with and some without a Japanese passport, united to attain their target of a place in the top eight.
“Smiling Cinderella” and “Shibuko,” both nicknames for golf’s Women’s British Open champion Hinako Shibuno, was another entrant from the sporting sphere.
Other top 10 buzzwords included the name of the new Japanese era, “Reiwa”; “keikaku unkyu,” or the planned suspension for trains in preparation for an approaching typhoon; and “tapiru,” a verb out of the bubble tea fad that means to drink a tapioca beverage.
“Keigen zeiritsu,” the reduced tax rate for food and other daily items exempt from the October consumption tax rate hike, and “xx Pay,” for the many smartphone payment systems, also made the list.
“#KuToo,” the name of the online movement against the forced wearing of heels in the workplace for women, was also included. The term plays on the #MeToo movement and the Japanese words for shoes and pain. (Kyodo)