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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dating Japanese Women, The Japanese Cops Way /200,000 Views / World Cup Fever


Days 2276 – 2282 
Thursday, June 12 – Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Pictures of the week


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Day 2276 (The Greatest Show on Earth begins !)
Thursday, June 12, 2014


I played football with the school team today again. This time it was in torrential rain. The coach said the only way he would cancel training, was if it was a thunder storm or a blizzard ! otherwise, training goes on.....Plus the school team has a big match this weekend. So I got soaked in the rain, mostly watching them train because I didn't play too much.

God's not dead

Forgot to mention that some weeks ago I watched a show name God's not dead. It's chiefly about some guy defending his faith in a class at an American university. It has some other side stories in it as well, pretty much talking about believing in Jesus.



It wasn't too bad overall. So I'm giving it a 6/10.


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The Greatest Show on Earth begins !

My readers should know by now that I'm a fan of football/soccer, whatever you may call it. I play it whenever I get the chance to. I don't really follow the English premier 
league and Spanish league stuff, nor do I know which clubs the famous players play for. I do know many of the famous players though. 

Since 1994 I have been a fan of Brazil, never stopped... From the days of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Bebeto, Roberto Carlos and Dunga etc....


Ronaldo, My all time favorite player
I even have his jersey ...

And I can assure you I'm not alone. At least 80% or more Jamaicans are fans of Brazil. The only ones who aren't fans, are the ones who tend to follow the premier league, UEFA cup stuff, and want to show-off that they know details about every player on the field :) ...  

So once again, Brazil is my favorite, with Germany coming in second and Netherlands third. Surprisingly, Brazil and Germany are the 2 countries I enjoyed the most so far, in all my travels...



In Berlin, Germany with my friend's wife 2008.
Well I mean... she wasn't his wife then but...
Ok just forget it..
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Berlin, Germany 2008




Porto Alegre, Brazil 2006

So Brazil played today and of course won their opening match 3:1 against Croatia. 



Hey Jamaipanese as usual, I stole this from your blog... gomene ;)


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Day 2277 ( Hunger Games 2/Woman murdered her 22 year old son )
Friday, June 13, 2014

Did absolutely nothing at work today. These days come quite often it seem in Japanese Junior High Schools. I just have to sit and wait until the day ends, while pretending I'm doing something constructive around the computer. 

Luckily, there was a competition being held in the gym. A hand ball competition. I've never seen this game before coming to Japan...But it was exciting. 



It's like a combination of netball (that we play in common wealth countries ... Americans and Japanese probably have no clue what this is), basketball and football/soccer.


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Hunger Games 2 - Catching Fire




When I got home, I watched Hunger Games 2. It was kind of interesting but didn't grab me as much as I thought it would. Still a good watch though. I give it a 7/10.


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Woman arrested for murder of 22-year-old son 'saw no hope for his future'



Police in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 45-year-old woman over the murder of her 22-year-old son.
According to police, Miki Wada stabbed her son Tomoya to death in the early hours of Monday at their home. She was quoted by police as saying she saw no hope for his future, TBS reported.
According to police, after killing her son, Wada contacted her father who then phoned police saying, “My daughter has just stabbed my grandson. He has been killed.”
Police said that several days earlier, Tomoya had run away from home and had only just returned

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/woman-arrested-for-murder-of-22-year-old-son-saw-no-hope-for-his-future?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-03_PM


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Day 2278 ( Suicide falls to less than 30,000 )
Saturday, June 14, 2014


Went to a nomikai/enkai/Japanese drinking party with the school that I am now teaching at in Toyama. After living in Japan almost 7 years now, I get to realize that some Japanese teachers will never speak to you outside of these settings. But, when they get drunk, most of the quiet ones will chat. I always enjoy these drinking parties, because you get to see another side of the teachers....And their true personalities come forth. I went back to my apartment at about 1am. Then watch some world cup matches. 

I'm in a yahoo fantasy league thing with some of my friends from university. We should predict the correct scores, and we will get 4 points if the scores are correct and 2 points if the correct teams won. So far, I got 2 predictions spot on... 


I got the France pick correct as well as the USA / Ghana 2-1 game
Today Japan lost to Cote d'ivoire (had to google the name cause I couldn't spell it). It was sort of a mixed feeling being that I'm living in Japan, but I'm black (like the players on Cote d'ivoire) , even though I hardly know anything about the African team. But even after Japan lost, check out how they cleaned up after the match...


Classic Japan I tell you.
I know no other set of people
from any country that would do this
after losing a match. 

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If the population is falling in Japan, then it is only logical that the suicide rate will fall as well right? This is not so much of a big news.... But 27,000 is still a huge figure.


No. of suicides in 2013 falls below 30,000 for 2nd straight year: white paper


The number of suicides in Japan in 2013 was 27,283, the second year in a row the number has dropped below 30,000, the government said in its white paper on suicide. According to the white paper, which was released Tuesday, the number was a 2.4% decrease from 2012 which saw 27,195 people take their own lives.
The statistics compiled by the National Police Agency showed that of the total number of suicides, 18,727 were men and 8,468 women, NTV reported. 
Tokyo recorded the highest number of suicides with 2,825. Osaka had 1,553, Kanagawa 1,532, while the lowest number was in Tottori with 130. May had the most suicides with 2,540.
Officials say the number of suicides has been decreasing for the past few years, particularly among middle-aged and older men, who are most likely to kill themselves. However, they say economic pressures are still a major cause of suicide.
My top comment ....

That equal out to 76 suicides per day, or 1 every 20 minutes. It's a huge problem. The pressure in Japan is unbearable for those who can not make in society. If you have depression or other problems, you have to hide it in Japan. Seems more needs to be done by health, police and community groups to assist and counsel those in unstable states of mind. If they believe they have failed at something or will be a burden to their family, some will commit this act. Unfortunately in Japanese culture there's no room for human error. The increasing levels of stress on students, the salarymen and other workers who have suffered enormous hardship in Japan.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/no-of-suicides-in-2013-falls-below-30000-for-2nd-straight-year-white-paper?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-04_AM


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Day 2279 ( 200,000 visits / Sony on Top with Game Console Sales )
Sunday, June 15, 2014





Yes My blog finally hit 200,000 views after 6 years. My most popular post by far is 

Translation of patwa/patois to Japanese and English.


Today was one of those "stay at home and be lazy days". In Toyama, those days are many. I need to hit the gym because I'm putting on weight....Especially on my stomach ....



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Sony back at top of console sales after eight years






Sony have topped worldwide sales of video game consoles for the first time in eight years, a newspaper reported on Saturday, pipping struggling rival Nintendo and signalling the Playstation manufacturer’s comeback.
Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems and other game consoles for the fiscal year to March, the Nikkei business daily said, to Nintendo’s 16.31 million units.
The release of the PS4 in the United States and other markets in November propelled Sony’s fortunes after a disappointing response to the console’s predecessor, the PS3.
Almost seven million PS4’s were sold, but Sony’s overall sales of hardware, including the portable PlayStation Vita, still fell some 20% for the fiscal year, the report said.
Sony’s console sales slid 31% as the portable 3DS system failed to entice gamers while the new Wii U also fared poorly, it added.
Sony last topped the console sales list in March 2006 but sales of the PS3 came in below expectations and struggled against the Wii and DS series.
Nikkei said Sony was expected to stay at number one for the rest of the year as Nintendo has few noteworthy releases planned.
Microsoft’s sales rose 16 percent to 11.6 million thanks to the rollout of the popular Xbox One towards the end of 2013, the report added.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/sony-back-at-top-of-console-sales-after-eight-years?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-08_AM

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Day 2280 ( Dating Japanese Women, The Japanese Cops Way )
Monday, June 16, 2014


Nothing special today, but I started playing my PS 3 again. I'm back on Assassin's Creed Revelations. Also watched the season finale of game of thrones.... I'm now searching for a new series to watch.... I welcome any recommendations. Some years ago I started watching 24, maybe I should start watching it again.


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Dating Japanese Women, The Japanese Cops Way

Ohh Japan Japan

Cop sends stalking letters as ruse to date woman







A former member of the Aichi prefectural riot police division is being investigated after it was learned he had sent letters from a purported stalker to a woman and then offered to protect her as a ruse to date her.

Police said the officer, who is in his 20s, resigned on Friday after being reprimanded, NTV reported Saturday.

According to officials, the ex-officer met the woman in her 20s at a party. Police said the officer began sending the woman numerous letters pretending to be someone else, writing, “I know where you live,” and “I’m watching you.”

Shortly after the woman consulted police, the officer contacted the woman and told her, “I caught the man sending you those letters. We discovered that somehow he found out your name. As an officer of the law, I promise I will protect you,” all the while seeking to become more friendly with the woman, NTV reported.

However, the woman contacted police to find out more about the mystery stalker. Police told her there had been no suspect detained or even identified. Officials said they questioned the officer who admitted to faking the whole incident so that he could see the woman.
Police said they are considering bringing stalking charges against the former officer.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/cop-sends-stalking-letters-as-ruse-to-date-woman?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-07_PM


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Day 2281 ( Happy Birthday Debs )
Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Played football with the students today.




As soon as I got home from football, I went to a small birthday gathering, a stone throw away from my apartment. 


Happy birthday Debbie


Then watched the Brazil - Mexico match up...That had me jumping out my seat every now and again for nothing. The 0:0 draw had people creating memes like these : 



Mexico's superb goal keeper Ochoa
It was an exciting match though, even though without goals.



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Day 2282 ( What's up with these people killing their children? )
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Collected some hustling funds today...Even in Toyama you gotta hustle !!!

Man arrested for stabbing 15-year-old daughter in Fukushima


Police in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed his 15-year-old daughter.
Police said they received a call at around 1 a.m. Friday from a woman reporting that her husband had stabbed their daughter and then tried to kill himself. NTV reported that police rushed to the scene and found the man and his daughter bleeding from stab wounds.
Both were taken to hospital where the girl underwent surgery for wounds to the stomach and is now in a stable condition, police said. The father apparently stabbed himself in the abdomen and is also in a stable condition, police said.
Police said the man and his wife lived with their two children and they are questioning the wife about a possible motive for her husband’s actions. 

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-arrested-for-stabbing-15-year-old-daughter-in-fukushima?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-07_AM



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