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Friday, November 15, 2013

Why Japanese Prefer whites / Portia in Japan

Days 2059 - 2065
Thursday, November 7 - Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Day 2059 ( Jamaica's Prime minister - Portia Simpson-Miller in Japan )
Thursday, November 7, 2013

But even Abe prefer JLP.. Look at his fingers !!!



Had my private "Business woman"student then had tako rice (one of my favorite dishes) for lunch with my friend Sabina in Fridays. I specifically told the lady "No Egg" .. she said ok.. But guess what?? I got it with egg.... I called her back instantly, of course she was apologizing like mad for forgetting.



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Prime Minister of Jamaica reports successful working visit to Japan


Jamaica and Japan prepare to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations next year. Prime Minister of Jamaica -  Portia Simpson Miller visited Japan from November 4th to 8th 2013 in a multi-day working visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Jamaica.  Mrs Simpson Miller and  Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe signed a joint statement.

The joint statement promised stronger bilateral relationships through shared prosperity, peace and sustainable growth; consolidation of a mutually beneficial and sustainable economic relationship; mutual respect and understanding through dialogue, exchange, and trade; and a strengthening of co-operation on Caribbean and global issues.
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Jamaica and Japan celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations next year
http://www.jamaipanese.com/prime-minister-of-jamaica-visits-japan/#comment-403355

Then there was cartoon in the Jamaican News paper LOL... DWL....LMAO!!!




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Day 2060 ( Messed Up Philippines Hurricane ... Possibly the Biggest Ever )
Friday, November 8, 2013

Had 2 classes at my main school then helped a student with some essay writing. Later on I had dinner with my 2 Jamaican friends again near to the YMCA where I work on Fridays.

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Philippine typhoon death toll could reach 10,000





The death toll from one of the strongest storms on record that ravaged the central Philippine city of Tacloban could reach 10,000 people, officials said Sunday after the extent of massive devastation became apparent and horrified survivors spoke of storm surges as high as trees and winds sounding like the roar of a jumbo jet.

Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths in the province, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. The governor’s figure was based on reports from village officials in areas where Typhoon Haiyan slammed Friday.

Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.” Tacloban is the Leyte provincial capital of 200,000 people and the biggest city on Leyte Island.
About 300-400 bodies have already been recovered and “still a lot under the debris,” Lim said. A mass burial was planned Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban.
The typhoon barreled through six central Philippine islands on Friday, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes with ferocious winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour) and gusts of 275 kph (170 mph). By those measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., and nearly in the top category, a 5.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/1200-feared-dead-in-typhoon-devastated-philippines?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2013-11-10_PM


It is good though that help is pouring in from all over.

U.N. launches $300 mil appeal as warships head to Philippines


The U.N. launched an appeal for a third of a billion dollars on Tuesday as U.S. and British warships steamed toward the typhoon-ravaged Philippines where well over 10,000 people are feared dead.

Four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire coastal communities with record winds and tsunami-like waves, the magnitude of the disaster continued to build with almost unimaginable horror.

Festering bodies still littered the streets in many areas, with the smell of rotting flesh hanging in the air and ramping up the fear of disease in the tropical heat.

Increasingly desperate survivors begged for help that was having difficulty reaching them—many still without access to food and water after nights spent in the open.



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Day 2061 ( TEFL Certified!!! )
Saturday, November 9, 2013


Ok I kept it a little secret but now its over. Well a part of it is. I decided to take on this course to become a certified teacher of English as a foreign language. It should take 6 months but I wanted to just get it out of my way quickly. So I was done with the majority of it in 1 month and received this certificate. I have an additional 40 hours to complete but the final test will be multiple choice... Yuck .... When I complete that part, I will have a total of 100 hrs. As is now, I have 60 hours but still enough to get a certificate and use at interviews etc. Since receiving this certificate just today actually, I have gotten several interview offers lined up !!! Never knew this thing had so much power....Its just to do well on the interviews now. If you are interested you can check out the course here ..... http://www.teflonline.com/

Later in the evening I met with a relatively new Jamaican in the area to have dinner and have a little chat. She did an even more powerful course than mine while in Thailand known as CELTA ... Which once meant "Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults" ... but now means Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.... This one is British based... The TEFL that I did is American based.

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Day 2062 ( Why Japanese Prefer whites )
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stayed in today just watching random stuff and preparing myself for a tough week to come.

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Why Japanese Prefer whites



This is one of those topics that probably everyone in Japan knows but many try to avoid.... And I guess frankly it would probably feel uncomfortable for many to speak about this topic in a group of people of different races inclusive of whites and Japanese.

Just to make sure there are no misunderstandings .... This is not a campaign against anyone or anything like that .. Its just what is happening, an observation or if you want to say plain and simple facts... It is obvious but hey lets talk about it for a little.

Here are some reasons why Japanese ( and arguably most Asians in Asia ) prefer whites...

1) Skin color -

Japanese, Chinese, Koreans ... Just call a group of Asians.... Many of them prefer to have a clearer skin... As close to white as possible... Ever notice the Japanese covering themselves from the sun? Well actually a Japanese friend argued that this shouldn't count as a reason because they probably are just protecting their skin from the sun... But hey I remember showing some teachers a photo and most of them were admiring the Korean lady for her "beautiful clear, white skin" .... This was in Okayama.... In Yokohama I showed some male teachers a photo of a close Japanese friend of mine and all they were saying was "wow her shin is so light and beautiful" .... 3rd case this one was a Chinese girl who I showed a picture with me and some of my white friends... and she kept singling out my white friends and saying... wow he/she is so beautiful... I love their skin .....

How can I forget the time when my white friend from England was telling me stories about every time he makes eye contact with a Japanese woman, she almost always blush and smile....Especially the parents of the kids he taught back then.... I told him that I can't recall this happening to me before... Then came my Asian-American acquaintance "But Dave, you are Black!!!" .. To which the British guy quickly hushed the Asian dude and changed the topic swiftly.... I still want to know what he meant..... Is it something I should know that Japanese would blush at white men but not at blacks??? Still uncertain.... Hey I know that there are some Japanese/Asians that are obsessed with Black men or foreigners in general... But it is evident that the vast majority prefer whites.

Hey if we are even to be truthful to ourselves, even many Jamaicans prefer whites or clearer skin.... But I regress...

2) White = Money/Rich

In all Asian countries.. Hey even in Jamaica, possibly the world.... white automatically means rich. Even if the white person is as broke as hell, it doesn't matter... white means rich.


Hey I remember twice while living in Japan, having to lend white friends money. Both of whom parents were probably quite rich or at the very least... really comfortable....

3) Hollywood

Movies and advertisements in general has a huge effect worldwide. Most successful actors and models worldwide are white. And I guess one can argue that white people look alike?? Well yeah to Asians and to others who are not used to having white people around. They may think that a random white person has a strong resemblance to a movie star... Like a Japanese guy went up to my friend from England saying "Macaulay Culkin!!"



4) Powerful Image and Prestige 

Hey let's face the facts, the most powerful countries has a majority white population. Minus Japan and China. In terms of economy and power over the years since Greek and Roman domination, whites have basically been controlling the world since then. The Mongols did something for a while and so did the Turks who are arguably white. But their domination was short lived. I guess Asians or the world in general see this and whites are thus at the top of the food chain. White people are aware of this... some subtly flaunt it... others just simply enjoy the benefits of being white.


You know you can't mess with me right?
5) Visa 

Some Japanese want to escape Japan.. And hey where's a better alternative to Japan? Another rich country... Which are almost always majority white.

The darker the red, the richer the country

Again this is just an observation.... an obvious observation that even Japanese people already knows. Nothing more than that. And hey nothing is wrong with this !!! .... A preference is just a preference at the end of the day.


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Day 2063 ( Woman Jumps From Window and lands on Man Below )
Monday, November 11, 2013

Went to Tokyo today to sort out some very important business. I will inform you of this later when things start to develop more.

In the evening I did a free class with a potential student. Her English level is low but she really wants to study English. She said some of her co-workers want to study as well. So this has the potential of becoming a business by itself.

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Woman jumps off building in Shinjuku, landing on man below




A man was seriously injured after being hit by a woman who apparently jumped from a building in Tokyo’s Shinjuku on Monday morning.

According to police, the 30-year-old woman jumped from the 9th floor of her office building into a parking lot at 10:30 a.m. TV Asahi reported that a 45-year-old company employee was conversing with a colleague in front of a vending machine when the woman landed on him.

Police said the man suffered a broken neck, while the woman broke her back in the fall.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/woman-jumps-off-building-in-shinjuku-landing-on-man-below?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2013-11-12_PM

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Day 2064 ( North Korea Executed 80 in Public! )
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Did 2 classes at the high school, then 2 business English lessons. Only the laser creating student came to the intermediate/basic class.

My boss' wife said one night while going home, she was driving then overtook a car on the road. She said the driver then speedily caught up to her car, came out of his car when they stopped at a stop light and demanded that she apologize for what she did ..... I was like "WHAT!!" ... All I could think was that this is Japan... weird things happen all the time.

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North Korea publicly executes 80 people




North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.

The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumors that lent credibility to the front-page report.

The source, said to be “familiar” with the North’s internal affairs and recently returned from the country, said the executions were carried out in seven cities on Nov 3.

In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
Most were charged with watching illicit South Korean TV dramas, and some with prostitution.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/north-korea-publicly-executes-80-people-s-korean-paper?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2013-11-11_PM

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Day 2065 ( Company Evaluation/Observation )
Wednesday, November 13, 2013


For the third time while living in Japan, I had a class observation to see how well or badly I'm teaching. I did it once in Okayama, once for elementary school in Yokohama and now for High school. This should have been done from June.... but there was one issue or the other ..... My boss/trainer for this job is pretty cool so no worries. He said he actually enjoy my classes. But he said today's class, I should apply the introduction to more realistic stuff. He gave me many other tips.... I of course told him about my new qualification as a TEFL qualified teacher and told him I'm interested in working in the office or possibly being a trainer myself... Hmmm Me training pompous Americans in my job...... I wonder what would that be like!!! I am almost certain that many would have it in the back of their minds .. stuff like "Why am I being trained by a Jamaican?, Do they even speak English?" ...... Well what the heck...I'm probably just imagining stuff right?

Had the terrible kids at YMCA afterwards, then my scientist private student in the night. I didn't play soccer tonight because it's too cold!!!

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