Dec 30, 2012


I stopped to use "Puro-Pan Gasu"(プロパンガス) (liquid gas) for cooking and heating water in my house last Saturday. Instead, now my family have used "IH, induction heating" cooking ware and "Eco-Kyuto"(エコキュート) that is name of a product that heats water by using electricity at lower price during midnight. People in Japan call it "All -Denka"(オール電化).

And next year, we will have solar power generation system on our house's roof.

Off course, it costs a lot of money, but I have decided the replacement from some reason.

There are concerns that payment for using electricity will rise in near future because electric power companies in Japan have suspended  their operations of nuclear power stations since the Fukushima accidents. But, I am looking forward to seeing how much money we will get from the solar system.

Dec 27, 2012

China on alert after Japan scramble jets over E.China Sea

China says it is being watchful after Japan sent fighter jets over the East China Sea. Japanese media report Japan ordered the flights near China after discovering a Chinese observer plane in air space near the disputed islands in the East China Sea. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told reporters Tuesday China will pay close attention to Japan's decision. Hua Chunying say the observer plane was on normal operation.

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中国は日本が東シナ海に戦闘機を送ったため、警戒していると発表した。日本の報道機関は日本が東シナ海の領有問題となっている島近くの空域で中国の監視飛行機を発見した後、戦闘機を送ったとレポートしている。中国外務省の女性報道官はレポーターに中国は日本の決定を注視していると言った。華 春瑩(ファ・チュンイン)は監視飛行機は定例のパトロール中だったと言った。

My thought/opinion on this issue
I have come across an interesting web-page that is written in Japanese. It is the web-site of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan. The Japanese sentence looks a little bit unnatural because I think it is translated from Chinese. 

Dec 23, 2012

Longest serving member of US senate dies

The American Senator Daniel Inoue of Hawaii has died at the age of 88. Senator Inoue suffered lung problems. He had been in a hospital in Washington DC since December 6 when he fainted in his office at the Capitol. Senator Inoue was a member of the Democratic Party. He was serving his ninth six-year term in the Senate when he died. He entered Congress in 1959 as the first representative to the new state of Hawaii. He served in the House of Representatives for one full two-year term before winning a seat in the Senate. Daniel Inoue was one of the most influential members of the United States Congress.


My thought/opinion on this issue
I have first learned the name of Mr.Inoue after reading this article in Asahi. I am a little bit sorry that the VOA's news does not tell about his work to improve the relationship between two countries.

Dec 12, 2012

China predicted to overtake as economic power by 2030

An American government report says China is expected to become the world's leading economic power by 2030. However, the report says the United States will remain a top world leader. The Office of the Director of Intelligence released the report. It predicts that Asia will lead North America and Europe combined in terms of economic power, population, military spending and technological investment. The report says the middle class will expand throughout the world. It also says that majority of the world will not be in poverty for the first time. Intelligence experts also say that half the world's population will live in areas with severe water problems by 2030. The report also expects that Middle East will remain the most politically unpredictable part of the world.

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Dec 6, 2012

Nobel laureates urge China to release peace prize winner

More than 100 Nobel prize winners are urging China's next President Xi Jimpin to free Chinese dissident and Novel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. 134 Novel winners from around the world sent a letter to Mr. Xi Tuesday. They asked him to immediately and unconditionally release Liu Xioabo. He is serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting anti-government activities. The Nobel prize winners also want Liu Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia, freed from house arrest. She was placed under house arrest after her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

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Dec 1, 2012

Phillippines joins Vietnam in refusing stamp new Chinese passport

The Philippines has become the second Asian nation to refuse to recognize China's new electronic passports. The passports include a map showing the South China Sea's disputed waters as Chinese territory. The Philippine foreign ministry said Wednesday that marking the Chinese passport could be seen as accepting what it calls China's excessive territorial claim. The South China Sea is claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. India has also objected to the Chinese map which shows two Indian-controlled Himalayan areas  as part of China.

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