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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm so thankful. Who are you thankful to?

Today, I went to a laundry to have my suit and necktie cleaned.
On the way to the laundry, I lost my wallet :(
I searched between my house and the laundry for about 30 minutes, in vain.
Then I went to Koban (Small police station) feeling depressed.
Inside the Koban, there was a middle age lady inside.
Feeling even more down because I thought I would have to wait for my turn, I entered the Koban.
As soon as I entered the Koban, I noticed there was something familiar on the table - my wallet.
I was so thankful that I thought of paying remuneration to her.
She refused when the police man mentioned it, and she went away.
I couldn't thank her enough at that time, so let me say "Thank you" here on my blog.

I have had the same kind of experiences.
When I was on the way to take a TOEFL test (Extremely expensive test), I lost my wallet and found it at a Koban. It included ID cards which were necessary to take TOEFL exam, so I owe a lot to the young rider who kindly submitted my wallet.

I have some other experiences in which I was able to get back my belongings thanks to the kindness of people.

Thanks a lot. I've been trying, and I will continue trying to contribute to this society full of conscience as long as I shall live.

Let me ask you a question.
If it's an impolite question, please just ignore.
In this kind of situation, who would you thank God or the person who helped you?
Is one side more significant than the other?

I wonder if the term "Koban" is understood by anyone in the Japanese society because so many pictures of the kind of police stations have "Koban" written on the front wall, or is it acknowledged even by people abroad?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Origami - the traditional folding paper

It's a Japanese traditional culture to fold a thousand pieces of crane-like folding papers and give them to patients hoping their early recovery from sickness or injury.
When the tremendous earthquake occured in Chili, some Japanese people planned to send Senbazuru (a thousand pieces of crane-like folding papers) to the victims of the earthquake. Senbazuru does have good meaning for the Japanese, but how would the victims feel if they received 1000 pieces of crane-like folding papers when they are desperate for vital supports such as food and drink? It was discussed on a Japanese bulletin board, and most users were critical about the plan, and they insisted that it was mere self-satisfaction because people in Chili needed substantial supports and they didn't know the culture. I think it's reasonable that they send Senbazuru together with food and drink since it can support them both physically and mentally, but the mental support solely is not enough and it might even disappoint the victims.

What do you think of this case?
Cake before flowers, or flowers before cake?

          Senba-Tsuru                                     A piece of crane-like folding paper


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

An official map made by the Communist Party of China?

According to the following webpage, the Communist Party of China recognized the islands as Japan's territory in 1969 - just before a research finds out abundant oil at the bottom of the Japan Sea. The picture was taken from official map according to the Washington Times. However, I didn't find it convincing in terms of its genuiness because it shows only a part of the map.

I decided to send an email to clarify the genuiness. 

My name is Masaki and I'm a Japanese university student.
I read your article on the senkaku islands which was posted on September 15.
In the article, the attached picture is placed at the top of the page, and it seems to be Chinese official map according to your words.
However, all I can see is a part the whole map and it doesn't signify a lot. I guess the capitalized "C" at the right bottom represents "China," and there are Chinese letters that are distinct from the Japanese ones.
I can assume it was probably made by Chinese people, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was authorized by the government.

Would you be kind enough to let me see the whole map, or would you give me a convincing explanation of the map?
Please forgive me in case I looked over reasonable explanations in the article.
I'm actually thankful to you since the article is completely supportive of the Japan's stand point, but I couldn't ignore the question that rose in my mind.

I hope it doesn't include any impolite expression, and I wish he will return an email to me.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Which is unacceptable, the leak or the concealment?

The uploader chose Youtube, the biggest video-sharing website instead of the mass media. In this case, the media were mere followers or "free riders" in other words. It's hilarious that the media who criticize the uploading of TV programs had to rely on the video-sharing website.
I believe the person wanted the truth be revealed and didn't want reward from the media, and he/she probably thought the media were unreliable, which I completely agree with.
The videos show absurd conduct of the Chinese ship, and they clearly support Japan's stand point.
Then I can't find any reason to conceal the videos. The videos can't possibly degrade Japan as those who already watched know. Unless the Japanese government prioritized China over Japan, the concealment couldn't have taken place.
Some people insist that it was reasonable because we need to maintain good relation ship between Japan and China. However, true friendship is never based on excessive indulgence.

The Japanese government tried to conceal the videos despite the fact that they completely support Japan's explanation of the collision. The government insists that the videos which included the top secret were "leaked" by a "criminal," but my understanding is almost opposite from the government's view.
The uploader accused the government of the almost treasonable concealment, and he/she bravely enabled us to watch what we were entitled to watch. The government should be thankful to the uploader because the person made up for the government's erroneous decision.
During the conference after the exposure, the chief secretary Sengoku criticized the uploader saying that it was unacceptable, but again I have to say "the way the government including you treated the videos was unacceptable."
Chinese violater was released desipite the obvious illegality, and now the government is determined to single out the uploader who is seen as a patriot.
Which do you think is more acceptable?

The following is a brief analysis of the critical scene.

This picture explains the intention of the steersman.

 ①The steersman didn't steer and let the ship go straight.
 ②The steersman tried to avoid collision.

 The steersman steered leftward to intentionally bump into the ship. This is the case, and it's too obvious to have alternative views.

PS. A member of Japan Marine Self Defense Force confessed that it was him who uploaded the videos.
I claim that he should never be arrested since he acted for the national sovereignty and citizens who belong to the nation. I'm ready to do a signature against his arrest and I believe the majority of the Japanese are feeling the same way.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Leaked videos

Please remember that the original video is more than two hours long.

However, the videos posted on websites are at least much longer than the one reviewed among a few representatives in the Diet (it was excessively edited and the length was only 6 and a half minutes long according to news).

The government idiotically didn't publicize the video and the decision turned out this way. I feel as if the current administration were willing to lose its reputation.

If there's anything still not shown, I demand the government and the media publicize it. It's their duty and our right.

Subtitled in English

Followings are linked videos from "niconico movie"

Sorry, I couldn't show them as soon as they were leaked because I was away in Tokyo for a day.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Innovative vending machine

On August 10th, innovative vending machines were placed inside Shinagawa station in Tokyo.
The vending machines on average have sold 3 times as many drinks as standard vending machines since then.

According to the article, the new vending machines are connected to a main server where all the records are stored. The system efficiently does marketing and let the seller know what are selling well.  It has 47inch touch panel and makes the purchase simpler and more enjoyable for customers. Vending machine owners no longer need to change the display when the seasons change. Of course it won't show products out of stock.

1. When customers are distant, the vending machine automatically starts advertising drinks that suit the season, temperature and timing.
2. When a customer gets close to the vending machine, it recognizes the customer's gender and age by using the sensor at the top. Depending on how the customer is categorized, it shows different drinks on the display.
3. After the customer touches a drink, it shows detailed information on the drink together with a magnified picture.

In emergent cases, by using remote control, it can be switched into special mode which allows people to get drinks for free.

1. When the customer is away 2. When the customer gets close 3. When the customer purchases

Prerequisite for the vending machine is the almost exclusive safety in the society.
I hope the time will come when we can see them anywhere in any country.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Japanese Teachers' Union

Hokkaido Teachers' Union is a union designed for teachers in Hokkaido.
The union illegally donated money to the Democratic Party. In doubt of political activities conducted by teachers, researches have been done since the election on 2009.

They researched as many as 38 thousands teachers in Hokkaido. According to the report, as many as 300 teachers are doubted that they did political activities while they were working (there are many others who didn't stop them knowingly). This is undoubtedly illegal because they were involved in political activities when they were supposed to focus on their original duty. Please imagine people working for companies. It's not permissible if they are workers at companies. It's out of the question.

Basically, public workers are not allowed to do political activities and it applies to teachers too. However, the rule has been virtually ignored both by teachers and politicians who used teachers to gain votes, and the union members have been involved in election campaigns. Surprisingly, there's no law to enforce punishment on political activities by teachers despite its illegality. This time, 300 teachers are not going to be accused of the involvement in political activities. Shamefully, the Japanese judiciary can't punish them on that matter. Instead, they are accused of "doing political activities while they were working."
The educational field, the core of Japan, has been contaminated by the union members and politicians dependent on them after WWII.

Hokkaido Teachers' Union is just a part of the whole Teachers' Union. In fact there are as many as 46 (number of prefectures) other branches. So many teachers, who are supposed to be good examples for students, are illegally involved in political activities. Briefly, criminals are teaching students in Japan. To my relief, the number of union members has been decreasing a year by a year, but there's no doubt that the government needs to crack down on them as strictly as possible. Unfortunately, we can't expect further crackdown on the union members because the current government was supported by the union during the election.

I'll write about the Japanese Teachers' Union again because I'm obliged.

Do you have the same kind of problems?
Do you know any activity which is regarded as illegal but not punished like the case above?
Are you sure your education is unbiased?