Re: Effing 'Merikans
Japanese also do mm/dd/yyyy.
In official documents Japanese dates are stated as EEYY年MM月DD日, with EE being the epoch. Currently we are in "平成 = heisei" Epoch, year 28.
Ups, my driving licence needs to be renewed until 平成２８年１０月２８日. Still a few months to go, but good I checked...
In less official documents the Gregorian calender year might be used, but no self respecting Japanese public officer would voluntary relapse to something so mundane.
Oh, and each epoch starts and ends with the death/inthronation of a new emperor, so some years have two epochs.
Oh, and sometimes you have to enter the numbers as double byte and sometimes as single byte. Filling in a web form in Japanese can be very frustrating, indeed.
Regarding [Citation needed] - you can check it up in Wikipedia. Not that Wikipedia is any good as a reference.
Nothing is ever simple in Japan...