Day 2346 ( Back to Work! /
Man arrested after jumping from aircraft at Narita airport)
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Got only about 4 hours sleep after all that flying. I actually started receiving emails about work while I was in Jamaica but refused to read them simply because I was on vacation !!! I assisted with the training of about 20 persons today. I was super jet lagged so I didn't do much. But still helped out the main trainer in whatever way I could. Visited my friend after work and fell asleep swiftly.
Man arrested after jumping from aircraft at Narita airport
Day 2347 ( Sperm Donation Controversy )
Friday, August 22, 2014
Saw 2 sets of demonstrations today from the new teachers who are joining my company in September. During summer, droves of teachers leave yearly. The only good thing is that this coincides with the time when JETs contract usually end. So there are always a few JETs in the training group. While watching the second set of demonstrations, jet lag started kicking in vigorously !!! I fought with it for a while then had to go buy an energy drink.
After work, I went to Shibuya to meet a friend of mine, then went to the Jamaican restaurant there.
Maternity clinic in Nagano sparks debate over sperm donation controversy
Day 2348 ( Godzilla / Crime in Japan on the Increase )
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Went to the theatres today. Can't even tell the last time I've been to the theatre. Probably a year ago. So I went to watch Godzilla ! And ooooh how jet lag was smacking me left and right.
It was a bit different from the traditional Godzilla coming to destroy the city and helicopters etc trying to stop him. The talking parts had me falling asleep. But overall it was a good movie I would say. I give it a 7.5/10. I just want to know why is Watanabe Ken
scripted in every movie that has anything to do with Japan. Aren't there anymore good Japanese actors that can speak English?
Afterwards I went to H and M in Yokohama to do some further shopping. I realize now that I actually really like shopping!! Is that bad as a male? I bought 2 pants and this shoes ...
But in navy blue.
Japanese Crime Rate Rising
Ask people to come up with three words to describe Japan, and you'd probably get ... expensive, modern, and safe.
Modern? Well... relatively.
And Safe? Not necessarily.
In this trusting country, where people once left their doors and windows open and their car keys in the ignition, things have changed.
Break-ins are up, but more disturbing to most Japanese is the increase in break-ins involving violence. Earlier this year a family of four was murdered during a break-in.
National Police Agency figures show that the number of break-ins this year were two-and-a-half times more than last year. In the greater Tokyo area, there were 32,000 reported breaking and entering cases.
Car thefts have also been on the rise. Last year, 56,000 cars were stolen, up from 43,000 in 1999.
Japanese media reports generally connect rising crime with a decade of stagnant economic conditions and poor employment prospects.
Crime in the past had traditionally been confined to Japanese crime gangs who rarely involved outsiders.
But the enactment of anti-gang legislation in 1992 has forced gangs to seek new sources of income, leading to a rise in turf wars among Japan's organized crime syndicates.
It is difficult to describe just how shocking this change is to the average Japanese citizen.
Personal safety is something people here have taken for granted for centuries, and it's still true that in most parts of Tokyo, people can walk about day and night without fear of being harmed.
But Japan's famous wa, or harmony, is under attack.
One telling measure of how things have changed; sales of locks and security devices are booming.
Tokyu Hands Shibuya, a popular and always packed do-it-yourself store in a trendy district of Tokyo, was selling 10 times as many security devices so far this year than they did last year, and since a special home security section opened last November, business had soared.
"People are trying to upgrade their old locks to new ones which are stronger and better," Spokeswoman Saho Iwao told ABCNEWS.com. "But demand is now so high, for cylinder locks, customers actually have to wait for a month."
Other big sellers include security cameras, bugging devices, concealed cameras, window opening alarms and anti-car theft devices. Some specialty items even have a waiting list that sometimes takes months to service.
But while the rest of the world may be well accustomed to locks and bolts and battening down the hatches at night, the Japanese are not. For them, this change is both a reality check, and an end of innocence.http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=80963
Day 2349 ( Japanese Driver's Licence Renewal/ More Strange Crimes in Japan )
Sunday, August 24, 2014
After returning to Japan from my 2 weeks vacation, I was greeted with this letter in all wonderful Japanese. I had not a clue as to how to decipher it. Yeah I know, it's bad. I can speak Japanese well enough but reading is an uphill challenge. luckily, its good to have some Japanese friends to call on in these times. I took pictures of the document and sent it to my friend who translated it for me. It was basically telling me that I had between now and October to renew my Japanese Driver's licence. If October passed, I would have to do over the driving test!! I had 2 options:
(1) Take some time off from work to go to the police station in my area. But I would have to pay them to mail it to me plus wait for 2 weeks to actually receive it.
(2) Travel for about 1 hour to the licence center, wait a few minutes and get it today, Sunday....
Option 2 was clearly the best option, as I leave for Toyama this week and have absolutely no other time to do it. If I asked for time from work, it will affect my salary... and I already took an unpaid day off so no no no to option 1. I was even planning to go to a jazz/poetry concert thing tonight but it just didn't work out. My days in Yokohama are just crazy.
So I went to the licence place, filled out some forms, did an eye test, took a photo, watched a 30 mins video and was of course falling asleep uncontrollably. And yeah I was out after about say 2 hours.
SDF pilot arrested for taking photos up girl's skirt at train station
Day 2350 ( Mandatory Health Check /
Wakayama man arrested for attaching underwear to cars of women he doesn’t know)Monday, August 25, 2014
Met my friend from Uzbekistan and gave her some stuff from Jamaica. Including a cup looking similar to this one.. Not as big, but this is the closest one resembling it I could find online ....
I also did my yearly health check.... Heart, pressure, pulse rate, 3 tubes of blood (for what I don't know), eye and ear check, chest X-ray (that checks for cancer but can also give you cancer) ..... Darn I'm concerned about my radiation intake over the past month. I took 7 planes plus did this x-ray thing..... that is probably a year worth of radiation in a month.
I should get a copy of the results soon. My company should also get a copy of the results and check it, which I heard is an illegal practice in Japan by the way.
Later in the evening, I went to Shibuya to have a chat with my Jamaican friend and an American friend from the facebook nomad.ness tribe group. He will be doing a transfer in Tokyo for a while. He is a pharmacist with a famous French company. We were having a heated debate with my Jamaican friend, who said he wanted to go back to Africa to live forever. I mean if anyone want to do that its fine.... He then said all Jamaicans are Africans, which I totally disagree with. We are mixed with all manner of races and I maintain that I am a Jamaican not an African. He maintains that he is African because he is black. I asked him where in Africa his lineage was from but he has no idea... I also asked him where in Africa would he live and he also had no answer. But healthy debate still you know....
A German guy was there listening on our conversation. Participating every now and again. We asked him if he saw himself as white, German or European. Off the bat he said German. To each his own still... Whatever you see yourself as then more power to you. I am 100% Jamaican.
Wakayama man arrested for attaching underwear to cars of women he doesn’t know
Day 2351 (Cop arrested for filming woman taking bath)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I was asked yesterday to train a new employee for my company. The person already had experience teaching at the elementary school level but will be trying out the high school system now. Actually the main reason I think I was hired for this position is because I have high school teaching experience. I thought I would have to pad up the training to make it longer but actually everything that I planned to do took so much time that it all fitted. I think the training went well over all. The trainee of course had to do a brief presentation of what she learnt. It started at 9:30 am and ended at around 4 pm. I had 2 hours left at work, but absolutely nothing to do. I started falling asleep around my desk again. A combination of boredom and jet lag.
After work I went to Machida (a busy part of Tokyo)
to meet my old friend Vany (hey see I mentioned you again) and had some good yaki tori. We had a loong chat about random stuff. Was falling asleep while heading back home on both trains. I know I'm not so tired, so this was definitely jet lag.
Cop arrested for filming woman taking bath
Day 2352 ( Sponsors persuade Bolt to run until 2017 / More Naughty Japanese Cops !!)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Had a meeting at work today, and if you didn't know, all my company meetings are conducted in Japanese only!! I can catch at least a good 60% of what is going on though and I ask the other staff members afterwards, just to make certain.
At lunch time, I went to the UFJ bank (the main bank in Japan) to collect a visa debit card that I applied for before heading to Jamaica.
They said I can't get it today, or I would have to wait within 3 days.... Unfortunately tomorrow I head back to Toyama :( ... This card can be used in ATMs all over the world... It would have been great if I had this card while travelling to the US and Jamaica.
Sponsors persuade Bolt to run until 2017
Osaka police sergeant arrested for putting smartphone between woman's legs on train