What Makes People Want to Move to Japan

Days 2073 - 2079
Thursday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 2073 ( TEFL DONE / Playstion Evolution Over the Years )
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Had class with my business woman student where she told me about how she started her business etc. She has been keeping several meetings recently. So our classes are inconsistent.

Afterwards, off recommendation from my good friend Vivianna, I bought a blender. Gonna blend up some juices and stuff.

Later I did a substitute class at the YMCA.... this spells M O N E Y !!! I have 2 more substitute classes next week as well.

In the evening I finally finished my TEFL Diploma .... Amen. Hey and I got an A!!! Yeah me!


The Evolution of the Playstation from 1995

To see it better click the link below.




Day 2074 ( Work Conditions Questionnaire/Record Number of Foreigners Visit Japan !!! )
Friday, November 22, 2013

Work Conditions Questionnaire

Forgot to mention that last week I got a questionnaire from a lawyer association, querying about our work conditions. Many English teaching companies here (dispatch companies) have some very cunning things going on.

Did another i-pad English lesson today. The students just go nuts when they see the i-pads. No matter how talkative the class is, they get quiet as soon as they see the i-pads.

Later on I taught the usual Junior High Schoolers at the YMCA.


Record number of foreigners visit Japan this year

The Japanese government said Wednesday the number of foreigners visiting the country has already surpassed a previous full-year record thanks to a weak yen, looser visa rules and receding worries over the Fukushima disaster.

About 8.66 million people traveled to Japan through October, already higher than the previous record of 8.61 million in all of 2010, according to figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization.

The agency credited a sharp decline in the yen since late last year—boosting visitors’ purchasing power—and fading fears over the tsunami-sparked nuclear crisis which began in March 2011. Visitor numbers plummeted after the worst atomic accident in a generation.
A loosening of restrictions on visitors from Southeast Asian nations helped boost the year-to-date figures, the agency said.

Japan also logged a 74% jump in October arrivals from China compared with a year earlier.
Travel between the Asian giants took a big hit last year when a territorial row sparked riots in China and a consumer boycott of Japanese products.
Officials are hoping that Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Summer Olympics will help Japan’s tourism push.



Day 2075 ( Volunteering at the YMCA / Monique's Party )
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Went to the YMCA today. Not to work, but to volunteer. All I did though was jump around with some kids for 30 mins. Tiring fun! The parents were also having a ball. They also had some sort of flea market thing going on there as well. I bought some nice stuff for cheap !!!I bought mostly some working bags and detergents though :)


Monique's Party

Later on, my singing sensation friend Monique was having a birthday party in Roppongi, Tokyo.

But lets back up a bit. About a week or 2 ago, I posted my blog in a facebook group called Nomad.Ness travel tribe.

Just a group for people who got bitten by the travel bug (like me maybe?)... I got some comments about my blog post and realized that someone from the group was living here in Japan as well. So we decided to meet up at Monique's party....... The party was awesome!!!!! One of the best I've been to while living in Japan. Definitely in my top 5.

Also met another singing sensation, Glenda for the first time, but she has been my facebook friend for ages now...

Here are some pics from the party.

Some girl

Corn Bread and friends

I love me some Brazilians. 

  And here is a video:



Day 2076 ( What Makes People Want To Move To Japan )
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stayed in all day today because I was tired from Monique's party.


What Makes People Want To Move To Japan

Have you ever wondered what drives others to leave home and live in the land of the rising sun? It is a question that those of us who spent time working, studying or living in Japan can find a little repetitious and annoying and may cause us to forget why we chose to come to Japan.
That’s why we wanted to share some answers to that ubiquitous question that we found on the Internet messaging board Reddit, where netizens there gave some brutally honest responses. 
To follow your heart (or your hormones)
Many answers were along the lines of “I fell in love with a Japanese person and moved there to be with them.” One netizen told a story about how she visited Japan at the age of 17 and stayed with a host family, where she completely fell for her host brother. After years of being pen-pals, the ended up getting married and she moved to Japan. Others had similar stories of either studying in Japan and meeting their future spouse or falling in love with their future Japanese spouse who was on a study abroad program.
While true love was a popular answer, less surprising was the large number of “true lust” stories, with many young Western (presumably) men coming to Japan with fire in their bellies and a passion for the opposite sex. One particularly “charming” answer was from someone who said Japanese women “reek of femininity, a dying art in the U.S.” While another blunt answer was from a netizen who said that they wanted to have access to authentic Japanese porn. Spoiler: it’s usually pretty awful.
To fully immerse in the world of Japanese nerd culture
Despite most foreigners in Japan (at least in my experience) claiming to want nothing to do with Japanese anime, a lot of Reddit users said that their initial interest in Japan came their love of all things manga, anime and video games. Several people were proud to say that they are an unabashed otaku that came to Japan just for the anime. However, a lot of netizens answered that although they were interested in anime culture when they first came to Japan, they quickly found other aspects of Japanese culture they now find much more interesting like film, art or history.
For your career
A few netizens said that their main reason for living in Japan was for their job, either relocating or to pursue a new one. One person explained that they wanted to work in the space industry, but wanted to avoid contributing to the militarization of space. It seemed like Japan was one of the few places where their space industry is not connected to the military.
Even though Japan’s economy now is mostly the subject of a “what went wrong” business column, one netizen remembered how he “believed the propaganda” during the high times of the Japanese economy in the 1980s and early 1990s. They moved to Japan, only the be surprised at the sudden collapse of the price asset bubble. But this netizen is still living in Japan 20 years later.
Better than home
Depending on the country from which you hail, Japan can be a much safer, healthier and even cheaper option than home. American netizens said that after hearing so many stories of mass shootings in their own lands, they decided that living in Japan was a much better option. And even though Japan has a reputation of being very expensive (like how US$50 melons are sold in speciality shops), some Western Europeans and even North Americans said that they find Japan to be much more affordable. Whether it’s the lower taxes or a better deal on rent, netizens said that they find themselves saving money in Japan.
And for some netizens, they just liked the fact that they were different from those around them. Unlike in their hometowns where they could blend in, they enjoyed their minority status in Japan and the attention it brings.
While many netizens had a specific reason they came to and remained in Japan, many could not come to a single answer. Instead, they said they felt like they just kind of ended up in Japan and continue to live there. One person described this as “inertia” and said that they ultimately want to leave Japan and imagine their experience will just be a line on their resume.
Board games, a music video and a missed flight
Some responses were hard to categorize, like one netizen who said they first became interested through the board game Shogun. Another said that the scenes of Tokyo cityscapes in the music video for Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Technolopois jump-started their fascination with Japan. We also wonder how many people saw Lost in Translation and decided to make Japan their next destination but didn’t feel like admitting it.
Ultimately, the best-rated answer was a netizen’s clever response to being asked the “why did you come to Japan” question too many times: “Wrong gate at LAX. I should be in Denver, but hey, I’m a pretty easy-going guy.”



Day 2077 ( Parents Visit Day but no parents / 7.2 billion yen worth of Cocaine Washed ashore )
Monday, November 25, 2013

Some parents should have seen my class today but only 3 students showed up, without their parents. But I'm totally cool with that. The atmosphere is usually kind of tense when the parents are there. However, they usually behave better. Usually that is!

After my class, a Jamaican friend of mine was in the general area, so I organized a small get together for him. I was trying to get about 6 other friends to join but because there was a little rain, some of them fell out at the last moment. 4 of us showed up, inclusive of my visiting friend Dale. We actually went to the same high school but I was like 4 years ahead. Another friend Jermaine who came along as well, also went to my high school. The great Excelsior. My good friend Viv also came along. We met at TGIF near the Yokohama station. We had a great time there.

This is Jermaine's bike ......

BMW 1000 CC ... Now, only if I could actually ride!!!


7.2 billion yen worth of Cocaine Washed ashore in Yokosuka, Japan

About 7.2 billion yen worth of cocaine stuffed into backpacks has washed up on beaches at Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, in Japan’s biggest-ever seizure, reports said Friday.
Two more bags were found Thursday after an elderly local resident discovered four drug-filled rucksacks, outfitted with a buoy and illuminated markers, earlier this week.
In all, there were 120 kilograms of plastic-wrapped blocks of cocaine inside the bags, which police suspect were lost by seafaring traffickers, the leading Yomiuri Shimbun and other media said.
A police spokesman declined to comment on the reports.
Japanese police seized just 6.6 kilograms of cocaine last year, down from 28.7 kilograms in 2011, according to the National Police Agency.



Day 2078 ( Maintaining anonymity of sex crime victims in Japan questioned)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My usual busy Tuesdays. Did 2 classes at the high school then 2 Business English classes in Hiratsuka.


Japan times is still trying to force us to pay for online material and I refuse to. So they underlining everything when I try to copy from the site .....

A little more than a year ago, Rie Miyoshi, 33, was stabbed to death in her apartment in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, by a man who was known to have been stalking her after they broke up years earlier.

Hideto Kozutsumi tracked Miyoshi down based on information, including her married name, read aloud to him by a police officer who had arrested him 17 months earlier on suspicion of threatening her. She had asked the police not to divulge her personal information to him.
After killing Miyoshi, Kozutsumi, 40, killed himself in the apartment.
The incident led police last December to start withholding the names of victims of sex crimes in arrest warrants. The practice spread to prosecutors, who started filing indictment papers in court that identify victims only by their nicknames at work, for instance, in lieu of their real names.

Judges are also mulling the further step of issuing orders to keep defense lawyers from disclosing the victims’ names to their clients.
However, the trend is raising concern that it could be creating an environment conducive to wrongful accusations.

“There are many people who hesitate to file a complaint for fear of retaliation,” said Masato Takahashi, a lawyer working on measures to support crime victims. “I believe it’s acceptable to basically keep victims anonymous in crimes like sexual offenses.”
Victims must be identified at some point in the judicial process in order to establish facts. But there are no uniform rules or guidelines to determine the type of cases where victims should be allowed to keep their identity hidden in indictment documents, leaving it to the discretion of judges.

The anonymity issue has taken many district courts by surprise as judges have to deal with a rapidly increasing number of cases that appear to merit such action.

At a September meeting at the Tokyo District Court, about 20 criminal case judges discussed the anonymity issue.



Day 2079 ( Man switched at birth in 1953 wins suit against hospital )
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Had parents visit at the YMCA today. This time it was much better than the last one a couple months ago. The kids were more or less well behaved. At least when compared to the last one.


This is a sad story ..

Man switched at birth in 1953 wins suit against hospital

A Japanese court ordered a hospital Tuesday to pay 38 million yen in damages to a man who was switched at birth and suffered hardship in his life as a result.
The man had been given to the wrong family upon birth at the hospital in 1953.
He lost his non-biological father at the age of two, studied at night school while working in a factory and ended up employed by a transport company, the Tokyo district court said in a ruling quoted by Kyodo News.

The other man involved in the switch went on to university.
But his three younger brothers felt he did not look like them and confirmed through DNA testing in 2009 that they were not related, the news agency said.
After checked the hospital records they discovered who their real older brother was in 2012.
The three, together with the genuine older brother, sued the hospital for 250 million yen.
Judge Masatoshi Miyasaka cut the size of the award but said he recognized the plaintiff had lost a chance of higher education and had suffered emotional pain.
“The plaintiff had no contact with his real family for a long time and has no chance to contact his real parents who have already died,” the judge said, according to Kyodo.
“I feel sympathy for his great disappointment.”