Aug 01, 2014

Japan’s smoking rate has dropped below 20 percent

This is good news if true. Just imagine the billions of yen that can be saved in medical costs due to smoking related diseases.

Ministry of Finance likes the Tobacco industry because of the tax revenues. MHLW does not. Any establishment can choose to ban smoking, allow smoking, or section off between the non and the smokers. It's strictly up to the private operators to do so. Don't know why the government has to get involved in it.

I think a huge factor that showed non-smoking places to consume food can be successful was the rollout of Starbucks in Japan. Since Starbucks stores did not allow smoking, the place became a surprising success, especially among younger patrons. So much so that I can see coffee shops like Doutour and Ko Hi Kan go completely smoke-free within a few years just to keep Starbucks at bay.

In short, Starbucks may have contributed to the Japanese demanding more smoke-free eating establishments and in a way lowering the smoking rate among adults.

but many restaurants still allow smoking in Japan, although the number of non-smoking areas or outright bans is growing.

so, I am in 20% of inside....

Jul 31, 2014

Delicate expressions of love

Studio Ghibli’s latest film, “Omoide no Marnie” (When Marnie Was There), has the capacity to make the audience believe in the power of love thanks to the delicate, meticulously layered expressions that are portrayed one after another.

The film is an adaptation of “When Marnie Was There,” a children’s book masterpiece by British writer Joan G. Robinson.

The secretive beauty of the time the two friends spend together represents its importance. Though the boundaries between reality and fantasy remain ambiguous, its value is unwavering.

At a glance, Ghibli’s latest effort may seem dull for those seeking action and lighthearted fantasy. Yet, Anna’s story of breaking out of her shell and rediscovering the joy of loving and being loved is a compelling journey that everyone can relate to.



Jul 30, 2014

The last surviving member of the U.S. crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died.

He lived in Georgia, He was 93.
It did end the war, Japan gave their unconditional surrender, that's a fact. Whether he felt proud or not, is not my concern, none of us were there, we cannot understand what these men went through and felt, emotionally given the war circumstances at that time.

He said his World War II experience showed that wars and atomic bombs don’t settle anything, and he’d like to see the weapons abolished.
We need to get the personal stories of those still with us before it is literally too late.


Jul 29, 2014

Search Firm Japan Service and company’s performance

A search firm is a company that conducts headhunting and scouts personnel.

In contrast to registration-type "job placement" that place job-seekers based on contingency fees, we begin our search for personnel that companies seek after accepting a retainer fee from the client company.
These activities are not limited to simply matching candidates with client companies, but also involve identifying personnel by utilizing all available sources of information.
A search firm could be described as a company that has the confidence to complete a search once a retainer fee has been received, and that is trusted to search for excellent personnel.

Search Firm Japan is one of the made in japan search agents.

With Western search firms accounting for much of the market in Japan, Search Firm Japan is one of the few Japanese-funded search firms in the market, and has adopted the creation of personnel search and consulting services matching Japanese culture and the characteristics of various industries as its mission.
We search not only for executive-class personnel, but also target all personnel including executive candidates, and young executives with potential, covering a broad range not limited to particular industries.
We provide personnel searches transcending the conventional boundaries of Western executive search and job placement, and we wish for the success of all involved and hope that we are able to contribute to local communities and the Japanese economy.

My company’s performance has been getting much better and stable, but still we have to be very careful.
“I will go on more rationalization of operations!”
I kind of end up doing the same thing…

Jul 28, 2014

"When Marnie was there"

Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...

“Years go by without you, Marnie…17 have come and gone…”

Can't believe it happened in Japan... :'(

A 15-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a classmate and dismembering her body.As always, suspects can't be named, but victims always can.

There are distinctive features of adolescent violence and unfortunately minors do not actually tend to view themselves as invulnerable any more than adults. Instead minors are more likely to behave as if they are invisible because of immaturity, impulsivity, and bad judgment. They lack experience and being less mindful of obligations, responsibilities and consequences they can display an indifference to risk that encourages dangerous behavior. Therefore many minors either learn or come to believe that aggression is a acceptable method for settling interpersonal problems and conflicts encountered in life. In the end this reflects the source of a lot of violence committed by minors. Sadly, however these acts are not necessarily intended but behavior that got out of hand for no good reason at all.

I am going to go with "the girl was already mental in the first place". I think there are plenty of minors out there who can and do handle emancipation pretty well. And I somehow did this one would have stayed out of trouble no matter if she lived with one parent, both, a couple siblings and/or grandparents in the house.

Family troubles like those contribute to delinquency and mental issues. I said contribute, not cause. And as I said earlier, I think the girl already had issues. The death of her mother and whatever compelled her to move away from her father might have pushed her over the edge. "FYI Her Mother passed away last fall and her Father got re-married early this year and she started to live alone away from her Father in April."

A shame that they spent their time and energy trying to instill "the value of life"---most people inherently understand that. Admin should have spent their time identifying those young individuals with signs of incipient mental illness (depression, anxiety, in this case, hints of schizophrenia)...there is so much untreated, hidden mental illness in Japan, it is truly shocking.

Jul 26, 2014


The National High School Baseball Championship of Japan, commonly known as "Summer Kōshien" is an annual nationwide high school baseball tournament. It is the largest scale amateur sport event in Japan, even as soccer continues to gain more attention.The 49 schools taking part in the final tourney represent regional champions of each of the prefectures of Japan.

For third year students, a loss at the tournament signifies an end to their high school baseball career, as there are no other major tournaments for the rest of their academic career. It is common for players to collect soil from the stadium as a souvenir. For third year students, the dirt is kept as memorabilia, whereas lower grade players often use it as motivation to return to the tournament.

As well as professional baseball, Amateur baseball is a popular spectator sport, especially people love to watch high school baseball games. In March and August every year, the national high school baseball championship tournament is held at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya City. It is something like annual event for Japanese and during the tournament period, the 60,000-seat stadium is filled with full of spectacles and they cheer for their local teams. It would be a good idea to to go to the stadium if you stay in Kyoto or Osaka during the period.

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