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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Day 490 { Solar Eclipse 2009 In Japan / Long Trip} Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Day 490 { Solar Eclipse 2009 In Japan / Long Trip/ 3 Movies}

Morning

Early Early this morning there was an eclipse, but I didn't remember a thing... There was a whole lot of wind while I was in and out of sleep... I cant believe I didn't get to see it :(
here is some info about it

On July 22, 2009, the longest total eclipse of the 21st century will pass over Asia. The eclipse will have its peak duration over southern Japan, and will be visible from the Tokara Islands, Yakushima and Amami Oshima. Partial eclipses will be visible throughout the country.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2266.html

Today, my friend's Landlord took me to the train station then I had to take 2 trains to the airport. It took only about 30 minutes to get there and while in the airport, I saw my friend Elijah, who used to work for my company.

We went on the same flight to South Korea, and we planned to walk around in the town a bit. However, after the 2 hour flight to South Korea, I learnt that the nearest town is at least 1 hour away from the airport. And my flight to New York would be in the next 2 hours. So I didn't even bother to take the chance and go in the city... All I did was step out of the airport, so I can say "hey, I have been to South Korea before > <"


Afternoon


My friend was there chatting up some of the Korean girls and the thing is that, most of them speak very very good English, unlike most of the random Japanese persons I have met. The South Korean girls that my friend was chatting up with seemed as if they were interested. He however kept making the mistake of speaking Japanese to them every now and again... lol.. Its almost unavoidable. Our eyes kept roving about in the airport though, looking at everyone and everything. Eventually, my friend had to go, then I went back to check on my stuff on the plane. Most of the time in the airport, I sat down and played this PSP game name Lumines. When it was time to leave for New York, some Korean guys were looking at my passport for a while, then one of them asked "sir excuse me, do you speak English? ", me being quite shocked, said "Yes, OF COURSE!!!" with a disgrutled look on my face. He then said "oh, im sorry, this is the first time we are seeing a Jamaican Passport!!!" .... I guess not a whole lot of Jamaicans travel to South Korea... They then asked me for me USA visa... After I showed them, it was finally time to go... Boy I tell you, citizens of third world nations have a hard time to travel around...


Afternoon / Night


While on the plane, I did several things to try and get through the 13 hours journey from South Korea to New York. I slept several times, watched a documenary about travelling to mars, one about modern technology gadjets and another one about new types of fuel.... I also watched 3 movies:



Monsters Vs Aliens - had some good laughs

Duplicity - Too much flash backs and flash forwards, confusing me

Euchleon's Conspiray - Ok to a point but a little too pridictable

Finally we got to New York, then my friend Gregory came to pick me up at the JFK Airport. I stopped by his place then we went on the road to get Jerk Chicken. I then chatted with his sister and cousin for a while then went to bed...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Day 489 { The Journey Begins } Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Day 489 { The Journey Begins }


Went to a store today to do some final buying, then my friend came to drop me to the bus stop where I would take a 4 hour and 30 mins drive to Osaka. The drive would normally take 3 hours and 30 mins but at the time the bus left out, there would be some serious traffic in Osaka.

While in Osaka, I had to struggle with my heavy luggage around the area, up a few stair cases and in 2 trains. I then met my friend and she helped me with my luggage. To add to my tired and drained state, the rain started to fall. Thankfully it wasn't heavy rain.... The journey from my home town started at about 2pm.. And I finally got to my friend's apartment at about 9pm... Yes 7 long hours with some heavy luggage. She eventually told me that I could have actually avoided that hassle, by posting the luggage to the air port.

We then chatted and ate, and she introduced me to her Landlord, then I slept by her apartment.

Day 488 {Marine Day 2009} Monday, July 20, 2009 {1 Year 4 Mths}


Day 488 {Marine Day 2009 / Packing} Monday, July 20, 2009 {1 Year 4 Mths}

Hey Im back, after what I think was the longest break from my blog since I started over a year ago .

Today would mark 1 year and 4 months since living in Japan.... And yes I am seeing here is a possible option to Jamaica... I like to know that I have options...

Kinda stayed in most of the day, as it was a public holiday. My friend treated me to lunch though at a restaurant name tomato and onion ...

I then ran back to my apartment in the rain. Then started packing up for me long trip.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Day 487 { Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull / Blog Break } Sunday, July 19, 2009


Day 487 { Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull / Blog Break }

I went to church today and the Chinese girls either said that I was cute or that the way I speak Japanese is cute... either way, it boosted my ego a bit :) Because they don't look too bad themselves :)

I finally completed Watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull today. I waited so long to watch it because I thought it was going to be utter crap... Actually it surprised me. It wasn't as bad as I initially thought it was going to be. I got a few laughs out of it.


As you might have noticed, my activities in recent times has been slowing down... Thats because I am saving every yen for a surprise...

So I won't be (doing much) blogging for the next couple of weeks... You will know why in due time.. I cant say just now... But anyhoo the adventure will continue...

Take care and check occasionally to see when I start back....

Peace and love

Dave

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 486 { 10 Climbers Dead / Japanese TV Shows} Saturday, July 18, 2009


Day 486 { 10 Climbers Dead / Japanese TV Shows }

Today I did nothing for almost the entire day except stayed in, eat, watched anime, played games and sleep...

Ten climbers have died on two mountains in the Taisetsu mountain range in central Hokkaido since Thursday, many of them succumbing to hypothermia in bad weather, police said Friday.

At least six of the 10 were found to have died of hypothermia and two other climbers were also hospitalized for mild hypothermia that is not life-threatening, as weather conditions around the range were unstable Thursday with strong wind and rain, the police and local meteorological observatory said. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090718a4.html


I read this guy's blog about tv shows in Japan and couldn't help but laugh... and I had to share it... Here goes... Its a bit long but funny

Top 5 Most Hated Japanese TV, Part II

#3 - Sanma's Dancing Palace

This is one of those "round up a group of talent and just have them talk" shows. They tell "you had to be there" stories, which is boring because...well...we weren't there, these jackoffs aren't interesting, and I just don't care.

As this type of show dominates Japanese TV, I'm singling this one out because of the host, Sanma Akashiya. He's considered to be one of the "Big 3" entertainers in Japan, but watching this show "entertainment" is a terrible misuse of the word. As his guests say something supposedly funny, or stupid, he makes a horrible overreaction, braying like a donkey, falling to his knees, and often hitting a podium with a scepter that features a buck-toothed, dragon-head* likeness of himself. The podium seems to serve no other purpose than to give him something to hit with his Dragon Zord Scepter.

What, me make things up? Never!

This is primetime TV in this country. ...Yep.

*...Maybe that's more of a frog than a dragon? Or maybe it's a dinosaur? Honestly, I just don't care enough to try and figure it out.

Perhaps the most depressing thing about Sanma's Dancing Palace is that this is a show that's been on the air for over 10 years. Yep, 10 years of Sanma overreacting to stupid shit. How many of you couldn't finish watching the YouTube video before wanting to chew your own arms off and beat him with them? Yet this is a show that's apparently interesting enough to survive on Japanese TV for 10 years. There are people watching this, perhaps even amused by the fact that Sanma fell to his knees in laughter or smacked the podium with his Moon Princess Stick for the I-don't-know-how-many-th time.

I actually bear no ill-will towards Sanma. I figure the guy lives a rough life. I mean, if I had to horribly overact to shit that wasn't even remotely funny in the first place, and keep up this act forover 10 years, I'd probably cry myself to sleep every night.

Unofficially, another show of his shares the #3 spot - this one is called "Much Ado About Love". Instead of talent, a group of mostly young girls are gathered to talk about love and romance. And again, Sanma overreacts to stupid shit, but I don't know if he has any sea horse shaped rods in his image to smack against podiums. And I don't care to find out.

(EDIT: Curiousity got the better of me. Okay, so this time it's a giant white finger. ...Don't ask me, I don't know. Oh, and for those of you who will probably ask "what are they saying in the video", do this - just imagine what they're saying in your head. I promise you, whatever you think up will be 100x more interesting than what they actually did say.)

I suppose shows like this feed into the Japanese need to laugh at people who are dumber than they are. Whenever this show is on air, I usually make it a point to be somewhere else, but I remember being stuck on the sofa for one airing...

Sanma: So, how many of you have boyfriends now?
(A number of girls in the group raise their hands...which includes one particularly overweight and unattractive girl. Everybody pauses at this.)

Sanma: Wait, wait, you have a boyfriend now?

Brunhilda: Yeah, I do.

Sanma: Like, right now? Right this instant?

Brunhilda: Yeah!

Sanma: Well, how often do you see him?

Brunhilda: Hmm, last time I saw him was three months ago.

Sanma: So, he's really busy with work or something?

Brunhilda: I dunno.

Sanma: You dunno?! If he's your boyfriend, how do you not know?

Brunhilda: Well, that was the first time we met, so I can't say if this is normal or not.

Sanma: Waitaminute...the last time you saw him was three months ago...and that was the first time you met?

Brunhilda: Yeah, that's right.

Sanma: And he's your boyfriend?

Brunhilda: Yeah, of course! I send him email every night!

Sanma: And does he reply?

Brunhilda: Well...not yet...but one day he will!

(Sanma drops on the ground and starts rolling around)

Wife: OMG, this is hilarious! She's so stupid! Isn't this funny!

Me: ...If there is intelligent life out there in the universe, I'm convinced that this TV show is the reason why they've stayed far, far away from Earth.

Back to the Dancing Palace, the show ends by rubbing salt in our wounds; while the credits roll, the cameras follow the talent backstage to show us them...eating! Because, what TV show wouldn't be complete without watching famous people eat. I know my life is certainly enriched by watching Daigo talk about Evangelion and then chow down on fried noodles afterwards. That's just great television right there.

Someone hold me while I cry.

Speaking of watching people eat...

#2: The Tunnels Thanks To Everyone

I have never understood the fascination with food shows. If its something I may be able to cook myself, or a restaurant I could actually go to, sure. But just watching people eat - what in sweet Baby Jesus's name is the point?! Is it some sort of pleasure by association? "Well, I can't eat these foods, but I'll get my jollies watching famous people enjoy them!" Is it like culinary porn or something? I don't get it.

So a large part of my beef with Japanese TV comes from the massive amount of watching people eat that you will be doing if you attempt to tune into, oh, any channel. There's nothing to make it at all relevant - they take the talent to these places way out in Japan where there's no real point in going, or to some stupidly expensive restaurant where one meal will cost you approximately the GDP of Great Britain. And then, its horribly monotonous - the talent eats, pauses for a few seconds, and then exclaims "oishii/umai!" (trans. "delicious!") and proceeds to exclaim why the food is so good. Maybe, if they threw a forkball in there, and there were foods that were not actually delicious, and you got to see the talent wrenching in horrible taste bud agony, that may be interesting...but it's the same damn thing every time. Eat, pause, umai!, describe, repeat until you just want to die.

"The Tunnels Thanks To Everyone" takes my idea and finds a way to make it spectacularly dull. Together with the two hosts, the comedy duo "The Tunnels" (do I even have to say here how not funny/interesting they are?), two celebrity guests are brought on the show. During a talk that is so bland it could make Louisiana gumbo taste like bread, the two guests are treated to a four-course meal. The catch is that out of the 4 courses, one of the dishes that particular celebrity hates. At the end of the show, the guests will try to figure out which was the dish that the other didn't like. So while eating, they will both try to hide the fact that they didn't like a particular dish, while engaging in wit-less, flat banter. What this entire program boils down to is watching people eat things they may or may not enjoy.

Primetime television, folks.

And again, this is a show that's been on the air for over 10 years. 10 years of watching people eat. Why is this on TV? Why are there people filming this and then editing it and producing it and broadcasting it to homes? Why are people sitting down and watching this? I'm scared that one day my future child will ask me these questions, and I won't have an answer for him/her other than "culinary porn". And that's a talk that no father should ever have to have with his children.

Day 485 { 1 Lawyer, 8500 Divorce Cases } Friday, July 17, 2009


Day 485 { 1 Lawyer, 8500 Divorce Cases }


Today is the last day before summer holidays... This is what all ALTs wait for from like January... No well more like since March. Took some pictures with the kids, then after work, I went to the barber, then bought bus ticket to go to Osaka on Tuesday, then withdrew some money from my Post Office Account.


Attorney Hisako Yukawa asked the prospective client, who was throwing a tantrum about her husband: "What does it mean for you to win a divorce case? I am ready to help make you happy."

The woman had opened the door to Yukawa's office in Fukuoka wearing a somber expression. But while the 81-year-old attorney was talking, her expression changed. Yukawa, originally from the city of Kumamoto and the first female lawyer in Kyushu, has handled at least 8,500 divorce cases in the last 52 years. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090717f1.html

Day 484 { Manga Course } Thursday, July 16, 2009

Day 484 { Manga Course }

Today was another one of those normal days, where nothing much really took place. The school nurse did some sort of exam over the weekend that involved some difficult English. I can't believe the level of English that they put on that test, to non-native speakers. And the worst thing about it... its some tricky questions that even I had to be thinking about for a while, wondering what they really were looking for.

My friend gave me this website that has some verry funny blogs about Japan. You can take a peek here. http://www.gaijinsmash.net/

Kyoto Seika University plans to offer a graduate course to foster comic book creators and researchers in fiscal 2010.

It will be the first academic course on "manga" offered by a graduate school at a Japanese university, the private school said.

Well-known manga creators, including Keiko Takemiya, Shuho Itahashi and Yukio Shinohara, who teach in the university's manga department, will give lectures as part of the graduate course.

About 840 students aiming to become comic book creators or animators are currently enrolled in the school's Faculty of Manga, which was established in 2006.

The university opened the manga department in 2000, the first of its kind in the country. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090716b1.html

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Day 483 { Updated Gaikokujin Card / Japanese kids overworkd } Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Day 483 { Updated Gaikokujin Card / Japanese kids Overworked }



Updated Gaikokujin Card
I got an email from my company saying that I need to go and renew my foreigner card. The card that all foreigners need to have with them just in case a police decide to randomly stop and question you...Mine was expired from March 20, 2009, and I didn't even noticed.... LOL
So I made sure to hurry up and go renew it. Today, for the first time in I don't know how long, I actually went to bed at about 8:30 pm. and I slept all the way through to about 7 am the next morning.


Japanese kids Overworked

More than half of elementary, junior high and high school students think their lives are "hectic" and would like to sleep more, according to a survey by an educational research institute.

The survey, conducted in November by the Tokyo-based Benesse Educational Research & Development Center, found that 49 percent of elementary school students, 59 percent of junior high students and 64 percent of high school students said they lead hectic lives. The number of students polled was not provided.

The survey also showed that 52 percent of the students in elementary school, 68 percent in junior high school and 71 percent in high school said they tire easily.

The average number of sleeping hours was eight hours and 36 minutes for fifth-graders but grew less the older the student, standing at six hours and 32 minutes for students in their second year of high school.

The poll found that fifth-graders spend about two minutes a day on cell phones, while high school juniors spend about 76 minutes on their mobile. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090715f5.html


Hey Richard, Yuh know seh a tru mi have 2 bredrin weh name Hussain das why mi always a spell him name suh... A same way mi fren Luciana did haffi correk mi di laas time mi mek a post bout him.

Day 482 {Stop the Kids/ He is a Girl / Korean Air Tail Scrapes Ground } Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Day 482 { Stop The Kids /He is a Girl / Korean Air Tail Scrapes Ground }



Stop The Kids
Today is my last day at my main school before summer holidays.... And also my last day at the kindergarten before September 8. I had to teach the 4 year olds today... And they ooh so love to ATTEMPT!!! to stick you in the butt with their fingers???? Why can't the teachers tell them that this practise is W R O N G !!! Especially to foreigners !!! Please somebody please tell them....

The teachers had a grand idea today, and told me that next time, which is in September, I should take some reggae music and teach the kids how to dance.... hmmm O Lord... If its not one thing, I am happy that none of my Jamaican friend are near me to see this bit... Because every Japanese I show some dances, they think I am one of the greatest dancers in the world.... Woyyyyyy if they only knew the truth.... Well I can't take it out of their minds that all Jamaicans are good dancers and hey its FUN!!! I am getting paid to teach kids how to do some dances that either I make up on the spot, or can't do too well :)


He is a Girl
After work, I went briefly to the Tuesday English conversation at the College to see my friend Catherine's presentation on England.... It was interesting while it lasted but I had to go, because I promised the Wednesday English conversation friends that I was going to eat out with them.
So I went to the restaurant and there were only 2 guys that were serving approximately 25 different people. So it took a while for us to get our food. My Japanese friend told me that one of the guys who were serving, is actually a girl.... I couldn't believe it.... This guy/girl looks nothing like a girl whatsoever....My friend said he knew him/her growing up and he/she used to go to school with his/her skirt and girl uniform. But he/she decided to change his/her gender... Its the first time in all my life I KNOWINGLY interacted in any way with someone who had a sex change.. Maybe I had in the past but I don't know... I heard that he/she even has a beautiful wife...


Korean Air Tail Scrapes Ground

I am supposed to be travelling on Korean air pretty soon God's willing... and look what I saw in the news...

A Korean Air jetliner arriving from Incheon, South Korea scraped the runway with its tail while landing at Narita International airport around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the Airport authority said.

No one was injured, the Narita fire department said. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is investigating the cause of the incident.

The runway was closed for about an hour to clean up, Narita International Airport Corp. said.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090714a9.html

Monday, July 13, 2009

Day 481 { Bolt in Business } Monday, July 13, 2009


Day 481 { Bolt in Business }


Today, nothing of great note took place, except go to work and do the usual, and also go to bible study in the night...

I stumbled upon this information about Usain Bolt today. Its a bit long but interesting...

Lausanne, Switzerland – On Monday 6 July Usain Bolt will be on the campus of IMD, the leading global business school based in Lausanne for a unique event in which he will discuss motivation and how one sustains it through both failures and eventual victory with the business audience in attendance.

The event is intended to enable business leaders to apply lessons in their respective careers from a world-class athlete such as Usain Bolt.

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the fastest man in human history after setting three World records at the Beijing Olympics last year. Reaching the heights that Bolt attained required motivation, critical thinking and focus. Even more important, it required turning early setbacks into advantages, turning weaknesses into strengths and developing the motivation required of a world champion. These three attributes are lessons that can apply to those working in business.

Play to one’s strengths

If a sports coach hadn’t recognized that Bolt’s special gift was speed when he was young, he might have stopped at being reasonably good at cricket, a sport he had been practicing in his youth. When coaches advised Bolt to concentrate on a 400-meter race, Bolt had enough self-confidence to realize that his strength lay in the 100m dash. The Olympics proved him right. Boltwas cognizant enough in his own abilities that he knew when to accept or ignore feedback.

In business, you often find a heavy emphasis on gap-analysis, encouraging executives to focus on improving their weak points. It is almost always the wrong advice. If you are a great writer, but a terrible speaker, focus on writing even better and get someone else to do the speaking. Often the things we are bad at are the things that we don’t really want to do. A recipe for success is to do fewer of the things we don’t like, and to concentrate on those that we are good at. I remember a salesman who was spectacular at signing up new clients, but terrible at following through. His boss finally fired him. It was a stupid move. Finding his special talent is extremely difficult, while it is easy to find someone to handle mundane details once the sale is made. His boss should have kept him on the job and hired someone else to handle the administration. You need confidence in yourself, and if you are not the CEO, you need an organization that will support you.

Turn setbacks into strength

After going professional Bolt experienced a series of injuries and setbacks that might have discouraged anyone. However, without these setbacks, he might never have achieved the focus, discipline and pacing required of a champion.

What distinguishes highly successful people is not that they face fewer setbacks. We all face obstacles in our lives. However, successful people have the ability to find a positive framing that allows them to learn from setbacks and use them as a source of motivation. Apple's Steve Jobs likes to tell the story that had he not dropped out of college, the Macintosh would not have been as great a machine. He credits his current success at Apple to having been fired by that company 14 years ago. Facing death helped him focus on what he wanted to achieve in life.

Similarly, what distinguishes highly successful people is not they have no weaknesses. We are all human and are all weak. What distinguishes successful people is their ability to find ways to use their weaknesses to their advantage and to find strengths in themselves that others may not recognize. One of the heroes of the American Civil War was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, an English professor and poet but also a fervent opponent of slavery who felt he couldn't live with himself if he didn't contribute to the war effort. Many of his colleagues felt he was too bookish to lead men into battle and too intellectual to be an effective field commander. But, when put to the test, the fact that he was different gave him credibility with men who mutinied against their more conventional officers. His ability to clearly articulate his vision of what the Union army was fighting for proved to be inspirational to his soldiers. Their valiant defense of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg was an important part of the Union victory. Chamberlain was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Motivation is the key to everything

Bolt had trouble early in his career because he was so much faster than everyone else that he neglected training, ate the wrong food and failed to concentrate. That was enough for local competition, but becoming a world champion required more. The key was motivation.

Motivation is equally important in business, and often as difficult to maintain. Some executives feel passionate about the job, or they feel a responsibility to the people they know in the company. Others want to hold on to the influence that comes with the position. What is the incentive for an executive at a company like Microsoft who has already earned millions to stay at the top of his or her form? Executives who already have everything they want can continue to give maximum effort by not resting on their laurels, but finding new challenges and other means of motivation to always be better. Many sport stars and executives share an intensely competitive spirit to win, which often has nothing to do with accumulating greater wealth.

What about the executive who sees his career at its limit with no prospects for moving further up the ladder, or is working for a company with a flattened management structure? In some situations you may have to work at motivation, just as Bolt did. Even the most routine jobs can be made interesting by turning them into a game. The trick is to treat the component parts of the job as a series of challenges and then to set small goals. It is a question of identifying something that you want to do a little bit better, a little bit different and then working on it incrementally. Usain Bolt is only 22 years old, but he knows the way. He has already been there. You in your job can do the same.

Professor John Weeks for the IAAF

John Weeks is Professor of Organizational Behavior at IMD, the leading global business school based in Switzerland (www.imd.ch). He will take part in an event with Usain Bolt on 6 July 2009 at IMD in which the Olympic gold medallist will share his insights on motivation with a business audience.

And here he is being interviewed on Top Gear...

Bolt Interview on Top Gear
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7w4069-g7A

Yeah Richard di ting weh wi used to get at primary school I think wi used to call it Sky juice not snow cone... I think snow cone is what Americans call it as Vany indicated. But I think sky juice used to be in a bag... there was another thing with the shaved ice in a cup and the syrup on top... I can't remember what we used to call it. Cup juice???

Hey and Richard my hand were in the air :) not anywhere too close to the girl ahhm ahhm

Day 480 { Riverside Hotel /Japan and Russia Trying to Reach Agreement /Panasonic To be Fined} Sunday, July 12, 2009



Day 480 { Riverside Hotel /Japan and Russia Trying to Reach Agreement / Panasonic to Be Fined }

I again missed church because my translator was going to help with the administration of the STEP test. Which is some sort of English test thing that is done in Japan by a non-profit organisation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STEP_Eiken

Today I went to a nearby town called maniwa, with 2 of my friends. We ate at a restaurant known as the Riverside Restaurant, and the food was lovely.


Japan and Russia Trying to Reach Agreement

Moscow intends to negotiate with Tokyo on the territorial dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido on the basis of the 1956 Japanese-Soviet joint declaration, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev indicated Friday.

The declaration, signed in Moscow in the midst of the Cold War, stipulated that Shikotan Island and the Habomai islets would be returned to Japan after a peace treaty is concluded between Japan and the Soviet Union.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090712a4.html






Panasonic to Be Fined


The Fair Trade Commission plans to impose fines totaling several billion yen on a Panasonic Corp. unit and foreign firms also operating in Southeast Asia for allegedly forming an international cartel to fix prices for cathode-ray tubes for television sets, sources said Saturday.
The FTC has determined that MT Picture Display Co., a Panasonic subsidiary headquartered in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, Samsung SDI Co. of South Korea and others fixed prices of their CRTs from around 2005 to sell them to Japanese television makers operating in Southeast Asia in violation of the Antimonopoly Law
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20090712a3.html

Day 479 { Taste Bad Beef and Corn / G8 To let in Developing Nations } Saturday, July 11, 2009


Day 479 { Taste Bad Beef and Corn / G8 To let in Developing Nations }


Today, I met up with 2 friends at a coffee shop. Then I followed one of them to the 100 yen store... We saw some people cooking beef and corn and we thought that it looked quite yummy. ha.... The corn tasted as if they had it cooked and put down for 10 days...and the beef tasted as if it wasn't cooked at all. And the cost was 600 yen (US $6 / JA $540) ???? A waste of Money.









G8 To let in
Developing Nations
The Group of Eight summit in L'Aquila, Italy underlined how the G8 nations and emerging powers must cooperate to drink from the same well.

Yet the crucial event of the three-day meeting in central Italy was the failure of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, or MEF, to agree to halve Green house gas emissions by 2050.

The meeting was not aided by the sudden departure Wednesday of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who returned home to deal with ethnic riots in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang autonomous region in northwestern China.

Amid debate on its relevance as a framework for resolving global issues, the G8 released its first joint statement with developing countries, sending a signal that the rich nations are starting to view emerging nations — China, Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa as partners. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090711a2.html

G8 Leaders


Barack Obama (47)
President of the USA

First Black American President.
Being criticized for being too apologetic at times.
Only Black leader in the G8




Angela Merkel (54)
Chancellor Of Germany

Only Female leader in the G8
Has been voted most powerful woman in the world 3 times consecutively.







Taro Aso (68)
Prime Minister of Japan

Not popular with the people of Japan or even within his own Party.
Grand Father was a past prime minister of Japan.
Very Rich - Owner of the controversial Aso mining company.

Catholic

Only Asian in the G8


Gordon Brown (58)

Prime Minister of the UK



Not popular within the UK nor his party
EU don't seem to like him very much either









Stephen Harper (50)
Prime Minister Of Canada

Very conservative
I have never heard of this guy before







Silvio Berlusconi (72)
Prime Minister of Italy

The third richest man in Italy.
Owner of the AC Milan football club.

Known for making inappropriate jokes and gestures over and over again.
Is rumoured to be linking with the Italian Mafia
Is rumoured to be sleeping with an 18 year old model
His wife is filing for divorce



Nicolas Sarkozy (54)
President of France


Supposedly with his 3rd wife now.
His second wife, left her husband for him... Then left him for another man.

He and his now wife got married only months after meeting


Dmitry Medvedev (43)
President of Russia


The youngest of the G8 leaders
Sports man
Protege of Vladimir Putin
Got married to his childhood sweetheart

Has a blog http://community.livejournal.com/blog_medvedev/

Seem to be well liked

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Day 478 { Karate Certificate And Video /More Foreigner Control In Japan } Friday, July 10, 2009


Day 478 { Karate Certificate And Video/More Foreigner Control In Japan }

I was tempted to go into the pool today, because the place was killer hot. And on top of that, I was playing football with the kids on the field, then later with them in the gym... the gym is like an oven. I avoided the pool at this school because of the politics they used on me last year by calling all and sundry. I also avoided it because I can't deal with the teachers pausing and kids pausing and staring at me extensively.

After work, I went to karate, and they gave me a certificate for my supposedly third place in the competitions last Friday. On the Certificate they had Dave Colly in Katakana, but I made the necessary corrections. Here is a video of what I have been practising, for the past 5 weeks or more...... And try to keep your laughter to yourselves :) :).... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpY3CODOeVA

More Foreigner Control In Japan

The Heads of Parliament in Japan passed bills that tighten controls on foreign residents, paving the way for them to take effect within three years, despite opposition from foreigners and human rights activists.

The planned enforcement follows an agreement on the bills reached last month between the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition and the Democratic Party Of Japan the largest opposition party.

According to the bills, undocumented foreigners will either be granted special permits to stay or taken into custody for deportation. Many are expected to go into hiding to avoid such a fate.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090709a3.html

Day 477 { Taking Football To Serious/Wolverine/ Ethnic Riot In China } Thursday, July 9, 2009


Day 477 { Taking Football To Serious/Wolverine/Ethnic Riot In China }

The kids at my school today, gave me this sweet syrup and crushed ice thing which is a summer favourite in Japan. Its called something like katigouri....
Later on I went to football and I realise that my team has been taking this thing wayyy more serious than the foreigners. Maybe thats why they put us on the B-Team. For the first time, one of my team mates started to direct me on the field as to when to attack and when to do what.... I was saying to myself " What is wrong with this guy, we are only playing for fun". I guess they are taking it to another level. They even invited this very very good soccer player guy to come on our team. I think he scored about 7 goals on the opposing team. I scored either 1 or 2. Maybe they didn't count the second goal because apparently I fouled a guy on the other team that I was totally on aware of. After I scored that questionable goal, I saw the guy on the floor seemingly in pain, and about 5 other guys including some guys from my team, surrounding him and asking him if he is fine....

I was totally unaware of this, and the same guy who was directing me earlier, told me to cool down and play a little softer ???? All this has been getting on my nerves, but maybe I am too thin-skinned (easily angered) as one of my long time ex-girlfriends told me.

Wolverine X-Men Origins

After football, I ended up watching Wolverine-X-Men Origins, which I initially thought was going to be absolutely terrible, which is why I waited so long to watch it. But to my surprise it wasn't as bad as I imagined.... It was bad, but not as bad as I expected. Some of the action scenes were pretty amazing.... However, some of the acting was terrible !!! The fight between wolverine, Sabre tooth and that strange mutant creation thing was pretty entertaining to me.





Ethnic Riot In China

Sobbing Muslim women scuffled with riot police, and Chinese men wielding steel pipes and meat cleavers rampaged through the streets as ethnic tensions worsened in China's oil-rich Xinjiang territory, prompting President Hu Jintao to cut short a G8 summit trip Wednesday. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31753771/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

Boisterous crowds turned up at mosques in riot-hit parts of this western Chinese city, ignoring orders canceling Friday prayers due to the ethnic violence, and police quickly broke up a small protest nearby.

Nearly a week after riots in Xinjiang unleashed clashes and drew a massive security response, the U.S. national security adviser told Chinese diplomats on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in Italy that President Obama expects Beijing to act with "appropriate restraint."

Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the death toll in the ethnic rioting had risen from 156 to 184.

The dead included 137 people -- 111 men and 26 women -- from the dominant ethnic Han Chinese group. The agency said the other fatalities include 46 Uighurs and one man from the Hui ethnic group. Xinhua said the Muslim Uighur victims include 45 men and one woman.

It is the first time China's government has given an ethnic breakdown in the riots.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/11/ethnic-rioting-deaths-jump-to-184/?feat=home_headlines

Day 476 { Niimi News Paper/ Crazy Things Happen In Japan/ G8 Summit } Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 476 { Niimi News Paper/ Crazy Things Happen In Japan/ G8 Summit }

When I got to work this morning, the office lady greeted me and showed me that apart of my name was in the local news paper. It said Dave Colly ... Instead of Dave Collymore... It was written in Katakana. The paper was saying that I got 3rd place in the Karate competition last Friday ... :) I had no clue they were going to publish this thing.

Crazy Things Happen In Japan

A man has admitted torching an Osaka pachinko parlor, telling investigators he wanted to "kill many people at once," sources close to police said Tuesday.The blaze Sunday left four people dead and 19 injured.

Sunao Takami, 41, who lives near the parlor and was arrested Monday, said he "didn't care who might die."Osaka police said Takami, a resident of Konohana Ward, told them he felt desperate about his life and he just wanted to kill someone.

"I was out of work, had no money and hated my life, and then I got the idea to kill anyone, like a random killer, and started a fire at a place where there were a lot of people," Takami allegedly said. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090708a1.html


G8 Summit

It's that time of year again when the richest nations in the world gather to discuss themes ranging from the slumping economy to global warming.
Issues facing the summit participants have been transformed since the Group of Eight leaders gathered in Japan last year, when climate change and rising food prices were the topics dominating the meeting.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090708b1.html




For brief information about each of the leaders at the G8 summit see http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090708b6.html

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Day 475 { Bye Bye Sugun/ Tana Bata } Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Day 475 { Bye Bye Sugun/ Tana Bata }


Today is a special day in Japan but not an holiday. They call it Tana Bata Day. Its based on a story they borrowed from China, where the stars Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) meet each other on the 7th day of the 7th month. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

Got viewed by the grade 4 Kid's parents today, then later in the evening I went to the Tuesday English conversation thingy. Our friend, the Indonesian guy will be going back to Indonesia on July 15, so we had a little send off party thing for him.

After this, my reggae loving friend, invited me to his bar again and I met some more of his friends.