秋晴れ

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ミーティングデーアゲイン。新人さんにご挨拶。人手が足りないもんね。

健康診断の結果も返って来た。今年もコレステロールがまた微妙に高いくらいで特に問題ないようだ。ほ。

ズガニ

家人の眼科デー、と言うことで、病院帰りに季節のズガニを食べに行く。

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釜飯は食べきれず、お持ち帰りに。

仕事のこともぼちぼち

新規の案件についてのミーティングの日はお休みを頂いている日だったので「抜きで進めててください」と伝えたところ「ではミーティングの日を変更します」とのことで私の都合で伸ばしてもらっていた。その間、他の人たちが前もって事前調査を進めていてくれたようで、諸々説明の後「とにかく仕様の勝手が違っていて全然分からなくて。。。」と言うことだったが、、、私がかなり知っている案件であった。5-6年ブランクあるから大丈夫かな?と心配だったが、基本はあまり変わってないようだったので、とりあえず必要な申請手続きだけお願いし、それをやってもらっている間に必要なデータの紐付けファイル類を作成してアップロードし、諸々プログラムを書き、メインのデータ送信してすっと完了(昔と比べデータ処理がすごく速くなっているのを発見!!)会社の人たちにはびっくりされたけれど、申請や項目カテゴライズなど、近道を知ってただけだから驚かせて申し訳ない。その経歴言うと仕事がちょっと増えそうで怖いので言ってない(酷い!)ことも申し訳ない。。。それにしても昔の私Good Job!

ショッピング

母が秋の洋服を買いたいわーと言うので、よしよし、そうして女心を忘れないのって大切だわー。と出かけた。。。。って私も見習わなければ。女子力母よりなし。

隣町にあるお気に入りの店をぐるぐるするも今回は気にいったものがなく「欲しいものが一個もなかった」と残念がっていたが、同じお店の別の店舗である2件目のお店でシンプルなボーター柄の薄手のニットを見つけることができた。ディスプレイの間が広いので車椅子も楽に動けたのでありがたかった。お店の方も我儘を言う母にニコニコ親切で色々広げて見せてくれて素材の説明も丁寧であった。無事購入。そのあと今度はお昼ご飯にまたラーメンを食べたいと言うので調べたら母の行きたいお店2件は残念ながら休業日だったので、通りすがりの中華ファミレスに入ったところ、昔ながらの味のラーメンがあり、そこはそこで気に入ってくれた様子。シメには杏仁豆腐もペロリと食べていた。それにしても本当にこの頃彼女はラーメンが好きだ。私の作るご飯が淡白なのかな。。。むむ。

Oct 13th, 2018

ゴミと豊洲とキノコ狩りの話。フロリダを襲ったハリケーンは彼の住んでいたエリアはそれほどの被害はなかったそうでお友達の家なども無事だったそうで安堵したそうな。

1)   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday the government is considering designating May 1 next year, when Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne, as a one-off holiday, in a move that would create a 10-day Golden Week holiday period.

2)   U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized Japan, China and other countries for dumping into oceans a massive amount of garbage that has drifted ashore on the U.S. West Coast.

Trump said a “vast,” “tremendous” and “unthinkable” amount of garbage is floating to the West Coast, causing a “very unfair situation” as the United States is charged with cleaning it up.

Trump cited a trilateral trade deal revised recently with Mexico and Canada as the first U.S. trade agreement ever to include commitments by the parties to cooperate in addressing land- and sea-based pollution and improve waste management.

3)   A man died after he fell, seriously injuring himself, while picking mushrooms in Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The man suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital by helicopter where he died about five hours later. 

Since August, 11 people have died and six others have been injured while picking mushrooms on mountain slopes in Nagano Prefecture, Fuji TV reported.  

In the latest case, Shigeya Komatsu, 62, a local farmer, fell about 100 meters down a mountain forest slope. According to the police, he had gone mushroom picking with a male relative, and lost his footing.

4)   Japan plans to expand the scope of foreign nationals who can stay permanently, the government said Friday, as the aging nation seeks to loosen its traditionally strict immigration rules to cope with acute labor shortages.

Under a scheme slated for launch in April, foreign nationals who have Japanese-language proficiency will be given a new resident status to work in sectors deemed short of labor, such as nursing, construction and farming. Depending on their skills and experience, their stays can be extended repeatedly with no preset limits.

Japan, known for its cautious stance on immigration, has mainly accepted highly skilled professionals in such fields as medicine, law, education and research to date.

5)   The possibility of esports joining the Olympics program has gained traction in recent years but not everybody involved in the sport favors it.

Rahul Sood, the CEO of esports betting company Unikrn, believes the benefits for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) far outweigh those for stakeholders already invested in electronic sports gaming.

Last November, the IOC recognized esports as a sporting activity and it is set to be a full medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.

6)   Auctioneers take part in a wasabi auction at the greengrocery area on the opening day of the new Toyosu market, which has been relocated from Tsukiji market, in Tokyo, on Thursday.

7)   The US government has announced restrictions on exports of civil nuclear technology to China to prevent its diversion for military or other unauthorized uses.

The Department of Energy issued a statement on the new policy on nuclear technology controls on Thursday.

The policy will in principle ban exports of US civil nuclear technology to China’s state-owned companies.

8)   Hurricane Michael left 6 people dead and many buildings destroyed by strong wind in its path across Florida and other southern US states.

Michael made landfall in Florida on Wednesday.

9)   A US Congressional panel has asked the International Olympic Committee to change the venue of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, citing human rights abuses by the Chinese government.

The bipartisan panel released a letter addressed to IOC President Thomas Bach. The same panel issued an annual report on China, accusing the country of detaining more than one million Uighur Muslims.

10)   The new governor of Okinawa in southern Japan has asked the prime minister to launch new talks on a plan to relocate a US military base in the prefecture.

Denny Tamaki met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on Friday. The meeting was their first since Tamaki was elected last month.

11)   Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has expressed a negative view on a move to revise the Constitution next year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is aiming to submit amendment proposals at the Diet this fall.

Later, Koizumi told reporters that it is impossible to revise the Constitution next year.

He said approval from more than 2 thirds of the Diet is needed to initiate constitutional amendments.

11)   Australians are up in arms over the use of the iconic Sydney Opera House for advertising.

The New South Wales government decided to allow a horse racing ad to be displayed on the World Heritage building.

Upset citizens gathered in front of the building on Tuesday to protest the move, using flashlights to disrupt the projected ad.

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川掃除

今年2回目の川掃除の日。雨にならないかなーと思っていたら早朝は雨+雷。よしよしと布団の中で喜んでいたのに、7時半ぐらいには雨も上がり虹が綺麗に西の空にできていた。雨天中止の放送をするのは8時だったが町内会長から連絡なしのので、ああ決行かとトボトボ川へ向かう。するとすでに三役さんと何人かの役員たちが川を上から見てなにやら相談している模様で私も上から覗くと、あれ?雑草もゴミもない。川清掃されている!?どうやら先週市の方で護岸工事なるものをやったらしく、その際ついでに清掃もしてってくれたのでは?ということらしい。

と、いうことは?

川清掃。中止!(やったー)=>通常の公園清掃へシフトチェンジ

小雨が降り出したけれど前回の川清掃のハードさを思い出すと、雨の中枯葉を履いたり、雑草を抜いたりもあまり苦にならないのが不思議だ。

清掃後家に戻ってお風呂を沸かして朝風呂タイム。川清掃をしてきたと思った母が「お疲れ様でした!」と労ってくれた。

ハリケーン

フロリダを襲ったハリケーンのニュース動画を見たら。。。凄まじかった。これからああいうのが年々増えるのかな。。。怖い。

ピリッ

もう自分とはあまりにも考え方が違うなぁと思う人は周りにいないお年頃になったが(だんだんそういう人たちとは会わなくなってくるから)、今週は某人との衝撃の会話があって、

「そ、そうか。そんな風に思う(考える)のだなぁ・・・」

とショックを受けた。家人に今日こういうことがあってね。

と説明すると、「へー、そりゃブラックだねぇ」の後に、でも

「アンタはこの頃ピリッピリッとしているからね!」

と笑われた。昔はスルーできたんじゃないの?ということらしい。確かにそうだ。昔ならそうだったかも。昔は誰がなにをしても何を言ってもスルーできたよ。本当に。でもただ「あれ?」思っていたのを「聞かなかった」ことにしよとか、我慢とかしてたのかも?

と言うと「だから、もうそういうのはいいんじゃないのー?」とまた笑われた。(無理して合わせなくてピリッと文句など言っても!と言うことらしい)

 

[俺]なんか昔っからピリッとしてるからね!確かに。^^

塩害

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先週も町内の仕事諸々(放送、広報、会合などなど)を淡々と。台風の風で大切に扱っていたコキアの葉っぱが半分枯れてしまった。。。塩害実感。来年は頑張ろう。

Oct 6th, 2018

先週のあげてなかった。もう木曜日か!

1)    The cost of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has already soared to 2.81 trillion yen ($24.7 billion), more than double the last official estimate, according to calculations by the Board of Audit.

2)   Japanese police referred to child welfare authorities a record-high 37,113 suspected victims of child abuse in the first half of this year, a report released Thursday showed.

The preliminary figure marks an increase of 6,851 children aged 17 or younger being affected, as compared to the same period last year, according to the National Police Agency.

3)   The mayor of Osaka says he’s ending a six-decade sister city relationship with San Francisco to protest a statue honoring women forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura this week sent a letter to San Francisco announcing he’s withdrawing from the largely ceremonial relationship, the San Francisco Examiner reported Wednesday.

4)   Japan has decided not to take part in an international fleet review in South Korea next week after Seoul effectively asked Tokyo not to fly its “Rising Sun” flag on a warship, Japan’s defense minister said on Friday, the latest spat between the two sides.

5)   New Okinawa GovDenny Tamaki said Thursday he will dedicate all his strength to trying to block the Japan-U.S. plan to relocate a key American military facility within the southern island prefecture.

The radio personality-turned-politician won Sunday’s gubernatorial election with a pledge to stop the controversial plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a crowded residential area of Ginowan to the less populated coastal district of Henoko in Nago, both in Okinawa.

6)   U.S. President Donald Trump and Abe agreed in a meeting last week in New York to start negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement on goods, or TAG. The move is a concession by Tokyo, which dropped its earlier insistence on a multilateral approach to trade issues.

7)   Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop.

8)   A survey has found that radio was the most useful means of getting information after a powerful earthquake hit the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido a month ago.

9)   Typhoon Kong-rey is battering Japan’s south. At least 10 people have been injured. It’s the second storm to hit the region in less than a week. The typhoon is moving north over the sea. It has caused blackouts in some areas.

10)   An escapee from a police station in Osaka Prefecture carried out a daring deception, purporting to be a cyclist while he was at large. He evaded the police for 48 days.

Junya Hida, indicted for robbery and other charges, escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi City on August 12th. He was apprehended after he was caught stealing food last Saturday in the city of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The police discovered Hida pretended to be a tourist travelling by bicycle, along with another man whom he met.

11)   Japan’s space agency, JAXA, says it has successfully released another landing probe from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft toward the asteroid Ryugu. JAXA made the announcement on Wednesday morning, Japan time.

JAXA says it won’t be able to confirm whether the robot has landed on Ryugu until late Wednesday afternoon at the earliest.

12)   US Vice President Mike Pence has sharply criticized China over a naval incident in the South China Sea last month. He says the US “will not be intimidated” as it counters China’s increasing maritime presence. Pence claims China’s aggression was on display when its warship came within about 40 meters of the USS Decatur that was conducting freedom-of-navigation operations.

13)   A man who made a dramatic escape from a French prison by helicopter has been captured after 3 months on the run. Redoine Faid escaped from a prison in July by jumping aboard a helicopter.

Prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference on Wednesday that investigators acted on witness reports last month of a man walking around in a burqa, the traditional Muslim women’s wear.

14)   The Japanese government has lodged a protest with China after learning it placed a buoy inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Wednesday. He said the government protested via a diplomatic channel after it confirmed the buoy was on the Japanese side of a median line that separates the 2 countries’ exclusive economic zones.

15)   The US jobless rate in September declined to its lowest level in nearly 49 years, suggesting a further tightening of the labor market. But employment growth has missed market expectations.

The Labor Department said on Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent. That’s the lowest level since December 1969.

 

秋のご飯

ご近所の仲良しのOさんから電話があったので伺うと「これ!」とマツタケ3本ほどを渡された。おおおおおー^o^と言うと 、

「全部あげるからまた何かにして半分戻してちょうだいな(笑)」

もちろん!了解ですとも!

何がいいかな?と母と相談すると即答!

「マツタケご飯と茶碗蒸し!」

ってことで「と言ってますがどうでしょう?」とOさんに打診すると

「いいいい!それでお願い!」

と言うので昨日はマツタケご飯とマツタケ茶碗蒸し!なんと豪華な!

Oさんの旦那さんが器を返しに来てくれた時

「マツタケご飯がすごく美味しかったけどどうやった?」

「全部マツタケの力です!」ほんとこれ間違いない!

そして瓢箪かぼちゃを手渡された。

「バターナッツというんだってよ!」

とOさん旦那様。知らなかった。名前だけでも美味しそう。

「これも半分よろしく!」

バターナッツ、どうしましょ。

 

嬉しい!

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友人が作ってくれたバッグ ^o^ 可愛い!

中にポケット2つ!

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そしてバッグインバッグがさらに可愛い!イニシャル入り!

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友よーっありがとう! 母が超絶絶賛だったよ!!

Sept 29th, 2018

台風24号、通り過ぎてよかった。次は25号か。。。。

1)   Japan’s Meteorological Agency forecasts strong winds, high waves, storm surges and heavy rain in wide areas across the country until Monday.

2)   Japanese travel agency H.I.S. has canceled wedding package tours to Hawaii for 260 couples due to delays in venue construction.

The company says the couples had made reservations for the tours up to September of next year. The tours went on sale last December.

The facility on the island of Oahu was to open on September 1st.

H.I.S. says the operator of the facility gave notice of the delay on August 15th, citing bad weather and other reasons.

3)   U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Wednesday to start trade talks in an arrangement that, for now, protects Japanese automakers from further tariffs, seen as a major threat to the export-dependent economy.

4)   Tokyo Medical University has appointed its first woman president following a series of scandals, including the revelation that female applicants were prevented from gaining places at the school by systemically docking their entrance exam scores.

The appointment of Yukiko Hayashi, 56, chief professor of pathophysiology, was approved by the university’s board members Sept. 25. She will assume the post Oct. 1.

5)   The EU and other countries have boosted their contributions to the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees after the US cut off funding.

The UN Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, is struggling to support more than 5 million Palestinian refugees.

6)   An Indonesian teenager has made it home safely after spending almost 50 days adrift at sea alone.

18-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang from the island of Sulawesi was fishing on a wooden raft in July when a storm hit.

His raft was swept away after its moorings snapped.

Adilang had only several days’ worth of food and water.

He burned part of his raft to cook fish.

Adilang said; “After the raft that I used snapped from the floating fish traps, I still had water to drink for about a week. Then I drank water by squeezing it from my clothes which were dipped in the sea, because it was impossible to drink sea water directly.”

On August 31st, a large ship rescued him off the western Pacific island of Guam, about 2,000 kilometers away from Sulawesi.

7)   The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin using paper straws on a trial basis from October to help reduce the amount of plastic waste.

The paper straws will be provided at 3 cafeterias at the Tokyo government building in the capital’s Shinjuku district.

 

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike visited one of the cafeterias on Friday. She says she hopes the use of paper straws will encourage people to think about environmental issues.

The Tokyo government will purchase 20,000 paper straws, which are several times more expensive than plastic ones.

 

車椅子

車椅子はずっと後ろのシートを畳んでできたスペースに縦に入れていたのだが、そこだと入口が後ろのドアなので腕だけで車椅子の取っ手を持ってあげる必要があり、乗せたり降ろしたりが大変になった。私の腕力が不足しているからだろう。試しにトランクに乗せてみたら、車椅子の下のところを持って腰を使えるのでなんとなくそのほうが楽に乗せられている気がするのでしばしトランクにして見ることにした。そうすると母を乗せる以外に、バックシートに誰かを乗せることができるのだ。昨日も病院デーの帰りにお友達を乗せて2人をお昼ご飯に連れて行くことができた。次はあの店で食べてみたい!と話がはずむ2人。はい。お嬢様がた。^^

Sept 19th, 2018

先生は結婚式のアルバイトを開始したそうだ。なんだかハワイに引っ越してから疲れているように見えるのが心配だ。フロリダにいたときのほうが楽しそうに見えたが、本当のことはわからない。

1)   The start of a second round of trade talks between Japan and the United States will be delayed until after fresh tariffs imposed on China by the United States come into force on Sept 24, a Japanese government source told Reuters.

2)   The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to pay volunteers 1,000 yen a day to cover their transport expenses regardless of the venue they are sent to.

The committee will start accepting applications on Sept 26 for 80,000 volunteers who will assist in the management of the Games and 30,000 volunteers who will guide visitors to and around the event venues.

3)   Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and realize his dream of reforming the constitution.

Polls show Abe, 63, is expected to romp to victory in a two-horse race for the leadership of his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that will effectively hand him three more years as PM.

4)   Japan’s export growth accelerated in August from the previous month as shipments to the United States grew as Tokyo looks to avert a trade war through talks with Washington expected later this month.

However, the trade data also showed imports from the United States surged 21.5 percent in August, led by aircraft and liquefied natural gas, cutting Japan’s trade surplus with the United States by 14.5 percent year-on-year to 455.8 billion yen ($4.06 billion).

5)   The leaders of North Korea and South Korea have signed a joint declaration after concluding their 3rd summit talks.

The declaration states that North Korea is ready to permanently dismantle its nuclear facility in Nyongbyon, on the condition that the United States takes reciprocal actions.

6)   US spaceflight venture SpaceX says Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa will become the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on its next-generation rocket.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made the announcement alongside Maezawa at a rocket factory in Los Angeles on Monday. Maezawa is the CEO of Start Today Company, which operates the major online fashion website ZOZOTOWN.

7)   China’s leading online travel agency says Japan will be the top destination for Chinese travelers during the upcoming holiday week.

Ctrip.com said on Tuesday that a record of nearly 7 million Chinese are expected to travel overseas during the week, which begins October 1st, the day China commemorates its foundation.

Sept 19th, 2018

お祭り

当番町は来年だけど、今年の当番町のお手伝いのため近所の神社に行く。裃の着付けの手伝いなのだけど、会合で「もちろん着付けをやれってことじゃなくて、着付けをする人のお手伝いをすればいいだけですよ!」と言われてそれならばということで引き受けたのだが、行ってみたらじゃあ皆さんそれぞれの方の着付けよろしくお願いします!という話になっていて、ヒーッであった。6人くらいの手伝いのうち1人だけ経験があるということでその方が先生となり、まずは着付けを習うことから始まり、見よう見まねで30人くらいの当番町の男性の方に着付けをする。慣れるまでは大変だったが、3人目くらいにはなんとかなって来て、汗だくになりながらも皆で男性への着付け作業完了。もう一生裃を着付けることはなさそうだけど、面白い経験をしたかな。

Sept. 15th, 2018

大坂なおみさんの話から。インタビューとプレーを見てファンになったよ!とのこと。

1)   Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.

The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title.

2)   Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Thursday.

Kono told a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi that Japan gains “value added” by accepting foreigners, especially since its aging population and low birth rate mean the country is shrinking by a half-million people a year.

3)   A week after a powerful quake rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, people mourned the deaths of 41 people as around 1,600 others remained in shelters as of Thursday.

4)   Japan and Vietnam on Thursday urged the United States to rejoin a sprawling Pacific trade deal, almost two years after President Donald Trump’s withdrawal dealt a major blow to what would have been the world’s largest free trade pact.

Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal in one of his first post-election moves as part of his “America First” clarion call, declaring the 12-nation trade pact a “job killer”.

5)   Facebook says it’s expanding its fact-checking program to include photos and videos as it fights fake news and misinformation on its service.

The company has been testing the image fact-checks since the spring, beginning with France and the news agency AFP. Now, it will send all of its 27 third-party fact-checkers disputed photos and videos to verify — or the fact-checkers can find them on their own.

6)   Apple Inc introduced its largest-ever iPhone and a watch that detects heart problems on Wednesday in an attempt to get customers to upgrade to more expensive devices in the face of stagnant global demand for smartphones.

7)   Automation will soon make millions of low-skilled jobs — from cashiers and machine operators to waiters and drivers — redundant across Southeast Asia, experts said Wednesday, warning the region to upskill fast or face huge employment problems.

The topic was center stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Hanoi, where warnings abounded that countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand where manufacturing has driven GDP and employed millions would be among the worst affected.

8)   Russia and China have begun joint military drills in the Russian Far East.

The Vostok military exercises are held every 4 years. Russia’s Defense Ministry says the 2018 drill, which kicked off in Siberia on Tuesday, is the largest since the fall of the Soviet Union. It involves 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 tanks and other vehicles, some 1,000 aircraft and 80 vessels.

9)   British author Kazuo Ishiguro has been bestowed Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in an award ceremony.

The Japanese government issued the award to the Nobel Prize-winning author, who was born in Japan, in recognition of his contribution to promoting cultural exchange with the UK.

10)   The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says more than 820 million people around the world are going hungry.

The FAO released a report on the state of food security and nutrition on Tuesday.

The agency estimates that the number of undernourished in the world reached 821 million in 2017, or around one out of every 9 people.

11)   The Alipay payment method is simple. Customers use their smartphone to scan a QR code displayed by a business, or the business can scan the QR code in the customer’s phone. Each user’s app is linked to a bank account in China. The transaction goes through Alipay. More than 700 million Chinese people use the service to pay for groceries, public transport, street food, and more. 

12)   Japanese machinery maker Kubota revealed on Wednesday it had tampered with inspection data to sell substandard products.

Officials say the data fixing affected rolls used by steel makers and other companies to produce thin metal plates.

Kubota officials said some of the products had not met the hardness levels or compounding ratio of metals that had been agreed upon with customers.

The officials said an employee first reported the data tampering, and they’ve confirmed nearly 4,400 cases of misconduct out of the more than 20,000 products sold for about 5 years until July.

 

Mちゃん来る

S先生の訪問リハデー、玄関で先生が「あのぉ、実は、今日あとでMが来たいと言ってるんですがいいですか?」と言う。「え?Mちゃんが!大歓迎です!お母さん、今日Mちゃん来てるれるって!」と伝えると母も大喜び。以前母の訪問リハビリをS先生と交代で担当してくれていたMちゃんはご家族の都合により九州に引っ越して会えなくてなってしまったのだけど、母のお気に入りのお嬢さんで「どうしてるかな?元気かな?」といつも気にしていた。S先生と、時折S先生の代わりに来てくれるYちゃんとは九州に越した後も連絡を取り合っているそうで、今MちゃんがYちゃんのところに遊びに来ていて母が会いたがっていたよと言う話が伝わって「じゃあ顔を出そうかな?」ってことで来てくれたそうだ。母本当に嬉しそうで涙ぐんでいた。^^相変わらず笑顔が可愛いよく笑うお嬢さんで、S先生、Mちゃん、Yちゃんに囲まれてイジられて母楽しそうだった。おやすみを使って遊びに来ているのだろうに、わざわざ母に会いに来てくれるなんて本当にありがたい。あちらに「良い人」ができたと言う報告があったので次はもっと吉報があったらお知らせしますからねーとのことだから、それを聞く日も楽しみだ。「Mちゃんの顔を見せてもらって、母の寿命、5年くらい伸びました!ありがとう!」「また来ますね!」「是非是非!」待ってます!^o^

町内

朝8時からの定例の公園掃除は小雨でやるのかやらないのかわからないので公園に行ってみるとかなりの人が集まっていた。小雨不決行なはずなのだけど、小雨が降ったり止んだりなので皆「やるの?」と言う感じで集まってしまったようだ。私のところにも会長から電話がなかったが、公園掃除は小雨でも中止ということになっているからなぁ。と考えているとしびれを切らした人が会長に電話して中止を確認してくれて帰ろうとしたらザーと大雨。みんなずぶ濡れ。最近こんなのばかりだ。子供会のお子さんたちはキャーキャー言いながらむしろ喜んで雨の中笑いながら踊っていて可愛い。これを見るだけでも公園まで来てよかった。

夜は定例会。来週のお祭りの神社でのお手伝いが決まらなくて長引く。今年でこれで来年の当番町の時は荒れそうだ。(毎回そうだが)

Sept 8th, 2018

通常授業。先生もハワイ生活落ち着いて来た感じ。

1)   Floods, typhoons, earthquakes and a record-shattering heat wave. The summer of 2018 has been an unusually destructive and deadly one in Japan, even for a country prone to natural disasters:

2)   A group of hackers has been planning to target the American and Japanese public by emailing fake offers of tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in order to steal private information, a Singaporean security firm reported Thursday.

3)   North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would “get it done together.”

4)   Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” commercial hits such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82.

5)   A powerful typhoon ripped through western Japan on Tuesday, leaving at least two dead and many injured, while strong winds and high waves closed Kansai International Airport and caused a ship to smash into a bridge linking the airport with the main island.

6)   A powerful earthquake paralyzed Hokkaido on Thursday, killing at least nine people, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents.

The death toll from the 6.7-magnitude, pre-dawn quake was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by landslides. About 33 people were missing and 300 were injured, public broadcaster NHK said.

7)   Nauru President Baron Waqa is seeking a formal apology from China for what he calls the insolent behavior of a Chinese official at an international forum.

Waqa said on Tuesday that a Chinese diplomat demanded to speak when another country’s prime minister was due to give a speech. He slammed the move as bullying. He said bigger countries should not disrespect Pacific island nations, adding that China just needs them for its own purposes.

8)   A Russian presidential aide says President Vladimir Putin is considering visiting Japan in June next year.

9)   The US trade deficit with China for July hit a record high. The Commerce Department says the deficit stood at 36.8 billion dollars. That’s up 10% from the previous month and the gap is widening at its fastest pace since 2015.

Washington is expected to announce a third round of additional duties as early as this week. The trade deficit with Japan was 5.4 billion dollars, up 2.9%. Analysts say Tokyo could face more pressure from Washington to boost imports of American farm produce.

10)   The operator of Chinese online payments giant Alipay has revealed his future business plans. They include attracting more tourists to Japan.

 “We want to offer visitors to Japan a cashless experience, and work together with business partners to contribute to the Japanese economy.”

11)   The operator of Kansai International Airport on Sept. 6 apologized for inconveniencing thousands of travelers after being overwhelmed by a powerful typhoon and announced plans to partially resume domestic flights from the next day.

12)   The Tokyo District Court on Sept. 5 accepted the written statement of a former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executive who claimed that his boss abruptly postponed tsunami prevention measures at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2008.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, 78, former TEPCO chairman, former TEPCO Vice President Sakae Muto, 68, and Ichiro Takekuro, 72, former TEPCO vice president, are on trial on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

 

ミーティング

ケアマネさんとディサービスの所長さんと母と私の介護保険の更新後の初ミーティング。

先にケアマネさんが来てくれて3人でワンコ、ニャンコネタで和やかに話していた。どのくらい竜が可愛かったかケアマネさんに母が親バカ風情でアピールしていた。が30分経ってもディサービスの所長さんが来ない為ケアマネさんが電話をしてくれたところ、時間を勘違いしていたと所長さん。しばらくして「すいませーん。13時と3時と勘違いしてました!」とやって来た。そこから母一言も口を聞かず。(汗)

妙な空気が流れる中、とりあえず話し合いは終了してお二人が帰ったところで、「なに?どうしたの?」と尋ねると「あの所長が嫌い!口利きたくなかった!」そうである。(汗)

元気になったと喜ぶべきだろうか・・・はたまた・・・偏屈頑固婆さんになったと悲しむべきか・・・。

台風

大雨は降ったが風はそれほどでもなく通り過ぎた。これからは毎年この規模の台風が日本にやってくるのだろうか。テレビに映る衝撃的な被害映像に驚くばかりだ。

家人の肋骨は二本剥離骨折で全治1ヶ月半とのこと。靴下履くときもイテイテ言っているが、その程度で済んでよかった。もっとヒドイ怪我だってあり得るのだからレーサーはもう卒業して欲しいよ!と言うとついに、そうする。と言う。痛い目にあってついにレースは止めることにしたそうだ。が、治ったらまたカートは続けるけどね。だって。レースさえしなければクラッシュはないというのだが、なんだか怪しい。小さな動きでも痛いので、あれしてこれしてと命令されるので、母と夫、子供が2人いるようだ。母はあれこれ手伝っていると時々、私はもうまさごの子供になりたいの。と言う。大丈夫。これからもずっと守るよ。と口先だけでも母が欲しい言葉を言ってあげたいが聞こえなかったことにして流してしまってやはりまだまだ修行が足りないと思う。

やっちゃった

カートに出かけると夕方まで戻らない家人がお昼に戻ってきて、お爺さんみたいに歩いている。クラッシュして肋やっちゃった。。。と。休日なので当番医に行き、痛み止めと湿布をもらって帰ってきた。やれやれ。

防災訓練デー

の朝、だがお天気荒荒。8時になって町内会長から電話があり、防災訓練中止の放送お願いします!とのことなので、公会堂へ中止の放送しに行くと、行きだけでまたもやずぶ濡れに。本当なら近くの小学校に避難に行き、その後公園で消化作業訓練、および防災備品の倉庫の点検などなどする予定だった。流石にこの雨だもんね。と思ったが、今、9時だけど、空が明るくなってきた。雨あがりそう。お天気判断は本当に難しいね。家人は今からカートのレースに行くそうな。昨夜、明日はレースだから夜炭水化物を取る!パスタを2種類用意してくれ!(レーサーか!)と言われ、バジルトマトとカルボナーラを作って提供した。怪我しないで帰ってきてください(特に目)

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友人の会社に入っている雑貨屋さんが移転のためのセール中のため、80%オフで買ったお皿にて提供。^^  先日手が滑って割ってしまったワイングラスも同じメーカーのものがあったので購入できた。

Sept 1st, 2018

ハワイでは別の仕事を探していて、2社の日本企業の会社と1社のアメリカ企業の会社の面接を受けたそうな。アメリカの会社ではこれまで仕事の経験を重点におかれるが、日本企業の会社では何ができるか(日本語が話せるかとか早朝出勤や残業できるか)を色々聞かれるそう。

1)   

A 17-year-old boy on a motorcycle crashed and died in Osaka on Thursday night after being chased by police who were searching for a fugitive in a high-profile manhunt.

A patrol car began chasing the teen around 9:20 p.m. after police received a report of a sighting of a man resembling Junya Hida, 30, who escaped from a police station in mid-August .

The high school student, who did not have a driver’s license, driving the wrong way down a one-way road and running a red light before crashing into a roadside pole.

Police said the motorcycle had been stolen two weeks ago.

2)   Six people died and two others were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in the city of Nara early Friday, police said.

3)   Job availability in Japan rose to a fresh 44-year high in July amid a severe labor crunch, while unemployment edged up as more people newly began seeking work, government data showed Friday.

4)   Uber Technologies Inc said it will choose from five countries including Japan to test its flying taxi services, aiming to launch the commercial operation in 2023.

The other candidate countries are Australia, Brazil, France and India, the company said

Uber picked the five countries based on such criteria as population and lack of extreme weather. The U.S. firm said Japan is one of the countries with the most advanced public transportation systems.

5)   The Okinawa prefectural government has revoked a landfill permit for a new US Marine Corps base in a coastal area of Nago City. The move is aimed at blocking reclamation work by the central government.

6)   Child consultation centers across Japan handled more than 130,000 reported child abuse cases in fiscal 2017, a record high.

The welfare ministry on Thursday released the figures for the year through March 2018 at a meeting of the heads of child consultation centers nationwide.

7)   Many people at a public hearing have criticized a plan to release water containing radioactive tritium into the sea from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Contaminated water is generated daily at the plant in the process of cooling the damaged reactors. The water is being treated to get rid of radioactive substances, but tritium is difficult to remove. 

Among the possible options to dispose of the tritium-laced water, the government says diluting and releasing it into the sea is the quickest and most inexpensive way.

8)   housands of people gathered in a Spanish town to hurl some 145 tons of tomatoes at each other in an annual summer festival.

La Tomatina festival, also known as the world’s biggest food fight, was held on Wednesday in Spain’s eastern town of Bunol.

9)   A US newspaper is reporting that senior US officials expressed irritation that Japan concealed a meeting with North Korea last month.

The Washington Post reported in Tuesday’s electronic version that the secret meeting took place in July in Vietnam.

It says a top Japanese intelligence official, Shigeru Kitamura, met a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification, Kim Song Hye. They reportedly discussed the North’s abductions of Japanese nationals.

10)   Weather officials suggest a powerful typhoon could come very close to Japan next week.

The country’s Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Jebi turned “violent” in its intensity scale on Friday.

 

はちみつレモントマト

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母はトマトは食べないがトマトを蜂蜜レモン汁につけたものをキンキンに冷やして食前に出すと「これそんなには好きじゃない」と言いつつ^^毎回ペロリと食べる。家人も食後に何個も食べているのでこの夏プチトマト(ちょっと皮が痛んでいるものが多いけど冷凍して皮むきするからOK)を沢山もらって重宝した。

 

ラタトゥユ

ご近所の仲良しのOさんから「野菜取りにおいでー」と電話があり、また、巨大きゅうりやナスやトマトや人参かぼちゃをたくさんもらう。妹さんの自家菜園の野菜を定期的に持ってきてくれるけど、処理できなくて全部ダメにしちゃうからまさごちゃんに持って行ってもらうと助かるわーと言ってくれる。我が家は夏野菜はラタトゥユにしてモリモリ食べているので大量にあっても全く困らない。嬉しい。ラタトゥユ食べてみる?と一度持って行ったらあれはどうやって作るの?とレシピを聞かれたので説明したのだが、Oさんの顔が途中で???な感じになったので、その後は野菜をもらったらラタトゥユを作って半分返すことで落ち着いた。^^  まさにwin-win!  母が夏野菜の好き嫌いが多くてラタトゥユはとても食べられない(見るだけでイヤ!だと言う)のがちょっと残念だが。

人参サラダとひよこ豆とチョリソーガーリックオリーブは母もOさん宅も好き!

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*人参サラダは、某スペイン料理の味を目指しているが、いつも母にちょっと違う!と言われる。が今回のはちょっと近づいたかも。と言われた。レモン汁多め+蜂蜜がいつもと違う。