Conflict Must Resolve Soon

The Korean Defense Ministry claimed on the 23rd that the patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force approached the Korean Navy’s ships.
South Korean army headquarters Seo Uk Operations Headquarters held an emergency press conference at the Defense Ministry Government Building on this day and said “We must doubt about Japan’s true intentions”.
The defense ministry said the Japanese patrol aircraft made a threatening flight that approached by the low flight to the Korean Navy multi-purpose destroyer Tae Yyeonghuang (4,500 tons), which was carrying out missions at about 2:03 pm on the remote island (Iodo) explaining that it was distance of about 540 meters and an altitude of about 60 to 70 meters.

This kind of thing was happened just less than a month ago. I don’t know anything about this kind of things because I am not a specialist on this matter. So I don’t know what to say. However, I just want to say that nowadays technology has been so advanced, why can’t we prove this is true or not immediately. That is my concern.

If it is not the fact, please convince them with technology evidence or ask other countries to reconcile the relationship.

Romantic Fraud

Here is some today’s news. “Fukuoka and Saitama prefectural police said on Wednesday that four men of the Nigerian and Cameroon residing in the Kanto area arrested by the conduct that they pretended as a US military official who cheated money from a woman by behaving loving them. It seems that it is a technique called “international romance fraud” that cheats cash by causing illusion as if there is a relationship, and both prefectural police search for multiple related places to find them.”

In Japan, these kinds of crime have been increasing. For example, we have had the crime that Chinese theft group went to suburb to steal money from the unlocked house. Sometime they murdered house members.

Japan is still one of the very safe countries in the world. I think crime rate is still not so high in the development countries and an arrest rate by police is very high.

But now we have many foreign people coming into Japan, as well as other countries we have such problems now.

Population of Japan has been decreasing gradually so we need those foreigners to maintain population. We don’t need “walls” like some President claims because we are surrounded by the seas. However, we need some policy and security in order to open our country for foreigners.

We need to adjust for the future that we accept more people coming in.

As becoming an international country we have to change some Japanese system but also we have to keep Japanese traditional culture, too. Otherwise we lose wonderful nationality as Japanese.

Adapt to the Future

Sumo is a national sports of Japan. To be a Yokozuna, which is the highest rank of its hierarchy is one of the honors in the sumo world.

Recently, we hadn’t had a Japanese Yokozuna for many years, even it is a national sports of Japan. But Kisenosato, who is a Japanese became a Yokozuna first time since 1997 in 2017 while four Mongolians have become a Yokozuna between 1997 to 2007.

However, Yokozuna Kisenosato has decided to retire after suffering his third straight defeat on Jan. 15 at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster, Tagonoura, said Jan. 16 because Kisenosato still set a record for eight straight defeats in the ring from the last year.

Once you become a Yokozuna, you don’t lose your position, that means if you lose so much you don’t go down to the lower rank instead you have to leave from a position of Yokozuna.

Kisenosato has become a Yokozuna only a couple of years ago, actually he had been in the Yokozuna position only a few tournaments.

It is very hard if you are in this competitive world such as this kind of sports world.

Kisenosato have had serious injury after he became a Yokozuna. When I was in high school I was playing a baseball, it was always I had something that I was bothered by injuries and pains in some parts such as a hand, shoulder, and legs.

You cannot avoid from these issues. Every player has such problems. So if you overcome them, you can continue to play as a good player.

Once you reached some high position but if you can solve these difficulties or setbacks, you lose it very soon. To attain higher rank is not always good unless you prepare fully for all these matters that bother you.

We Need Peace!

It was news announced yesterday “Four northern islands “No change in position” Mr. Suga said. Since WWII, four northern islands have been territory to Russia.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed signing a World War II peace treaty with Japan by the end of the year “without preconditions”.

This is an nice opportunity to make a good relationship with Russia for facing the military expansion by China. If we can make it also, with having the same agreement with India, we can surround China, the crisis rate of Japan becomes much less than now. So I hope we can make such a nice agreement in this case.

However, it is still not proceeding at all due to the treat on the northern islands matter. Of course these islands had belong to Japan so it is better if they return to Japan. But to make an agreement with Russia is much better than instead of having four islands because if China and Russia made good relationships then it China expanded its territory, we will lose a whole land.

Mr. Suga, who is the Cabinet Secretary of incumbent party, LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) has still said care about these islands. That’s not a big issue to make the agreement. We should not focus on that issue. Rather without solving that matter, we have to make an agreement as smoothly as we can.

The worst scenario is that China and Russia have alliance agreement.
Before it is happening, Japan and Russia should make good relationship, also I wish USA and Russia have good relationship too. Then we will avoid the WWIII.

Learning Truths

Today I saw the news of the Bezos’ divorce. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Wednesday their plan to divorce.

Divorce is nowadays very common but this news has some impact in the world.

Through this case, I checked the divorce rate in Japan. My guess first is that the rate of Japanese one is close to the USA’s one. Probably it is close to fifty percent, maybe forty eight percent. That is my guess.

According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the following is the answer: “The divorce rate in Japan is considerably less than in United States but is growing. About one in three Japanese marriages end in divorce, four times the rate in the 1950s and double the rate in the 1970s. The divorce rate has slowed, partly because fewer couples are getting married to begin with.

253,353 couples were divorced—which works out to one divorce every two minutes and four seconds—and 708,000 were married in 2010. A population survey report by the ministry shows the number of divorce cases in 2009 was about 3.5 times than 50 years ago.”

Three years ago, the divorce rate was 35.6%. Highest prefecture was Kochi prefecture, 44.4%, the second highest was Hokkaido, which is further north part of Japan, 44.0%. Tokyo was 27.7% unexpectedly it was lowest in Japan.

I thought Tokyo is one of the most frustrated places in the world so the rate was highest.

As well as USA, in Japan single mother is one of problems of society. Their income is so low that mother has very hard time to raise her children.

I hope that through learning teachings of Buddhism everyone learns how to control his mind then become a person who can handle a crisis of divorce. I myself hope can do it.

What is right?

As you may probably already hear about the news of Mr. Carlos Ghosn, who is the CEO of Renault, he has been accused of the charge of tax evasion. In Japanese Laws, if you are arrested, you can be held for up to 23 days, with a possibility of extension without being formally charged with a crime. The police are allowed to begin their initial questioning before you see a lawyer.

It is the very strict law that it doesn’t matter if you are innocent or not, once you are arrested, you will be hold in a jail for up to 23 days. What a country it is!

I heard some miserable story that some foreigner who was a businessman worked for a bank was arrested in the train claimed by the misconduct against a woman. He was not worry about that because he was not doing such a thing. He thought he would be released soon. But he didn’t. He asked his company lawyer to be released as soon as possible, but he didn’t release unless he admit his charge. So he did it and he had returned his country and never come back.

In our society, we are told that when a train is packed by passengers and if you are standing next to woman, you had better to raise your hands up and hold the handrail, once you were claimed as a person who did sexual misconduct, you cannot escape from detaining and have to spend more than many days and cannot avoid charge.

Mr. Ghosn had spent already 15 days then arrested again. So he is going to a jail again. His charge is also questionable if his retirement fee that already written on paper is illegal or not.

We have to be wise not be agitated.

Need Evolution

There are so many special events in the new year of Japan. Among them, “Hakone Ekiden” is the one of them. That is competition between universities by the relay marathon both ways from Tokyo to Hakone. The two-day, round-trip race is limited to teams of university students. It is held each year on the second and third of January.

This year, the big topic was that Aoyama-Gakuin University could win five consecutive rows. The head coach of that school has now so popular that he has been in TV shows as a commentator over ninety times last year.

His team was one of the candidates winning this year, too. But he was paying attention to the other team that was Tokai University. He was commended that if some little failure was occurred they would lose.

On the way to Hakone from Tokyo starting point where is in front of Yomiuri newspapers Headquarters that is an original sponsor of this race, other school won. It was Toyo University, which was third last year.

Aoyama-Gakuin was unexpectedly sixth place in the first day 5 minutes 29 seconds behind from the top while Tokai University was second 1 minute and 14 second behind from Toyo University.

The second day, on the returning way to Tokyo, Aoyama-Gakuin made a big charge. The time of returning way itself Aoyama-Gakuin made a record time ever since 1920, so that it became first place, however, both ways, two days total, Tokai University became a champion in 2019 first time ever followed by Aoyama-Gakuin University.

The comment by a head coach of Aoyama-Gakuin was impressed, “If we evolve, we will degenerate”.

That is true.