"Japan" as adjective
I know I've raised this issue before - but since when did country names become adjectives of common use?
Yes, I can understand it in the occasional tight-count headline (the Wall Street Journal has adopted too much, I think), though it still strikes me as a bit off tone. But then there are sentences like this from my local paper:
The report by Lochbaum’s group last week came at a time when much of the world is asking questions about nuclear safety in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.