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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Japan - A "Cute / Kawaii" Culture / Bionic Eye Revealed



Japanese Word of the week is: Konbanwaa /こんばんは/ Good Evening/Night 

Note : Konbanwaa is only the pronunciation.. It is actually spelled konbanha... ha is pronounced wa in this case.

Days 1789 - 1795 
Sunday, February 10 - Saturday, February 16, 2013


Day 1789 ( Yokohama China Town / Small Tsunami Hit Japan's Coast) 
Sunday, February 10, 2013

He hates you, can you tell?

Today was China's New Years Day. So what better place to go than China town, which is about 30 mins by train from me. There were maaaaany people there. So getting into a restaurant was next to impossible. Me and my friend did mange to find a restaurant after waiting for only 20 mins.








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Small tsunami reach Japan from Solomon quake



Whats up with the Pacific and Tsunamis? 

Tsunami 40 cm high were observed at Hachijo Island in the Izu chain off Tokyo last week following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, the Meteorological Agency said.
Tsunami about 10-cm high were also observed at Chichijima in the Ogasawara island chain, at Owase in Mie Prefecture, as well as at Kushimoto and Nachikatsuura, both in Wakayama Prefecture, the agency said.
Observation data from other locations along the Pacific coast were mostly within the range of 10 to 20 cm or less.
The Solomon quake prompted the agency to issue a tsunami alert for Japan’s Pacific coast.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/07/national/small-tsunami-reach-japan-from-solomon-quake/#.USMrUx1vBrN


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Day 1790 ( Japan - A "Cute/Kawaii" Culture / Jamaica Skaters Got Medal in Special Olympics )
Monday, February 11, 2013

Today I stayed home all day as it was another national holiday in Japan.

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Japanese females generally thinks almost anything is cute. Even somethings that we westerners have to wonder about. But generally speaking, they are obsessed with cute stuff. Another reason why they tend to spend hours in the mirror putting on makeup, trying to (and some successfully do) make themselves look cute.


Hello kitty is especially famous here. I never knew about this character until I came to Japan. My sister would love it here. Why is "cute" such a big thing in Japan? Your guess is as good as mine.


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You probably won't hear about this news anywhere else outside of Jamaica or possibly the Caribbean but hey.....

J’can skaters win historic medals at Special Olympics



Nigel Davis and Tamra Mitchell broke new ground for Jamaica yesterday when they won two silver medals in ice figureskating here at the Special Olympic World Winter Games.

Davis, who has previously won gold in speed skating, was confident and expressive during his ice dance routine at the Yongpyong Dome ice rink (skating surface), but had to settle for second place behind the small-framed Yuktotorah Ho of Hong Kong in the Singles Male Level One category.
Mitchell and Davis then combined to win Jamaica's second silver medal at the Championships when they were bested by the Hong Kong connection of Sze Hou Ho and Ka Man Ng in the Teams Level One segment.


http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/sport/Silver-on-ice---J-can-skaters-win-historic-medals-at-Special-Olympics


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Day 1791 ( Information About Jamaica / Russia Also Messing With Japan)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The guy who is trying to start a English class thing with me, is also recommending that I start to expose information about Jamaica more to Japanese people. So he offered to set up a website and asked me to supply some information.

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Russian fighters intrude into Japanese airspace on isle row day, spurring protest






Two Russian fighter jets briefly intruded into Japanese airspace Thursday off Hokkaido, the first such incursion in five years, the Defense Ministry said.
Tokyo lodged a protest with Moscow over the incident, asking the Russian side to look into the case, the Foreign Ministry said.
But Russian media reported the same day that the nation’s military denies its aircraft intruded into Japanese airspace.
According to the Defense Ministry, two Russian Su-27 fighter jets intruded into Japanese airspace for roughly a minute from 2:59 p.m. in an area southwest of Rishiri Island, which sits near the northern tip of Hokkaido.
Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jets were scrambled to the scene, while the Russian jets flew southward over the Sea of Japan before turning back north, according to the ministry.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/08/national/russian-fighters-intrude-into-japanese-airspace-on-isle-row-day-spurring-protest/#.USNCgh1vBrN


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Day 1792 ( Marriage Talk / Jamaica Restructuring its Debt)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spoke to my evening student about some marriage stuff after work today. Who knows? You might be hearing some big news this year!!!!

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This is the first time I'm seeing news about Jamaica in a Japanese news paper. Sadly, it isn't even good news.


Jamaica to restructure its debt again




Jamaica will restructure its local debt for the second time in three years as the Caribbean island struggles to boost economic growth and secure a new accord with the International Monetary Fund.
The nation asked bondholders late Monday to exchange “higher-interest debt for lower-cost debt,” Finance Minister Peter Phillips said in a speech with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. There will be no “haircut” on the principal investment, he said.

The Caribbean nation swapped $7.8 billion of local bonds for securities with longer maturities and lower interest rates in 2010. Since then, central bank reserves have fallen to about $1 billion from a peak of $2.6 billion in the first half of 2011.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/14/business/jamaica-to-restructure-its-debt-again/#.USNI_x1vBrN


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Day 1793 ( Happy Valentine's Day / Bionic Eye Reveled )
Thursday, February 14, 2013

I love you















Today, a special needs child gave me a chocolate. I got chocolate from about 4 different persons today. I also got a pair of thick, warm socks. If you didn't know, the coldest places on your body in winter are your fingers and toes. So I really appreciate the socks.

I also ordered a new Laptop computer today.


I was suppose to meet with the guy who want me and him to start the English school today, but I cancelled.

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We have the technology: Bionic eye makes debut






After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind worldwide.
Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people partially recover their sight, with some experiencing better results than others.
Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special minicamera, the Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow suit soon, making the Argus II the world’s first widely available bionic eye.
“It’s the first bionic eye to go on the market in the world, the first in Europe and the first one in the U.S.,” said Brian Mech, the California-based firm’s vice president of business development.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/10/world/we-have-the-technology-bionic-eye-makes-debut/#.USNabR1vBrN


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Day 1794 (Meteor Shower Over Russia )
Friday, February 15, 2013

Today was one of my rough days. Where I work from 8:30 - 8:00 almost none stop.


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Flying glass hazard in central Russia meteor shower






Nearly 1,000 people injured as a meteor shower rained down on central Russia were mainly hurt by flying glass.
 
No one was killed in the celestial event in Chelyabinsk, but the country’s Emergencies Ministry says nearly 1,000 have been hurt - including children.
 
Speaking from Chelyabinsk Hospital, surgeon Vladimir Basmannikov said: “The wounds that people have are mainly cuts and bruises, due to windows and window frames breaking and flying around. And you can see how many people are here. We’ve already treated 60 or 70, and we still have a corridor full of people.”
 
The meteor explosion and shower may be connected to an asteroid the size of an Olympic swimming pool that is due to pass Earth at a distance of 27,520 kilometres – however, the link has not been confirmed.


http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/15/flying-glass-hazard-in-central-russia-meteor-shower/



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Day 1795 ( Got New Laptop )
Saturday, February 17, 2013


I received my new Laptop today that I ordered 2 days ago.


It is a Asus X301A (Asus is the 5th largest PC Vendor and is based in Taiwan)

It is a 64 bit system with Windows 8.
4 GB of RAM (DDR3)
500 GB Hard Drive
Intel Pentium 2.4 Ghz Processor

SWEET!!!

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