Sep 29, 2012

"Beppu Suginoi Hotel"

Last Saturday to Sunday, I stayed a well-known hotel in Beppu,Oita with my family. The hotel is "Beppu Suginoi Hotel"(別府杉乃井ホテル) that has a lot of amusement facility such as a big open-air bath. Almost all people in Kyushu have known the name of it.

It was the first time for us to stay there while the hotel has been running more than 40 years. It has a lot of rooms, we saw a lot of people there.

This photo is a scenery of Beppu city seen from the room where we stayed. The hotel locates at relatively higher place.

Second photo shows a souvenir that has an interesting name. We often see these kinds of souvenirs in sight seeing places.

Sep 25, 2012

American State Department denounced CNN's action on ambassador's diary

The American State Department has denounced the publication and broadcast of the personal record or diary of an ambassador Christopher Stevens even after objections from his family. CNN said the public has right to know what it has learned about the fears and warnings of a terror threat before the attack on the American consulate in Libya. Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack. CNN says it found the journal on the floor of what it called the "largely unsecured" consulate area. State Department official says CNN did not keep its promise to the Stevens family not to use information in the diary in its news reports. He said CNN copied the diary before telling anyone that it had taken it from the place of the attack. CNN says its findings raise questions about why the State Department did not do more to protect Ambassador Stevens. And it asked "why is the State Department now attacking the messenger ?"

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I am not confident about my translation at this time.

Sep 22, 2012

Us expects China and Japan to end their disputes over the islands peacefully

The United States says it expects China and Japan to end their dispute over islands in the East China Sea peacefully. Oabama administration's spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the United States believes good relations between Japan and China help all countries in the region. He also said the United States dose not have an opinion about the ownership of the islands. Relations between China and Japan have been tense since Japan announced last week it plans to buy some of the disputed islands. The islands are controlled by Japan but claimed by China. They are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.   

Sep 17, 2012

US Defense chief expressed concern that territorial dispute result in conflict

United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he is concerned that territorial dispute in the  Asia-Pacific area may result in a conflict that could spread. Mr. Panetta spoke to reporters before arriving Sunday in Tokyo. He is beginning a week-long visit to the area. There were Anti-Japan protests across China Sunday. It is the latest show of public anger against Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Both countries claim the islands that are rich in natural resources. Mr. Panetta urged both countries not to make each other anger.

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Sep 16, 2012

Thousand of Chinese demonstrated outside Japanese Embassy in Beijing

Thousands of Chinese activists have demonstrated outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. They were protesting steps Japan has taken to act on its claim of complete control over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Protesters threw rocks and burned Japanese flags at the Japanese Embassy. But riot police kept them from breaking through a barrier. The protests are the latest in the series of demonstrations that began Tuesday. At that time Japan said it had bought the islands from a private owner. China claims the territory. The dispute intensified Friday after China sent six ships to the waters around the unpopulated islands.  

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Sep 15, 2012


Several days ago, I got a set of post cards that is made as memorial of an old station building that will be demolished on Oct.7. The station is "JR Orio-eki"(JR 折尾駅) that I used to use when I was a high school student.

The demolition of the old building brings me nostalgic feeling. On the other hand I am looking forward to seeing how this area will change after redevelopment in near future.

Sep 11, 2012

Number of visitors to Burma has increased quickly

The number of visitors to Burma has increased quickly in the past year after many international restrictions were ended or reduced. The VOA Steve Embar reports on some of problems the country is facing because of new visitors. About 300,000 foreigners visited Burma in the first seven month of this year. People from Thai land represented the largest group from Asia followed by Japan, China and South Korea. Around 25 percent of visitors were from Europe. The increase in business travelers and visitors has been good for the nation's tourism industry. But, it has also caused problems. Luzi Matzig is head of the Thai-based Asian Trails which supports travel within Asia.  "We ever had any country with such a rapid growth an explosion of growth. Never happen. Our problem now in number of passengers-we can hardly grow because there simply isn't the capacity there in hotel rooms or transport."Currently there are only 25,000 hotels rooms across Burma. This has created a high demand for rooms and led to increased prices. Burma has recognized the need to develop its tourism industry. It is now planing a new international airport close to Rangoon. It is also planing to turn sevral housing areas into hotels. The Asian Develop Bank is preparing a tourism plan for the country. The Burmese goverment says its tourism policy aims to ease poverty and help empower women. I'm Steve Emvor.  

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Burma is one of countries where I want to visit someday.

Sep 3, 2012

Movie of cycling road

Last Sunday, I run my bike on my routine route early morning. This time, I took a movie while riding my bike.

It is a little bit monotonous, but can bring the feeling of riding a bike on the road to you, I think.

Team from Tokyo visited the disputed islands in East China Sea

Team from city of Tokyo visited a group of very small islands in the Pacific that are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. The team of 25 specialists from Tokyo and officials and reporters sailed around the five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea on Sunday. They measured the depth of water near the islands in preparation for building a landing place. Japan's central government did not give the group permission to land on the islands. China criticized the visit. It said that any action by Japan on the islands is illegal and invalid.