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Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Personal view on the Racist Shooting in South Carolina / Man keeps father's dead body at home for 3 years to keep collecting pension



I remember my mom asked me back in 2008 about why I didn't try finding a job in America instead of Japan. Well, the main reason is because of stuff like what took place at the predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina this past week. Why should I go live somewhere that I may die just because of my skin color?

In Japan there are some racist people here for sure, but you can be certain that no one will kill you because of your race. They will stare, mess around and do random silly stuff but not kill you. Of course there are isolated cases like the African guy who the Japanese police had in custody and made him die.

I can never forget my very first trip to America with my aunt, when a white immigration officer lied to his white boss about how my aunt said I was her son. And we were there trying to defend ourselves. Seriously Bro ?!?! What was that for really?

Why should I go live in a country where you can just be randomly attacked by cops or someone who just doesn't like you? I'm afraid of that place. It's lovely when I'm there and everything is nice but I would NEVER live there if I had a choice. I would rather go back to my somewhat backward country.  

It's a scary thought that this is the country that is influencing other countries in the world. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims of the shooting in Charleston...... That's the end of my rant .....

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Now far some late, weird news from Japan....

Man keeps father's dead body at home for 3 years to keep collecting pension


by Japan Today

Police in Handa, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 51-year-old man after the skeletonized body of his father was found in his apartment on Tuesday.
According to police, the suspect, Tokumasa Niimi, failed to report the death of his father Susumu, 82, at their home in May 2012, Sankei reported. Police said Niimi continued to collect his late father’s pension for the past three years.
Niimi, who works part-time, was quoted by police as saying his income had decreased in recent years and that he needed the money from his father’s pension.
The body was found after the landlord contacted the city welfare office to say he hadn’t seen Niimi’s father for a long time. A welfare officer visited the apartment but when Niimi refused to let him in, he called the police. 
Police said Niimi will be charged with fraud and abandonment of a body.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-keeps-fathers-dead-body-at-home-for-3-years-to-keep-collecting-pension?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-04-30_PM


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Man arrested for throwing liquid on girl



Police in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward said Sunday they have arrested a 32-year-old man for throwing a coffee-like liquid on a 15-year-old schoolgirl as she walked home last month.
According to police, the suspect, Kota Inamata, a part-time worker from Nerima Ward, rode a bike up behind the girl and threw a coffee-like substance on her head, Sports Nippon reported.
Inamata, who was identified through street surveillance camera footage, is suspected of throwing liquid on girls at least 10 times since February. He was quoted by police as saying he would often prowl the streets looking for a girl who was his type and that after he threw liquid on her and got away, it gave him a thrill. 
http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-arrested-for-throwing-coffee-on-girl?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-05-11_AM

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Recent Happenings

Day 2639 ( New Work Location )
Thursday, June 11, 2015


Started working at the head office of my company in Tokyo today. Mostly sitting in the office and planning events... Every now and again I will be going to different prefectures to evaluate their training etc etc.

Iidabashi Grand Bloom
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Day 2640 (Performance at the AAYTP Event)
Friday, June 12, 2015

A group of African Americans in Japan, started a non profit organization to help under privileged African American Youths to come to Japan. Excellent idea - African American Youth Travel Program. Today they had a fund raising event. in Shibuya, Tokyo where they were several performances. I also did 2 poems.






It was a splendid night.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One Love Jamaica Festival Tokyo, Japan 2015 / Recent Life Update


Again just don't have the time to keep up with my blog. I'm really trying tho. Now I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum from this time last year. Last year while in Toyama, I was getting bored and slightly depressed. Now, it's overworked and stressed. Had to take 3 days off this week because I was seriously burnt out.  



Day 2609 (ALT Observation)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Observed 2 High School ALTs today with a member of the Board of Education. They were both ok.

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Day 2610 ( Back in ES)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015




My manager asked me to start teaching at 3 elementary schools until they can find a new ALT. A girl suddenly quit yesterday so I'm replacing her in the mean time. I realllly don't want to do this, but it beats sitting in the office and stressing over what stupid thing is gonna happen next. And I get to leave earlier than when in the office.

I haven't been in an elementary school for about 3 years now, so don't know if I still have the energy or that kinda skill.

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Day 2614 ( Church )
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Went to church today for the first time in months. Think the last time I went was back in August last year when I was in Jamaica.

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Day 2623 ( Head Office Bound )
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Learnt today that I will be transferred to the Head Office of my company up in Tokyo. The commute alone is over 1 hour.... Actually the commute to the elementary schools that I was going to took over an hour as well and they were in Yokohama.

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Day 2626 ( Happy Birthday Takako )
Friday, May 29, 2015

Went to Shibuya after teaching today. Met this crazy American guy whose dad is a diplomat. Nice vibes.


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Day 2627 ( One Love Jamaica Festival 2015 - Day 1 )
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Left from YMCA today and went straight to the Festival, check out the pics.

And this video of the 3 craziest Jamaicans in Japan .....

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Friend and former classmate since 1998





Big up yuh self Kanda san....Owner of Jelly's Jamaican restaurant
in Toyama








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Day 2628 ( One Love Jamaica Festival 2015 - Day 2 )
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Did my third performance at One Love Festival.... 2013, 2014, 2015.... This time there was no red tapes and BS. But did it with a very husky voice...because of me teaching in the schools.... If you haven't seen it yet, then here it is.







Get your soaps and glasses :)

Get your natural Hair Products :)

Bob Marley's Grand Daugther - Donisha Prendergast

Miss One Love - Mi fren Janiel




Some great Musicians


Big up to the Miyai Family
Exceptionally nice people