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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Japan - A "Very Traditional" Culture


Days 1726 - 1732
Sunday, December 9 - Saturday, December 15, 2012    



Day 1726 (Japan Prepares For North Korean's Missile Launch)
Sunday, December 9, 2012

Went to Tokyo today to collect an engine fan for my car back in Jamaica. My sister said it is acting up. A friend of mine has a decent link for car parts. So he brought me to the dealer today where he purchased it for me. I had a link when I was living in Okayama but that is way to far for me now.























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SDF finishes deployment for N. Korea rocket launch



Japan finished most of its preparations for North Korea's planned launch this month of a long-range rocket in defiance of U.N. ban, government officials said.

A Self-Defense Forces commander reported that the deployment of all units in charge of intercepting the rocket in the event any part threatens to fall on Japan was completed. The SDF will remain on alert for the next two weeks.

North Korea said it will launch a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite sometime between 7 a.m. and noon on any day from Monday to Dec. 22.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121209a2.html

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Day 1727 ( Japan - A "Very Traditional" Culture )
Monday, December 10, 2012

A good amount of my students today told me that they saw me on TV Last Friday. All the teachers were surprised. Japanese teachers have no time to watch TV, as they are hyper busy.

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Japan - A "Very Traditional" Culture

Quite a few persons who don't really know much about Japan, have asked me at some point, "what is the religion of the Japanese". The general view is that they are 80% Buddhist and 19% Shinto (Ancestral worshipers), 1% Christian. This might be in part true but generally, most Japanese people don't really subscribe to any religion. Almost everything is done out of tradition. They are doing what they do, because that is the norm and that was what they were taught to do. So they are mostly agnostics. Ask any Japanese what religion they belong to. Almost all will say none. Even if they said they belonged to one, only a few are committed any at all. They are however committed to the traditional way of doing things. And they still do a lot of Shinto and Buddhism looking stuff, heck they even drop Christmas, Valentines and Halloween into the mix as well. Because the business men make a lot of money from it.


With the exception of the Buddhist monks and the other hardcore dudes who take the religion thing seriously, Japanese are generally not a religious people. There is no set day of worship or any pray every Wednesday kinda thing going on here. The only thing that seem culturally mandatory is for persons to visit a shrine every single new years day to pray. I have no idea what or who they pray to. When I did karate, my main sensei wanted me to come with them in the blistering cold every year to go and pray. I of course refused every single time. Oh and work is also another thing that would seem like a religion to them.

We can't blame them though can we? Aren't we all pretty much victims to our culture, race, era and tradition? Its the same thing.

In any country, whatever religion they profess to be, some cultural thing is going to play a major role in how the people behave. The Orthodox Christians in Italy will do some stuff that the ones in Madagascar don't do.  The Buddhist in China will do some stuff that only Chinese Buddhist does. So there is nothing inherently wrong with the Japanese doing what they do, its all a part of how they grew up. even if some of the stuff are not to our liking as foreigners. Including the xenophobia. I don't think xenophobia is learnt though. This is a very natural thing if we can think outside the box. I'm not saying it is good, but its natural.

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Day 1728 ( Life Saved With HIV??? )
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Normal day at work today. But only had 4 classes so that was good. More students were telling me that they saw me on TV.

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Doctors Save A Little Girl's Life By Reprogramming The HIV Virus To Fight Cancer Cells
Drug company Novartis is betting $20 million on a cancer treatment that seems to have saved a little girl's life, according to a report from The New York Times' Denise Grady.

Just last spring, six-year-old leukemia victim Emma Whitehead was "near death," having gone through chemotherapy twice without success.
They infected her with a version of HIV, reprogrammed to attack cancer cells.
Whitehead almost died, but the treatment worked and now she's in remission — and doing cartwheels all over her house.
Grady says the treatment hasn't worked for all patients.
It worked completely on three adults. Four treated adults have merely improved. A child relapsed. The treatment failed two adults completely.
Here's the thing though: Each of these patients was a "hopeless" case before trying the treatment. So any success is huge.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/doctors-save-a-little-girls-life-by-reprograming-the-hiv-virus-to-fight-cancer-cells-2012-12#ixzz2FPerdpAg



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Day 1729 ( North Korea Successfully Launches Missile )
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Another normal day at work, nothing special.

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Defiant North Korea launches rocket



Despite earlier reported technological problems and severe winter weather, North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket Wednesday over the Pacific, the second stage of which fell 300 km east of the Philippines.


The launch marks a significant boost in Pyongyang's quest for ballistic missiles that could hit Japan and other neighboring countries.
The Unha-3 rocket, which Pyongyang claimed was carrying a satellite, lifted off at 9:49 a.m., flying over Okinawa around 10:01 a.m. Its second stage fell into the Pacific off the Philippines at 10:05 a.m., according to Tokyo.
No debris or damage was reported in Japanese territory.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121213a1.html


Significant leap for North Korea's missile tech



North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket, in the face of international opposition, indicates Pyongyang has taken a major step in its effort to develop a missile capable of reaching the U.S. West Coast, which would give the hermit nation a significant bargaining chip to use against Washington.


Experts said Wednesday's launch shows North Korea has made important advances after a similar attempt in April failed.

The Korean Central News Agency also announced that a satellite carried by the rocket entered orbit and proclaimed the launch a success. The U.S. military also confirmed that an object entered orbit.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121213a9.html


Unusually slow U.S. response hints of tougher action at United Nations



The United States slammed North Korea's rocket launch Wednesday as "a highly provocative act" and indicated it would seek tougher sanctions on Pyongyang, saying it will work with U.N. Security Council members to pursue "appropriate action."

"North Korea's launch today — using ballistic missile technology despite express prohibitions by U.N. Security Council resolutions — is a highly provocative act that threatens regional security," Tommy Vietor, spokesman of the National Security Council, said in a statement Tuesday Washington time.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121213a9.html



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Day 1730 ( Science Students Ditching Sony For Dairy Farms )
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another boring work day at work. Then had my evening student. Even more students were telling me they saw me on TV. Every where I turn almost literally.

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Sony loses science talent as student resumes go to dairies

Engineers look elsewhere as electronics giants flounder



Science students are eschewing traditional high-powered employers such as Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. to help make ice cream and yogurt.











They are applying to dairies. That says quite a bit about the current state of Japan and — some say — its future.
Sony, the Walkman inventor that once topped the rankings among the most-coveted jobs for graduating science majors, may drop further in popularity after sinking to fourth place from second in a survey this year of science students headed for the job market in April, said Takuya Kurita, a researcher at Tokyo-based Mynavi Corp., which operates job-hunting websites.
Sony, trying to end four years of losses, is hiring fewer recruits than it has in 23 years.
















http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20121211n2.html


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Day 1731 ( On TV Again Today - Sekai Banzuke  )
Friday, December 14, 2012

Work ended a bit early today. I went back to my apartment for a little then to YMCA. When I fifnshed at YMCA, I saw myself on TV live for the second or third time maybe. This was my 5th public television appearance. Surprisingly, 4 of them were this year. The other 1 was 2009 back in Okayama. The channels I have been on thus far are:





NHK

TBS

Nihon Terebi

Here is a clip of me on TV today.



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Day 1732 (  )
Saturday, December 15, 2012

Went to YMCA today and di 2 classes with the mostly rotten YMCA kids. Jeez. That was it for today.

1 comment:

zRö TöLéRàNçE said...

Dave - that video...wha gwaan inna di video...Geez.
Dem say when you acting, the first thing u have to do is throw shame out the window - lol

I guess that's true.