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As you might know, the site Visualizing Japanese Grammar (VJG) was developed almost entirely with uncompensated labor of Shoko Hamano and Wakana Kikuchi of George Washington University. The site development took the developers over 3000 hours of their own time.

In the past eight years since its initial launch, the site has been accessed over 100,000 times from 163 countries and territories. The site has been offered entirely for free and will continue to be in the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, the team has been developing an expanded version of VJG. About 50 new units have been added so far. When the project is completed, the sound quality as well as the timing will be improved compared to the original version in response to some valuable user comments.

However, the developers are running against various obstacles. Official grants are difficult to come by for a project such as this because research-oriented funding agencies do not subsidize a web site development project, which this project is classified to be. Unfortunately, unlike a decade ago, a drastic increase in other personal and professional obligations has limited the time the developers can spend for this project.

Hence, the developers would like to ask some of the users to become supporters by making a small donation to the project. This will allow the developers to hire technical assistants and speed up the completion of the project. The completed site will again be accessed at no cost to users from all over the world.

If you are willing to become a supporter, please go to the official GW site. When selecting the fund, please indicate in the comment section that your donation should go to the Visualizing Japanese Grammar project.

Thank you for your support in advance.

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