Currently, it takes some time to respond to comments because I have some other things I have to prioritize.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Japan? Nihon? Nippon?

Japan's official name is 日本国.
日 means "sun," 本 "means where it comes from" and 国 means "country."
So, 日本国 means "country where the son rises." Japan has such an honorable meaning in its name that Japan made China, who saw Japan as a tributary state, furious when a Japanese diplomat submitted a letter to the Chinese emperor (Many people believe it's the case).

Actually the mention to the meaning of Japan didn't outrage Emperor Yang of Sui (The letter said "The Son of Heaven where the sun rises, to the Son of Heaven where the son sets, may good health be with you").
According to the majority of Japanese historians, what mattered was "The Son of Heaven." In the letter both the Japanese and Chinese leaders were called "The Son of Heaven." Since the Chinese emperor didn't consider the Japanese emperor equal to himself, the letter triggered the anger.

Let me return back to the main discussion.
Currently, Japanese people call the national name either Nippon or Nihon.
On June 30th in 2009, it was questioned during the Diet (national assembly).
A representative regarded both Nippon and Nihon as acceptable because both names are used daily.
Although "Nippon" seems to more formal than Nihon since it's used by the United Nations and also written on the national currency, the representative couldn't decide an unitary name because both are so prevalent.

I can see a glimpse of Japanese culture in the decision.
The ambiguity and tolerance, things I can't separate from the Japanese.

When we cheer up Japanese national teams, we use "Nippon" because it makes a good rhythm.


Which one of  these names sounds the best to you; Japan, Nihon or Nippon?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Volleyball

There was a volleyball game yesterday.
Japanese national team had a match with Poland.
I continued watching until the second set and gave up hope then.
Unexpectedly, the Japanese team upset the game after I finished watching :D
The following is the result.
1st 26-28 2nd 21-25 3rd 25-20 4th 25-23 5th 15-12 Congratulations!

This is a photo of Saori Kimura who is one of the core players of the national team.
There are fresh players like her who can physically rival foreign players.




Female national volleyball team almost always has better results than male team.
In fact, Japanese female volleyball team was considered to be one of the strongest in 1960's since it was still a minor sport (only the Soviet and Japan had expertise in it)

During Tokyo Olympic, the Japanese volleyball players were repeatedly called "The Oriental Witches" by American commentators (unreliable information from Wikipedia).
Whether or not it was the case, the Japanese media used the literal translation of "The Oriental Witches" because it was so catchy. I personally like sound of the literally translated phrase.

What I would like to know is whether it had discriminatory meanings at that time (I'm just curious). I don't think European people use the phrase in a good way considering "some historical events."
However, I'm not quite sure about this case because Wikipedia claims that "Americans used the phrase." Do you think it had the same kind of meaning as the majority of Europeans share?
Judging from the origin of Americans and the period it was used, I presume that it was used in discriminatory ways.
What's your view?




Apart from it, I have another question about female athletes.
Almost whenever I watch a volleyball game, I notice that foreign female players do not have their nipples hidden. Precisely, nipples are hidden under their uniforms but still visible probably because they are not wearing brassieres. (Man's instinct)
While I was in America, women seemed to be wearing brassieres in everyday life, so I'm assuming it only happens when they play sports.
Is it common that women do not conceal nipples while they play sports? (Not wearing brassieres and whatnots)
Or does it apply only to volleyball players?

I was not sure if it's an appropriate question to ask, but I couldn't resist my curiosity.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ryoshin Ichi - the conscience market

"Ryoshin Ichi" is a kind of market observed in Japan.
Ryoshi means conscience, and Ichi means market.
When you visit Ryoshin Ichi, there's no one working at the place. All you can see are vegetables and some other products neatly displayed.
Whoever sells products at Ryoshin Ichi believes in the conscience people have.
All they do is placing vegetables and a can or box where customers are supposed to put money in.
Even I, as Japanese, think it's unbelievable that Ryoshin Ichi still exists in this highly modernized society (although they are located in less modernized areas).
Jesus Christ tells Christians to favor neighbors. I'm curious how he would react to this system which completely depends on 100% unconditional reliance on people - people who are completely unknown. Don’t you think Ryoshin Ichi represents the Christian ideology?






What do you feel about Ryoshin Ichi?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yakyu - the Japanese baseball

I have to talk about Yakyu, because something that has never been observed is happening.
Yakyu used to be almost sole sports citizens could watch on TV. The popularity hadn't been dramatically chnaged until around 2000. Since then, the audience rating has been steadily declining. The following chart shows the audience rating on games of one of the most famous teams in Japan.




In order to bring back the fame, Nippon Professional Baseball decided to introduce new systems called "Crimax Series" which allowed top 3 teams in each league to have chance to proceed to Nippon Series. The older system guarantted whoever is in the first place to join Nippon Series. This often resulted in lack of motivation, audience and viewers when a team overwhelms the rest of the teams.  Crimax Series at first gave hope to both teams and supporters and it actually increased the popularity.
Numbers increased in most of the regions.

However, people gradually began to pose questions on the new system saying "140 games regular games are devalued because crimax series is much more important. Teams have only to remain above 4th." In fact, the average audience rating on Crimaz Series has been going down since the system was introduced. (2007 15%→2008 17%→2009 12%→2010 11%)

Also, some Yakyu teams were not in favor of the system because teams at the first place fail to proceed to Nippon series so many times (called tragedy of Hawks).Nippon Professional Baseball also introduced another idea called "Inter-League Games." This also had good effect at the beginning, but the effect has faded away as people got used to the new try.(2005→12.2% 2006→10.27% 2007→9.04% 2008→8.81%)
Both novel tries had temporal effect to bring up the popularity of Yakyu among people, but the effects have faded away after years.
As the proof, TV companies do not broadcast as many games as they used to. In fact, only 4 games out of 7 possible games are going to be broadcasted nationwide for this "Nippon Series" (equivalent of "World Series" in Major League Baseball).
I think the majors Nippon Professional Baseball tried were not idiotic ideas, and were rather reasonable instead. Japanese people simply have lost interest in Yakyu.
I can't come up with any solution to the declining popularity of the Japanese baseball.
It is presumable that people have come to use the internet as an alternative media to TV, which decreased the weight of TV in the society.

I wish I could come up with any good solution.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Economic Partnership Agreement

On September 25th, EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) was concluded bewteen Japan and India.
It'll have huge economic effect both for Japan and India. 90% of the total export is going to be tax-exempt for Japan, while 97% of the import from India is going to be exempted from taxation.
Two heads mentioned the cooperation on the development of rare metal and rare earth although it was not concluded as a treaty.

It was a good timing considering the present situation between Japan and China.
There's no denying the risk to be dependent on China who boasts anti-Japan as national policy. "China risk" has been discussed for many years, but Japan has shortsightedly chosen to rely on China for cheap labor and some resources. I hope this will be a turning point to start decreasing dependency on China.
I'm not saying "All companies must retreat from China." It's not feasible and would have disastrous effects on Japanese economy if it happened.
It is reasonable to gradually shift factories from China to other countries (most countries are willing establish Japanese factories)
It's not because Japan dislikes China. It's simply because there's the risk out there and there are many other possible partners all around the world.

I'm highly interested in how China, a country too dependent on foreign factories, reacts when withdrawals begin.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Anti-Japan demonstrations in China

According to Hong Kong news papers published on 17th, the anti-Japan demos that took place in China on 16th had been designed by the Chinese government.

"This [the protests] is definitely no coincidence. It's a typical example of diverting attention," rights activist Pu Fei told Hong Kong's Apple Daily. "It's to shift the public and netizens' focus away from [Noble Peace Prize winner] Liu Xiaobo and [his wife] Liu Xia."

University students, who are under control of the government, had planned the demos for more than a month. Since the students aren't allowed to do any political activities without authorization by Communist Party of China, the demos were virtually government-led.
That means the Chinese government attacked Japanese companies on purpose.

Some Japanese media previously asserted that the anti-Japan demos happened as counter-demonstaration to anti-China demos  in which people surrounded the Chinese embassy (almost always favor China).
The truth is that the series of the anti-Japan demos had been planned by the government-led students.
I'm not certain if all the demos were administered by the Chinese governement, but at least the series of demonstrations were initiated by the Chinese government.



How did the Japanese surround the Chinese embassy?



No wonder the Chinese government needs a scapegoat.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Something I can do for Tibet

The following is a quote from "Free Japan TV."

The “Tragedy in Tibet” is a maiden work of a Japanese manga artist, 畠奈津子(Natsuko Hatake), published in 1991.
The story is from “The Voice that Remembers: A Tibetan Woman's Inspiring Story of Survival” written by Adhe Tapontsang,who had struggled to remain human in the face of inhuman torture and deprivation while imprisoned by the Chinese for 27 years.
The original manga is in Japanese. Here we release the English & Japanese version with the hope that more people in the world get to know what happened and what is still going on in Tibet.

The following is a download free Manga, so please visit the following website and get the file so you can show it to those who still don't know what's been happening to Tibetans. http://freejapan.tv/?Tibet




“The Voice that Remembers: A Tibetan Woman's Inspiring Story of Survival” written by Adhe Tapontsang

One day in an Economics class

The economics professor taught us about saving.
He insisted that many people do not know that too much saving stagnates the economy.
I completely agreed with his statement, but I felt something vain at the same time.
No matter how strongly he emphasized the problems with savings, his words echoed vainly.
Why did I feel this way?
Because he was speaking to youngsters, who always want to spend money.
Students, who can't, and probably will not be able to spend a lot because of financial oppression inflicted by too much saving of elders.
The media and the government needs to broadcast the facts about saving to elders who worship the saving.
I'm not certain whether or not they will start using the money, but proper knowledge will benefit us in the long run for sure.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Smoking room

The following picture shows smoking room at a station in Japan.
Since it has transparent walls (probably to prevent crimes), this looks like a cage.
I wonder if these people feel nothing about this situaiton.
I don't think I can feel comfortable inside the room.
The strong addiction has made the mind numb.


Do you have the same kind of smoking rooms in your country?
Are smokers less oppressed in your countries?

On the other hand of multiculturalism

Chinese government forces the minority group "Tibetans" to assimilate into the dominant Han people.
Qinghai province, where most Tibetans live, has decided to use text books written in Chinese.
It's impossible that Tibetans agree with the decision because they seek autonomy.
As the result, thousands of Tibetan students conducted demonstrations on 19 and 20.
It was not reported by the Chinese media as expected.

I don't find it problematic to let people assimilate into the dominant culture, as long as they are willing to do so.
But, Tibetan people are not the case. It is risky to give free rein to "multiculturalism" as I suggested in a previous post, but forcible assimilation can cause even more disastrous outcomes - the extinction of distinct cultures.
Many Tibetans haven't given up hope thanks to their spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
Do you think people will be still hopeful after the great leader dies?
What I fear is that younger Tibetans revolt against the Chinese government in a large scale, which will give the government a convenienct reason to crack down on Tibetans.
Then what if they remain silent?
The Chinese government will simply continue the steady assimilation as he does today. (Although it is actually not gradual)
Feel like Tibet has entered a deadlock....
I'm positive that Tibetan people have acted vigorously for their dignity, but they are simply too small both in number and power. Realistically, Tibetans solely can't possibly gain independence.
They need external supporters such as you and me.
I don't know if we really can be their help, but at least it's more imaginable that Tibetans win autonomy supported by people outside China. The government has strong control over the media including the internet as I mentioned.
I'm sure there are Chinese people who will be supportive of Tibet if properly informed, but we can't expect it to happen inside China judging from the present situation.

Imagine being deprived of your culture, can you accept the situation?

Japanese Buddhist talks about the Tibet problem


I rarely see buddhists on Japanese TV, so this video had strong impact on me.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another ASCII Art from Japan?

I'm not sure if the following was made in Japan.

How the internet works
                 










I think Google knows more about the industrialized countries than the United Nations does.

Multiculturalism

Left wings love words such as "multi culturalism" and "diversity." Japanese left-wings almost frantically use these words. They begin with either "In Europe", or "in Western countries."
Are western countries truly successful thanks to their multiculturalism and diversity?
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel's statement posed a question on this matter.



In this video, she says "multiculturalism had failed utterly." The most successful member of EU admitted the failure and she emphasized that "integration is necessary." Maybe it's time to rethink about this "myth of multi culturalism." Do European people live as harmoneously as they used to? Are they not lying to themselves?
By the way, I think Angela Merkel is a reliable politician because she can admit mistakes unlike so many other governors who can't tell truths in fear of losing supports from citizens. I believe politicians like her receive unshakable backing in the end.

Even in Sweden, which is regarded as one of the most successful example of multiculturalism, people voted against pro-immigration parties. The right-wing democratic party which clearly rejects immigrants gained 20 seats, and the government party led by Reinfeldt acknowledged the defeat.

This video represents the feelings of Swedish people who voted for the left wings.



This one describes problems in the Netherlands.


The latter two videos are more subjective than the first video, but at least they prove that there are two people who fear the current situation brought by multiculturalism.

Mr Cameron's words imply that Britain's land is too small for different groups to live separately.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cameron-my-war-on-multiculturalism-2205074.html

Shinkansen

Shinkansen (bullet train) for the second time in my life.
These are the pictures I took at Tokyo station (the center of Japan!)



Since I was going to have another interview back in Nagoya, I took Shinkansen to Nagoya.
It took me only 2 hours while it takes about 8 hours by night bus.
It was so smooth and quiet that I could take a good nap.
Although there have been a few cases of accidents caused by human error, Shinkansen itself has never been accused of accident since it was build. This transportation deserves to be introduced in many countries. I heard that Obama administration has decided to spend 8billion dollars for the establishment of high-speed train in the US. Brazil and China are also looking for partners to build better trains. There are many possible customers overseas.

I hope to see more and more trains and Shinkansen designed by Japanese.

February 20, 2011
To my disappointment, the state of Florida declined the offer to introduce Shinkansen.
The governor of Florida considered the offer unprofitable. It's possible that the governor refused the plan partly for the benefit of his party.
All Japan can do is to continue the improvement of the technology finally to be accepted as profitable.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Welfare system in Japan

There was a lawsuit in Japan on welfare for permanent residents without Japanese nationality.
78 years old Chinese woman asked Oita City to give welfare to her. She is a permanent resident but do not have Japanese nationality. According to the article, welfare for permanent residents with foreign nationality has been virtually accepted all around Japan for many years despite the fact that it violates the constitution of Japan. Since the welfare for them is illegal, cities somehow have given money to them as "donation." So, whether a foreigner receive welfare has been completely dependent on the judgment made by self-governing bodies.


The judge said "the right to life should be primarily guaranteed by countries people belong to"


Unbelievably, this case was the first time to mention the illegality of the welfare for permanent residents without nationality.  I wonder what the judiciary has done for many years.


I sometimes see this kind of phrases on Japanese bulletin boards "Japan is a automatic teller machine."
What people imply with this kind of phrases is that Japan offers to much welfare for foreigners.
I'm not a welfare-specialist, but I know one newly legislated law which makes me sympathize with the phrase.
"Kodomo Teate Law," allows parents with children under 16 to receive 13000yen≒110dollars × children regardless of nationality.  Surprisingly, it counts children living outside Japan, so we can't expect migrant workers to spend money in Japan. Sounds like haven for migrant workers - the more children you have, the more income you have.  What is more, the government abolished some other financial supports for guardians with children at the same time, which inflicts more burdens on guardians with children over 15 - when children are the most costly. The law declared that the payment was going to double (26000/month per a child) from the next fiscal year(Oh, my god). However, the government has given up the increase of the payment due to the faulty system and the pressure from people. It was good to know that there still exist some people who keep an eye on the government while so many others just nod to whatever the government and the media say, without thinking by themselves.


I feel as if the government wishes to give away money to foreigners.
It must be something granted, please don't make me say "The Japanese government should be devoted for the Japanese."
I don’t think it is a healthy government that makes a citizen thinks this way.
Please don’t make me doubt.


What is granted in one’s country is not necessarily for sure in some other countries.
Did you find some surprising facts? What kind of systems does your country have?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dancing robot made in Japan

Getting closer to human beings day by day.
According to the article I read, this robot uses a program called "Choreonoid" to control the movement, while it uses another program "Vocaloid" as voice synthesizer.



I see great possibility in it. One of the most urgent problems in Japan is lack of care workers who serve the elderly and the disabled. This kind of robots can be a possible solution. Either making the occupation more attractive or introducing revolutionary method like nursing robot is necessary for this graying society. I'm so proud of this country because I can think of such a seemingly abusurd suggestion as a possible option.

The follwoing is the link to the institute which made the robot.
http://www.aist.go.jp/index_en.html  (written in English)


Another robot called "ACTROID-F".

Tipping custom in Japan?

Traditionally, Japan does not have the tipping custom. You have no need to tip workers because the service industry offers relatively higher salary for service workers in Japan compared to service works in countries with tipping custom. That means the tip is included in the price of the service or product. Since the tip is included, you can expect the best service anytime without the concern about the amount of money you tip (Stress-free life!). If you generously offer a tip to them, most of them will take it gladly. Some Japanese-style hotels might not receive tips, but don’t worry it will never offend workers.

Here I’ve come up with a question.
Do you regard the tipping custom as a good culture?

Here's my opinion:
I think the system results in the different ways of treatment for people with different socio-economic status. If a tip always guarantees faster and more dedicated service, it makes more sense to me, but I don’t think it’s guaranteed for every single case. Then the tipping custom sounds like mere self-satisfactory system designed only to make oneself feel richer and kinder.
Judging from what I've written, I'm not really supportive of the tipping system.

I look forward to opinions from visitors.

P.S.
Thanks for the question Sakurablank! :D

Saturday, October 16, 2010

He is like a heavy tank.

Keisuke Honda is one of the best soccer player Japan has ever had, but I'm not sure if he can maintain the ball-keeping ability even against Europeans and Africans who have significant physical strength compared to Asians.



The more games I watch, the more optimistic I become. Although the result was 0-0, I was still satisfied because I could see great possibility in this team.

Game results after 2010WC

Japan VS Paraguay       1-0
Japan VS Guatemala     2-1
Japan VS Algentina       1-0
Japan VS South Korea  0-0          So far so good :D

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sports and politics

There was a soccer game in South Korea on Tuesday.
It was Japan against South Korea.
I kind of foresaw this kind of image because "anti-Japan" is so common in Korea.
The flags at the center say, "conquer Japan" and "Japan sink."
I know "anti-Japan" is Korean government's policy, and many Korean people are very much satisfied with the policy.
But not inside the stadium. This place is not designed for political propaganda.
Would any viewer recognize it as "friendship match"?


The follwoing picture claims an island, which is illegally occupied by Korea according to Japan's stand point. Does the issue have anything to do with the soccer game?
I don't even wanna imagine what the banana means in this picture.


Would a Japanese man be optimistic about Japan-Korea future relationship after watching these pictures?


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Whaling

I was obliged to post this video.
I need to send as many messages as possible because there simply aren't enough Japanese bloggers writing in English.



Japan's whaling is as lawful as possible while some "environmental activists" violate international laws.
I wonder if they are aware that they degrade other activists.
If they are not aware,they need to be conscious of it. That'll probably change their way of acting if they have what is called "culture of shame."
If they knowingly violate international laws, shame on you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

This is not fabrication

There's something wrong, fatally wrong with this video.



The left half is the original CM.
On the right half, which was broadcasted during "24-hoursTV, the love saves the world" is different from the original one.
The red circle in Japanese flag is erased―too obviously.
At first it was too obvious to consider it genuine.
I don't think it's normal that a national flag is erased in a TV commercial in a country of the flag. It happened neither in China nor Korea, it did happen in Japan.
I have no intention of criticizing Korea or China this time.

I DO criticize the Japanese media!!!!!
I can't help beng emotional. I believe anyone who loves one's country  will understand my feeling.

US basement in Okinawa

How the voice of anti-basement has been amplified

When the Liberal Democratic Party was governing, the basement was going to  be moved to another area in Okinawa (less populated area). Of course there already was agreement on this decision between Japanese government and Okinawa people. What happened was that the current party, the Democratic Party became in charge of the government after national election. The Democratic Party had promissed to move the basement outside Okinawa prefecture, but the Democratic Party hadn't know, or ignored the strategic importance of basement for national safety. Hatoyama, who had been determined to remove the basement from Okinawa, finally admitted the necessity of US basement in Okinawa, saying "I have to admit that I lacked consideration on this issue." Would a person without enough knowledge become a prime minister????
The current administration agreed on a plan that is very much similar to what had been planed by Liberal Democratic Party.

No wonder Okinawa people strongly protest against the current administration.
With regard to the basement, Okinawa people do protest against the basement. However, problematically, they do not offer alternatives such as reinforcement of Self-defense force in Okinawa. Without any underlying plan, they just sound silly and hysteric. Removing the basement without significant reinforcement of Self-defense army will collapse the safety of Okinawa.  I DO support freedom of speech, but listen, you need to be responsible for what you speak at the same time.
I think Mr. King wanted to include responsibility in his speech, but that would have made it less sensational, thus week as propaganda. "Let freedom reign, but don't forget the responsibility sitting beneath"

Do US soldiers have higher crime rate?

Crimes comitted by US soldiers have been frequently covered by the media.
So many people  including Okinawa people believe that US sodiers have high crime rate. Anti-basement activists give people impression by mentioning sensational examples of crimes commited by US soldiers―instead of giving concrete numbers.

The following is the truth.
I think the person picked up the Chinese, Koreans and Brazillians simply because they occupy most of the foreigners' population.

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/reservoir/20080214/1202958732
Percentage of crime out of 1000 people
National crime rate (includes foreigners)    0.30%  ← this means 3 people out of 1000     

Okinawa people (except US sldiers)              0.30%  
US soldiers in Okinawa                                   0.14%    
The Chinese (both short, and long term stay)    1.57%
North and South Koreans (the same)               1.94%
Brazillians (the same)                                       0.52%

US army possesses significantly lower crime rate compared to the rest, even lower than Okinawa people.
Probably because the basement is the safest even compared with basements inside the US.

Summary? I'm not sure if it's summarizing.
1. Current administration deserve to be criticized because the promiss to remove the basement has been turned over.
2. Okinawa people shouldn't protest against the basement unless they have a practical alternative that guarantees the security of Okinawa.
3. US soldiers boast significantly lower crime rate which is even lower than the Japanese on average.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wanna live in Japan?

 This is a response to questions from nomercyy.

Q1. Is living in suburbs of Japan as expensive as in cities?

It depends on the place you wanna live in.
In general, the residential cost is lower, sometimes significantly lower in suburb than cities. Grocery store usually cost the same, and sometimes higher in surburban areas.
There's one thing you must possess to live in either surburban or rural area.
The car is MUST in those areas, especially in rural areas, because the infrastructure in less populous areas is not as good as big cities. 

Q2. Would it be hard to get a job as an English teacher there?

There's always huge demand for native English speakers since English language is virtually mandatory in Japanese schools.
I checked a list of English teaching jobs, and most of the offers seemed to be from big cities such as Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. Most of them require university diploma. Some of them require experience in teaching and others do not. All of them pay higher than the companies I've taken job interviews for. LOL.......

If you specify the place you would like to live, I can do further research.


I hope the following websites give you good pieces of information.

If you wanna be an English teacher in Japan.
Jobs in general and residential info and so on.
General tips for foreigners, perhaps too wordy.
What is called guest house
Room share in Japan

Mr. prime minister, are you serious?

Japanese government has decided to cut down the number of to-be-hired public workers for the next year.
This simply means 4500 jobless people will lose opportunity for job.
After the economic bubble bursted, the government has spent money to support the citizens' stagnated consumption for economic growth.
Japanese people haven't recovered from the shock and still unlikely to spend a lot.
Why would a government cut the expenditure when a country is under this kind of situation?
The government needs to fill the gap between Supply and Demand in order to stabilize the economy.
Japan will run into disastrous recession when the government; only one sector spending among the companies and citizens; cease to spend money.

I have a suggestion

In Japanese the US is called アメリカ合衆国.
アメリカ means "America".
国 refers to "country".
What is interesting is that 合衆 means "united people" instead of "united states."
Although it's different from the original meaning of the name,
I consider "united people" more suitable than "united states".
In the past, separated states used to be almost sovereign.
However, when I think of today's US, "the diversity of people" seems to have greater meaning than "states."

Question
Which do you prefer "united people" or "united states"?
Please do not answer this way ' "united states" because it's hard to change a country's name brabrabra...'
Forget about everything but today's US situation and decide your choice.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How dare you say "Japan will go bankrupt"?

Japanese media and comentaters love the word "bankruptcy".
They speak as if Japan would go bankrupt unless the government lowers the expenditure.
Because of the repeated mention to the economic depression, Japanese people fear to spend money in preparaion for emergent expense. Although the Japanese by nature have the disposition to see thrift as good virtue, current Japanese people almost frantically fear to spend money. Japan has as much as 1 quadrillion yen of debt which is close to 10 trillion US dollars. Japanese government do have tremendous amount of debt.
People think this way     DEBT=BANKRUPTCY  because the image is so prevalent.
Japan't national debt has doubled in these 10 years, but it's not bankrupt. Don't you think it's strange judging from the equation?
If japan owed debt to foreign countries, the theory can be the case.
However, more than 90% of national bond belongs to Japan, this means that "Japanese" banks and investers are buying the national bonds using "Japanese currency". What is more,all most all of the rest is issued in Yen too.

Let me give you a good example of     DEBT≠BANKRUPTCY.
Zimbabwe is a country under whats is called "hyper-infration," but the country hasn't lost its sovereignty yet.
This is simply because the country do not owe debt to foreign countries in foreign currencies. As long as the country is purely driven by Zimbabwe dollar, it won't go bankrupt. The Zimbabwan government owe debt to no one but Zimbabwans. So no matter how painful the situation might be, it won't go bankrupt because the country has only to issue the national currency however much needed.

I suggest this extremely simplified equation.       Debt in foreign currency=BANKRUPTCY

Greece went bankrupt. Briefly speaking, the country couldn't issue bond when needed.
Increased amount of EURO in a country affects all the members, thus each country possesses restrained right to issue EURO. EURO members who abandoned ones' original currrencies virtually do not have national currency in its true sense. They have to be dependent on quasi-foreign currency for survival as long as they shall live.
EURO has good aspects too as you can see in Germany, but Greece couldn't benefit in the same way and suffered instead.

Let's return back to Japan's situation.
Why is it possible that Japanese banks buy so much bond? Because there's abundant money saved in banks both from people and companies. Householdings and companies have enough, almost excessive amount of savings. They have only to invest the money, which will soon decrease the amont of national expenditure.
Please remember that they have only to SPEND MONEY instead of the government. I'm not economy major, so I don't know the best balance between the government, companies and people, but at least I'm sure there's inbalance of expenditure among the three.
Company and househyolding sectors need to spend money to decrease the governmental expenditure, and there's no need to fear expenditure since there's absurdly sufficienct amount of money in banks. My impression is that the burned-out from the bubble frantically fears deficit.
Again, Japanese people do not owe debt to foreign countries. It's circulating within Japan.
Government ↓↓ + Companies ↑ + Householdings ↑ = ±0  Such a simple equation isn't it?
Actually Japan earns foreign currency every year thanks to  its strong industry. That means
Government ↓↓ + Companies ↑ + Householdings ↑  + trade surplus ↑ = ↑
This is the fact, this is not an inconvenient truth.
So, the government and the media have only to broadcast the truth. No need to broadcast distorted info like some other countries - what a desirable situation!
Why isn't it acknowledged by peolple?
I assume there are certain people in Japan who don't want strong Japan.

Feel at peace and start spending, when the demand catches up with the supply, GDP will start rising again.

It is horrible that so many people think the government owe debt to foreign countries at present.
The media do not give us proper information. So misleading and treasonable.
I know I have to admit that the irresiponsibility has resulted from indifference to the media and people's lack of thinking.
Every time I have to mention the media...haha...ha...

As I told you I'm not an economist, please be lenient about mistakes.
"Then why did you post this"
I just thought "I need to write something about this" out of passion.

I'll probably revise this post for more accurate information.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Football - Japan VS Algentina

Extra!Extra!Extra!Extra!Extra!Extra!

Here's a surprising news.

Japan defeated Algentina by 1-0. Although Japan had the advantage of home game, it was still a great triumph.(Japan had never even drawn VS Algentina)
I'm not a expert of soccer, but Japan seemed to be cometitive enough even against Algentina.
During the first half of the game, Japan was almost overwhelming Algentina. (I know I'm pro-Japan)
After the world cup in South Africa, Japan hired Italian manager for the national team.
He had had practice with the national team members only for 6 times before today's game.
Judging from the amount of the practice the manager had with members, it is presumable that today's victory resulted from Japan's original capability rather than the Italian's managerial skill.
On the other side of the joy, I'm concerned about this too-successful beginning of the team.

A minor concern
The Italian manager, Alberto Zaccheroni, fears to change in a way he previously planned.
This can be frustrating to him, which will probably give unwelcomed influence on the team.

Anyway,
I can have a good sleep for tonight thanks to the feat.

Cheers to the visctory.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

China accused of invading ?disputed? islands

I found an article about a demo conducted in Tokyo.
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/02/japan.anti.china.protest/index.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101002/wl_asia_afp/japanchinadiplomacydisputerussiarally

First of all, Japanese government's stand point is that there's no territorial dispute between Japan and China.
China wants to make it a dispute.
 Here's the link to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Don't worry it won't take long. It briefly explains Japan's stand point.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/senkaku/senkaku.html

I'm not concerned about how foreign mass media treat the demo.
What really matters is that none of Japanese mass media has broadcasted the demo so far.
While it's broadcasted in English, I see no such article on Yahoo Japan or Google Japan.
All the media in Japan have so far chosen the freedom not to broadcast.

1. English mass media broadcasted the demo.
2. All the media in Japan chose the "freedom not to broadcast."

Answer?
Japanese media is dead. At least people in authoritative possessions are treasonable.

A picture of the demo→
It says "mass gomi" instead of mass communication. "Gomi" refers to trash, garbage, useless stuff etc.



P.S.
AFP News  broadcasted the demo in Japanese, this is the only one I could find online.
http://www.afpbb.com/article/politics/2762997/6277374

Friday, October 1, 2010

A kind of ASCII art unique to Japan?

According to "our best friend" Wikipedia, ASCII art means a graphic design technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from characters used in various languages.
The following AA represents a pair of cherries.
      _
      ` 、
         ト 、
      | \
       _,| / ゝ⌒ヽ
   / ⊥`ヽ  ::::::!     From http://bhdaa.sakura.ne.jp/zukan/
   |   :::::::|、 ..:::,ノ
   ヽ、_..::::::ノ

This kind of picture is often seen on bulleting boards in any language.


Since I'm not familar with AA of different languages, I'd like to ask you about the following AA.
The following words mean "I'm(we're) getting excited, or I'm(we're) getting high―of course in Japanese.
What's intriguing is that these characters actually fall down while their literal meaning is as I mentioned above.

さ あ 、 も り あ が っ
                  て
                     ま
                       い
                         り
                          ま
                           し
                           た
1. Literal meaning is "getting high, or excited"
2. The characters slide down.
Contradicting each other, aren't they?

Answer:
When the above is used this way, it means irony.
Japanese people ironaically use them when somethings is in fact boring and makes him/her down.

もりあがってまいりました It plainly has the original meaning, the literal meaning "getting high, or excited".

Questions I'd like to ask

1.Have you ever seen any AA that is used in a similar way as the second AA on this page?
2.Do you call it an AA?

For example like this.
We are
            get
                 ting
                       exc
                            it
                              e
                               d
                                !