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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