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Monday, January 21, 2013

2012 Recap / Slippery Snow

Days 1761 - 1767
Sunday, January 13, 2013 - Saturday, January 19, 2013 

Day 1761 ( Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey / Jamaica's Debt )

Sunday, January 13, 2013

While heading to my friend's place yesterday, I took this photo of the majestic looking Mount Fuji.

The tallest anything in Japan

Stayed in all day with my friend today. We watched Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey. It was like the prelude to Lord of the rings. I think it was a good watch for the most part. A little boring at times but overall it was ok. I give it a 7/10.

Jamaica's Debt

Read this article sometime ago and was shocked to see how in debt Jamaica was. Even worse than Greece.

Jamaica's debt hurricane

The Greece of the Western Hemisphere

Americans concerned about the impact of public debt on the global recovery have focused — with good reason — on Greece. Closer to home, however, the tourism mecca of Jamaica illustrates the catastrophic effects of borrowing way too much, and the painful choices that follow. This saga, less familiar than Greece's, is a lesson for lawmakers in the U.S. and elsewhere.
The Caribbean nation actually is in worse financial shape than Greece: Jamaica has more debt in relation to the size of its economy than any other country. It pays more in interest than any other country. It has tried to restructure its loans to stretch them out over more years, at lower interest rates, with no success. Such a move would be risky for its already nervous lenders. So Jamaica is trying to wangle a bailout from a skeptical International Monetary Fund. Another deadline for a potential deal just came and went last week, though negotiations continue.
Jamaica is caught in a debt trap. More than half of its government spending goes to service its loans. The country can spend barely 20 percent of its budget for desperately needed health and education programs. Its infrastructure is faltering. It lacks resources to fight crime. It has little margin to recover from natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.




Day 1762 ( 007 - Sky Fall / Heavy Snow in Yokohama and Tokyo / 25 YO Company President )

Monday, January 14, 2013

Today was a public holiday in Japan so I stayed in and watched another movie at my friend's home. Skyfall which grossed over a billion dollars recently. I still don't see how though as the movie wasn't all that. It did have some good action scenes and the plot was also good. But overall I don't think it was as great as the dollars spending on it, make it seem. I give it a 6/10

Heavy Snow in Yokohama and Tokyo

While heading back from my friend's place, I encountered this:

25 Year Old Japanese Company President

It is a rarity for a young person to turn a startup into a corporate success story in Japan, but the nation's future growth may in fact depend on such youthful entrepreneurs.
This 25 year old is richer than you and all your relatives combined
Unlike in the United States, where Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates serve as shining examples of such success, Taichi Murakami is not the stereotypical 25-year-old genius. Unlike many his age, he's had only one dream since he was a child: to become a company president.
The dream came true when he founded Livesense, a job-information service, while a freshman at Tokyo's Waseda University.
Last October, he listed the firm's shares on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, becoming the youngest entrepreneur in Japan to do so. His actions stood in clear contrast to the behavior of the nation's usual 20-somethings.
Due to the lingering economic slump, many new graduates feel inclined to work at blue-chip companies that they hope can weather bad times, instead of starting up their own businesses.
"I never had fears about starting a new company," Murakami told The Japan Times in a recent interview. "I rather have fears about not doing what I want to do."




Day 1763 ( Slipping in the Snow )

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

While going to work this morning, there was quite a bit of snow on the road. Living on the top of the hill doesn't make this any easier. The snow morphed into ice on the roads. I slipped several times, but luckily I didn't fall any of the time.

Outside of my apartment this morning


Bomb cyclone' blizzard claims one

Heaviest snow since '06 hurts 900, snarls Tokyo traffic, flights

The heavy snow that blanketed eastern Japan over the holiday weekend left one man dead and injured more than 900 others, while Tokyo commuters dealt with slippery streets as they returned to work Tuesday.

A low-pressure system, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" by the local media, dumped 8 cm of snow in nine hours, the heaviest snowfall in the Tokyo region since January 2006.

Traffic networks around the Tokyo metropolitan area continued to be disrupted Tuesday morning. Rail services were largely back to normal, but many domestic flights were canceled and some sections of key expressways were impassible.
At Narita International Airport, about 3,400 travelers were forced to spend Monday night in a terminal after snow caused airlines to cancel 71 flights.
Airport officials distributed sleeping bags, water and crackers to the stranded travelers. Normal flight operations at Narita resumed Tuesday, except for a few delays.
At Tokyo's Haneda airport, two of the four runways were temporarily closed Monday while snow was removed.
On Tuesday, Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. canceled more than 30 flights, mainly in the morning.


Hey I noticed that my company as well as the remittance firm that I use to send back money  to Jamaica, are both advertising on my blog!!! Yet still my company don't really like the idea of us having blogs.



Day 1764 (  2012 Recap  )

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Felt as if I was going to faint at work today. Its the 3rd time this is happening to me at this school. I ate a big breakfast, and even took vitamin tablets, so I'm not sure why this happened.

In the evening I spoke to my evening student about my trip back to Jamaica.

2012 Recap

These are the most memorable things for me in 2012:

January 4, 2012 - Got a 3 year extension to stay in Japan

February 25, 2012 - Accidentally went to a goukon (Japanese group dating party) with my old friend Peter.

March 6, 2012 - Got an electricity bill for over 14,000 yen

April 5-9, 2012 - Went to Malaysia and Singapore  

April 26, 2012 - Came on TV on TBS - Arita and Matsuko late night TV show.

April 28 - 30, 2012 - Went to Jamaicans in Japan "Spring Ting"

May 8, 2012 - Received my Masters Degree

May 19 and 20, 2012 - Went to One Love Festival in Tokyo

May 29, 2012 - My good friend from Grenada, Jerome died :(

July 28, 2012 - Went swimming at a pool centre with some friends

July 30 - August 8, 2012  - Went to Kyoto, Osaka and back to Niimi, Okayama

August 10, 2012 - Jamaica came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 200 meters in London Olympics

August 15, 2012 - Went to morito no hama Festival

August 30, 2012 - Was on TBS TV again

September 22, 2012 - Had my birthday party/dinner in Tokyo with a few friends.

October 13, 2012 - Saw Usain Bolt in Yokohama

November 9, 2012 - Started swimming lessons

November 25, 2012 - My brother who I've never met before, died in Canada. :(

December 7, 2012 - On Nihon terebi TV 

December 14, 2012 - On Nihon terebi TV again

December 24, 2012 - Arrived in Jamaica again

I would say this was a good year, not so much bad news. And I generally had a good time in 2012.



Day 1765 ( Japan's Suicide Rate Falls Below 30,000 )
Thursday, January 17, 2012

Met with a potential business partner after work today. Then ran to Shibuya to collect some funds from the Jamaican restaurant there.


Suicides fall under 30,000 for first time in 15 years

The number of suicides last year slipped below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, falling 9.4 percent from 2011 to 27,766, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Thursday.

The annual figure remained between 20,000 and 26,000 from 1978 to 1997 before hovering above 30,000 since 1998.

Last year 19,216 males committed suicide, down by 1,739 from the previous year and falling below 20,000 for the first time in 15 years, the NPA said. Female suicides numbered 8,550, down 1,146.


Day 1766 (  )
Friday, January 18, 2013

Had 6 classes at my main school then 2 classes at YMCA afterwards.



Day 1767 ( Ebisu, Tokyo Aalawi Jamaican Restaurant Visit 2 )
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Went to a Jamaican restaurant in Ebisu, Tokyo with some of my Japanese friends who were once living in Jamaica. The food is great and probably the closest you will get to the real Jamaican taste, from a Jamaican restaurant in Japan.

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