Feb 24th, 2018


1)   South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.

2)   Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday approved in principle the government’s antismoking plan.

However, smoking will be permitted in restaurants and bars if they set up special rooms for exclusive use by smokers where no food or drink will be served.

Facilities with customer seating areas of up to 100 square meters and capital of up to 50 million yen ($465,800) will be exempted from the requirement to establish separate smoking areas, if they display a sign indicating it is a “smoking space.”

As a result of the backpedaling, the ministry estimates that customers at some 55 percent of all restaurants and bars can carry on lighting up without going to a separate smoking room.

3)   Japan reiterated Thursday its claim to sovereignty over a group of islets administered by South Korea, after the islets featured in displays of unity between North and South Korea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

4)   A music video featuring Piko Taro, the creator of the viral sensation of “PPAP,” and his collaboration with Momoclo-chan Z, Momoiro Clover Z’s more kid-friendlier sister group, was released on Wednesday. The new song is titled “Vegetable” and was first uploaded onto the official YouTube account of Piko Taro.

5)   U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

The armed school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday after video showed he didn’t enter the school during the shooting, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said.

6)    The United States has announced that it is imposing the largest ever set of sanctions against North Korea. North Koreans will no longer be allowed to breathe air.

51 percent of Americans chose North Korea. Russia followed with 19 percent, and China with 11 percent.

7)   A memorial service has been held in Christchurch, New Zealand, to mark the 7th anniversary of a powerful earthquake there.

The magnitude 6.3 quake on February 22nd, 2011, killed 185 people, including 28 Japanese.

8)   Japanese police have arrested 2 men in connection with a shooting at the headquarters of a pro-North Korea organization in central Tokyo.

The pair arrived by vehicle at the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan early Friday morning and fired several shots into the gate.

The gate was transported to a nearby hosipital. The gate is reported to be in good condition.

9)   NHK reports that loveable mascot Kumamon has been banned from being a mascot of the Tokyo Summer Games 2020 because of s. harassment. Kumamon was not available for comments.

10)   A survey of Japan’s year-old “Premium Friday” labor initiative to encourage people to leave work early on the last Friday of each month shows that the campaign has failed to take root.

The survey of public- and private-sector officials shows that an average of 11 percent of workers left early on the designated days.

A goal of the campaign was to raise consumption. Officials hoped workers would spend more on dining and shopping during their extra free time.

But the survey shows that less than a quarter of restaurants and other businesses that launched promotions for the campaign reported higher sales.

Analysts say spending will not rise if disposable earnings do not as well





Feb 17th, 2018


1)   Defending men’s figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu took the lead for Japan after the short program at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday.

2)   Japan’s economic outlook remains far from robust as uncertainty abounds over wage growth and business investment at home despite the longest growth run in nearly three decades under the “Abenomics” policy mix.

3)   The Japanese government on Thursday presented ruling lawmakers a plan to limit the number of times people living in the country can enter casinos to around 10 per month.

4)   The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday.

5)   Nearly half of the elderly drivers who caused fatal traffic accidents last year have been found to have shown signs of dementia or declined cognitive ability.

In Japan, cognitive ability tests are required for drivers, who are aged 75 or older when their driver’s licenses expire.

6)   After the conversation with the Japanese prime minister, Trump told reporters that he suggested Shinzo Abe should ask companies to invest more in the US.

Trump also said that Japanese firms earlier announced plans to open a number of factories in Michigan and other states but he wants them to set up

7)   The head of US Pacific Command has issued a strong warning about China’s military buildup.

Admiral Harry Harris says China is trying to win dominance in the Indo-Pacific region as it issues a challenge globally.

8)   McDonald’s Holdings Japan posted a record profit in 2017, marking a turnaround from huge losses 2 years earlier.

9)   —Police on Wednesday were trying to piece together how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside ended up six days later in California, confused and still in ski clothes.

“”Toronto firefighter Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis told investigators he doesn’t know what happened after he was reported missing Wednesday, Feb. 7, from Whiteface Mountain during an annual ski trip with colleagues. The search ended Tuesday when Filippidis turned up in Sacramento, California.

10)   —An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday.

The elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet (3 meters) above ground in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on the elk, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.












母の風邪が私に見事なまでにお引越し。土曜日、姉と産直に行かないで本当に良かったと胸をなで下ろす。日、月と熱が38度台まで上がったが休日でよかった。^^  1人静かに寝ていたいと思ったがまだ風邪気のある母をディサービスには送り出せず、2人で家でへろーとしていた。私の体調を考慮して母の生理現象は休んでくれないので、ヨロヨロしながらも母の世話はなんとか。家事は適当。恐ろしいほど私にはよく効くエ●タックイブファインEX!!。飲むと速攻具合がよくなるので、そして切れた瞬間がわかるほどなの薬である。しかし今回も助かった。でも怖いので熱が下がってからは服用を止めた。薬がなくとももう元気!(咳と鼻水は残ってるけど)よかった!体調が良いってほんとそれだけで素晴らしいな!



清々しくて瑞々しい幻イチゴ大福を食べたらさらに元気になったような気がする。美味しすぎて2個ぺろっと食べてしまった。母もぺろっと食べていた。^^あまりにすぐぺろっと食べたので写真もなし。^^  チョコは日持ちするので後日のお楽しみに。







Jan 10th, 2018


1)   Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, met with her longtime calligraphy teacher at an exhibition in Tokyo on Friday in her first official duty since the Imperial Household Agency announced she will postpone her marriage until 2020.

2)   Japan’s financial regulator has begun on-site inspections of multiple digital currency exchanges to check their risk management systems, following a massive theft of digital money worth 58 billion yen ($533 million) from Coincheck Inc, a minister said Friday.

3)   Roughly 260 vehicles remained stranded on a snowy road on the Sea of Japan coast Thursday morning, with many people already having spent two nights there while snow plowing efforts continued.

Heavy snow started to block traffic Tuesday morning and roughly 1,500 vehicles were stuck in a 10-kilometer stretch of Route 8 in Fukui Prefecture.

4)   AKB48 has dominated the sales charts and become such a cultural phenomenon, in spite of the fact that some would say they aren’t very good at singing or dancing.

5)   Drones can be used to survey crops and take photos of plants, allowing farmers to find insects, pest damage, weeds, diseased plants, and mold. A special  feature allows farmers to attach a pesticide bottle to the drone and spray only areas where insects are detected, reducing labor and the amount of chemicals used.

6)   The powerhouse Canadian squad, which is expected to challenge the team of Russians for the gold medal, compiled 17 points through the first two disciplines. The U.S. team was second with 14 points, followed by Japan and the Russians with 13 points apiece.

7)   A public elementary school in central Tokyo has drawn criticism for its plan to introduce uniforms designed by Italian fashion house Armani.

Taimei elementary school, located in the upscale Ginza shopping district, plans to introduce the new uniforms for first-graders starting in April.

Currently, a boy’s uniform for the school costs just over 155 dollars and a girl’s costs around 180 dollars. The Armani-designed uniforms will cost about two and a half times as much.

8)   Japan is to submit 14 items for inclusion in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage of high historical and cultural value.

The cultural agency made the decision on Wednesday.

The 14 submissions include the skills and craftsmanship of people involved in restoring cultural and traditional monuments, such as shrine carpenters and plasterers.

9)   US President Donald Trump has told Pentagon officials to plan a large-scale military parade in the nation’s capital this year.

Trump attended the Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14th, following an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron. He praised the French military parade and said he may do something like it in Washington.

10)   The US government has partially shut down for the second time this year after Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.


朝、出社後すぐに思いがけない来客があり、アワアワしていたら、昼ごろ母のディサービスから「お母様が高熱です!」と電話があり、アワアワが倍増!ともかく私帰ります!と言ってディサービスへ直行し母を車に乗せ、インフルエンザの恐れがあるのでそのまま母のかかり付けの病院に向かったら、午後休診とな。。。。そうだ!木曜日だった。木曜日は午後休診のところが多い。ダメ元で近場の内科を4件回ったがどこも休診であった(泣)それで落ち着いてちゃんと調べようとスマホで検索したらやはり休診のところが多い中、さらに車で20分ぐらいかかるが山の方の内科がやっているとわかった。口コミの評判も良いし先生がイケメンと書いてある。遠いけどそこに行ってみようか?と母に言うと「もうどこでもいいから早く診てもらいたい」と真っ赤な顔で言うので初めての病院へ。38度5分、もう車で1時間連れ回していてしんどかろう。到着した知らない病院はできたばかりのようで綺麗でスタッフも親切でそれほど待たずに診察に呼んでもらい、無事インフルエンザの検査もしてもらえた。結果陰性でホッと一安心。解熱、咳、鼻水の薬を処方してもらい、病院を出た後、母に、インフルじゃなくてよかったね。というと「うん。…でも先生イケメンじゃなかったね」。^^ しっかりチェックしてたのね。今日はすっかり熱も下がり、食欲もあり、明日明後日しっかり休めばだいぶ良くなりそうだ。しかしインフルエンザじゃなくて本当によかった。悪夢の数年前を思い出すと冷や汗がでる。姉に「インフルエンザかも」とアワアワして一報を入れた時に「今のインフルエンザの薬はすぐ熱を下げてくれるからもしインフルエンザでも大丈夫だよー」と返信が来たから、最近はもうそういう感じで私が心配しすぎなのかもだけど。




Feb 3rd, 2018


1)   Snow blanketed Tokyo and surrounding areas for the second time this winter on Friday, disrupting transport and forcing delays in entrance exams at educational institutions.

2)   Officials at Kyoto University say a mistake has been found in its entrance exam held last year and some applicants were rejected as a result of the error.

17 applicants were denied entry, while 11 others were not accepted to their top-choice departments.

They apologized for the error and said the university will accept the entrance of the students.

3)   Japan’s Cabinet has approved a tax reform plan for the next fiscal year starting in April. It includes a measure that gives companies tax breaks if they boost salaries by at least 3 percent and increase capital investment by a certain level.

Smokers can also expect to pay more. A hike amounting to about 3 cents per cigarette will be introduced from October to 2021.

The Cabinet also approved a bill aimed at raising funds to improve tourism services. Anyone leaving the country would need to pay about 9 dollars from next January.

4)    Oily objects that may have come from a tanker that sank off a southwestern island in Japan has reached the Japanese coast.

Japan’s Coast Guard says it received a report on Thursday about oily objects that had washed ashore on a beach of Amami Oshima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture.

5)   With the opening of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics one week away, 25 percent of the tickets remain unsold.

As of Friday, athletes from a record 92 countries and territories have registered to take part in the Games, which run from February 9th through 25th.

An athlete from Tonga is creating a global buzz.
34-year-old Pita Taufatofua will take part in the PyeongChang Winter Games as a cross-country skier, representing his snowless tropical homeland in the South Pacific.

6)    A fire at a facility for needy people in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has killed 11 people and injured 3 others. Police are working to identify the victims.

7)   Japanese police have arrested a murder suspect whose life as a fugitive in Thailand ended when a photo of his tattoo was posted on Facebook.

Investigators arrested 74-year-old Shigeharu Shirai on Friday when a plane carrying him from Thailand landed at the Chubu international airport in central Japan.

The former gangster is suspected of shooting and killing a senior member of the Yamaguchi Gumi crime syndicate in 2003.

8)   Japan and the European Union have pledged additional aid for Palestinians, counter to the US decision to suspend support.

The US administration of President Donald Trump partially froze aid for Palestinian refugees after recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

9)   A lawmaker with Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party drew gasps of disapproval from opposition party members for suggesting the prime minister should catch the flu to skip the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Upper House member Takashi Uto said at the Jan. 31 session of the chamber’s Budget Committee, where Abe was present, “I get the feeling after watching the prime minister that your real intention is that you do not want to go.