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Today is the 10 years anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. About fifteen thousand people died in this earthquake. I posted my writing on Facebook on that day. After I wrote it, I knew that nuclear power plants were broken by this earthquake and tsunami, and that the radiation was diffusing from there. Many people must have been evacuated from their homes.


My writing on that day

Today, at about 3 p.m, the largest earthquake in recorded history since about 130 years ago occurred in Japan. The Japanese Meteorological Office announced that the magnitude was 8.8. This earthquake is about 150 times as large as the Grate Hanshin Earthquake which occurred on January 17th, 1995 in Japan. This earthquake center is the offing of Miyagi Prefecture and Ibaragi Prefecture. Tsunami will rush along the Pacific coast of Japan at once. Already in Miyagi, many people are being washed away by the tsunami and are dead. And many people are dying by being crushed under collapsing houses, buildings and landslides. The total death toll may be several thousands people. Now, the traffic of Touhoku area and areas around Tokyo is stopping, so many people can't go home. They must choose to either go home by walking or wait there until the traffic moves. And some people are spending time in shelters because of fear of tsunami and the danger that buildings may collapse. Japan has many earthquakes, but it doesn't have many large earthquakes like this. We can not win over the power of the earth.


To friends of Facebook

Thank you for your concern. I am OK. But my mother was crying in fear. My damages were that some aquarium with Japanese rice-fish fell from a rack and some of them were dead, and my room was drenched with water and some books fell from a book rack. Now, the aftershocks are occurring. We must beware of the tsunami.

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Do you want to become a politician?

If you want to become rich, you should do business.

If you want to become famous and popular, you should become an actor, actress or entertainer.

You should not become a politician asking for those things.

Only people who want to work for their nations should become politicians.

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The Democratic candidate for U.S president, Joe Biden, won the U.S presidential election in 2020. But the Republican candidate for U.S president, Donald Trump, insists that the election was unfair, so he refuses to accept the results. And some of his supporters broke into the White House on the day that Joe Biden was approved as the U.S President.

In democratic countries, when elections have finished, nations must follow the results even if a candidate whom they didn't support won the election. If they don't admit the results of elections and use violence in order to pass their opinions and stay in power, they become a despotic government. If you say you don't trust elections because they are unfair. your country is not a democratic country. I think the U.S is a democratic country. Or do they need the United Nations election monitoring team? I hope not.

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The ex - U.S President Obama has published his memoir recently. A mistranslation in his book became a topic in Japan. He said that "A pleasant if awkward fellow" about a Japanese prime minister Hatoyama in those days. Japanese media reported that Obama criticized Hatoyama because the phrase "A pleasant if awkward fellow" is translated as the word "awkward fellow" was emphasized. However, some Japanese translators pointed out the mistranslation. They said that the phrase emphasized the word "pleasant". Hatoyama also noticed the mistranslation and said "Read the original sentence". Mistranslations may become a big problem. Have you failed with mistranslations or came across them?

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I am a cat

I am a cat. I don't remember where I was born. One day, I found myself being on the street with my brother. We seemed to have been thrown away. We walked around for a few days feeling hunger, but we couldn't find anything to eat. We mewed for a while because we were totally helpless, and then the door of a house opened. We got in the house. There was a man in the house and he was talking to his wife. They seemed to be arguing about us. She didn't seem to like us. After a while, two other people joined the argument. They seemed to be the man's son and daughter. The daughter said that they could have only one of us, but the son said that they should have both of us. The man who let us get in this house seemed to be the master of this family. The son insisted that they should have both of us because separating us would be too cruel. Thanks to the son, we got to live in this house. We were glad because we didn't need to be worried about food, rain, the cold and crows. I was not sure why the son liked us, but the reason might be my brother. As soon as he got in this house, he ran to the son and fawned upon him. Even if I do say so myself, we were cute.

For a few days after we got in the house, the son and the daughter were earnest about washing us. He took fleas from us and she washed our bodies in the shower. I don't like showers, so I always resist being washed in the shower. They named me Char and my brother Kie. We are glad to be able to eat food and shelter ourselves from rain and the cold. I am a friendly cat, so I got along with the members of the family soon, but my brother is shy, so he often hides in a closet. We like going out, but they prevented us from it because they think that outside world is dangerous for cats. They seem to be worried about us being hit by a car and fighting stray cats. And I heard that a cat that they had before didn't come back home after going outside. However, we often go out catching them off guard.

I have lived in this house for nine years, but my brother is no longer here with me. He has not come back since after going out five years ago. Their anxiety has become a reality. They were very worried about him and looked for him as much as they could. Where have you gone? What are you doing now? Though I became the only cat in this house, I am still happy to live here. Well, I am hungry, so I will ask them for a meal.


8065394484?profile=RESIZE_710xI am on the right hand side of the picture.

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It is interesting that images of colors are different for each country. Images of yellow are happy、fun and glad in Singapore, as well as Australia. They have positive images in many countries but England seems to have negative images like unpleasant or abnormality. By comparison, Cina seems to have an image of yellow as the most beautiful color, which shows neutrality. It is interesting that a color is liked in one country and isn't liked in another country, isn't it?

I think that images of green are peace and nature, and images of black are death and evil in many countries. Mournings clothes are black in Europe, America and Japan, but in Vietnam and China, the color is white. It is interesting.

What images do you or your country have about colors? Red and white are joyous colors in Japan. They are used as the Japanese national flag. Blue is also liked in Japan. Japan is surrounded by sea, so we are closely related to the sea. The main color of the Japanese national football team is blue.

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Sometimes, people show their frustrations with their government through demonstrations. Some of them are peaceful, and some of them are violent. Governments often regard them as dangerous, so they sometimes suppress them. They are afraid of social disorder. 

If people demonstrate violently, their government has an excuse for attacking them violently. If people demonstrate peacefully, there is no excuse for attacking them violently. But recently, I have seen police attacking journalists and people violently who are demonstrating peacefully. We must not allow violence like that. 

In democratic countries, people can express their opinions on their government through elections. However, if it is a one-party dictatorship, how can they do it? Aren't demonstrations a choice? What do you think about demonstration?

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Amazing voice

I think everybody agrees that Whitney Houston is one of the greatest female singers. Her voice was amazing and she had great success as a singer from the middle of the 80's to the 90's. You can listen to her amazing voice in her cover song "I Will Always Love You".

However, she had a difficult time from 2000 to 2008. She got hooked on drugs and was violently attacked by her husband. She must have realized that she shouldn't keep going on in such a situation. She divorced her husband and attended a therapy program for drug dependency.

She released a new album in 2009 after she overcame hardships and she sang songs about her revival in the album. I like this album more than any other of her albums because this album shows the power that a woman has when trying to overcome hardships. My favorite song on this album is "I look to you". Three years after she released this album, she suddenly passed away. This song was sung by R. Kelly at her funeral. It was so touching. 

I Will Always Love You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK4hweZRU0k

I look to you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTSlKG2ZCq8

"I look to you" sung by R. Kelly at her funeral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLvDN07O5M8

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Once upon a time, there was a mountain in a village where elderly people were thrown away to reduce the number of mouths to feed. Ichiro, who lived in the village, was a very poor farmer and lived with his mother, wife, and three children. They didn't have enough food so his children cried every day because of their hunger. Ichiro's mother pitied her grandchildren and asked him to leave her at a place deep in the mountain. She thought that the little food that they had should be shared among everyone in his family except her because she thought that she wouldn't live much longer than them. 

One day. he decided to leave her at a place deep in the mountain after much agonizing. When he was walking toward the depths of the mountain carrying her on his back, he noticed that she sometimes dropped petals one by one. He asked her, "Why are you dropping petals?" She answered, "It is because you can get back without getting lost." When he heard that, he realized how deep his mother's love was. He was very ashamed of his attempt to throw his mother away, and went back home with his mother. Though they were poor, they lived together happily ever after.

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The three most famous warlords in Japan

Four hundred years ago, the Imperial court of Japan didn't have much power and there were many warlords everywhere in Japan. They fought each other in order to keep their opponents under their control.

Oda Nobunaga beat most of his opponents and almost succeeded in keeping his all opponents under his control, but he was assassinated by his subordinate just before his final victory.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a distinguished subordinate of Oda, he fought against and beat Oda's subordinate who assassinated Oda. Then he brought the whole country under his rule.

After Toyotomi Hideyoshi died, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was also a distinguished subordinate of Oda, beat Toyotomi's family and subordinates and opened the Edo Bakufu. Bakufu is the Japanese government headed by a shogun.

Oda Nobunaga was cruel and sharp, and looked down on people clinging to vested interests. He was definitely a reformer. Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a social and sympathetic person, so he was good at making allies. Also, he was a man of action and good at fighting. Tokugawa Ieyasu was a cautious and perseverant person. He was good at stratagems.

There are three short phrases that describe their characters,

Oda Nobunaga would say this, "Oh little cuckoo, if you don't sing for me, I will order someone to kill you."

Toyotomi Hideyoshi would say this, "Oh little cuckoo, if you don't sing for me, I will make you sing."

Tokugawa Ieyasu would say this, "Oh little cuckoo, If you don't sing for me, I will wait for you to sing."

Which character do you like most?

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The source of the new coronavirus

Various raw meats are sold in Chinese food markets. When we deal with raw meat, we must be thorough with food safety management because pathogens in raw meat propagate easily in dirty places. Food safety management in the food market in Wuhan seems not to be thorough. It is said that the source of the new coronavirus is bats.

However, there is the other terrible fact that the food market in Wuhan where the new coronavirus was first found is only 30 km away from the institute for virus research. Of course, I don't affirm that the new coronavirus was leaked to the outside by mistake. It is a small possibility. I read about it in the news. Some scientists refer to it and warn that the management of viruses in the institute is not thorough. I hope the new coronavirus doesn't spread any further and the source will be found soon so that the same thing will not happen again.

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The Chinese doctor who first discovered the new Coronavirus died from the new Coronavirus transferred from his patient. He first discovered it last December in a patient who came from the food market in Wuhan. He told other doctors about it, but he was arrested by the Chinese authorities on a charge of spreading false information. He said that he could not deal with the new Coronavirus well because the Chinese Government forbade him to say anything about it.

At the moment, in China, the number of people who are infected with the new Coronavirus is about 30000 and the number of deaths due to it is about 600. The numbers are increasing and the new Coronavirus is spreading around the world. If the Chinese government had dealt with the new Coronavirus when they first heard about it from the doctor, there might not be such a serious situation.

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His son became a song

If you are in deep sorrow and can't get over it, what should you do? You may wait for it to go away on its own, but you can't know how long it goes on. However, something may heal you from it.

Eric Clapton is a great musician and he was in deep sorrow in 1991. He lost his four-year-old son in March of 1991. His son fell to his death from the fifty-third floor of an upscale apartment in New York. We can't know how sad he was, and if he can ever recover. However, he must have recognized that he had to get over it and move on. A few months after his son's death, he wrote a song. It must have been given to him by his son, and it healed not only him but also the people listening who had the same experience as him. His son became the song.


Tears in Heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I'll find my way, through night and day
'Cause I know I just can't stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

Beyond the door
There's peace I'm sure.
And I know there'll be no more...
Tears in heaven


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It is said that a huge meteorite whose diameter is from 10km to 15km struck the earth sixty-five million years ago. The meteorite impact swirled up dirt and dust until the sky was almost covered. It caused cooling of the earth and all dinosaurs died out because of it. If the meteorite impact had not happened, dinosaurs would have survived and human beings would not have emerged. In that case, dinosaurs may have developed like humans and they could have had their own civilization. Anyway, we are here thanks to the meteorite impact.

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A mistake results in success

Let me introduce Mr.Tanaka Kouichi, a Japanese chemist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2002. He invented a method of mass spectrometry of protein that is useful for the early detection of disease. The process of his invention is interesting. One day, he mixed a solution A with a solution B by mistake, but the mixture contributed significantly to his invention. It is interesting that a mistake results in success. Have you ever experienced something like that?

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About four hundred years ago, there was a shogun who opened Edo bakufu. Bakufu is the Japanese word for a feudal government headed by a shogun. He fought against many generals before he became a shogun and he mostly defeated them. However, he was once defeated by a general, and it is said that he pooped his pants with fear when he fled on horseback. It is also said that he made a painter draw a picture of him pooping his pants in order not to forget the humiliation. It seemed to give him motivation like 'I don't ever want to feel miserable like that again" when looking at it before fighting other generals. He changed the failure to his power. Do you have failure that you should not forget?

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A traditional Japanese drum

I will introduce a traditional Japanese drum. There are several traditional Japanese instruments, but the drum is the most famous and popular instrument in Japan. The size of the drum varies from large to small, and the playing style also varies. Sometimes they are played by a person and sometimes they are played by a group. When a group plays them, the sound has a beautiful harmony.

This is Kodo's promotional video. Kodo is one of the most famous groups that played the drum. Enjoy the sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzOVthBhxnE

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The first digestive organ

What digestive organ do you think of first? You probably think of the stomach. However, in fact, the first digestive organ is the mouth and teeth. We first chew food, and then it is sent to the stomach. Chewing food well helps your stomach digest it. Bad teeth are not only a burden on your stomach but also deprive you from the pleasure of eating. This is very unfortunate because eating is one of the most important and pleasant things for us. Do you care about your teeth? How do you care about your teeth?

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I feel that mass murder has been increasing recently, especially in the U.S. I often hear we must take measures against it such as gun control, mental health care, prohibiting violent movies and video games and so on. However, they seem not to be working so far. Even if we have strict gun control, murderers can kill many people in other ways. On the other day in Japan, a murderer killed 35 people by setting fire to some spread out gasoline. It is impossible to notice and treat the mental illnesses of all people who may commit mass murder. Even if we prohibit violent movies and video games, they would keep existing illegally. 

Nothing can be done about it? I think that the most important thing is to know the importance of life. If they kill people, those people are no longer alive. The victim's family and friends will feel deep sorrow, and anger for the assaulters. I think mass murderers can't understand their sorrow. How can we tell people about the importance of life? Especially to people who may commit mass murder, though it is very difficult to find them, Are there any effective measures against mass murder? What can we, as individuals and as a society, do in order to prevent mass murder?

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Does society create mass murders?

I discussed mass murder with a woman a few days ago. She said that society is also responsible for mass murders. However, I don't like this opinion. Of course, there are various problems in all countries, but there isn't any excuse that would support the ideas that we allow mass murder. She seemed to shift the responsibility of mass murderers to society, as if to say "Society creates mass murderers."

There are many people who live without committing a serious crime in the same society, even if they have frustrations with their societies. I think most mass murderers attribute their unfortunate conditions to society and others, not to themselves. This is very selfish.  People who killed many people must be responsible for their actions. Then, we should investigate their backgrounds of their actions so that mass murder will not happen again.

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