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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Why does it take so long for Japanese trains to start running after an accident?/ House Hunting /1 Year Anniversary

Another month has passed.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my faithful readers over the years.

Day 3181 (Interview for House Loan)
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Didn't mention this before, but yeah we are house hunting. Looked at a couple places in the past month and zeroed in on one. Kinda further away from the station where I live now but it has a nice feel to it. On a hill with a small parking space. 

Thought that I was wasting money paying rent and then not owning the place, when I could actually pay mortgage instead and eventually own the place. And the monthly payment is around the same. So why not?

This is the place we zeroed in on

Now I'm giving away this sofa/couch for anyone who wants it.. All you need to do is arrange delivery to pick it up. It still feels brand new.


Day 3184 (Dinner With Co-workers)
Friday, Dec 2, 2016

Had dinner with some co-workers at a restaurant nearby the office. We spoke about all manner of good and evil.


Day 3191 (Stomach Camera)
Thursday, December 8, 2016

So since around August, I noticed that anytime I eat, it felt as if my food wasn't digesting properly. That plus constant burping after I eat. I went to the doctor to check it out and they said apparently it's acid reflux (GERD). So they gave me some tablets to take every morning after breakfast. 

While taking the tablets, I was fine, but when the tablets were done, the symptoms would return within 2-3 days.

So decided to get my stomach checked out. It was one of the most uncomfortable procedures I've ever done to date. They had to first give me something to drink, then sprayed something up my nostrils, then squeeze some kind of jell up my nose, which would then slide down the back of my throat. Then insert some sort of straw-like device in my nose to check if the camera could fit. 

Finally it was time for the camera..............It wasn't painful but boy oh boy was it uncomfortable....Camera went up through my nose, down the back of my throat, then to my stomach, then I guess to my intestines...

That's down your throat bro!

It probably took a total of around 7 mins.... But it felt like 2 hours. Luckily, they said nothing is wrong inside my stomach except for 2 small white spots (caused by stomach acid) that will go away with proper dieting and some medication. 


Day 3192 (Dinner with Company Director)
Friday, December 9, 2016

So the company director at my office, saw my video about the Jamaican restaurant on TV, and he told me he would like to visit there. I thought he was joking initially, but then he said it to me again.... So I decided to round up a few friends to go to the restaurant. 

They all seemed to enjoy the food.


Day 3197 (Reception at the Jamaican Embassy, Tokyo)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

For the first time since I'm in Japan, I got invited to a function where a member of parliament came from Jamaica to Japan, and wanted to meet and chat with some of the Jamaicans. I have no idea how the embassy choose people, but I was happy to be there. It was a good reception.

To my left - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
To my right, former ambassador of Jamaica to Japan

A few Jamaicans in Japan

Day 3202 (1 Year Wedding Anniversary)
Monday, December 19, 2016

Today is myself and Takako's one year anniversary. One year went by reallllllly fast. I got her a female wallet, and she got me a briefcase/working bag kinda thing... You know what I'm talking bout....

Day 3206 (Mari's Wedding)
Friday, December 23, 2016

Takako's best friend from high school days, got married today. She came to our wedding last year.

So we returned the favor.

Took some pictures with Takako's parents as well afterwards.

Day 3208 (Merry Christmas!!! Dressed as Santa at Church)
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Went church today. Dressed as Santa Clause and gave some kids presents.


Why does it take so long for Japanese trains to start running again after an accident?

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

The vast majority of the time, Japan’s incredibly efficient trains will get you where you’re going at the exact minute the timetable says you’ll arrive. But that near-perfect consistency makes delays all the more aggravating, and few are more frustrating than the ones caused by what are called “jinshin jiko” in Japanese.
“Jinshin jiko” literally means “human body accident,” and it’s a term used to describe any sort of incident in which a travelling train strikes a person who was on the tracks, whether due to honest misunderstanding, intoxicated staggering, or suicidal intent. When a “jinshin jiko” occurs, not only can it can shut down multiple lines, but they might be out of service for hours, with little in the way of even an estimate given to passengers of when they’ll be able to continue on their way.
So why does it take so long for train service to recover from “jinshin jiko?” An employee of Nagano Prefecture’s Shinano Railway recently took to his Twitter account to explain the lengthy and complicated process.
After pulling the emergency brake, the driver of a train involved in a “jinshin jiko” gets on the radio and alerts all other trains in the vicinity. Even if they’re not on the same line, they need to be kept out of the accident area, especially if they’re going to be using the same set of tracks where the lines overlap, so they need to come to a stop too. A message also has to be sent to headquarters, so that the staff there can get the ball rolling on coordinating the necessary response.
As the first employee on scene, the train’s driver must perform an initial inspection of the train, and also confirm if any passengers were injured during the collision or emergency stop. Meanwhile, headquarters is contacting the fire department, paramedics, and police department, as well as giving additional instructions to trains and stations affected by the accident. The railway company also dispatches specialized technicians to carry out a more thorough inspection, which might mean summoning them from home if the accident occurred on a weekend or in the middle of the night.
Once the fire and rescue workers arrive, they extract the person who was struck, who’s taken to a medical center if there’s still a chance of saving his life. If not, the body is turned over to the police, who then start their own investigation, which includes searching for any of the victim’s belongs or other items that have fallen or been left on the tracks. If the search is taking place at night, the lack of light can make this a very time-consuming undertaking.
Once the police are finished, then it’s time for the rail operator’s own team to step in, checking not just the train, but also the surrounding infrastructure and private property for damage. There’s also the task of cleaning and deodorizing the accident site, with a grisly variable being how fast the train was traveling when it struck the person. The faster the train, the wider the area that has to be cleaned, and thus the more time it will take.
It’s only when all that is finally done that the train get the go-ahead to start moving again. So even though there’s a protocol in place for dealing with “jinshin jiko,” the sheer number of steps that have to be performed by separate organizations means that even if railway employees know what stage of process things are at, they’re rarely in a position to estimate how much longer the whole thing is going to take. So the next time you’re irritated by a vague announcement that “Service will be restored as soon as possible,” try to remember that the rail operator is doing all it can to handle a very complex problem.
Source: Buzzmag

Sunday, November 27, 2016

RIP Uncle/Toyama man first person in Japan arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones/On TV again

Hey, It's me again after about a month.

Found out that my uncle (by my father side) died recently in Florida. My memory is kinda hazy about whether or not I met him before. If I did, I was probably like 8 or there about. He died at 81.

RIP Uncle

Day 3142 (On TV again)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I was on TV again today. This is after a year break or so. Here is the video

Day 3151 (International Students at my School)
Friday, October 28, 2016

The school that I teach at sometime had some international students visiting from 21 different countries. France, Russia, USA, India, South Africa, Finland and Thailand just to name a few. The principal is very international minded. I've never met a principal like this in all my 8 years in Japan.


Day 3153 ( Halloween Party )
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Went to a small Halloween party today.

Day 3156 (Takako's Friends in Tokyo)
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Takako's friends came to Tokyo today for us to have lunch at the Jamaican restaurant. I heard that since it came on TV, the visitors increased 10-fold. 


Day 3158 (Dinner with Private Student and Family)
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Had dinner with my former private student and his wife today at a Mexican restaurant in Yokohama name El Torito. Amazing food for cheaper than you would think.

Day 3165-3167 (Caught the Cold)

Saturday, November 12-14, 2016

I have been sneezing and coughing for a few days. Eventually took some tablets and the cold slowly faded away. But the cold medication started interfering with my acid reflux (GERD) medication. So my cold went away, but my acid reflux symptoms started resurfacing... sucks. 

Day 3175 (Long Earthquake)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

An earthquake pretty much woke me out of my bed this morning. It was up in Fukushima where the big one happened in 2011. A very small tsunami came ashore but caused no trouble to anyone.  

Day 3178 ( Another Dinner at Good Wood Terrace )

Friday, November 25, 2016

Had dinner with some friends today at the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya.

Day 3179 (Gift Package from Jamaica)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Got some goodies from Jamaica.

And Takako got a haircut


Toyama man first person in Japan to be arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

by Master Blaster

Daisuke Ikeda was arrested on suspicion of violating the Trademark Act. During the spring of this year he is accused of selling five iPhones with modified iOS operating systems that allow them to bypass Apples restrictions over which apps can be downloaded and installed on the device.
In this case, the process – widely known as “jailbreaking” – was reportedly done so that the iPhones could be loaded with a script that would allow the user to cheat at the popular Japanese game Monster Strike.
In the game players must flick their characters to deal damage to monsters. The video below is just an example of a cheat that can be done with a jailbroken iPhone (not the one Ikeda is accused of selling). In it, an app is used to alter the game’s code so that attacks give much more damage than usual for easy victories.
The investigation against Ikeda is still ongoing but his arrest on the grounds of violating trademark law is the first of its kind in Japan and has taken many people by surprise according to comments.
■ “When I first heard the news, I thought the guy was selling like 200 of them, but this seems kind of excessive.”
■ “I think it’s the ones (makers and carriers) selling devices that consumers can’t use freely that are committing crimes.”
■ “I didn’t know jailbreaking a phone was a crime. I think it’s only natural for people to want to use the software of their choosing.”
■ “So many other people did what this guy did and got away with it… I wonder if the people using the phones would be punished too.”
■ “Looks like he’ll have to do some real jailbreaking now.”
■ “Huh? Trademark law? I could see if he was selling them under the premise that they were regular iPhones. But should people be allowed to modify the phones that they own? I’m not sure how I feel about this.”
The reason why Ikeda is being pursued under the Trademark Act is the presence of the Apple logo. Because the phones he altered still bore the Apple brand on them, they could be classified as counterfeit goods, which of course are illegal to sell.
It seems to be a slippery-slope that law-enforcement are heading into that could lead into several other areas. For example, would selling any car that has had some customization work done on it technically be illegal if the vehicle still had the automaker’s logo on it?
However, this process is still the early stages and it will be up to the courts to decide if the concept of ownership still means what it used to.
Sources: NHK, Netlab, Hachima Kiko

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Japan withholds UNESCO dues over listing of Nanjing Massacre / Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board / Life Update

Hey hey hey it's me again. Still busy training, teaching and trying to be a good husband.

My friend sent me some memes I thought were funny about churches in Jamaica.

Day 3093 (Friends Visit)
Saturday, September 10, 2016

My former students and their parents visited my apartment today for dinner. It was good fun.


Day 3097 (Birthday Lunch)
Thursday, September 15, 2016

My director started a new thing recently where he will treat everyone in the department for lunch during their birth month. So today was my day along with 5 others. We went to a nice Italian restaurant a few mins walk from the office. 


Day 3102 (9th Birthday in Japan)
Monday, September 19, 2016

Yup, my 9th birthday in Nihon. It so happens to fall on a holiday in Japan known as "Respect for the aged day" oooh the irony. 

Takako also got me that fancy Fossil watch I'm sporting. 
We went to watch Suicide Squad.

Honestly, it was better than I expected. I thought it was going to be really bad but I ended up giving it a 7/10. Many of the "jokes" were corny and you could kind of predict the ending. 

We then went to a Korean restaurant. 



The food was pretty decent. 

The day was rainy and we were planning to go to another restaurant initially but it was already booked. It was a good day tho. Thanks to everyone who took the time to call and message me. Especially the facebook crowd.


Day 3114 (Riddim and Rime Event 3 - Out of Africa)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 

The entertainment/charity group that I'm a part of had it's 3rd event tonight again in Nishi Azabu. The same restaurant as our last event in July. I didn't get to attend most of it because guess what? I had to work all day.... Not really work but I had an end of third quarter meeting with the company that owns the company I work for. It took all day. 

I did however manage to catch the very last item of the event. Here are some pics from the event.  

Day 3122 (Lifehouse Yokohama Conference)
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Went to church today where all the different branches of lifehouse Yokohama came together for a conference of sorts. The main church in Tokyo had a 3-day conference and this was a sort of way to close the conference. It was great and I found out that 4 Jamaicans actually go to another branch in this prefecture, out in an area called Atsugi. A couple other Jamaicans came out today as well.

Went for a walk around Yohohama with some of the Jamaicans.


Japan withholds UNESCO dues over listing of Nanjing Massacre file

by Japan Today

Japan has been withholding this year’s financial contributions to UNESCO totaling some 4.4 billion yen ($42 million), Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following Tokyo’s criticism of the U.N. body for last year listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre as a Memory of the World.
Kishida told reporters that the decision to withhold the dues was made after weighing the matter in a “comprehensive” manner. Japan has been urging the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to improve the heritage program’s screening process.
Japan has been the de facto top UNESCO funder over the past few years, with the United States having frozen its payments from 2011 onwards due to its opposition to Palestinian membership.
Washington is responsible for 22% of this year’s UNESCO budget while Tokyo is asked to provide 9.6%. China is the third-largest contributor, accounting for 7.9%.
Japan has earmarked 3.85 billion yen ($37 million) in the fiscal 2016 budget as mandatory dues to the U.N. body and was also set to offer additional funds on a voluntary basis to be used for projects such as restoring ancient ruins.
The dues are usually disbursed around spring when the budget is approved by the parliament but for this year, the funds have not been paid yet.
Looking ahead, Kishida said the government will “comprehensively” decide on the matter. A UNESCO member state loses its right to vote in the U.N. body’s general conference if it does not pay its dues for two years.
The Chinese documents, submitted by Beijing in 2014, concerned the widespread killings of Chinese citizens and soldiers following the 1937 capture of Nanjing by the Japanese military. The three-part documents were included in the heritage list last October.
Tokyo has claimed UNESCO “unilaterally” registered the documents without allowing Japan to access them for verification, slamming the U.N. body as lacking fairness and transparency.
Tokyo disputes the number of Chinese civilians and soldiers killed in the incident, citing historians’ estimates ranging from tens of thousands to 200,000, while Beijing claims over 300,000 were killed.
Japan’s cautious stance toward its UNESCO contributions comes as an international alliance of civic organizations, including those from China, is bidding to have over 2,700 comfort women-related documents listed as a Memory of the World. Screening for the application is set to commence at the start of next year.
Many women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels before and during World War II. They were mostly from Asian countries, such as Korea and China, and were called comfort women.


Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board

by Japan Today

An Osaka railway company is under fire after a train driver made an apologetic in-train announcement to Japanese passengers Monday morning for causing them “discomfort” due to the “number of foreign passengers on board.”
The announcement was made by a train driver on a limited Nankai Electric Railway airport express bound for Kansai International Airport at around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported.
“We have many foreigners on board today. We apologize for causing you inconveniences,” the driver in his 40s said in Japanese.
The case surfaced after a Japanese female passenger, who was present at the time the announcement was made, inquired to a Nankai Electric Railway station staff member whether the announcement was in line with the company’s policy, shortly after she got off at Kansai Airport station.
According to Nankai Electric Railway representatives, the train driver told them he did not purposefully intend to make discriminatory comments, but made the announcement over concern of potential in-train trouble after he overheard a Japanese passenger saying he was “bothered because there were too many foreigners on board.”
The company apologized for the incident, saying that “it is incorrect to distinguish between passengers (based on nationality),” adding that they have verbally reprimanded the driver.
“Whether Japanese or foreign (nationals), the fact that they all are passengers doesn’t change,” company representatives said. “We will strive to prevent any similar occurrences in the future.”