Jan 14th, 2017


1)    Officials at Japan’s Meteorological Agency say a strong cold air mass flowing into Japan will continue to bring snowstorms to the north of the country.

Weather officials say strong winds are blowing mainly in the north and that snow is falling heavily along the Sea of Japan coast and in mountainous areas.

In the town of Happocho, Akita Prefecture, maximum wind gusts at one point reached more than 106 kilometers per hour.

Snow has accumulated to 30 to 60 centimeters during the past 24 hours in some parts of the Sea of Japan coast and mountainous areas in the Hokuriku region.

2)    The Japanese government says it will promote efforts to develop and deepen economic ties with the United States, whoever is president.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Thursday, after the news conference by US President-elect Donald Trump.

3)   Japanese cafes, restaurants and similar businesses are protesting a move to ban indoor smoking.
They say they’ll petition ruling parties to reconsider the plan.

Health ministry officials want to apply the ban to all indoor public spaces. They say it will reduce the risk of passive smoking.

But they’re prepared to allow designated smoking rooms that are sealed off by four walls.

Officials are considering penalties for managers and smokers who violate the rule.

4)   Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a trillion-yen aid package for the Philippines, spread over 5 years, to help with the country’s infrastructure projects.

Abe announced the package, worth about 8.7 billion dollars, at a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the country’s capital Manila on Thursday.

The money comprises official development assistance and private-sector investments. The 2 countries are to set up a joint committee to ensure that it is spent efficiently.

5)   Eight baby giant pandas in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan have joined celebrations for the New Year.

27 giant pandas were born last year at a breeding base in Chengdu in the province. Giant pandas are feared to be on the verge of extinction.

On Wednesday, 8 of them were taken in the arms of keepers to an area decorated for the New Year. The cubs played with stuffed toy birds symbolizing the Year of the Rooster in the Oriental zodiac, and climbed trees.
6)   One of the more optimistic goals of Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is “manin densha zero”—to eliminate crowding on the trains. In November, Nikkei Business (Dec 12) assigned three reporters to board rush-hour commuter trains and present their views on the sources of the problem.

The three were in agreement that it is indeed no exaggeration to describe the morning ordeal undergone by commuters by transposing the word “tsukin” (commuting to work) to another “tsukin,” with characters meaning “painful diligence.”

7)   China’s massive export engine sputtered for the second year in a row in 2016, with shipments falling in the face of persistently weak global demand and officials voicing fears of a trade war with the United States that is clouding the outlook for 2017.

China’s exports fell 7.7% in 2016 from a year earlier, while imports slid 5.5%, leaving the country with a trade surplus of $509.96 billion, official data showed on Friday.

The world’s largest trading nation could be heavily exposed to U.S. protectionist measures if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on campaign pledges to label it a currency manipulator on his first day in office and impose heavy tariffs on imports of Chinese goods.

8)    “He was constantly after me on Facebook – ‘Can we have dinner? Can we get together?’ I said, ‘Please, don’t send me any more messages!’ – but that only made him angry. He started writing about me on (gossip site) 2-Channel, using my real name and occupation.”

A toughening of anti-stalking laws in December is a welcome if belated sign that the government is starting to take the issue seriously. The definition of stalking was broadened to include online harassment.



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Jan 7th, 2017


1)   The governor of Niigata Prefecture has voiced his opposition to the restart of Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO’s) Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, adding it may take a few years to review the pre-conditions for restart.

2)   Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura paid top price at the first auction of the new year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on Thursday, bagging a prized bluefin tuna for an eye-watering 74.2 million yen ($636,000).

The head of the Sushizanmai chain is now the proud—if temporary—owner of a 212-kilogram fish.

3)   The Japan Gerontological Society has proposed that a person should be defined as elderly from age 75 instead of 65.

It announced the proposal in Tokyo on Thursday. Currently a person aged 65 or older is defined as elderly.

4)   Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has announced Tokyo’s countermeasures against the erection of a statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan, South Korea.

Suga announced the temporary return to Japan of its ambassador to South Korea and the Consul General at Busan. He added that Japan will also suspend bilateral talks on the resumption of a currency swap agreement, postpone bilateral high-level economic talks and cancel the participation of Japanese consulate general officials in events linked with Busan City.

5)   The newly-elected US Congress convened on Tuesday. The majority Republicans intend to review President Barack Obama’s health care act.

The Republican Party retains control of both chambers after the election last November.

In the first session Tuesday, the Republican Senate Budget Committee chairperson submitted a bill to repeal what’s known as Obamacare.

6)   US President-elect Donald Trump says Toyota Motor should pay heavy taxes if it goes ahead with its plan to build a factory in Mexico.

Trump released a message on Twitter on Thursday. It reads “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for US. NO WAY! Build plant in US or pay big border tax.”
7)   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked business leaders on Thursday to support a sustainable economic recovery by raising employee wages in the new year, in keeping with their policy of the last few years.

“I thank you for the high-level wage increases over the past three years,” Abe said in a speech at a New Year reception hosted by major business lobbies.


職場で「今からみんなで初詣に行きましょう!」ということになり、徒歩数十歩の神社に初詣に行って、お参りしておみくじを引いたりした。職場の近くの神社は比較的大きな神社なので今日もまだたくさんの参拝客がいて屋台もたくさん出ていて賑やかで、そんな中、みんなでワイワイしながら行くのは楽しかった。しかし皆大吉だったのに私は末吉。まぁ吉がついただけよかったか。ほどほど満足で今年ものんびりやろう。帰りに甘酒やホットワインを買って職場に戻るって。^^ いい職場だ。私はそのあとすぐ車を運転して帰らなければならぬのでアルコールは断念。

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昨日は姉一家が来た。甥っ子達はますます背が伸びていた。2ヶ月くらい前私よりもほんの少し高かった2号は多分この2ヶ月で3-4センチ伸びて姉と同じくらいに。164センチくらい?1号は去年のからそうもう伸びてはいないようだが180センチくらいあるだろう。もっとかな。顔と体のバランスが今時の子な感じがしてますます姉夫婦や私たちの中年化がわかる。甥っ子達がくると母はシャキッとなるのでもっと寄ってもらいたいが、それは無理な望みであろう。母もそう頻繁にシャキッとしたくないだろうしね。^^ さて甥っ子たちはそれぞれ高3,中3となる。W受験で姉はますますテンパる一年になるのだろうな。そしてもし1号が地元の大学に進まければ1号が親元で暮らすのも残り1年ちょっとになるのかと思うと今から寂しい気持ちになる。子供の成長というのは本当にあっという間。二人ともついこの間生まれたばかりのうように感じるのに。



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* そして、てるさんサーモンも恋しいです。^^



写真 2017-01-01 14 06 28 (1)お天気に恵まれてよいお正月になりそう。富士山も綺麗。母の今年の手帳を買い忘れたことに気づき最寄りの書店の営業を調べたら元旦からやっていたので無事購入。ついでに卓上カレンダーも。


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なぜかSMAP X SMAP最後スペシャルの裏番組でやっていたBATTLESHIPヤマトを家人が見たい!というので付き合った。(見てた人いるんだろうか?)スマスマの裏でキムタクの古代進って…。なぜ?全然見たくなかったが見はじめたら色々ツッコミどころもあるけど、へーへーこういう感じだったのかと楽しめた。あのヤマトの音楽にドラマはやっぱり私たちヤマトで育った世代にはたまらないものなのね。…そして最近色々許容範囲が広がってるのを感じる。若い頃見てたら文句100倍くらい言ってそうだ。家人がしかし随分やさぐれた古代と雪だなぁと言っていたが、私はそれよりも佐渡先生が女性とか、スターシアとかデスラーがいない方が残念だったかな。集合体ってなんだ。うむ。で。終わってからようやくスマスマの残り1時間くらいを見せてもらった。熱烈なファンじゃないけどSMAPの歌が流行り、ドラマを見た時間が長い世代ではあるから、ああ残念、一時代が終わったなぁという思いはある。











Merry Christmas!!




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Dec 24th, 2016


1)   Addressing the country on his 83rd birthday Friday, Emperor Akihito thanked the Japanese public for heeding his message earlier in the year indicating his desire to abdicate.

His annual birthday remarks followed his rare video message in which he said his advanced age could one day prevent him from fulfilling his duties as the symbol of the state. Currently, there are no provisions in law allowing an emperor to relinquish the Chrysanthemum throne.

2)   “Overseas, gambling addiction has become a serious social problem,” explains a source who is familiar with casinos. “In South Korea in 2000, the Kangwon Land casino that was previously only open to foreign visitors was also opened to locals. In the area adjacent to the resort, now pawnshops can be seen all over the place, and several hundred people who had lost everything they had to gambling are said to be living on the streets.

3)   Japanese police and firefighters are inspecting the scene of a massive fire in Niigata Prefecture to determine how it started and spread.

The fire broke out at a Chinese restaurant in Itoigawa City on Thursday morning and engulfed about 150 buildings including houses and shops. Six firefighters and two other people suffered injuries.

The restaurant owner claimed to have discovered the fire upon returning after a short absence.

4)   Officials at Japan National Tourism Organization say an estimated 1.9 million foreign visitors came to Japan in November. That’s a record high for the month.

5)   A group of people who evacuated due to the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has spoken out about the many problems they face, including recent bullying of evacuee children.

A senior official of the group, Mitsuo Sato, said what has been reported about bullying is the tip of the iceberg. He said adults also face harassment and insensitivity.

A woman who voluntarily evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture with her daughter asked people to think about why they had to leave their home. She added that the nuclear accident is far from over.

6)   Japan’s cabinet ministers are to approve on Thursday a record-high budget plan for the next fiscal year.

The draft budget is expected to total about 833 billion dollars. That’s 6 billion dollars more than what was projected for the current year.

One-third of the money will be for social welfare, including ballooning spending on the needs of the country’s aging population.
7)   A senior Russian government official has expressed his willingness to implement deals reached with Japan during President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit.

Russian media report that Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov attended a parliamentary committee on Thursday to report on last week’s summit talks.

Morgulov said President Putin’s visit to Japan was a breakthrough and provided a major boost to the development of bilateral ties in economic, political, humanitarian, and various other areas.


あー、pod InstallしたいのにCocoapodsの1.1.xにならなくて、アレヤコレヤ。Rubyも上げねばならぬ。Windowの時は構成をわかっていたからするっとできたのに、MacだからかXCode系だからか??なことが多すぎて苦戦してるなぁと思うが頭の体操になっているからボケ防止になっていいか。無事Cocoapodsは最新にできたけど、GoogleTagmanegerがpodインストールできないじゃないか。。。。


BONESのシーズン10が配信されていたので早速見始めました。そしたら、ええ?スイーツ死んじゃった。。。BONESのキャラクターの中ではかなり好きだったので、びっくりであったよ。BONESはシーズン12で終わるそうなので、あと3シーズン楽しみに見ようっと。そして終わったらまた1から見ようっと^^  BONESではホッジンズが一番好きなので彼は生き残りますように。


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失恋したばかりの主人公がフランスに家族旅行中にイケメンの凄腕スパイと出会い恋に落ちる話。なんだラブコメか!と思ったら、途中からキルの要素爆発。この終わり方で許されるのか。。。アシュトン・カッチャーはイケメンだな。。という感想がメインの映画でした^^  スパイ物だからオススメに入ってたのね。


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10,11代ドクター共演の見てなかったのが配信されていたので見ました。^^ ドクターファンにはたまりません。エイミーがコンパニオンをやめたところまでしか見てなかったのでまた続きをそのうち見ようかなと思ったりしてます。



こんな綺麗な00ナンバーを見る日が来るとは。特にフランソワーズが大人だった^^ 子供の頃にこの漫画を見た人たちが大人になって理想を織り交ぜて作ったのかな。ふふふ。石ノ森章太郎先生が生きていたらどんな終わり方にしたのだろうかと時々思う。


今日は寝室の掃除でベッドを動かしたりして腰が痛くなった。姉家も大掃除スイッチが入ったそうで、途中で「なんの苦行だこれは?もう止めたい….なぜ日本には大掃除なんてものがあるんだ…」と嘆きのやりとりをした。^^ 姉家では義兄が窓拭きとお風呂掃除と障子の張り替え担当で子供達は雑草取り担当らしい。我が家は残すはシンク周りだけになった(というかもう疲れたのでそうする!)









Dec 17th, 2016


1) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Thursday, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two.

2) Emperor Akihito, 82, has a cold and fever and has cancelled morning duties, an official at the Imperial Household Agency said on Friday. The emperor has no planned duties Friday afternoon and this weekend and will rest at the Imperial Palace, the official said.

3) The Bank of Japan is likely to give a more upbeat view of the economy at next week’s rate review, sources say, as a pick-up in emerging Asian demand and positive signs in private consumption improve prospects for a solid, export-driven recovery. Japan surpassed China in October as the largest foreign owner of U.S. Treasury securities, the first time the countries have swapped places in nearly two years. Total foreign holdings fell for a fourth month.

4) Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has received a report from a new Japan Self-Defense Force peacekeeping unit in South Sudan. She urged the group to ensure its safety.

Inada talked with the unit’s commander, Colonel Yoshiro Tanaka, via video phone on Thursday. He said the situation in the capital, Juba, is relatively stable.

5) Japanese police say a street robbery in the spring of this year resulted in gold bullion worth about 600 million yen, or more than 5 million dollars, being stolen by men disguised as police.

The robbery took place near JR Hakata station in downtown Fukuoka City, southwestern Japan.

Investigators told NHK that men carrying attache cases containing gold were stopped for questioning by men wearing what looked like police uniforms.

6) The governor of the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa is to lodge a protest with the country’s central government over the accident involving a US marine Osprey transport aircraft.

Governor Takeshi Onaga plans to meet Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and other government officials in Tokyo on Thursday.

He also plans to call for determining the cause of the accident and demand the removal of Ospreys from Okinawa.

7) U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday rejected as “ridiculous” U.S. intelligence reports that Russia intervened in the presidential election on his behalf through targeted hacking, putting him at odds with top lawmakers who vowed to investigate the findings.


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お昼にBちゃんが届けてくれた。逆ドライブスルーで^^ こんなのが自分で焼けるなんてすごい!もうプロの見た目。そして味も夢のように美味しかった♪♪



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Dec 10th, 2016


1)   The number of households on welfare in Japan marked a record high for the second straight month in September, as more elderly people need support.

Welfare ministry officials say the number of households receiving public welfare benefits rose by 266 from August to more than 1.63 million in September.

2)   A black swan at a zoo in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, has tested positive in preliminary screening for the bird flu virus.

Officials at Higashiyama Zoo in the city of Nagoya say they tested the male swan on Tuesday after it appeared to grow weak. The bird later died. The swan was living in a pond on the zoo grounds until it was moved indoors last week.

3) Communist party chairperson Kazuo Shii took up the issue of new duties assigned to a Self-Defense Forces unit dispatched to South Sudan for UN peacekeeping operations. The new tasks would call on the SDF members to rescue foreign peacekeepers and others under attack using weapons.

4)   Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power Co (KEPCO) on Thursday night restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.  KEPCO said the reactor is expected to achieve criticality by Friday morning and commence power generation on Sunday.

5) Organ transplantation is not only a medical issue that involves patients and doctors. It naturally also involves fundamental ethical questions. The slow progress of organ transplantation in Japan is thought to be connected with the spirituality of Japanese people such as their view of life and death.

6)   The United States on Thursday approved a series of deals worth more than $7 billion to supply military helicopters, planes and missiles to four of its Arab allies. The green light, announced by the State Department, will mark another windfall for plane maker Boeing and other large U.S. defense manufacturers.

7)   Japan’s Foreign Ministry has officially announced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the country next week. The ministry said on Thursday that Putin will pay an official working visit from December 15th to 16th and hold meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.





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歌うように記事を読むのって永遠にできない気がするなぁ。^^  一個読めない単語が入るとそこからガタガタになる。でも楽しいし緊張感が脳トレになってるかな。

1)   A top IOC official renewed his demand Thursday that Japanese organizers further reduce their $18 billion budget ceiling for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying the figure could scare off cities considering bids for future games.

2)   An elementary school pupil who evacuated from Fukushima in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster has skipped school for more than a week since a male teacher added “germ” to his name when addressing him in late November, a local education board in Niigata Prefecture said Friday.

3)   A 68-year-old Japanese man suspected of having been abducted by North Korea in 1985 was found alive in Japan in late November, police said Thursday.

Police officials denied the possibility that Masanori Katsuki, who went missing in Tokyo in February 1985, was abducted by North Korea, saying he was not involved in an accident or criminal incident.

Katsuki went missing after temporarily returning from the United States, where he had worked as a sushi chef. At the time, he was preparing to leave for the United States, the officials said.

4)   A Lower House committee has approved a bill to legalize casino gambling in Japan. Proponents tout the economic benefits of casinos, while opponents say they may fuel gambling addiction.

Friday’s vote came 2 days after the committee began deliberations on the bill, which was sponsored by a cross-party group of lawmakers.

The legislation won majority support from members of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition Nippon Ishin Japan Innovation Party.

5)   Japan’s government estimates the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will end up costing its operator more than 170 billion dollars. The figure includes the costs of decommissioning the facility, as well as compensation and decontamination work.

Tokyo Electric Power Company has said it will secure about 17 billion dollars to decommission the plant’s reactors.

However, government officials now say the total cost will be more than 4 times higher. They estimate about 70 billion dollars will be required for the work, which includes removing melted nuclear fuel and dealing with radioactive wastewater.

6)   U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned American firms wanting to relocate abroad that they will face punishment, as he announced a deal with air conditioning manufacturer Carrier to keep jobs in the country.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. Not going to happen,” Trump told workers at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis in his first major public remarks since winning the White House.

7)   Thirty-three traditional festivals from across Japan were added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list on Wednesday, the international body said.

The festivals, most of which date back to the Edo period (1603-1868), are held in 18 prefectures across Japan and feature parades involving floats made with traditional woodwork and metalwork techniques, and decorated with lacquered products and dyed fabrics.