Two thought-provoking vids.
Two thought-provoking vids.
These days anorexia among young women is a big issue in Japan. On the other hand, obesity is a big issue in the USA.
In 1981 the number of anorexic women in Japan was 12.6% , and in 2009 it was 22.3%! Most were 20-29 years old. In Japan, they generally want to be like a model or TV actress. I think they feel great pressure to be thin.
In 1980 the rate of larger women in the USA was 17%, and in 2009, it was 39%! In the USA, they aren’t ashamed of fatness.
I think it’s related to the way of thinking and the way of life.
How do you feel about this issue?
Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person.
Aki Mukai is a Japanese talent who got a baby by using the surrogacy service. She used the service not because she didn’t want to suffer under the pain of childbirth, but uterus cancer was found after she was pregnant. Then she had to abandon her hope to have her own baby.
But she really wanted to have a baby with her husband, so she decided to use the surrogacy service.
She went to the US where host surrogacy is legally recognized. A woman in Nevada, the USA, gave birth for Aki Mukai and she finally got her baby.
After she came back to Japan, a problem came up against her, because surrogacy is strictly limited in Japanese law. The local government didn’t accept the baby as her own baby.
After this case happened, aki Mukai sued government.
What is your opinion about surrogacy?
In the tendency to marry late given as a social problem, the marriage activity is getting popular. An arranged marriage is a main way to meet someone with a view to marriage, but people usually do the marriage activity through web sites and companies now. There are several reasons that people in the marriage activity are increasing these days.
First, women advance into the society and work harder, so the opportunity to meet someone is decreasing. They look for the opportunity to meet someone. Second, some people cannot approach to a person of the opposite sex well. The internet becomes widely used among commons. Therefore, people who lack the social skill are increasing. Third, the standard against a marriage partner is getting higher. People came to think merit and demerit to marry. Therefore, people cannot marry if their merit is not found out from the others. Because of these reasons, people in the marriage activity are increasing.
However, the cost of the marriage activity is very high. Services which provide just matching or holding a party are cheap, but if you want to support your activity until you get married, it costs more than 200,000 yen.
What do you think about the marriage activity?
Do you think you will use the marriage activity service if you do the marriage activity?
Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama decided to change the location of the American army base in Okinawa to the north side of the island where less people live in, although when he ran in the election, he insisted to try to eject the base from Okinawa or Japan.
Many people in Okinawa were angry at him because they had complained about the troubles of the base, and they believed that he would keep his word.
In his opinion, it was important to connect with American army to protect Japanese people and it was difficult to find alternative places.
Some local leaders said that delaying solving the problem was the worst choice, so they could appreciate his decision.
However Nago’s new mayor, Susumu Inamine, after he talked to Yukio Hatoyama, called him “a betrayer”, and said that we don’t need the base.
What are good points and bad points to place U.S. base? And what do you think about Yukio Hatoyama’s decision?
English is going to be a new compulsory class for 5th and 6th grade. There are a few worries and one is teachers. Some teachers aren’t ready for this curriculum because they aren’t English specialists, and also they didn’t take the training course. The other one is how they teach. Starting English early and doing appropriate activity at the age could prevent kids from being English-allergic. However just studying perfect grammar could cause English-phobia, so instead they need a positive attitude such as passion to learn new things. Teachers should help stimulate student’s interest. Therefore, we should focus on the way of thinking and approach to communication. This first step will create the base of elementary English education system in Japan.
Hi. We are going to discuss Emperor Akihito from this week, but it’s
sometimes hard to figure out how elderly Japanese feel about the royal family in Japan. Perhaps this will help.
Okuzaki made a documentary film named ”The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches on.” It follows his attempt to reveal the truth behind the deaths of two of his war comrades, alleged to have been executed on his boss’ｓ orders.
In the film, he visits his former boss’ house with the bereaved families of the executed friends. It’s one of the most impressive scenes.
Okuzaki’s words show tremendous hatred against former Emperor Hirohito, as he says, “Hirohito was a shameless and irresponsible person!” or “How dare you say dead souls can be consoled only by going to Yasukuni shrine!!”
What Okuzaki really thinks about Emperors can be seen by his unprecedented antics before. Okuzaki once shot Emperor Hirohito with pachinko balls at a public event in 1969. In addition to that, he threw 4000 pieces of montage pornography from the top of department stores in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Giza. He was of course arrested.
Okuzaki died on June 16, 2005 in Kobe. I think he was one of the biggest Japanese extremists ever and a great example of an anarchist who hated the royal family. If you have time, check this out. I hope it will help you understand how some elderly feel about the Japanese royal family.
The trailer of “The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches on” (Japanese title: ”Yukiyukite shingun” )
You can find a full version at Nikoniko Videos Online. Search for “ゆきゆき
Maki wrote in her post that some people in Japan are urging “voluntary self-restraint,” during cherry blossom season.
They feel it’s not right for people to have parties while Japan is recovering from a tragedy.
It’s not surprising that some people feel uncomfortable about enjoying life while other people are suffering.
After terrible events such as earthquakes and tsunamis, those who have survived or been unaffected often feel “survivor’s guilt.” This condition is well-understood by psychologists and physicians.
Survivors might feel sad or helpless, or their survival/non-suffering may be a cause of pain.
I think this is especially true when the disaster is close to home, such as in Tohoku.
Although terrible things are happening in the world all the time, we usually don’t know about them or think about them. If we did, life would become unbearably stressful.
It’s important to remember that we as humans have no control over natural disasters like this.
If someone has “survivor’s guilt,” it’s sometimes better for them to stop looking at TV news or newspapers for a while. They can also do constructive activities such as volunteer work or donating money.
In any case, I’m absolutely sure that every single person who has viewed the cherry blossoms this year has seen them quite differently.
It hasn’t been “just another cherry-blossom season.” Rather, we have remembered how lucky we are to be safe and sound, that life is precious, and our minds have been filled with compassionate thoughts for the unfortunate people in Tohoku.
Personal stories of dignity and courage in Tohoku: Here.
A sign in Ueno Park urges visitors to refrain from partying.
Every year during this season, many Japanese people celebrate the cherry blossom festival by drinking sake and singing songs. But last month a big earthquake happened in the Tohoku area and many people were affected.
Because of that, fewer people than usual have been viewing cherry blossoms. Some people say the official term is ‘jishuku’ or ‘voluntary self-restraint’. So they don’t enjoy the cherry blossoms. Others say the best way to show support is to keep the economy moving. Sake brewers have been affected, because fewer people have been enjoying cherry blossom parties with sake.
What do you think about the cherry blossom festival?
Did you view the cherry blossoms this year?