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Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Plight and Rise of the Black Race (From The Ranting Files) / Japanese School Festival

Japanese Sentence of the Week : Kiwotsukete kudasai / 気をつけて下さい/ Be careful or take care 

Days 1908 - 1914 
Sunday, June 9 - 15, 2013

Day 1908 ( Madagascar 3 )
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Stayed in and watched Madagascar 3. Believe me, I thought it was going to be a waste of my time. But shockingly it was really funny!!! I had some good laughs. The story was interesting and it was good fun for the whole family. If you like to have a good laugh, then you should watch it. I give it a 7.5/10.

Looks dumb but it's fun

And it got a

5 - Download/Stream Worthy (Want to see a movie badly? Don't want to waste money? Are you ok with stealing/downloading and/or sharing/streaming movies? If your answer is yes to any or all of these, then this is for you.... )

with my review system.



Day 1909 ( Japanese Man Walks 40,000 km Around the World )
Monday, June 3, 2013

Did my one class at the YMCA not too far from where I live. The students in this class are getting very disrespectful. I try to make the class happy and fun but something just ain't right with these kids. Especially because it seem like their parents force them to do English. I had to speak very strongly to one of the students today, to which everyone got silent. I'm going to tell the boss about them just in case. I also need to make peace with them because I can't afford to lose even 1 class.


Japanese man completes 40,000 km round-the-world walk

A 32-year-old Japanese man completed his walk around the world Sunday in which he covered around 40,000 km with a two-wheeled cart, returning to Shanghai where he started the journey about four and a half years ago.

Masahito Yoshida, from the city of Tottori on the Sea of Japan coast, left Shanghai on New Year’s Day 2009, heading west with around 50 kg of luggage, including a sleeping bag, in his cart.

Yoshida said he hoped to visit small towns that he would bypass if he traveled by train or bus.

He spent a year and eight months covering around 16,000 km from Central Asia to the western tip of Portugal’s Cape Roca, where he arrived in August 2010 via Istanbul.
He then flew to the east coast of the United States and started his 6,000-km walk from Atlantic City in New Jersey, reaching Vancouver in Canada in October 2011.

Yoshida spent eight months traversing Australia from Melbourne in the south to Darwin in the north via Alice Springs, completing his 5,000-km walk across the continent in June 2012.

He took up part-time work in Canada and Australia to meet his daily needs.
In Asia, he started from the southern part of Southeast Asia, visiting such countries as Singapore and Vietnam.



Day 1910 ( China and USA Don't Trust Each other )
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Had 2 short classes at the high school. They invited me to their welcome/goodbye party. I then went to my second job and of course got home at the usual 10:30 pm on Tuesday nights.


No breakthroughs at Obama-Xi summit

It was orchestrated as the shirt-sleeves summit, where President Barack Obama, embarking on his second term with a strategic focus on Asia, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, starting his first year of a decade-long rule, might cool tensions between their rival nations and forge a comfortable friendship.

But even before the leaders arrived for two days of high-stakes meetings in California, some suspicions abounded. Xi and his delegation declined to stay at Sunnylands, the expansive desert estate hosting the summit, believing that it might be bugged by the Americans. Instead, the Chinese checked into a nearby hotel.

Once the meetings began Friday, Obama and Xi’s conversations were often stilted. Neither speaks the other’s language fluently, and they opted against the simultaneous translation often used in such instances, so their statements were interrupted every couple of sentences by interpreters. This slowed down the talks and prevented spontaneous back-and-forth.




Day 1911 ( The Plight and Rise of the Black Race - From The Ranting Files )

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today my classes were all cut to 40 mins without the schools telling me anything. I learnt when I arrived at the school in the morning. There are few things more annoying than this. So when I got there, the class already started 20 mins before.

I must say that I really enjoy teaching high school. Unfortunately the pay sucks... Summer is going to be TERRIBLE!! Especially because I have a trip to Singapore coming up as well as my tax !!! Darn tax I have to pay to keep Japanese old people healthy. Well that isn't so bad after all right?


The Plight of the Black Race

Just another random thing I wanted to write about. Some things we face just being black. I guess I can speak on behalf of all black people wherever they are, Africa, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, US, South America. Cause from yuh black, yuh jus black. (Because if you are black, you are just black.. no matter how mixed you are or think you are).

Here are some points I made.

We are abundantly successful in only certain areas. Key word abundantly.

What are black people mostly hugely successful in? You can guess it easily:

Sports - Too many to name. Basket ball players, American football players.... etc etc

Entertainment... Be it movies, singing or what ever.. Many in this area too.

How many successful black business men out there? Some are around but not as much as athletes and entertainers.

Most predominantly black countries / communities are marred by corruption, violence, trickery and a general unsafe feeling. 

Except for a few predominantly black countries like say Barbados, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and The Cayman islands to name a few... The vast majority of them are either unheard of or has a bad reputation. Check out the African nations and many Caribbean nations. Wars, gangs and kidnapping etc galore.

How about in America? There are some places in New York, California, Detroit and Washington DC where you don't want to go.

There are a few communities around with educated blacks though.....Not many by a long shot.

Not Many other races like us very much

Anywhere in the world that black people go, there will be some others that just don't like us because of our color. Go to Europe, Asia, Latin America... It's all the same...Hey even we don't like ourselves at times you know. Ever tried to get some statistics on Black on Black crime? I'm sure it would be shocking.

Check out what some Black European soccer players go through. Particularly in countries from the Old Roman Empire like Spain, France and Italy...Even sometimes when a black guy is playing for a particular club, their own club members will booo them, make monkey sounds, throw bananas on the field and what not. Nothing will happen to these fans because its not a concern to the management.

Go to any Asian country... Any one....You are going to be stared at. And seen as suspicious depending on the country you go to. Latin America? I heard a story recently of a Black lawyer in Peru, where the judge thought he was the janitor and couldn't believe that he was a lawyer until he got his documents...... My friend also said a Mexican restaurant here in Japan... Didn't want to accept her... Yup we still face all manner of crap after hundreds of years...

Lots of Division Even Among Blacks

It is probably true that we don't try to build each other up when we see a Black brother/sister doing well. One person might "Bad mind (grudge)" the other and possibly even attempt to sabotage them. Or the reverse may happen... With the person who get promoted start looking down on his/her colleagues. And oooh how we love to quarrel and fight....  Do you know about the bloods and crips in the US? How about One order and Clansman in Jamaica? Who are they made up of?? All blacks.... These guys can't be reasoned with to stop the foolishness.

Was it predicted in the Bible That We Black People would Have Trouble for The Rest of Our lives?

I know that not many people believe in the Bible but yeah still. Long time ago, and maybe even today still, some White Christians quoted this verse to support the slavery of Black people:

Genesis 9:24-27

When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
Cursed be Canaan!
    The lowest of slaves
    will he be to his brothers.
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
    May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory;
    may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
    and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”

A little background to this... Noah (The dude who built the huge boat with animals) had 3 sons. Shem, Ham and Japheth. Historically, at least, Japheth is believed to be the ancestor of White people, Shem, the ancestor of Middle Eastern and Asian people and Ham the ancestor of Africans. Ham had a son called Caanan. And Noah cursed him as seen above... If this is true.. Then it can be said that the rest is history. We are still suffering the effects of this curse.

Black Christians as well as some White Christians explain this away, saying it was the racist Whites who used this verse to push forward their agenda. But, what if it was really true??? That God cursed us forever?

Is it Human nature to not like Black?

Why are kids afraid of the dark? Why are there negative connotations attached to stuff like "Black Cat", "Black Sheep", "Black magic" for example? Why is it that in Jamaica, lots of men tend to praise the "Browning (Females with lighter colored skin)?"... Again in Jamaica why is it some people say "Yuh black like (your skin is very dark)" as a way to ridicule someone? Is it that we blacks just naturally prefer seeing none-blacks? What is it?

We Get Successful Only to a Certain Point And No Further. But That is Slowly Changing

So maybe in the last 15 years or so... Some multi-millionaire/Billionaire Black people surfaced. Even a few gaining Multi-Billionaire status. But!!! Check out any big company all over the world... Maybe there are only a handful of black CEOs. And 90% or more of them are Black Americans.... They all stop at a certain point. American's and Europeans will only allow us to get to a certain point. Recently a few Africans have popped up though. That's good. Maybe it will become better in the future... Just maybe..

All Billionaires!! The dude to the extreme left is #43 on the Forbes Billionaire list... Name Aliko DangoteThe guy to the extreme right is a Jamaican born Canadian
I bet you don't know her? Isabel Dos Dantos of Angola
The second of only 2 Black Billionaire women

In Closing + A Little History Rant

Even before the entire continent of Africa was conquered by the Europeans, it was being raped by the other middle east countries. Assyria, Babylon, Persia etc.... It was always being reset, time and time again. Some say that our own African brothers sold us into slavery, which maybe true, but this is an old practice. Slavery has been around forever. And there was no way Africans could have defended themselves against the invasion of Europe which was wayy more advanced technologically and otherwise. So even if the guys didn't sell their brother's into slavery, Europe would've still conquered Africa. Heck, they conquered the word!! That is why there are so many Chinese and Indians in Jamaica today....Britain sent them from the main land.  Do you really think every single one of those 50 or so countries in Africa were deceived by their fellow brothers?? I think not.

So why is it that the countries above the equator became more advanced than the countries below it? Well I think the most logical explanation is that because up north is so cold, they had to find ways to survive. So it was more of a survival instinct. They had to develop or die. But the countries down south are warm and nice so its more comfortable and fosters laziness. So why develop when you are warm and comfortable? I think this continues even to this very day. Plus that lazy and comfortable DNA will pass down to our descendants. While the developing DNA will pass on to those in the developed countries. And the cycle will probably never end.

Africa is blessed with natural resources. But the people their weren't blessed with the know-how of capitalizing on these natural resources. So the Europeans and Asians go down there and make good use of it.

Any way, I do have hope for a brighter future for us. I hope we will one day be able to walk anywhere and do anything without any trouble. And I hope to see more Blacks rising up the corporate ladder and owning their business etc. I'm sure we can do it. It's happening slowly but surely...



Day 1912 ( New Student's First Real Class / Eye Licking Becoming Popular in Japan. WHAT!!! )
Thursday, June 13, 2013

We are in the rainy season now so rain fell for the most part today. I had the first real lesson with my new private student today. And as I mentioned last week, this lady has a baby clothes business for over 20 years. And her business is booming .... she does her stuff online. I asked her how much is her monthly expenses for the business. She broke it down for me 1 by 1 and the total was a whopping 6,000,000 yen per month!!!!! Unbelievable....


The EYEBALL LICKING craze that's sweeping Japan and causing a surge in eye infections

WHAT tha??

We've all heard about people doing strange things for love, but Japanese students are taking love-induced madness to a whole new level - and putting their health at risk in the process.
The latest craze sweeping through Japan is ‘oculolinctus’ – eyeball licking as an expression of affection between young lovers.

However, it has led to a surge in cases of eye infections and can even cause blindness, doctors have warned. 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2340988/The-EYEBALL-LICKING-craze-thats-sweeping-Japan-causing-surge-eye-infections.html#ixzz2Wjby6caa
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Day 1913 ( Google Experiments With Balloon For Internet )
Friday, June 14, 2013

Today was another one of those days where I go to work for a couple hours and do nothing. The students were preparing for their bunkasai (School festival) so everyone was busy cleaning, painting charts, doing flower arrangements, making tents etc.. So I went home after a couple hours then did 1 hour at the YMCA.


Google experiment uses balloons to beam Internet down to Earthlings

Google revealed top-secret plans Saturday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access.

Scientists from the technology giant Saturday released up to 30 helium-filled test balloons flying 20 km above Christchurch in New Zealand, carrying antennae linked to ground base stations.

While still in the early stages, Project Loon hopes eventually to launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet to remote parts of the world, allowing the more than 4 billion people with no access to get online.
It could also be used to help after natural disasters, when existing communication infrastructure is affected.

“Project Loon is an experimental technology for balloon-powered Internet access,” the company said on its latest project from its clandestine Google (x), “where we work on radical, sci-fi-sounding technology solutions to solve really big world problems.”

“Balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, can beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster,” it added.



Day 1914 ( School Festival )
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Had my usual 3 classes at YMCA today. One of them was an open class where the parents came to visit. It went well I believe.

After YMCA I went to my school festival with my big haired friend Viviana. As soon as we entered the school yard, some students started shouting "Viviana sensei, Viviana sensei".... I was like "What?", "Isn't this my school??" How comes they are calling to her ??? Not one soul recognized me... Many of the visitors were from Viviana's Junior high school.  It was after a long while, some of the students recognized me. I don't normally dress casual so I guess it confused them??

That's a dude in the skirt by the way

That should be a picture of the teacher who is wearing the shirt

Same thing here...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Back in Time Part 3 - My First Break up with a Japanese Girl

Japanese word of the day - doko ni sunde masuka? どこに住んでますか?Where do you live?

Days 1901 - 1907 
Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day 1901 ( 9 Million with Dimentia )
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Stayed in all day and ate paella for lunch and dinner. Delicious I tell yuh.

It badddd


9 million in China have dementia

Around 9.2 million people in China had dementia in 2010, compared with almost 3.7 million 20 years earlier, according to a study Friday that throws a spotlight on an emerging health crisis.

In what its authors say is the most detailed study into age-related mental health in China, the paper says prevalence of dementia there is rising far faster than thought and the country is ill-equipped to deal with the problem.




Day 1902 ( Back to Kamakura )
Monday, June 3, 2013

Kamakura YMCA

Stayed in for most of the day. Then went to teach a class at the Kamakura YMCA. My name is spreading among the YMCAs so that's a good thing. I kinda like the feel of Kamakura, its like you go back in time. Sorta reminds me a bit of Kyoto but in another way. I prefer the old Kamakura look more than the old Kyoto look.

I taught a lady who is maybe in her late 50s or early 60s. She said she went to one of the high schools that I teach at now. At that time it was an all girls school. After talking with her for 90 mins, I went to my usual Monday class of 3rd graders. There is one girl in the class who is kinda getting on my nerves, along with one of the boys as well. One of the things on my anger management list... Rotten/rude kids.



Day 1903 (  )
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Had 2 classes at the high school. Then 2 Business English classes at Komatsu. The students are slowly getting less. One quit recently because he said his job is too difficult to balance with voluntary English lessons.



Day 1904 ( My First Break up with a Japanese Girl )
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My back in time part 2 post (My First Japanese Girl friend)

Wasn't as successful in views as my back in time part 1 post ( My first date with a Japanese )

But both had over 300 views.

So here is the third installment in the "Back in time" series. "My First Break up with a Japanese Girl"

Where was I? ...... Yeah I now had a Japanese girlfriend and I was feeling like a boss in town. Happy, fulfilled and grateful for this great opportunity of having a Japanese girlfriend in the middle of nowhere. She was happy with me, and I was happy with her. We went several places together, did several things and we were having the time of our lives. Then..............3 months into this experience of a life time .................... my cousin and best friend died. I went back to Jamaica to attend his funeral and my girlfriend supported me all the way. She even loaned me some money on short notice to go back to the funeral. And she was there everyday when I was crying none stop. I am thankful she was there throughout this ordeal.

Slowly we started getting used to each other and she started getting miserable. Then, her job transferred her to another location about 2 hours away by car. It started to put a strain on our relationship but we still tried. We would only meet on the weekends now. But we spoke every night on the phone for hours and our phone bills were getting high. I think everyone who knew me, knew that this girl was my girlfriend. And many (myself included) wondered how did I manage to win over a girl like this, in the middle of rural/country side/full of old people and rice fields Japan. She spoke some English, she was gorgeous and she was more on the rich side. How? Seriously!

Anyway, I was an idiot. I was getting popular in the country side. Not only because I was the only black dude around, but also because I was on TV...... Everyday.

My name was spreading like wild fire. That happens in the country side of Japan if you are a foreigner though. It doubles if you are black. And it quadruples if you are on TV. So you can imagine. Everything I did, 30,000 people would know. They knew what I bought, they knew the activities I did. They knew EVERYTHING I DID!!! I realized this the hard way.

Yeah so I was getting increasingly popular, and as I said up top.... I'm an idiot. Some other girls caught my eye. And they already knew who I was so no need for introductions. Long and short of this is that, I kind of got involved with another girl while my girlfriend was far away. I was a mess. The other girl found out about my girlfriend and she gave me an ultimatum to leave her (my girlfriend) or get left........ So I asked for an extension on the ultimatum because I was a mess. Why did I even get wrapped up in this triangle thing in the first place? Any way, the other girl eventually left after a whopping 6 months. I never knew this would have had an impact on me. But it was a shocker. I discovered that when she left, that I was actually in love with 2 women. And didn't want to leave any of them. Talk about bringing back the Bible days to present (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, SOLOMON-- Hey my name is a spring of of David you know?) I was devastated when she left. And I think my girlfriend realized that something was wrong. But I couldn't tell her... Hell naaa.... It was tearing me up on the inside. Why did I do this in the first place?

Then shortly after this, my girlfriend was getting more and more angry about everything and nothing. Just angry and complaining none stop. So I asked her if she wanted us to break up. To which she went silent for about a minute. Then I saw tears strolling down her face. She then nodded "yes". I asked her if she was sure. And she repeated "yes". She said that we both knew it was coming to an end. I can't say she was wrong. So on the night of Sunday, January 31, 2010 (after 1 year, 2 months and 12 days of being together) I had my first breakup (or was it second?) with a Japanese girl. This was actually 9 days after the first one left. Talk about break up combo.

I was back to square one.... no, square zero. It felt worse than when I just came to Japan after breaking up with my then Jamaican girlfriend. Worse because I had no support system whatsoever. I almost depended entirely on my Japanese girlfriend for everything. Translation, fun, conversations... you name it. Now I had no one. It felt like hell. And my heart ached every single day. I even felt like I was losing it at times. I cried my heart out everyday for almost 2 weeks. This was how terrible I felt about everything. I couldn't eat properly, I couldn't and didn't want to sleep. I had nightmares constantly. I prayed every single night, asking God that if He was real, He should take this situation away from me..... I've never felt like that in my entire life.

It was also terrible because everyone in the small town knew what was going on. They knew about me messing around with the other girl and about my break up. One particular foreign teacher from the US, who doesn't like me very much, still spreads my name around to new comers in the area. I was surprised when a Jamaican female who started teaching in that area recently, told me that she heard about me, and what took place .... This dude is on a serious mission of slandering me man. Mr. hater himself. But it only encourages me to do better and rise higher. Not calling him a liar, just that he chooses only the bad stories about me to tell everyone.

It took me almost a year to fully 100% get over this/these breakup(s). But it was this situation, combined with the death of my cousin, that allowed me to publish my first book. I had to get out of that depressing phase.

Yeah so that was how it ended. Pretty messed up. And I lost some weight... look

Me after a traumatic break up in 2010

But I recovered well and started doing darts and several other activities in late 2010.....



Day 1905 ( New Private Student )
Thursday, June 6, 2013

I gained myself a new student recently, from an internet site. She saw my profile and somehow chose me... This is after like 2 years of not hearing anything from this website. Today was an introduction lesson so it was free of charge. If she likes it, we will continue. She is a marketing professional and has been running her own company for 20 years now... wow... She has a company that sells baby clothes. We spoke for about 1 hour and she decided to continue next week.

Later in the evening, I went for dinner in Tokyo, at the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya. good Wood Terrace.



Day 1906 Bolt Loses to Gatlin / Usain Bolt Gives Tennis Superstar Rafael Nadal Trophy )
Friday, June 7, 2013

I see why they pay us less for teaching in high school. We hardly do anything. At times I'm there for the entire day doing absolutely nothing. With elementary school, you better know that you will be working your butt off. Today after teaching 1 class at my main high school, I wasted my time going to the YMCA for a class. They asked me last week to teach 3 fifth grade girls for 90 mins. None of them showed up... And my boss told me nothing. I claimed money for both classes though because I was there waiting.


Bolt beaten by Gatlin



Usain Bolt watches French Open final, presents Rafael Nadal with trophy

Fresh off a surprise defeat to Justin Gatlin at the Golden Gala meet in Rome last week, six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt was in Paris for the French Open on Sunday to present the Coupe des Mousquetaires to Rafael Nadal, who defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a rain-addled final. Bolt took in the match next to French Federation president Jean Gachassin and watched as the most dominant man on clay the sport has ever seen won his eighth title.

Nadal was asked before the match about Bolt, and not surprisingly, there was a lot of athlete-on-athlete love. “Everybody know that he’s amazing what he did,” Nadal said. “He’s one of the great sportsman of the history. I hope to be there to receive the trophy. I gonna try. If not, I gonna say hello to him.”




Day 1907 ( Vinegar cures Cancer )
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Did 3 classes at the YMCA today. One class (the worst of the 3) was an open class where parents came to visit. The kids were misbehaving for a while until their parents came. But 2 of them still misbehaved even in the presence of their parents!!! Unbelievable kids I tell you.


Vinegar cancer test saves lives, India study finds

A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women.

Doctors reported the results Sunday at a cancer conference in Chicago. Experts called the outcome “amazing” and said this quick, cheap test could save tens of thousands of lives each year in developing countries by spotting early signs of cancer, allowing treatment before it’s too late.

Usha Devi, one of the women in the study, says it saved her life.
“Many women refused to get screened. Some of them died of cancer later,” Devi said. “Now I feel everyone should get tested. I got my life back because of these tests.”


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Why Am I Not A Head Teacher? (From The Ranting Files)

Japanese sentence of the week - dare desuka - だれですか - Who is that?

Days 1894 - 1900 
Sunday, May 26 - Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 1894 ( Life of Pi / Argo )
Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stayed in today bored as ever and watched 2 movies. The first was "Life of Pie"

The visuals in this movie was Amazing!!! If you like colours, nature, beautiful scenery, art and that kind of stuff, yeah, this movie is for you. The story is interesting but lacking. You will spend a good hour or more, just watching a dude with a tiger on a boat. It is also a bit emotional as well. Overall, I give it a 7/10.
And with my friend's rating list, I give it a

5 - Download/Stream Worthy (Want to see a movie badly? Don't want to waste money? Are you ok with stealing/downloading and/or sharing/streaming movies? If your answer is yes to any or all of these, then this is for you.... I have a feeling many people fall into this category)


The other movie I watched today was "Argo"

which is based on a true story about some American hostages in Iran, back in 1980 there about. This can be quite an intense movie if you pay attention to the details. It had me on the edge of my seat for a good while. The acting and the movie setting etc was really superb. It brought me into 1980s USA and Iran. I give it a 7.5/10 with last week's snitch. And also a

5 - Download/Stream Worthy (Want to see a movie badly? Don't want to waste money? Are you ok with stealing/downloading and/or sharing/streaming movies? If your answer is yes to any or all of these, then this is for you.... I have a feeling many people fall into this category)



Day 1895 ( Japan To Invest Heavily in Africa Through the Yokohama Declaration )
Monday, May 27, 2013

Taught 1 class at the YMCA today. Taught them about the months of the year and made them draw an image relating to each month. I then went to Western Union to send some money back home to Jamaica.


The fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama 

Prime minister Abe among African leaders

The fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development ended Monday with adoption of the Yokohama Declaration, a pledge to promote private sector-led growth in achieving sustainable development.

A five-year action plan for 2013 to 2017 was also adopted at the end of the three-day meeting. It details the processes of achieving goals such as accelerating growth and reducing poverty. The Japanese government and Africa will hold regular meetings to monitor and follow up on the plans.

“Japan will support Africa’s growth. (Japan), as it always has done, will fulfill the promises it makes,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the closing ceremony.

During a press conference that followed, Abe stressed the importance of Japanese investment in Africa, saying the continent will be the driving force of the global economy by midcentury.

Also read




Day 1896 ( Japan - The Top Creditor Nation in the World )
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Did a special introduction class today at my Tuesday High school. When I just walked into the class, I forgot that it was going to be an introduction lesson. So I was wondering why all the students were opening their eyes wide, staring and whispering. That's when it struck me, "Oh they don't know me yet" ... Unfortunately, this is probably the only time they will be seeing me, because it was just a special arrangement.

Later on, I had to teach the 2 business classes at Komatsu.


Japan retains status as top creditor nation

Japan kept its position as the world’s largest creditor nation for the 22nd straight year in 2012, government data showed Tuesday, as the dollar’s gains helped inflate the value of overseas assets.

Tokyo was followed by mainland China and Germany in the ranking, which reflects the difference between the value of assets held abroad, including foreign debt and property, minus a nation’s liabilities, such as foreign purchases of its own debt and domestic assets.

In Japan’s case, net overseas assets stood at ¥296.3 trillion at the end of last year, up 11.6 percent from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said. The rise for the second straight year came mainly because the yen equivalent value of the assets grew under the currency’s depreciation.



Day 1897 ( Why Am I Not A Head Teacher? <From The Ranting Files> )
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Had a class at my main High School today then 2 more classes at YMCA, then my private student. I started feeling a pain in my left ear today.


Why Am I Not A Head Teacher? 

Not to toot my own horn or anything. Just wondering aloud. Since I started teaching in Japan in 2008, I've heard several teachers, vice principals, principals, co-workers etc. tell me that I have exceptional teaching skills. Especially with children. This happened both in Okayama and Yokohama. I was even recommended by a head teacher, to do a test run of becoming a head teacher. Honestly, I think I failed that little test run, and the person who was helping me out with that test run, actually became a head teacher. During the little test run, I wasn't so confident, nor did I demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.

In all honesty, it felt strange, because all she did was help me out. She did an excellent job though I must admit. And is doing well as a head teacher now. But it still feels a bit awkward, after being with a company for so long (5 years) and not climbing up the status ladder. I'm still just a regular AET/ALT, that's it. In Jamaica, it took me a year to step to a senior instructor. And even before year 2, I was already acting as a head of section. What is happening here then? For now all I can do is just work with it and improve myself where possible. What else can I do really? I can't help but wonder. These were the things I came up with while wondering.

Is it that:

1) I failed that little silent (let us see how you do) head teacher test?

2) the people who are telling me that I am a good teacher, are telling me bull?

3) I don't have the leadership skills required?

4) I am from Jamaica? (to date I've only heard of 1 Jamaican becoming a head teacher in my company...it wasn't my branch).

5) the big wigs who make the decisions don't like the idea for whatever reason?

6) company politics is involved - relating to 5 above

Whatever the reason, I don't know the truth. I don't even know if I deserve to be a head teacher or if I could manage that task with my lazy self. I'm just ranting away that's all.



Day 1898 ( Shakey's With Friends / Walmart Guilty! )
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stayed in for the most part today. Then went to the Yokohama station to have all you can eat pizza and other stuff with some friends from the elementary school section of my company.

All we can eat ---- Wi belly full

We then took some weird Japanese style pictures. This wasn't my first time taking them.

How the heck did the green writing on my T-shirt  changed to pink?

The pain in my ear was so excruciating today, that it was even difficult to sleep. I kept waking up to a terrible pain in my left ear.


Wal-Mart pleads guilty in waste case

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty in the U.S. to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in two states because of damaged packaging and other problems.

The world’s largest retailer entered the plea in federal court in California to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and another environmental law regulating pesticides. In Missouri, the company pleaded guilty to improperly handling pesticides.

The plea agreements ended a nearly decade-old investigation that has cost the firm a total of $110 million.

Court documents show illegal dumping occurred in 16 California counties between 2003 and 2005. Prosecutors said the company didn’t train its employees on how to handle and dispose of hazardous materials and that waste was tossed into trash bins or poured into sewer systems.

In 2010 the company agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle similar allegations made by California authorities that led to the overhaul of its hazardous waste compliance program nationwide.



Day 1899 ( ENT Specialist Again )
Friday, May 31, 2013

Did regular classes at my main high school. Then swiftly went to the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist that is near to my apartment. When I got there, the receptionist was giving me a form to fill out. I told them that I went to that doctor before. They then asked for my date of birth, which they found on their system. So luckily I didn't have to fill out that damn long form again. The doctor looked in my ear, used some sort of ear vacuum cleaning device and took out some stuff, then prescribed some medication. It took about 7 mins in total. Since living in Japan, this is my 4th time visiting an ENT specialist.

Anyway, I went to the pharmacy to get my tablets, which included antibiotics and some pain killers. So no alcohol for a while.

I then did a trial lesson for 3 5th grade elementary school girls at the YMCA. If they start, then this will mean more work. But more money as well :) so I hope they liked the class.



Day 1900 ( Work / Philosophy Cafe / Fireworks )
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Taught 3 classes at the YMCA then rushed to Kamakura to meet my friend for us to go to a "Philosophy Cafe". This was held in a very old house in an area of Kamakra called Yuigahama or something like that. 21 of us were there but only 4 or 5 of us were foreigners.

The topic for discussion was "Why do Japanese people behave the way they do". You would think it was the foreigners who came up with a topic like this. But actually it was the Japanese. They wanted the members present to think of some of the things that Japanese people do, that make us foreigners scratch our heads at times.

I couldn't catch all of what they were saying but I got say a good 30%. A German lady possibly in her late 60s made a broad statement saying that Japanese people work too hard and don't have enough "Family time" They place emphasis on work instead of family.

A guy said that younger Japanese, love to take pictures with /of foreigners. I asked them why do some Japanese get up from beside me after I sit down. It happened to me 5 times in total. 3 times in Yokohama and 2 times in Okayama. They said that maybe I look too big in comparison to them, so they think I'm probably scary. But, I told them that the main 2 reason I heard was:

i) I live near the naval base so people may think I am in the navy. Oh and Japanese tend to fear the navy dudes.

ii) Some Japanese just simply hate foreigners. That's all.

It was an interesting discussion. But it was running too long. It started at around 2:30 and ended at around 5:30.


 After this, I rushed to a fireworks celebration thing in and area close by known as Zushi. I went there along with a few of my friends. All females. Maaaany people were there waiting to see the fireworks. And outside was a bit cold in front of the beach. Look at people:

Look at people!!!

Here is the video I took.

Fire works in Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan 2013


I got home at about 11:45pm because I stopped at a restaurant to wait for the crowd to ease off a bit. Even after 1-2 hours, the crowd was still moving. Got home very tired after that long day an a peer passa passa.