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jpntdytmrowMar. 25, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
"Last month, Japanese authorities said they had laid coral-poaching charges against crew from a record 16 Chinese vessels in 2014.
The maximum fine for poaching in territorial waters tripled in November to 30 million yen."
There are Japanese coral gathering boats as well. Are they poaching or do they have a legal quota? Check out some of the fishing ports or tourist sights in Shikoku that sell coral jewelry and cuff links or necklaces or art. Always wondered about that. Some fishermen sell them little by little to Chinese buyers to supplement or replace their fishing income.
Posted in: Chinese skipper avoids jail term in Japan coral poaching case
jpntdytmrowMar. 24, 2015 - 09:45AM JST
This is a new era!!
I was in 2 public school high school classrooms yesterday and there were....about 7 Japanese students with parents or grandparents from outside Japan (Philippines, Columbia, US, Brazil, China, Korea, Peru) but who were by birth, race, citizenship, culture, language, JAPANESE.
They were so happy to see ARIANA (I think we should use her name here) be chosen to represent Japan as a Japanese. My own adult multiracial children are happy and so are their other multiracial friends in Japan.
Japan. A land of various kinds of people. They even have recognized that AINU are indigenous.
Go, Ariana! GO!
Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015
jpntdytmrowMar. 21, 2015 - 10:07AM JST
Somehow a letter I sent was not printed (nothing controversial).
We are really excited for Ariana to have been chosen. Students I have of various racial combinations are excited,
our own multiracial, multicultural children are excited.
She has a great gift for communication, said she had to lose a lot of muscular bulk needed for her hobby of heavy motorcycle touring, and she is really a great role model and is not from Tokyo, but from Nagasaki and on and on.
I think she is really just a young person whom we can watch with enthusiasm. Never cared much for Miss Universe pagents but watching this one for sure!!
And, it is not the last thing Ariana will be doing with her life. In ten years, she will surely be doing something else and enjoying whatever it is!
GO, ARIANA! GO!
jpntdytmrowMar. 16, 2015 - 09:36PM JST
In the afternoon, around 4:30, I drive on a small road and know where to slow down as a mother and her son play catch ball in the street in front of their house. She listens for cars and gets out of the way! But, still! It is so dangerous. The shrine park nearby doesn't allow ball throwing!
Another street, I have to remember the older women who swap leftovers after dinner around 8p.m. THey cross the street back and forth to a relative's or neighbor's home with a pot of food!
Posted in: 6-year-old boy playing tag with friends hit and killed by car in Tokyo
jpntdytmrowMar. 14, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
A sign of a great deal of loneliness and isolation.
Good that a service that meets this need exists.
If only people could hug more.
Ever notice how many train posters show women alone with a beer?
Posted in: Butler dentist will let you lay your head on his lap as he brushes your teeth, m’lady
jpntdytmrowMar. 10, 2015 - 11:16PM JST
My dear friend, the most open-minded woman I know in Japan, who has been so helpful and kind to me and my children here, told me stories of her leading and carrying her younger siblings to safety in Hachioji and stepping over the dieing or dead bodies and still has nightmares about the groaning and moaning living victims they had to circumnavigate.
They had a lot of potatoes that were completely scorched.They ate them later and she can still (at 80+years) remember the flavor! She was about 11 or so.
I rent an apartment from a man who was forced to leave his home in Shinjuku for the countryside when the air raids started. He was a young boy then.
They know what they saw as small children.
Posted in: Japan mourns victims of Tokyo firebombings
jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2015 - 10:44PM JST
Thanks, great way to wind down the day, watching deer "clear" fences on You Tube.
Posted in: Transport ministry to investigate how deer got on runway at New Chitose Airport
jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2015 - 01:34PM JST
Dirk TMar. 06, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
"White, English-speaking women living in Japan long-term with Japanese husbands do face "difficulties," namely, depression. I have seen it again and again: women arrive in Japan to teach English in their 20's, marry a Japanese man, have kids and live in a nice house, but as the years roll by the see their peers back home well into successful, engaging careers while they are exactly where the were when in their 20's (but only teaching part-time now) except no one calls them "kawaii" any more, makes them feel special anymore, and they experience depression".
Wish I could disagree with you on that point, but I can't. Life with educational opportunities for all women and men here to pursue their deeper interests that would lead to certification in a variety of fields that open doors to career opportunities and independence would be great. Imagine learning and growning and gaining social and career responsibilities and advancement?
Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo
jpntdytmrowFeb. 18, 2015 - 08:49AM JST
How very sad.
I noticed when visiting Hokkaido that there are many areas in need of repair, mostly due to the extreme temperatures.
Surely, a continued cycle of ice, snow, freezing, melting, winds, causing rust, expansion, contraction would lead to strict rules about things attached above walking people below. Things fall.
Like so many things, it is only after someone is injured that things get fixed. I suppose Chicago is in a similar climate. Wonder if they inspect old signs. (Wasn't someone in a high rise in Tokyo tossing computers out his window recenlty)?
We had NTT come and drill for a huge electric pole at the BOTTOM of neighborhood sidewalk. They were really going to put that in, forcing us to slide into it on an icy day, or having to go into the street and risk being hit by a car to get around the pole! We put notices of potential death in a basket for them to read! An NTT man came and read the notes to his supervisor..... and voila! NO pole was put in!
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is still a relevant adage.
Posted in: 21 year-old woman in coma after building sign falls on her
jpntdytmrowFeb. 17, 2015 - 10:06PM JST
Where were the neighbors or the friends of the relatives or the school faculty, doctors who saw this coming in some form in her behavior, stress or is being overwhelmed something for women to have to put up with alone in silence and only be noticed when it is too late and death of a child is involved.
In the local drug store there is a HUGE poster for parents to call if they feel overwhelmed. "Call without condemnation" it says, just call, we will help you. It says that child abuse can be prevented and offers a kind hand to a potentially fatal situation. Wonder if anyone calls?
"the husband who was still at work..."
That has so many interprtetations in Japan:
1. Still tied to his desk at 10:30 p.m.
2. At an "important meeting" in a pub or yakitori or snack bar or,....with a customer."
3. At a farewell party for employees leaving the company.
4. At a welcome party for employees entering the company.
5. At whatever the company deems important in addition to the large amounts of paper work they do.
I know many women who have small children and who have to get up at 4 a.m. to prepare bentos, breakfast, get kids to school or preschools and then even get themselves to a job and get home and pick up kids on the way and get them fed and bathed and to bed with homework.
There is no father in the picture for days on end. He comes home drunk, unattentive and uncaring. The stress level rises. This has been going on for decades! I asked about this trend some 24 years ago at a baby health care check up. The cases of mothers killing children was high then.
The welfare people didn't say anything then. What have they learned now?
So sorry for this family. Unnecessarily cruel.
Do we have any friends who need help? How can we help?
How do schools help?
It has to stop but what is causing this decades old phenomenon? How do Japanese mothers get a break?
Who is educating fathers and husbands and families to let the woman have some time off!? Let her chill on the housework for a bit!
No excuses, but common causes.
Very sad and preventable. People do not get the help they need.
Posted in: 29-year-old woman arrested for killing 2 young daughters
jpntdytmrowFeb. 13, 2015 - 09:48AM JST
I mean anyone specific. oops of course it was a male! ;o)
Posted in: 17-year-old gives birth in toilet; dumps infant by river
jpntdytmrowFeb. 13, 2015 - 09:47AM JST
We cannot assume the person who got her pregnant was anyone. Unless she tells, someone, related or unrelated is free. Coerced or willing, a young girl can keep a secret for a very long time.
jpntdytmrowJan. 29, 2015 - 08:25AM JST
On religious gatherings....
Our university student had been targeted by any number of religious groups on campus. It should be one of the things universities warn students about upon entering any school along with alcohol and drugs. They seem very innocent, often "Christian" and then they start inviting the student(s) to "snack and tea," then to join a "chorus group" and then to "attend a very nice trip at a mountainous camp or small resort area." It was surprising to find out how many students became involved in these groups in the first year.
Sometimes they hover around on weekends and claim (or maybe really are) alumni of the school. It was really hard to get the exact name of the group. They say, "Oh, we'll talk about all that in detail at the tea or dinner. Let's just enjoy singing." But, we did have enough clues to look one group up on the Internet and then study about identifying cults on campus. Any number of Internet tutorials. Worth watching with your teen while they still value your opinions or concern.
Posted in: 19-year-old girl arrested for killing 77-year-old woman in Nagoya
jpntdytmrowJan. 13, 2015 - 11:16AM JST
It is interesting to remember that when the Germans came to Japan in the late 19th Century, they brought beer making skills, found medicinal value of hot springs, and the medical system was directly related to the extent that all students of medical and science fields were expected to study German until recent decades.
They were here long before the turn of political events after WWI.They stayed during WWII (a time when most foreign residents were sent home or sent to certain areas like Karuizawa). After WWII, the Japanese government along with the GHQ rounded up all people of German descent, including those who had come here during a peaceful time and likely had no connections to political events and they were sent back to Germany,a divided Germany many of them did not know...many were from parts of Germany that no longer existed.
So, my point being that history shows that there are no distinctions made between foreign residents of Japan who came with skills, proper papers, and new and future immigrants who come here to work. Foreign is as foreign does when anti-immigration sentiments rise.
For a while, one might find security in being of one color and not another or in dressing in a more "acceptable" way, but if it starts to turn, all foreign-looking persons, including Japanese with more facial hair or deep set eyes will be suspect. I have seen the latter first-hand when a relative, Japanese, was stopped on numerous occasions and asked for his papers.
Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France
jpntdytmrowJan. 12, 2015 - 10:15AM JST
Well, the end is near for Japan anyway.
Any number of immigrants here do have 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 children who will grow up and actually continue to live in Japan and marry and have other mixed race children who will be able to vote and lead and do more than sell cosmetics and be hafu fashion models.
Any public school already has a few students of mixed parentage who consider themselves to be "Japanese".
Japan is and will be all the better for its opening its doors to people wanting to live here, and not only in the urban areas.
Land is plentiful and cheap in the countryside! Go forth, build, have them babies!
If they are welcomed, they won't be on the margins of society! They will work and strengthen Japan. Win Win situation!
There is already a group of young adults with mixed parentage and they are great citizens.
No way Japan will ever be like France.
Remember the Huegenots?
jpntdytmrowJan. 12, 2015 - 10:01AM JST
I won't be anywhere near the Olympics before or during.
Expect an increase in being stopped and asked to "show your papers."
Already had that happen last summer. "Just a random check" I was told.
Posted in: 2020 Olympic planners gear up for high-tech security
jpntdytmrowJan. 08, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
Loved being married.....still do....but the company took so much of my husband's time and energy.
Loved having children and being home with them and teaching and helping them grow. But the isolation was just amazing. Having a spouse and children and attending the same school is not enough to find things in common with other women who also have a spouse, children and attend the same school.
Inside each woman is a human being with her own interests and character and thoughts. It was just very hard to find someone with the similar outlook on life.
Trying to go along with the group for the sake of the children only adds to the stress if one cannot fit into a clique.
My mother said the same thing when in the 1950's after WWII, US women were "encouraged" to return home to take care of the family and be like the women on TV... "Father Knows Best " and the like.
Some women were like in straight jackets and longed for more, though they loved their spouse and children.
Sylvia Plath, Phyllis Diller, come to mind.
So, try as I did, the park, the schools of various kinds, and other women's groups just caused me stress and I pulled out. Much happier to find my own interests and hobbies and work, creativity and animals. I never enjoyed standing and chatting, ever.
Eventually, the kids do not like being the topic of conversation among the mothers in the park of school grounds, nor do they like to listen to the stories of the "husbands," their fathers, either. Honestly, most of the conversations took on a negative air about school, family, husbands, children, mother-in-laws. Or, boasting. Rarely did they talk about Abenomics or North Korea or the people still in need of help in Tohoku, or how their kids can become great thinkers and physicists and inventors! :o)
In the end, one has to find people who they share similarities with. In the same way, I also do not think that being foreign among non-foreign is enough to make a strong friendship, either.
Parenting is a hard job and my heart goes out to anyone doing it at any given time. Bless you.
Posted in: Mama-friendships can be deceptive
jpntdytmrowJan. 04, 2015 - 12:36AM JST
Here, save yerself the trouble and just continue to send students to .....
1-8 Aza Shibakusa, Oaza Tarao, Ten'ei-mura, Iwase-gun, Fukushima
0120-131-386 [ Reception hours 9:30 - 19:30 ]
Some high schools in Tokyo had annual trips in the summer to have students immerse themselves in the British Hills English only program, complete with cricket and high tea. The courses were run so that a certificate of completion was earned. The March 2011 disaster put a dent in the trip but, hey, they could start the ball rolling again and rejuvenate the local economy and thereby lessen the resentment in Fukushima toward the Tokyo Olympics!
"What is British Hills? British Hills was established by the Sano Education Foundation, the owners of Kanda University of International Studies and Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages in 1994.
It was designed as a place where people could experience British culture without leaving Japan."
Wow!!! Some of the JET teachers brought over were ......in diapers when this English Immersion program began.....and so it goes, on and on, far into the night.....
(disclaimer: I have nothing to do with this place, and have never been there...though wouldn't mind going and learning how to be British!) ;o)
Posted in: Is an entirely English-speaking village coming to Tokyo?
jpntdytmrowJan. 03, 2015 - 03:12PM JST
Just returned from a trip to my home town in the USA.
Hotel cleaning and restaurant staff: spoke ONLY Spanish.
Local liquor store owners: bilingual English and Chinese.
Airport cleaning staff: bilingual and unknown language, unfamiliar culture (to me);
Airport McDonald's staff: able to take customer orders in English, but all were speaking an unfamiliar African language among each other while working. (Ethiopian-guess?)
Nearby town had public signs ONLY in Spanish;
Food sold in regular supermarkets were targeted at many cultures, even Chinese cabbage was stocked. All advertisements were bilingual, Spanish and English.
TMG is sending its teachers to live for 3 months in Australia and the USA.
One teacher said he just found out he will be living in the USA with a family that speaks Farsi at home.
Japan may have the only "English Village" in the world!
jpntdytmrowDec. 06, 2014 - 09:13PM JST
I'm not necessarily an anti-vaccine person but I do wonder at the flu hype.
I have had it over the years, and kids got it but we were strong enough to get through it
with aches and pains and soup and rest and not going out.
One year, I was so sick that I actually did go to the doctor, but the waiting room was so full of elderly
filling prescriptions that I just went back home, stopping to buy Aquarius on the way.
I don't like the flu, who does, but feel it works better to keep one's strength up before it comes.
The end of the year is ripe with people working overtime, sleepless because of countless bonenkai,
and school events, including exams, etc so people are run down.
One year sticks in my mind when one member of our family got the flu vaccine. That same person was the only one to come down with a different strain of the flu that same season!
Please stay home if you "might" have the flu or are not really over it. Companies should tell workers that they will be punished if they come to work sick.
"No heroes welcome. Be a wuss. Stay home!"
Apr. 02, 2015 - 03:28PM JST
That's the governments' doings
Yes, and you gladly support it.
I'm indifferent. And you're veering off…
Posted in: Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports
Apr. 02, 2015 - 03:26PM JST
I have never painted the johns in this case as anything, much less the victims.
Posted in: Canadian police break up Asian prostitution ring
Apr. 02, 2015 - 03:19PM JST
FAA rules require a "crash axe" for large planes.
Posted in: Lufthansa chief visits crash area as reported cabin video emerges
Apr. 02, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
"We don’t know the exact number of victims,"
I would hesitate to call them "victims." We…
Apr. 02, 2015 - 03:13PM JST
Salute to fallen soldiers.
Posted in: Bodies of Japanese WWII soldiers found in Palau cave