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.”