岐阜アゲイン

先月従兄弟の結婚式のために岐阜市に行ったばかりだけれど、15日には義父の一周忌のため実家のある岐阜県郡上市へ行った。台風を心配していたけれど雲は多いけれど雨が降ることもなく高原でのんびりと過ごさせてもらった。

知らなかったが実家の周りにはいろいろな観光スポットがあり、長良川の分水嶺や荘川の里や五連水車、御母衣ダム、荘川桜、世界遺産の白川郷も車で30分くらいだったのでぶらりと行ってみた。

 

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たまたまつけたポケモンGOでピカチューが出てきてGET!するという事件?もあった。

ビッグバン★セオリー

huluを見始めた当初からあったのだけどサムネイルをちらっと見てサブタイトルを読んで(ギークなボクらの恋愛法則!って!)もまったく見る気になれないのでスルーしていたドラマ。It’s not for me. だと思ってたのに、何かの間違いで流れたのを見てしまって、初回からもうあまりに面白いくて何かが私に刺さった。^^  むっちゃ気楽にあはは笑ながら家事ができるドラマ。あっという間にシーズン3まで見た。ともかくいちいち面白くて伏線もこまめに回収されて見てて気持ちよし!シェルダンが最高。今海外ドラマで何がおすすめ?って聞かれたら(誰にも聞かれないけど)これを勧めてしまうかも。たぶん合わない人は全くダメな晴茶のようなドラマで「えーこれが好きなんて?」と白い目で見られる可能性があるのでプチ危険だけど。^^

August 13th, 2016

熱中症とか天皇陛下とか中国とかイチローとかの話でした。あ、マックが売り上げが上がったんだってね、って話もしたな。^^ 単語をさぼってるので英語力は伸びないけれど気軽な話をするのが楽しい土曜日の朝。アメリカの大統領選の話はなんとなく聞きづらい。

1)   The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 6,588 people were taken to hospitals nationwide to be treated for heatstroke in the week from Aug 1 to Aug 7.

The figure was an increase of 2,525 over the previous week as a heatwave covered most of Japan, agency officials said.

Twelve deaths were attributed to heatstroke, while 822 people had to be hospitalized due to their condition. Of the total number hospitalized, 3,330 were aged 65 and older.

5)   Tokyo’s new governor, Yuriko Koike, has reacted positively to the idea of operating a recreational complex including a casino in the city.

In an interview with NHK on Monday, she touched on a bill aimed at legalizing casinos that is under deliberation in the Diet.

Koike said that the city needs to constantly attract more visitors from overseas.

She said the casino plan would make the city more attractive.

6)   The Emperor of Japan addressed the public in a video message.
Emperor Akihito’s message alluded to his wish to abdicate.

He spoke for around 10 minutes.

He said he is worried that it may become difficult for him to carry out his duties as the symbol of the state, considering the gradual decline in his physical condition.

“There are unreasonable aspects to Japan’s imperial system. To justify the restriction of his human rights to that degree, he should have the choice to become emperor or not and one way to secure that right is to enable him to abdicate if he wishes.”

 

Shojiro Sakaguchi, a law professor at Hitotsubashi University, noting that the emperor’s rights are restricted under the system, including the right to express his views and marry freely. (Kyodo)

10)   China’s exports fell again in July by an unexpectedly sharp margin while a decline in imports accelerated.

12)   Ichiro Suzuki defined his career with speed and sharp hits. It was only fitting he flashed both in his historic moment.

Suzuki lined a tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 Sunday.

13)   American special operations troops have for the first time started directly supporting Libyan forces battling the Islamic State group in their key stronghold of Sirte, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

15)   The US government says it is in close communication with Japan and monitoring the situation around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Chinese government ships have stepped up activities in the area since last Friday, repeatedly violating Japanese territorial waters.

But she said the US is aware that the islands have been under Japanese administration and that they fall within the scope of the US-Japan security treaty.

17)   McDonald’s Holdings Japan has posted its first mid-term operating profit in 2 years. The change in fortunes follows a series of food safety scandals that scared away customers.

Company officials on Tuesday reported an operating profit of about 460,000 dollars for the January-June period. Sales were up 23 percent from the year before.

The officials credit the sales rebound to fresh menus and renovated outlets. They say shutting down unprofitable branches also helped to flip earnings into the black.

 

お茶のアイス

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冷凍庫に鎮座しているお茶のアイスを食べきれないので2個隙間を作るために取り出しパウンドケーキ化してみた。もなかの皮も中に投入。

今月は気持ちが凹み続けている。母の目のことをもっと早くちゃんとすればよかった。母に優しくも出来ないし、いろいろ自分に対して嫌気が増すばかり。いっそ私がいなくなれば母は姉の所に行って、その方が母には幸せなのでは?という気持ちがちょっと浮かんできてこれはまずい兆候なのではと焦る。自己嫌悪で家にいると涙ばかりが出る。

水風呂

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暑いので家の中もさっぱりとしたいと思い夕方床の水拭きをしたら汗だくになってしまったのでシャワーを浴びることにした。ふと思いついて水風呂はどうだろうと試してみたらすごく気持ちよくてこの夏の休日の楽しみにしようと思った。本でも持って入って読もうかな。^^

 

Aug 7th, 2016 A

どうして覚えてたはずの単語がどんどん抜けてくのかなー。英語の語彙が少ないから日本語で話すときより選択の幅が少なくて逆にはっきり意見が言える。好きとか嫌いとか。曖昧な言い方を知らないから。ということ。^^

1)   Japan’s troubled 2020 Olympics will be a success, Tokyo’s new governor insisted Thursday, after she and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put aside political differences for the good of the Games.

Tokyo’s Olympic preparations have suffered high-profile setbacks including soaring costs, allegations of corruption.

Responsibility for fixing that now lies with Yuriko Koike who became the first woman to be elected chief executive of the megacity at the weekend, in a vote held after the previous governor resigned over a financial scandal.

2)   Child abuse in Japan reached its worst level on record in fiscal 2015, with the number of cases handled by welfare officials surpassing 100,000 for the first time, a government survey showed Thursday.

A total of 103,260 cases were handled at child consultation centers nationwide in the year through March, up 16 percent from the year before and marking the 25th consecutive annual increase since the government started taking tallies in fiscal 1990, according to the preliminary report.

3)   Tournament officials banned a schoolgirl from a practice game at Koshien Stadium on Tuesday in the lead-up to the 98th National High School Baseball Championship tournament, citing concerns for her safety. The girl, who acts as manager for her high school baseball team, was passing the ball to players on the ground as part of their usual fielding practice, and had been on the field for roughly 10 minutes when tournament officials noticed her and prohibited her from continuing.

4)   Emperor Akihito is likely to express his thoughts on his role in a video message Monday amid growing speculation that he is considering abdicating, sources said Thursday.

The Imperial Household Agency is arranging for the 82-year-old emperor’s message to be made public Monday afternoon, the agency sources said, adding he is expected to read out a statement prepared in consultation with senior agency officials.

5)   Actress Reiko Takashima, 52, has announced her divorce from former actor Noboru Takachi, 51, who was arrested in June on suspicion of possessing stimulants and marijuana.

Takashima’s agency informed the press in a fax that she had filed for divorce after 17 years of marriage from Takachi whose real name is Joji Osaki. The fax read, “We hope you can understand her decision and continue to warmly watch over her,” Sankei Shimbun reported Tuesday.

6)   A rash of thefts around the Haworthia, a popular succulent plant, is taking place in Japan. The plant has been trading at high prices among people who value it recently.

An association of Haworthia lovers in Japan says a pot of Haworthia bred and improved in Japan can be sold online for nearly 1,000 dollars. Some can fetch a price as high as about 10,000 dollars.

7)   The International Olympic Committee has approved 5 sports to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Games. IOC officials approved a proposal by the Tokyo organizers on Wednesday.

They agreed to add surfing, skateboarding, karate, sports climbing, plus returning baseball-and-softball.

The new sports will supplement, rather than replace, regular events.

8)   Japanese government officials have revealed the details of a stimulus package worth more than 280 billion dollars. They are now working on ways of funding it, as they draw up an extra budget for the current fiscal year.

Officials plan to take about 40 billion dollars out of the general account for the secondary supplementary budget.

From that amount, the government plans to float construction bonds of about 30 billion dollars to bridge a funding gap.

The extra budget will cover a one-time payment of about 150 dollars to people on low incomes.

検査

もう少ししたら母の白内障の手術の事前検査のため眼科へ行く。内科の検査も含め2時間くらいかかるそうだ。

検査報告。

私が思っているよりずっと母の白内障(特に右目はほとんど見えてないようだ)は悪くて濁りすぎて余病がないかチェックできないほどだった。何度も何度も測定しなおさなくてはならなくて母の気分がどんどん下降していくのが後ろで支える私にもダイレクトに伝わってきてもっと早く病院に連れてきてあげればよかったと後悔した。目だけは私なんかよりもずっとよく、ちょっと前までは私に代わって病院のポスターを読んでくれたり、ベッドでテレビを見たり新聞を読んだり難なくしていたのだ。これまで一度たりとも目薬をさしたことがないという母は看護師さんに瞳孔を開く目薬をさしてもらった時ぎゃーと悲鳴をあげて看護師さんにびっくりされていた。目薬が鼻や口に抜けてまずいことも初体験だったらしい。手術は月末だが無事終わって早く大好きな相撲や野球やスポーツをテレビで見る視力を取り戻して欲しい。リオオリンピックには間に合わなかったが。

病院は空いていたけれど母の検査は予想以上に時間以上かかり9時に行ったのに12時半頃に帰路に着いた。「やくみやさんに行きたい」というので久しぶりに二人でラーメンを食べた。美味しい美味しいと喜んでいたのでご褒美と成ってよかった?

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私が食べたのは夏の塩ラーメン。美味しかった♪

肉肉

今日のお弁当

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魚が好きだけど最近無性に肉が食べたい。夏だからかな。たくさん食べて体力つけなきゃ。

今週はローストビーフとハンバーグを夕飯にした。昨夜はガパオライス。(そして今日のお弁当も)

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詰め込みすぎ

今日は母の介護度認定で市役所から調査の方が見えるので会社をお休みにした。調査の方が来るのは午後2時半だったので、午前中に母の眼鏡を作りに行こうと計画していた。さらに眼鏡屋さんの近くには市役所があるのでついでに届いていた母の重度障害者医療費助成金受給者証の更新の書類も提出することにした。

早朝から目が覚めたので、涼しいうちに家の周りの雑草取りをし、母や家人の朝のお世話をした後は眼鏡屋さんがオープンするまでの時間の間某所より依頼のあったアプリを作成し始めた。そして眼鏡屋さんオープンの時間の30分前になったので予定通り眼鏡屋さんに行く前に市役所に書類を提出し、眼鏡屋さんで母の視力を測ってもらうと母の車椅子の移乗をも手伝ってくれた感じの良い係の方が「お母さま両方の目の視力がほとんど出てませんね。このままの状態に合わせて眼鏡をお作りすることもできますが、眼科に行かれて調べてもらった方がよろしいかも…何か病気かもしれませんし。」と優しい笑顔で教えてくれた。私も母の急激な視力の低下に「視界霞んでない、白くもやってない?」と聞いていたのだが、母は「白くなってない。ただ遠くのものがよく見えなくなっただけ。」というのでただの老化による近視が酷くなったのかもと思って眼鏡屋さんに直行したのだが、そこまで見えてないと思っていなかったのでこれは確かに眼科に行った方が良いだろうとその足で家人が白内障の手術をした隣町の眼科へ向かった。近所にも眼科はあるがこの眼科の良いところはバリアフリーであることもさることながらあまり混んでいないことだ。(近所の眼科は3時間待ちくらいだから)だからといって腕が悪いわけではないらしく家人が言うには「先生が怖い。その上無愛想。」という理由らしい。ともかくそんなわけですぐ診察してもらえて「白内障ですね。もうだいぶ見えないから手術どうします?いつします?」(確かに先生はそんな感じだけど看護婦さんたちはとても感じが良いのだ)となり、トントントンと月末に片目ずつ手術することになった。

お昼には家に戻れたので母に昼食を食べもらい、その間私は午前中に作りかけのアプリをさらに作り2時半になるとぴったり時間通り介護調査の方が来られた。前回は2年前だった。母に質問したり、体の状態をチェックしたり、1時間弱くらいで調査は終了。認定はどう出るだろうか。その後母は疲れたのか(そりゃそーだ)お昼寝してしまったのでその間にまたアプリの続きをし、5時になって今度は訪問鍼灸マッサージの先生が来てくれたので母を起こしてマッサージをしてもらう。そして夕飯の準備を始め、合間にできたアプリのソースを依頼元に送り軽くメールを書いて、ついでにこれも書いている。

お休みだからと色々詰め込みすぎた。(汗)

#草取り #アプリ作成  #市役所 #眼鏡屋 #眼科 #白内障 #手術 #介護調査 #訪問マッサージ

とタグが打てそうだ。^^

夏の浜

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夏祭りで東京に住む友人が戻ってきた。大学生になった娘さんが「海に行きたい!」とのことでじゃあと3人で地元の海へ。真夏の日中の海なんて一体いつ以来だろうか? 。。。暑かった。^^  海水浴をしている親子連れもぼちぼちといた。

早朝

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4時に目が覚めて涼しかったので床の水拭き掃除をした。朝焼けが綺麗で今日も暑くなりそうだけど早朝は涼しいので掃除をして軽く汗ばむくらいも気持ち良い。そういえば今年は熱帯夜というのもまだない気がする。日中はアチ〜って感じだけど、夕方になると涼しい風が吹いてくるし、夜寝ていても窓を開けていると寒い時があるくらいだ。いや本格的に熱帯夜がやってくるのはこれからなのかな。

July 29th, 2016 N

今日はなぜかグアムの話。時差の事を考えるとグアムあたりに住みたいそうだ。それとポケモンと神奈川の事件について。

1)   Do you think Russia should have been banned from the Rio Olympics over allegations of state-sponsored doping?

2)   Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb.

But she and other hosts in Japan are learning the hard way that the home-sharing site’s fastest-growing market is also becoming the next flashpoint in a global battle over the sharing economy.

Hoteliers are up in arms, local residents complain that outsiders are invading their neighborhoods, and Japanese officials say renting out private homes is illegal.

3)   Executives at Hokkaido Railway Company are drastically reviewing their business in the face of losses caused by falling passenger numbers.

JR Hokkaido has posted an operating loss of more than 380 million dollars at current rates for the business year ended in March. It was one of the firm’s biggest losses in about 20 years.

Officials are reviewing money-losing train services. They are expected to announce later this year which lines the company cannot maintain on its own.

They are considering abolishing unprofitable lines and replacing them with bus services.

4)   The new governor of Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan says he plans to request, possibly next month, for a temporary halt of the only nuclear plant in the country currently in operation.

Satoshi Mitazono took office as governor on Thursday following his election victory on July 10th. During his election campaign, he called for a halt of the Sendai nuclear power plant in the prefecture. The two reactors at the plant are currently online.

At a news conference, the new governor said people in Kagoshima are worried about the Sendai nuclear plant after the series of powerful earthquakes in neighboring Kumamoto in April.

5)   A probe using an X-ray-like detector has found that a large amount of melted nuclear fuel apparently remains at the bottom of one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company released images of the No. 2 reactor on Thursday. One of the images shows a large black shadow at the bottom of the reactor. In photos taken by a muon detector, black shadows represent heavy metals such as uranium.

TEPCO says the image suggests that most of molten fuel mixed with structural objects within the reactor and accumulated at the bottom. It estimates the amount of the accumulated materials at 160 tons.
6)      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered a review of the current state system for compulsory hospitalization of people considered at risk of harming themselves or others. The request comes after the recent knife attack at a facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

Abe instructed his ministers at a meeting on Thursday. 19 people were killed in Tuesday’s attack at the facility in Sagamihara. Twenty six others were injured.

The Prime Minister said it was deplorable that so many innocent, defenseless people were killed and injured. He said he offers his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

7)   Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon. But managers at many public and private facilities around Japan are telling the developers of the augmented-reality game that they don’t want to play along.

Officials at several Japanese railway companies are worried that players absorbed in the game will bump into passengers or fall off platforms. So they’ve asked the developer to exclude their properties from the game.

But they say many of the game’s characters have appeared at major stations or on rail tracks…despite the developer’s promises to keep them away.

8)   Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will continue with its peace-keeping operations in South Sudan despite the general deterioration in security in the country.

Suga on Thursday mentioned a recent incident in which a vehicle carrying staff of a Japanese aid agency was shot at.

He said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA, reported that a vehicle carrying 4 staff members came under gunfire on July 8th, at around 6 PM, local time. The members were on their way back to their hotel. He said the vehicle was bullet-proofed, and nobody was injured.

とうもろこし

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岐阜の叔父から届いたとうもろこしがとても美味しかった。昔はあまり好きではなかったとうもろこしだけど、蕎麦同様しみじみ美味しいなぁと思う。味覚というのは少しずつ変わっていくのだなぁ。でもまだとんかつはロースが好きだ!

母の目がいよいよ悪くなっているようで、近くの時計さえも見えなくなってきたそうだ。自分ではメガネをかけたり外したりするのが大変だからいらないと言っていたが訪問リハビリの先生に聞いてみたところ麻痺の人でも自分でかけたり外したりしているそうである。「メガネ作ろうか?」「うーん。考えとく」というので保留。

Pokemon Go

金曜日は話題のPokemon GoをDLしたもののゲームに慣れていないしモンスターの種類も分からないので若い人たちの話をなるほどなるほどと聞いて勉強した^^ ポケモンドストライク世代の同僚はモンスターを見ただけで「あ、それXXXXですね」と分かるようだ。会社の隣に観光スポットがあるのでそこで誰かが課金アイテムのルアーというものを使ったようで会社の中で桜舞うところをタップして何匹かのモンスターがゲットできそれでもう満足した私である。そして家に帰ってそのことはすっかり忘れ夕飯の支度をしていたら家人が「モンスターがいない!」と帰ってきた。昨日まで一言もお互いPokemon Goの話をしていなかったのにまさかの夫婦でDLしたのか・・・・恐るべしPokemon Go効果….。

今日は朝姉と産直に行った以外1日家に引きこもり、FLASHを見たり昼寝をしたりしていたのでモンスターは増えず。このまま私のPokemon Goが終わりそうな予感がする。ちなみにレベルは4でジムとかなんとかでは何もできないのでせめて5まではやったほうがいいのだろうか。

お昼寝から目が覚めたら夕暮れが綺麗なので窓からパチリ。

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July 22nd, 2016.

やっぱりポケモンGOの話^^ がメインに。

1)   The wait is over for Pokemon Go fans in Japan.

Players began tweeting about it as soon as it was available Friday morning, and the Pokemon Co and the developer of the augmented reality game, U.S.-based Niantic Inc, confirmed its launch.

Pokemon Go is expected to be a huge hit in Japan, the country of the character’s birth.

2)   When Saori Ito went on maternity leave last year and stopped getting a regular paycheck from her cosmetics company, she became worried about her future – and wondered if this kind of anxiety is what awaits her after retirement.

The 34-year-old married mother of a one-year-old girl had doubts about the government’s ability to fund retirement for Japan’s growing ranks of elderly in the world’s oldest population.

So she set up a private, self-managed pension account.

Japan’s government loosened laws on pensions in May, allowing almost all working-age Japanese to join private defined-contribution retirement plans – similar to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) in the United States that allow workers to make regular contributions to an investment fund with tax breaks.

3)   Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they’re losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

4)   Is Honda’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank?

Automaker Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank said Thursday they will work together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with drivers.

Asimo, first shown in 1996, walks, runs, dances and grips things.

Pepper, which went on sale last year, doesn’t have legs but is programmed to recognize mood swings in people it interacts with.

Major automakers and technology companies are interested in robotics to improve driving safety and comfort.

5)   The number of criminal cases detected by police in Japan in the January-June period fell 9.3% from a year earlier to 488,900, the lowest since 1989 when data for the half-year period became available, a preliminary report from the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The figure is well below that of the first half of 2015 when the police detected 538,778 crimes. The number of crimes for the whole of 2015 hit a postwar low of 1,098,969.

NPA chief Masahito Kanetaka told a press conference, “I believe a wide range of measures taken by the public and private sectors together for crime prevention are achieving effects.” An agency official attributed the decline also to measures taken against street crimes including installations of security cameras.

6)   The European Central Bank has decided not to alter its monetary policy while it waits to observe the longer-term impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

The bank’s policy board members met on Thursday in Frankfurt.

They opted to leave the main interest rate at 0 percent, and the bank deposit rate at minus 0.4 percent.

7)   Executives at Japanese telecom operator Softbank and Honda Motor say they are going to start joint research on artificial intelligence for vehicles.

Softbank Group officials say the companies will develop voice interaction technology that enables AI-equipped cars to understand the driver’s emotions.
8)   Japan’s central government has filed a fresh lawsuit against the Okinawa prefectural government over the planned relocation of a US base within the southwestern prefecture. The move is likely to intensify the clash over the relocation.

The central government plans to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station from a densely populated area in the city of Ginowan to the less-populated Henoko district in Nago City. The Okinawa prefectural government opposes the plan.
9)   North Korea says it has carried out a firing drill of ballistic rockets, simulating preemptive strikes on South Korea.

The North’s state-run media reported on Wednesday that the nation’s leader Kim Jong Un ordered the drill by the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army.
10)   IEC Corp has officially announced that the Samurai Studio will open again in Asakusa, Tokyo, for a limited time this summer, following a successful project in the spring.

IEC, which has been providing educational services to the business community in Japan for the last 60 years, says the idea of the Samurai Studio is to provide an authentic cultural experience for foreign tourists. This time, the price has been reduced to 30,000 yen from 36,000 yen (not including tax) for two persons.

Guests will be able to dress up in samurai armor and pose for photos. The armor the studio will offer is authentic and used in TV period dramas on NHK.

海外ドラマ

楽しみに少しずつ見ていたhuluのBONESのシーズン9が終わってしまった。いろんな海外ドラマを見ているけどBONESは本当見応えある。そのうちまた1から見ようかな。^^

BONESが終わってシーズン10を待たなければ、その間何かないかなと思っていたらFLASHのシーズン2の配信が始まっていた(嬉)全然期待しないで見たFLASHは面白くて休日に引きこもってひたすら見たのでシーズン2も楽しみ。同じ世界のARROWも続きを配信してくれればいいのにといつの間にかシーズン1すらなくなっているではないか。(なぜ?)

それ以外にはGRIMのシーズン3もあった。BONESもFLASHもGRIMも続きものだけど一話で事件が終わる作りなので家事の隙間時間を使って見るのにちょうど見やすくていいのだ。

母デー

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母の介護認定のための主治医受診のため病院へ行った。あまり待たされることもなく良かった。銀行や郵便局へ行って所用を済ませた後、蒸し暑いので今年初のスイカを買いに行った。スイカは母の好物なのだがこのところお腹の調子が悪いので食べたくないというので買わなかったのだが出してみたらぺろっと大きめの一片を食べていた。私よりもずっと視力が良かった母だが、ここ数ヶ月で足元も見えなくなってきたそうだ。それでさらに歩くのがおぼつかなくなっている。目は1mほど先の時計の文字盤も読めないという。ここ1月蓋つきの食欲減退と関係あるだろうか?白く濁っている?と聞くとそれはないそうだから白内障ではなだろう。メガネを作ろうか?と聞いても自分では麻痺で左手が使えないから自分で好きな時にかけたり外したりできないからいらないという。以前なら使わなくてもメガネを作りに行くところだけれど、母がいらないというならそれでいいかとなった。母の居室のテレビを少し前にしてテレビを快適に見られるように、それから新しく小さなキャスターつきの小物置き台を買ってそこに時計と温度計を移して時間がすぐわかるようにした。母の部屋には私が外出した時に見えるカメラを置いているのだけれど(大きく動きがあると通知してくれる。声も拾える)それが壊れたので新しいのを買ったらそれには温度もお知らせしてくれる機能が付いていた。時々エアコンを止めて締め切った暑い部屋に長時間いることがあるので大歓迎の新機能だと思った。

母のあれこれをするので仕事はおやすみだったので頂いた野菜で作り置き。

枝豆ガーリック、胡瓜の酢漬け、プチトマトの出汁付け

 

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岐阜

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従兄弟の結婚式のため岐阜へ。せっかくだから鵜飼を見たいという家人の希望があったので前日に岐阜に行って鵜飼を見て泊まろうということになった。その間可哀想だけど母はショートステイにお願いすることにした。本当はその間母を姉に頼みたいところだけれど去年義理父の葬儀で家を離れなければならない時相談したケアマネさんが言うには介護に慣れないご兄弟ご姉妹などに預けると慣れない家、慣れない家族で転倒事故などが起きやすいと言われたので今回もやはりプロにお願いすることにした。13年の介護で二度目の外泊だ。しかも今度は前回とは違い遊びに行く目的もあるので母には申し訳ない罪悪感でいっぱいだった。ごめん。母よ。でもここ1月母との周波が合わず私はずっとイライラしていた。正直母を恨むことも多々あったので少し離れたいと正直思っていた。従兄弟の結婚式で久しぶりに会う義母は母と同じ年でまだまだ元気で美しくなんでもシャキシャキとこなし最初は羨ましく思ったけれど、そのうち小さくしぼんで白髪だらけの母を思い切なくなった。今日からまた心を入れ替えて母に優しくしよう。(と思ってはいるけれどどうだろうか・・・)

鵜飼は家人の希望だったけれど、夏の川の舟は涼しいいい風とともゆるゆると進み気持ち良く、鵜飼も松明が川面に映り火の粉が飛び、鵜の羽音や声水音などが響き迫力満点で楽しい思いがけず2時間だった。実は全然期待していなかった。宿泊したのは十八楼という長良川沿いにある旅館でネットの口コミで高評価だったので予約したのだけれどこちらも料理もお風呂もサービスも良く楽しむことができた。ご褒美と言うと気恥ずかしいがご褒美をもらった楽しい2日間だった。

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止まったお部屋。長良川がいい感じでした。

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結婚式が午後からだったので、午前中は近くの岐阜城へ。

July 15th, 2016

通常のテキスト以外にポケモンGOと福岡の不審者などなど。7時からのクラスなのに目が覚めたら6:50で慌てて起きたのでボケボケになってしまった。

Police in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, said Friday they have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of theft after he was seen rummaging through the mailbox of an empty house on July 1.
The man, who was wearing wearing a Playboy bunny girl costume when he was seen at the house, is also believed to be the same man seen wearing a Spider-Man costume and loitering outside empty houses earlier this year, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to police, a woman witnessed the man looking through the mailbox of an unoccupied house at around 12:30 p.m. on July 1. She called a nearby police koban and said a strange man wearing black fishnet tights and high heels was loitering outside the house. When the “bunny girl” spotted the woman, he fled in a car.
Police identified the suspect, Tetsuya Fujisawa, from his car license plate; however, he has denied the charge and said he has no idea what they are talking about.

“Pokemon Go” has established a new US record as the most popular smartphone game.

The augmented reality game was developed by Japan’s Nintendo and other companies. A US research firm says “Pokemon Go” has about 21 million active daily users, surpassing the previous record of 20 million set by Candy Crush.

Players can visit real-life locations to capture virtual pocket monsters, or Pokemon.

Since its US release on July 6th, the number of free downloads has increased at a substantial speed and the game has topped the app charts.

A government survey on living conditions of households in Japan shows that 60 percent of the respondents are having difficulty making ends meet.

The welfare ministry conducted the survey in June and July of last year. More than 46,000 households responded.

 

Police on Saturday said a Chinese man, who was arrested earlier this month for overstaying his visa, has admitted to putting the body of a Chinese woman in a suitcase and dumping in a canal in Tokyo.

The body of Yang Mei, 34, was found in the suitcase floating in the canal near Tennozu Isle Station in Shinagawa Ward on June 27. Yang had been missing for more than two years.

Police quoted the suspect, in his 30s, was quoted as saying he used to live with Yang. Police said he will be charged with abandoning a corpse.

The corpse, clad in a camisole and short pants, was not badly decomposed when discovered. Reports said the woman had not been dead for long.

 

Yang came to Japan in September 2013 as a trainee to participate in the government’s Industrial Trainee and Technical Internship Program (TTIP). She was working at an auto-parts plant in Kyoto but disappeared from her dormitory after being seen in its cafeteria in March 2014. She was placed on a missing persons watch list by police in Kyoto.

 

1)   Reports that Japanese Emperor Akihito intends to abdicate within a few years could re-open debate about female succession, but any such move is likely to provoke strong opposition within the current conservative ruling party.

The 82-year-old monarch, who has had heart surgery and been treated for prostate cancer in recent years, expressed his intention to abdicate in a few years to the Imperial Household Agency, public broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday.

No reason was cited and agency officials later denied the earlier reports.

2)   A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores more in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.

The attacker, identified by a police source as a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, also opened fire before police shot him dead. He had been known to the police for common crimes but not to the intelligence services, the source said.

3)   Police in Tokyo said Thursday have arrested an Air Self-Defense Force officer for using his smartphone to film up the skirt of a woman on a train.

According to police, Yukifumi Fujita, 50, a major at an ASDF academy in Meguro Ward, used a smartphone camera inside a bag to film up the skirt of a woman in her 20s on a train on the JR Yamanote line between Shibuya and Ebisu stations at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported.

A male passenger saw what Fujita was doing and detained him, police said.

4)   Twenty-one candidates have started official 17-day campaigning for the Tokyo gubernatorial election to be held at the end of this month.

Voters will go to the polls on July 31st to choose a successor to Yoichi Masuzoe. He resigned last month following a scandal over alleged misuse of political funds.

Masuzoe’s predecessor, Naoki Inose, also stepped down because of a political funds scandal.

5)   The Kansai Electric Power Company has appealed against a court injunction that blocks the restart of 2 reactors at its Takahama nuclear plant in central Japan.

On Tuesday the Otsu District Court in Shiga Prefecture issued a fresh injunction to suspend the operations of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the plant in neighboring Fukui Prefecture.

In March, the Otsu District Court issued an injunction to suspend the operations of the 2 reactors. It was the first injunction for reactors in operation. Residents in Shiga Prefecture sought the injunction.
5A)   Japan’s state minister for industry has ruled out the option of sealing off disabled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant with a Chernobyl-style sarcophagus.

Yosuke Takagi met Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori in Tokyo on Friday.

Uchibori said he was shocked to hear the word “sarcophagus” and called the option unacceptable.

6)   Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to use an upcoming summit to urge China to accept a recent ruling by an arbitration tribunal in The Hague regarding its claims in the South China Sea.

Abe will attend the 2-day Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, that opens in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, on Friday.

Abe plans to join other leaders in calling on China to accept the tribunal’s decision for a peaceful settlement of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The tribunal ruled on Tuesday that there is no legal basis for China’s claims.
7)   People in southwestern Japan are still trying to find places to stay and rebuild their lives 3 months after the first in a series of earthquakes hit the region.

The jolts killed 49 people in Kumamoto Prefecture. An additional 6 were confirmed to have died due to the effects of the quakes, such as physical fatigue from the evacuation. One person remains unaccounted for.

Authorities say that as of Wednesday, 4,692 people remain in shelters. Many others are said to be spending the night in their garages or tents.

Officials say the quakes have affected more than 157,000 houses in the prefecture. More than 34,000 homes were fully or partially damaged.

8)   Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suggested that he will seek approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal at an extra session of the Diet this year.

Abe was speaking to business leaders including Sadayuki Sakakibara, the chair of Japan’s largest business federation, Keidanren.

Japan and 11 other countries signed the TPP last year but none has completed domestic procedures needed for the deal to take effect.

9)   US government officials have launched a challenge against China at the World Trade Organization.

They say China’s export duties on key raw materials impose higher costs and substantial disadvantages on US manufacturers.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman has criticized China for imposing export duties of 5 to 20 percent on 9 raw materials including cobalt, copper and lead.

The USTR says these duties give Chinese manufacturers a competitive advantage by making the materials more expensive for US automakers and aircraft makers.

US trade officials hope to eliminate the duties by first aiming for a negotiated settlement with China.

10)   Japanese automaker Nissan Motor has introduced driver-assist features that enable its new minivan model to handle congested highway traffic on its own.

Nissan showed the minivan equipped with limited autonomous driving technology to media on Wednesday.

The firm said the model has an advanced camera that can recognize other vehicles and white lines between lanes.

The car can accelerate, brake and navigate highway traffic in one lane.

July 8th, 2016

テキスト以外の内容、浜名湖のバラバラ遺体とベッキーについてのニュースについて話した。あとダラスの白人警官殺害の話とバングラディシュのテロ。世界がどんどん怖いことになっていく気がする。

1)   A major Japanese IT firm says it will launch a driverless bus service at a park near Tokyo next month.

DeNA got help on the project from a French venture company that develops self-driving technology.
2)   A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts including Japanese Takuya Onishi on board has been successfully launched from Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:36 Thursday UTC.

9 minutes later, the spacecraft detached from the rocket and entered Earth’s orbit as scheduled at an altitude of around 200 kilometers.
3)   Much of Japan sweltered on Thursday. Temperatures above those of the human body were recorded in some places in central Japan.

A high-pressure system covering the country brought clear skies and a blazing sun to a wide area from east to west.

Koshu City in Yamanashi Prefecture recorded a high of 38.8 degrees Celsius. Kawane-hon-cho in Shizuoka Prefecture had 38.6 degrees, and Tokyo’s Nerima Ward was at 37.7 degrees. Normal human body temperatures are below 37 degrees Celsius.

4)   Tens of thousands of people in a western Japanese city enjoyed a night view of a river lit up by LEDs to mark the traditional star festival called Tanabata on July 7th.

Legend has it that 2 deities who are in love with each other are separated by the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year on that date. People in Japan celebrate the day by making wishes.
5)   A Japanese district court has given a former prefectural lawmaker a suspended prison term for fraud involving misuse of taxpayers’ money.

The Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced former Hyogo Prefectural assembly member Ryutaro Nonomura to 3 years in prison, suspended for 4 years.

Nonomura was accused of misusing more than 9 million yen, or about 89,000 dollars, over 3 years until his resignation in July 2014. Prosecutors said he claimed expenses for 344 fictitious day trips.
6)   A Japanese man on a 10 meter yacht has completed the first half of a round-trip solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

66-year-old Shinkichi Shoji who runs a billboard business, left Japan almost 2 months ago, from the port of Sakai in Tottori Prefecture. He was bound for San Francisco in the United States.

His local yacht club said on its website that he completed the journey of about 12,000 kilometers on Tuesday.

7)   The number of scrambles by Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets against Chinese aircraft surged between April and June.

The Defense Ministry says Japanese fighters made 281 emergency takeoffs to intercept unidentified jets in the 3-month period.

Of those, 199 scrambles were against Chinese aircraft. That’s up 70 percent from a year ago.

Ministry officials say Chinese military planes are increasing activities near the Japanese side of areas between the 2 countries.

8)   Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Yuriko Koike has announced she will run for Tokyo governor without her party’s recommendation.

Koike is a former defense minister. She met on Tuesday with Economic Revitalization Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, who heads the ruling party’s Tokyo chapter.

She sought the party’s recommendation and asked the chapter to quickly decide its position.

Ishihara said the chapter will make its decision after the Upper House election on Sunday.

9)   Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has once again said he will pump more money into the financial markets if it is necessary to support the economy.

Kuroda told the chiefs of the central bank’s 32 regional bureaus on Thursday that exports and production are sluggish due to slowdowns in emerging economies.
10)   Britain’s central bank has taken steps to support the economy, whose outlook has worsened since the vote to leave the European Union.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday that the UK has entered a period of uncertainty and significant economic adjustment.

He announced that the bank had lowered the amount of capital that lenders must hold in reserve.

dollars.

低空

3時に目が覚めたらまた眠れなくなってしまった。床の拭き掃除をして疲れてみたけど眠くならないので起きていよう。明日はお休みだし。あ、もう今日か。

今週もまた低空飛行だった。夕方コンビニに買い物に行ったら家に帰りたくなくて泣けてきて、滅多に人の通らない歩道橋の上で1時間ほど車の往来を見ながら気持ちを落ち着かせた。誰かのせいでもなくどうすることもできないのだから自分が何とかこなすしかないのだから。

食べなければ、食べていれば大丈夫と友達にもらったお洒落な調味料でウキウキするようなご飯を作った。

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まだまだ大丈夫だ。うんうん。

July 1st, 2016

実は先週は寝坊して目が覚めたらレッスン時間が終わっている時刻であった。(ダメじゃん)。なので今週は反省してちゃんと起きた!(大人として当たり前の事ですよ)

1)   As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and Turkish police raided Istanbul neighborhoods for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.

2)   An all-female reboot of Ghostbusters” hits theaters this summer amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood’s gender discrimination problem.

The film’s first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes, while director Paul Feig and his cast have been bombarded with death threats and misogyny on social media.

3)   A top Singapore bank said Thursday it has suspended loans to anyone wanting to buy property in London, citing uncertainty from Britain’s vote to quit the EU but dealing a blow to investors looking to make the most of the weak pound.

United Overseas Bank (UOB), one of the city-state’s three homegrown lenders, said it was monitoring the market closely to determine when the loans would resume.

4)   Porfirio Guerrero has grown increasingly frustrated as a decade-long recession has sapped business from his tailor shop in the Puerto Rican capital. He now feels the only way for the island to recover is to become a full-fledged part of the United States, a sentiment that is gaining force in the territory.

Puerto Ricans have been divided for decades on whether to remain a semi-autonomous commonwealth, push for statehood or break away entirely from the United States. The island’s economic crisis — including a $70 billion debt and looming default — have pushed many like Guerrero toward statehood.

6)   The number of scrambles by Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets in reaction to the flight paths of Chinese aircraft was up sharply for the 3 months through June of this year.

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, the chief of staff, Joint Staff of the Self-Defense Forces, made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday.

Kawano said the number of scrambles against Chinese aircraft for the April-June period increased by more than 80 sorties from the 114 the ASDF made during the same period of last year.
7)   Japanese government officials say tax revenues for the last fiscal year were lower than earlier estimates.

This is the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis that Japan’s tax revenue has fallen below the government’s forecast.

The officials say national tax revenues in fiscal 2015 that ended in March came in at 56.3 trillion yen, or about 550 billion dollars. That’s up around 22 billion dollars from the previous fiscal year. But it’s nearly 1.3 billion dollars lower than the estimate the government made last December.
8)   A government survey shows that over a quarter of Japan’s population is now aged 65 or older.

The Internal Affairs Ministry says the estimate is based on preliminary figures from last year’s national census.

The survey says about 33.4 million people are 65 or older, or 26.7 percent of Japan’s population.
9)   Japanese lawmakers are discussing ways to minimize the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party met on Tuesday to consider extending financial support to small and medium-sized businesses.

A senior LDP official asked for a second supplementary budget of about 98 billion dollars for the current fiscal year.

Some members called for doubling that, to about 195 billion dollars including fiscal investment and loans. They said the negative aftereffects of Brexit may become prolonged.July 1st, 2016

7月

気がついたら7月になっていた。ってことは今年ももう半年間過ぎたのだなぁ。早いなぁ。残り半年もあっという間に違いない。

友人のご主人がドイツのお土産を買ってきてくれた。

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左から

レモン胡椒塩

ローズマリーの海塩

ラズベリー薔薇胡椒塩

ペルシャの青い塩

おしゃれだ。^^

レモン胡椒塩で冷製パスタ

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ローズマリー塩でエビをソテー

ワインが欲しかったけれど、晴茶があったから◉

 

イギリス

イギリスはてっきりEU残留だと思っていたので、今日のニュースには驚いた。イギリスには遠い昔新婚旅行でロンドンに行ったのみである。でもhuluでBBCのドラマをたくさん見ていることもあり、なんとなく経済がうまくいかなくなりそのせいでいいドラマが製作中止になったりしたら嫌だなーという自分の欲のみでぼんやりそう思ったりしている。特にシャーロックは本当に面白いのでドクターフーのように長寿でやって欲しいと思っているし、BBC製作のドラマといえばダウントンアビーも面白いし、トンネルも良かったなぁ。ユートピアはすごかったし。…っと。。

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あ、でもこの離脱を種にまた新たなドラマも作られそうな気もするか。^^

*写真は同じくBBCシャーロックファンの友達が貸してくれたピンク色の研究の漫画本。

 

昨日職場で「しいたけのたこ焼」というのが話題になった。たこの代わりにしいたけを入れるというものだ。食感がタコと同じだというので干ししいたけを戻して甘く煮てそれをタコの代わりに投入。すると本当に言われなければタコだと思ってしまう。なかなか面白い

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昨日の病院

あまり雨がひどい時には行きたくないなぁと思いダメ元で病院に相談の電話したら、どうぞどうぞ雨がひどくない時にいらしてくださいね。と優しく言ってもらえたので予約の時間よりも1時間半も早く出発した。雨避けできる駐車場がない病院なので車椅子も母も多少濡れてしまったけれど大粒の雨の時間は避けられて良かった。

帰ってきてからたっぷり時間があったので母のベッドサイドに置く小さいワゴンを組み立てた。通販で注文して届いていたのだけれどなんとなく放置してあったのだ。ここ1,2週間家の中で杖を使っても何度か歩けなくなって、同じところに何分も立って一歩が踏み出せないでいることがあって、いよいよ家の中の短い数歩の歩行も危ない感じなので私が不在の時はベッドの周りで全てが出来るように準備しているのだがどうなのだろう。「あなたが仕事でいない時はお母さんを一人で置いているの?」と脳外科のドクタに尋ねられて「週3日は私が仕事に出ている間一人で家にいます。」と答えたら「そう。。。」という返答だった。きっとダメ出しの「そう」なのだろうけれど、その後の「。。。」はでもそれも仕方ないかなの領域かな? きっと後々後悔することがたくさんある母との生活だけど、それでも続けてやれると思っているところまではやるけれど、このバランスは無理だということまではもうできない。ごめん。母よ。

大雨注意報

母の脳外科検診日。大雨注意報が出てるけど、仕事もお休みを取ったので行くしかないか。

ここ数日母との関係が悪くて、優しくなれない。特に何かがあったわけではなくてただただ私自身の問題なんだけど、自分でもどうにもならなくて嫌になる。何か思っても一旦それを口にしてしまうと呪いのようにそれが固定されてしまうから言わないようにしているけれどそうするとそれが塵のように降り積もってどこかに詰まって苦しくなってしまうような感じなのだろうか?というようないつもの分析をして「なんてことなさ」と逃げようと思っているのがこれがうまくいかない時がある。解決策はないので時が経って私の何かが変わる(落ち着く)のを待つしかない。でも心の中は大雨注意報だ。時々疲れて母の汚れ物などを片付けている時に「はぁ」という態度になると母はそれを敏感に察知してものすごく不機嫌になる。きっと「もう世話をしてもらえないかも」という不安が母を襲っているに違いない。天下の宝刀「今日まで一度も言わなかったが、私は女で一つで苦労してあんた達を育ててきたのに(その態度は)なんなんだ。」と言い出す。母の中では一度も放ったことはないようだが、こちらは今日まで10回以上は聞いているのだがと思うがそれを言ったらまたさらに不機嫌になるので口には出さない。そう言った類の事だ。体が疲れてない時は心も凹まないことも分かっているから、こうして凹んでいるということは今私の体力は不足なんだろうな。ともかくせっかく半世紀も生きてるんだから知恵を振り絞って今回もやり過ごそう。(乗り越えようとは思わないしできない。)

次半世紀

半世紀おめでとう!というメッセージをもらい、あ、そうか。と。

大人になったらもっとキチンとしているはずだったのに、今の自分は予想とは全く違う大人になっているなぁ。^^

別の友人は折り返し地点だね!とメッセージをくれたのだけど、えーそんなにまだあるの?と返したら、うち長寿の家系でみんな90過ぎまだから。だそう。我が家の母も79歳になった。ってことは私もそのぐらいまでの遺伝子はあるのか。うむぅ。

ともかく新しい半世紀が始まるので頑張りましょうか。

という朝。

June 17th, 2016

マスゾエさんの話とオーランドの銃撃事件とディズニーリゾートのワニとイチローがメイントピック。プラス大阪のお箸での殺傷事件ってとこでした。

1)   An election to pick the successor to Tokyo Gov Yoichi Masuzoe, who is resigning over a political funds scandal, will be held July 31, the local election commission said Friday.

The official campaigning period is set to begin on July 14, just days after the July 10 House of Councillors election.

Among the high-profile names floated as possible candidates are two women: Yuriko Koike, a well-known lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party; and Renho, a lawmaker and acting president of the main opposition Democratic Party. Both have previously served in Cabinet posts.

Kenji Utsunomiya, a lawyer and former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, is also said to be considering running in the election.

2)   A Japanese man who stabbed his father to death with a chopstick was arrested on Thursday, police said.

Michikazu Ikeuchi, 51, admitted that he stabbed his 80-year-old father in the throat with a 30-centimeter-long wooden, cooking chopstick on Wednesday night after a quarrel at their home in Osaka, according to police.

3)   Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday fired off a warning shot against a recent rise in the yen, saying he was deeply concerned about “one-sided, rapid and speculative” currency moves and would respond urgently if necessary – a hint at possible yen-selling market intervention.

The latest jawboning – official comment intended to influence markets – comes as the yen surged across the board after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) left monetary policy unchanged on Thursday, despite market fears of global turmoil if Britain votes to exit the European Union in the June 23 referendum.

4)   Nearly four decades later, another Japanese star has surpassed a lofty mark set by one of baseball’s most famous players — with the help of stats accumulated overseas. On Wednesday night , Ichiro Suzuki reached 4,257 hits in the Japanese and North American major leagues, passing Pete Rose’s total from Major League Baseball. Although the accomplishment was met with admiration around the sport, it’s not easy to put Suzuki’s feat in context.

Rose remains the MLB hit leader with 4,256. Suzuki had 1,278 hits for Orix in Japan’s Pacific League (1992-00), and on Wednesday he increased his total to 2,979 with the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins. Rose was quoted recently by USA Today as saying: “I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits.”

5)   A pro-EU British lawmaker was killed in a shock daylight street attack, halting campaigning for the referendum on Britain’s membership in the bloc just a week before the crucial vote.

Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two from the opposition Labour Party, was shot in the face while lying on the ground by a lone attacker in the village of Birstall in northern England, according to witnesses quoted by local media.

6)   The death sentence given to a man convicted of murdering two women and seriously injuring another man in 2010 when he was 18 is set to be finalized after the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld lower court rulings.

The case of Yutaro Chiba, now 24, marks the first time capital punishment has been given to a minor under Japan’s lay judge trial system that began in 2009.

In handing down the ruling, the top court’s first petty bench said the defendant committed the crime based on a “very selfish motive” as he was determined to kill anyone who sabotaged his plan to run away with his former girlfriend.

7)   The Japanese government on Wednesday launched a special patrol unit in Okinawa to enhance security in response to the rape and murder in April of a young woman allegedly by a former U.S. Marine.

Around 20 vehicles began patrolling downtown areas and school roads in Okinawa which hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan, with officials from the Okinawa bureaus of the Defense Ministry and the Cabinet Office participating in the patrols for the time being.

8)   Nissan says it is developing fuel-cell technology that can power cars using plant-based ethanol, a first for the auto industry, and hopes to launch the system in time for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics.

Japan’s number-two automaker said its experimental technology would let vehicles drive more than 600 kilometers on a single fill, similar to gasoline-powered cars.

Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical reaction, which produces electricity.

9)   Social media has emerged as a leading source of news among online users who increasingly access it on their smartphones, a think tank said on Wednesday, warning that the embrace of free news was becoming a challenge for publishers of quality news.

More than half of online users get their news from Facebook and other social media platforms, refusing to pay for news and using ad-blocking, which hurts publishers’ revenue, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) said.

10)   Embracing grieving Orlando families and appealing anew for national action, President Barack Obama claimed a threat to all Americans’ security Thursday as a strong reason to tighten U.S. gun laws. Counterterror campaigns overseas, he declared, can never prevent all “lone wolf” attacks like the one that killed 49 people in Orlando.

11)  It’s an unwritten rule for Florida residents: Keep your kids away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere.

But after a gator killed a 2-year-old Nebraska boy at a Walt Disney World resort, attention soon turned to tourists. In a state with an estimated 1 million alligators, how should theme parks and other attractions warn visitors, and did Disney do enough?

12)   Further investigations will be conducted to learn why the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant did not use the term “meltdown” soon after the March 2011 accident.

It took more than 2 months for Tokyo Electric Power Company to admit that the cores of 3 of the reactors had melted down.

A panel set up by TEPCO reported on Thursday that the utility’s former president, Masataka Shimizu, had instructed employees not to use the term “meltdown.”
The panel said this came after what the president said were instructions from the prime minister’s office.

But the panel did not carry the investigation to the prime minister’s office. It is not known who in the office issued the instructions.

13)   Officials in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, say a large metal object found washed ashore there could be from a North Korean missile.

The officials told the central government on Friday that a prefectural employee patrolling a coast in Yurihama Town found the object on the previous day.

They say the piece is shaped like a cylinder sliced vertically. They say it’s 1.8 meters long and 1.2 meters wide, with something like cables inside.

The officials say the object resembles what South Korean media reported in February as suspected debris from a North Korean missile.

14)   The Japanese government has decided to extend the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia by another year.

The current mission will expire on July 23rd.

Japan has deployed escort ships and patrol aircraft to guard commercial ships in the area since 2009.

The cabinet approved the extension on Friday because piracy remains a threat, although there have been no incidents during the past year.

Japanese government officials say poverty in Somalia is the root cause of the problem and pirates will return to the area if the international community lowers its guard.

15)   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed that they will prepare for a still-unscheduled visit by Putin to Japan.

Abe and Russian Lower House Speaker Sergei Naryshkin met in Tokyo on Thursday, reaffirming the importance of bilateral cooperative ties in a wide range of areas.
16)   The number of confirmed or suspected dementia sufferers who went missing in Japan has surpassed 10,000 for the third straight year.

The National Police Agency says 12,208 elderly people were reported missing in 2015 — up more than 1,400 from the previous year. 98 percent of them were found before the year-end, but 150 remain unaccounted for.
17)   Mitsubishi Motors says fuel economy data on14 models marketed over the past 10 years was manipulated.

Mitsubishi held a news conference at the Transport Ministry on Friday to announce the results of an in-house probe into the series of fuel-data scandals.

The auto firm said the fuel data on the 14 models came from calculations rather than from actual measurements. In all, the company marketed 20 models during that time.

Mitsubishi officials say they manipulated data on 5 of the 14 models to make their fuel economy look better even though they failed tests.

They add that tests on 17 models did not follow standards, and the company falsified data on such factors as weather, date, and time at test runs of all 20 models.
18)   NHK has learned that the sender of the email that caused the leak of personal data of travel agency customers pretended to be an airline company employee.

JTB officials have admitted that data for nearly 8 million customers may have been leaked due to a computer virus.

A JTB group company received an email in March that appeared to have been sent by All Nippon Airways. The sender’s email address included the letters “ana” and the title of the message suggested that air ticket data was attached to the email.

19)   Tokyo stocks fell across the board on Thursday, with the benchmark index dropping more than 400 points after the Bank of Japan decided to maintain its current monetary policy.

Shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange were sold almost across the board, as the yen surged against the dollar following the central bank’s decision.

The Nikkei index closed 485 points down from Wednesday’s finish, at 15,434, marking its lowest point in about 4 months. The broader TOPIX index ended at 1241, down 35 points.

Market analysts say the fall of the dollar was triggered by the US Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday not to raise interest rates, and was accelerated by the Bank of Japan’s decision.

 

20)   France has ratified the Paris Agreement on curbing global warming.

President Francois Hollande signed a document to ratify the agreement on Wednesday. Both houses of parliament had previously approved the result of UN climate talks in December.

Hollande said the ratification process realizes the hope to stop global warming, which emerged at the COP 21 conference.

The agreement is a new international framework to fight global warming beyond 2020, replacing the Kyoto Protocol.

The Paris deal takes effect when it is ratified by at least 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

Only 17 nations, mainly island countries like the Maldives and Tuvalu, have ratified it. They represent 0.04 percent of the emissions.

21)   One of 5 Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared last year has lambasted mainland Chinese authorities for his detention. The 5 are linked to a bookstore that sells titles critical of the Communist Party.

Lam Wing-kee held a news conference in Hong Kong on Thursday, 2 days after returning from mainland China.

Lam explained he was held by Chinese authorities after he arrived in Guangdong Province for a visit last October. He said he was confined for 5 months in a room about 30 square meters.
22)   Shanghai Disneyland, the first one in mainland China, has celebrated its official opening.

The gates opened before noon on Thursday, slightly earlier than scheduled. Long lines of visitors had formed in front of the gates since early in the morning. Pre-order tickets for the opening day were sold out.

Visitors were seen taking pictures of themselves with Disney characters, and enjoying rides and other attractions.

Construction of the 390-hectare Shanghai Disney Resort with hotels and shopping areas cost about 5.5 billion US dollars.

23)   A robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city, it’s reported.

Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, says the local edition of the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper. The robot found its way to a nearby street, covering a distance of about 50m (164ft), before its battery ran out, the daily says.

An eyewitness video posted online shows a vaguely humanoid machine standing in the middle of a busy road, guarded by a traffic policeman. It is then wheeled off by a human, presumably an engineer from the company that developed the robot.

24)   Germany’s military is facing criticism after photos emerged of young children handling firearms during an open day.

Images shared by the German Peace Society show youngsters holding a range of weapons, including an assault rifle and a sub-machine gun, Spiegel Online reports. While the guns weren’t loaded and the children appear to have been supervised, the military’s own rules say under-18s must not be allowed to handle weapons, after a similar scandal occurred in 2011, the website notes.

25)   A horde of giant spider crabs has amassed in waters near the Australian city of Melbourne.

Hundreds of thousands of the crabs migrate to Australia’s southern shores each year as ocean waters cool.

Australian aquatic scientist Sheree Marris filmed an enormous gathering of the crustaceans in Port Phillip Bay.

Ms Marris said she hoped to raise awareness of the diversity of sea life in Australia’s southern waters.

“Who would have thought something like this, that is so spectacular, could be happening in Australia on the southern shore,” she said.

ワード・プレスとクロッシング・ライン

仕事で二箇所のwordpressを触ることになっている。簡単にサイトができるのは便利なんだけど、ちょっと複雑なことをやろうとすると不便だったりするのはそういうもんだと思いやっている。まぁそれもなんとかなりそうな気配になってきたのでよかった。この経験も今後色々役に立つだろう。ここ三年はひっそり仕事をしていたので色々錆び付いていて、またなんでもやるようになったことはそういう時期だと思える。楽しんでやることにしよう。

海外ドラマはクロッシング・ラインというのを見始めたら地味なんだけど設定とと会話が面白くて、でもシーズン2の終わり方が「ええ?」という感じだったので、この先どう展開させるのかとてもシーズン3を楽しみにしていたら、どうやらあまり望む方向にはならないみたいで(ルィやエヴァは死んじゃうの?)、しかも3でメンバーほぼ入れ替わり、打ち切りになったらしい?いいドラマだったのに。ドラマは勝ち残っていくのは難しいんだろうなぁ。

June 11th, 2016

結局3回のリジェクトでアプリは審査が通って公開された。バグとかでなくて、ユーザへの不正な投稿のブロックメカニズムを入れて欲しいということと、広告の場所がわからないということでのリジェクトだった。リジェクトされるとリゾリューションセンターにリジェクト理由が来たり、説明を求めたりするので、それに対してこちらからも回答する。それらは全て英語で行うのだけれどこの英語のレッスンが役立った。

今日はマスゾエさんとニホニウムの会話が面白かったよ。と最後にマイケル先生が言っていた。日本好きのマイケル先生にはニホニウムの響きがツボだったらしくて、何度もニホニウムを口にしては笑っていた。(馬鹿にされてたのか?)

1)   The body of a woman who had been missing since Wednesday in a forest in Kazuno, Akita Prefecture, was found on Friday morning. 

Police said the woman, who is believed to be 74-year-old Tsuwa Suzuki, was badly mauled most likely by a bear. However, a positive identification has yet to be made.

Fuji TV reported that Suzuki had come from Towada in neighboring Aomori Prefecture.

There have been several bear sightings recently. Three men have been killed by bears in the same area since May 21.

3)   A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room’s size and the presence of other people — and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.

Today’s smartphones track location through GPS and cell towers, but that does little more than tell apps where you are. Tapping Google’s 3-year-old Project Tango , the new Phab2 Pro phone will use software and sensors to track motions and map building interiors, including the location of doors and windows

11)   We’re putting emphasis on individuals’ lives as the way to lead to the entire economy’s growth.

Democratic Party President Katsuya Okada, after four opposition parties signed a policy accord with an alliance of civil groups, aiming to frame the upcoming House of Councillors election as a battle between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration and civil society. (Jiji Press)

13)   Tennis star Kei Nishikori is set to represent Japan at his third straight Olympics after being picked to play at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The Japan Tennis Association said on Friday it had received notification of the selection by the International Tennis Federation earlier in the day.

15)   Japan’s government task force for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will start to collect data on temperature and humidity in and around venues next month.

Officials of the task force plan to use the data to work out measures to prevent athletes and visitors from experiencing severe summer heat and humidity.
16)   A Japanese researcher says he’s thrilled that “nihonium” has been endorsed as the name for a new atomic element discovered by his group.

Kyushu University Professor Kosuke Morita led a team at Japan’s RIKEN institute that found the element.

19)   Animal rights activists calling for an end to the slaughter and eating of dogs at a Chinese festival delivered a petition with 11 million signatures to authorities in Beijing on Friday.

The two dozen activists were accompanied by dogs and unveiled banners with pictures of the animals above the message “I’m not your dinner” as they presented the petition at the representative office of Yulin city, where the festival is held.

The annual festival, which is set to begin on June 21, sees residents of the southern city consume dog meat with thousands of dogs expected to be slaughtered.