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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Japan withholds UNESCO dues over listing of Nanjing Massacre / Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board / Life Update

Hey hey hey it's me again. Still busy training, teaching and trying to be a good husband.

My friend sent me some memes I thought were funny about churches in Jamaica.

Day 3093 (Friends Visit)
Saturday, September 10, 2016

My former students and their parents visited my apartment today for dinner. It was good fun.


Day 3097 (Birthday Lunch)
Thursday, September 15, 2016

My director started a new thing recently where he will treat everyone in the department for lunch during their birth month. So today was my day along with 5 others. We went to a nice Italian restaurant a few mins walk from the office. 


Day 3102 (9th Birthday in Japan)
Monday, September 19, 2016

Yup, my 9th birthday in Nihon. It so happens to fall on a holiday in Japan known as "Respect for the aged day" oooh the irony. 

Takako also got me that fancy Fossil watch I'm sporting. 
We went to watch Suicide Squad.

Honestly, it was better than I expected. I thought it was going to be really bad but I ended up giving it a 7/10. Many of the "jokes" were corny and you could kind of predict the ending. 

We then went to a Korean restaurant. 



The food was pretty decent. 

The day was rainy and we were planning to go to another restaurant initially but it was already booked. It was a good day tho. Thanks to everyone who took the time to call and message me. Especially the facebook crowd.


Day 3114 (Riddim and Rime Event 3 - Out of Africa)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 

The entertainment/charity group that I'm a part of had it's 3rd event tonight again in Nishi Azabu. The same restaurant as our last event in July. I didn't get to attend most of it because guess what? I had to work all day.... Not really work but I had an end of third quarter meeting with the company that owns the company I work for. It took all day. 

I did however manage to catch the very last item of the event. Here are some pics from the event.  

Day 3122 (Lifehouse Yokohama Conference)
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Went to church today where all the different branches of lifehouse Yokohama came together for a conference of sorts. The main church in Tokyo had a 3-day conference and this was a sort of way to close the conference. It was great and I found out that 4 Jamaicans actually go to another branch in this prefecture, out in an area called Atsugi. A couple other Jamaicans came out today as well.

Went for a walk around Yohohama with some of the Jamaicans.


Japan withholds UNESCO dues over listing of Nanjing Massacre file

by Japan Today

Japan has been withholding this year’s financial contributions to UNESCO totaling some 4.4 billion yen ($42 million), Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following Tokyo’s criticism of the U.N. body for last year listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre as a Memory of the World.
Kishida told reporters that the decision to withhold the dues was made after weighing the matter in a “comprehensive” manner. Japan has been urging the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to improve the heritage program’s screening process.
Japan has been the de facto top UNESCO funder over the past few years, with the United States having frozen its payments from 2011 onwards due to its opposition to Palestinian membership.
Washington is responsible for 22% of this year’s UNESCO budget while Tokyo is asked to provide 9.6%. China is the third-largest contributor, accounting for 7.9%.
Japan has earmarked 3.85 billion yen ($37 million) in the fiscal 2016 budget as mandatory dues to the U.N. body and was also set to offer additional funds on a voluntary basis to be used for projects such as restoring ancient ruins.
The dues are usually disbursed around spring when the budget is approved by the parliament but for this year, the funds have not been paid yet.
Looking ahead, Kishida said the government will “comprehensively” decide on the matter. A UNESCO member state loses its right to vote in the U.N. body’s general conference if it does not pay its dues for two years.
The Chinese documents, submitted by Beijing in 2014, concerned the widespread killings of Chinese citizens and soldiers following the 1937 capture of Nanjing by the Japanese military. The three-part documents were included in the heritage list last October.
Tokyo has claimed UNESCO “unilaterally” registered the documents without allowing Japan to access them for verification, slamming the U.N. body as lacking fairness and transparency.
Tokyo disputes the number of Chinese civilians and soldiers killed in the incident, citing historians’ estimates ranging from tens of thousands to 200,000, while Beijing claims over 300,000 were killed.
Japan’s cautious stance toward its UNESCO contributions comes as an international alliance of civic organizations, including those from China, is bidding to have over 2,700 comfort women-related documents listed as a Memory of the World. Screening for the application is set to commence at the start of next year.
Many women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels before and during World War II. They were mostly from Asian countries, such as Korea and China, and were called comfort women.


Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board

by Japan Today

An Osaka railway company is under fire after a train driver made an apologetic in-train announcement to Japanese passengers Monday morning for causing them “discomfort” due to the “number of foreign passengers on board.”
The announcement was made by a train driver on a limited Nankai Electric Railway airport express bound for Kansai International Airport at around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported.
“We have many foreigners on board today. We apologize for causing you inconveniences,” the driver in his 40s said in Japanese.
The case surfaced after a Japanese female passenger, who was present at the time the announcement was made, inquired to a Nankai Electric Railway station staff member whether the announcement was in line with the company’s policy, shortly after she got off at Kansai Airport station.
According to Nankai Electric Railway representatives, the train driver told them he did not purposefully intend to make discriminatory comments, but made the announcement over concern of potential in-train trouble after he overheard a Japanese passenger saying he was “bothered because there were too many foreigners on board.”
The company apologized for the incident, saying that “it is incorrect to distinguish between passengers (based on nationality),” adding that they have verbally reprimanded the driver.
“Whether Japanese or foreign (nationals), the fact that they all are passengers doesn’t change,” company representatives said. “We will strive to prevent any similar occurrences in the future.”

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gov't pension fund reports Y5.23 tril loss in April-June / Visit to Niimi / Famiy Visit to Japan / Life Update

I'm back again!!! After over a month. And I guess after reading this news I need to start saving my pension elsewhere or have some kind of plan... hmmm

Life Update

Day 3047 (Oya Museum - Tochigi)
Tuesday, July 31, 2016

Took summer vacation from July 26, but no plans to do anything extra special except to visit Tochigi (My wife's hometown) and Niimi, Okayama (Where I lived when I just came to Japan).

Today I visited my in-laws up in Tochigi. We visited a museum called Oya Museum, famous for the stones that are there. The stones are very strong against heat, but weak against water.


Day 3057 ( Visit back to Niimi and the Niimi Festival 2016 )
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7, 2016

My very good friend from Niimi (A principal and former head of the Board of Education there) came to pick up me and my wife at the airport in Okayama. It is a 1hr 30 mins drive from the airport to Niimi. I miss this level of kindness that the people of rural, western Japan tend to display.

I Spent 3 years working under the Yokohama BOE system and never even met one of the BOE members, much less the president. Here are some pics from that weekend in Niimi, Okayama.

My old Students, taller than me now

New friend Tim and his wife.

My Karate instructor

Camera man for my show when I was living in Niimi


Day 3060/3066 ( Video Shoot 1/2 )
Monday/Sunday, August 8/14, 2016

Had a video shoot in Shibuya on Monday then in Yokohama on Sunday. So yes I will be on TV again sometime in October, to be announced. Hint, it will be on TBS and will be about Jamaican food and how I can get access to Jamaican food in Japan.

My wife's version of Jamaican food

My mom's Cooking of Ox-tail


Very late news but yes Jamaica did quite well in the Olympics again. We came in 16th - top 20 baby!!!

We still surprise the world with our small size and dominance

My sister in Brazil


Day 3072 ( Gregory's Visit to Japan with Wife and Kids )
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Went Yokohama to pickup some family coming to Japan for the first time.

Day 3073 ( Kamakura and Hayama Visit )
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Visited Kamakura today again to show my visitors the big budda and other areas in Kanagawa.


Days 3079/3080 ( Jamaican Restaurant Visit + Asakusa-Sensoji and Sky Tree )
Saturday/Sunday, August 27/28, 2016

Went to Akihabara, Shibuya, Asakusa Temple and Sky tree these two days.


Gov't pension fund reports Y5.23 trillion loss in April-June

The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s largest pension fund, suffered investment losses of 5.2 trillion yen ($51.8 billion) in the fiscal first quarter as its returns fell on the back of tumbles in global equities.
GPIF said Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union in June was the catalyst for the latest paper losses, triggering a surge in the yen against the dollar and slide in world stock markets.
The Brexit shock impacted returns negatively, it said. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, for instance, lost 7% in the April-June quarter.
“The results of the Britain’s vote turned out to be different from what the market expected. And U.S unemployment data in May was much worse than the market expectation,” said GPIF President Norihiro Takahashi in a statement on Friday.
“Because of these factors, the yen strengthened quickly and the global stock market plunged,” he said.
GPIF, which managed 130 trillion yen as of June, had a negative return of 3.88% in the quarter, translating into paper losses of 5.2 trillion yen.
It was the seventh worst quarterly return since GPIF started managing its assets in 2001, Shinichiro Mori, a GPIF spokesman, told a media briefing. GPIF had the third biggest quarterly losses in the same period, he added.
Of GPIF’s four asset classes, the Japanese bond portfolio was the only one with a positive return of 1.91%. The stock portfolio made a negative 7.38% return.
The GPIF made a historic shift in October 2014 by cutting its reliance on low-yielding domestic bonds and increasing weightings of stocks and other riskier assets.
Since then GPIF investment has made a negative 0.42% return and had a 1.1 trillion yen paper losses, Mori said.