Jan 24, 2013

Three people were wounded in a shooting in Texas

Three people have been wounded in a shooting at a college near the city of Houston, Texas. Police say a student and another person were arguing Tuesday at Lone Star college. They took out guns and shot at each other. One gunman was wounded. Two people nearby were also shot. It is not clear if the wounds are serious. Police say both people who are believe to be the gunmen have been arrested. Tuesday's shooting come as the United States is debating the issue of gun control. President Obama has called for stricter gun control. But opponents say the American Constitution permits the right to have weapons.


My opinion on this issue
I have picked up this news because the incident happened in a city of USA where my friend lives.

Jan 22, 2013

Japan has started to investigate the hostage crisis in Algeria

Japan's Prime Minister gathered a group of government officials Sunday to investigate the hostage crisis in Algeria. Shinzo Abe says he called the meeting after Algeria's government said Japanese nationals may have died in the attack on the natural gas production center. A spokesman for Japanese engineering company said four more workers at the gas center have been found alive, bringing the total found to seven. The company has 78 workers at the gas center. The company's  president went to Algeria on Saturday.


My thought/opinion on this issue
This terrible news has shown that Japan is in very difficult situation in these cases. Many Japanese have worked aboard and some are in such places that might be targeted by terrorists. In some meaning, they are working to strengthen Japan's economy. But, there are not more important things than humans's life. all Japanese may think.

Jan 15, 2013

"Michi no Eki"


We often see a place called "Michi no Eki"(道の駅).along major roads in local area. In my direct translation, it is "a station on road". It gives a place for drivers to stop and have a short rest. It often has attracting places like souvenir shop, farmer's market and "Onsen"(温泉).

Last Sunday, I visited a "Michi no Eki" called "おおとう桜街道" in Ootou Machi with my wife and daughter. It took about 50 minutes by car from my house. Our main purpose was to use its "Onsen".

We were surprised to see its big colored lights. But we could not understand that one of them shapes a form of Mt. Fuji.

The "Michi no Eki" is famous for having a very luxurious rest room that costs one hundred million yen. Unfortunately, I could not use it because its closed time.

Jan 13, 2013

French Air Force has carried out an airstrike in Mali to support the government forces(20130113)

The French Air Force has carried out an airstrike in Mali to support government forces in their campaign against Islamist militants. Late Friday, Malian officials said the airstrike has stopped the rebel offensive. On Friday, France said it had deployed troops to Mali at the request of the country's government. French President Francois Hollande said French forces are helping to fight what he called "terrorist elements" in Mali. He said the operation will last as long as necessary. Mali is a former French colony. Troops from Nigeria and Senegal are also in Mali to help government forces. Officials in Mali declared a national state of emergency Friday. And Thursday, officials ordered all schools in the capital to close.   

original news日本語のニュース


My thought/opinion on this issue
The attack against Islamist militants might cause another terrorism against West、I think.


Jan 12, 2013

Japan's government approved a program to strengthen economy

In Japan, the government has approved a program to try to strengthen the world's third largest economy. The program is expected to cost about 117 billion dollars. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the plan will bring immediately help to Japan's economy which fell back into recession last year. He said the plan will create about 600,000 new jobs.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
I am not an economist, so I don't know how the program works well. But, I think there is a large amount of surplus money that elder people in Japan have and law makers should create measures to get rid of their anxiety on their daily life and to urge them to spend their money, I think.

Jan 7, 2013

Google's chairman has a plan to visit North Korea

The chairman of the Internet company, Google, is reported to be planing a trip to North Korea. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Eric Shmidt will take part in a private humanitarian visit led by former New Mexico governor, Bill Richardson. The trip could come as soon as this month. It is unclear whom the delegation will meet in North Korea. The country does not have diplomatic relations with the United States. The communist state, North Korea, is considered to have the most severe Internet restrictions in the world.

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Jan 5, 2013

Turkey has begun talk with Kurdish rebel leader in jail(20130105)

The Turkish government is in talks with the jailed Kurdish rebel leader, Abdullah Ocalan. An adviser to Turkish Prime Minister has confirmed that Turkish intelligence officers have begun talks with the leader of the Kurdish group, PKK. PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party, has been fighting the Turkish state since 1984. The fight for a separate Kurdish territory has claimed almost 40,000 lives. Turkey would like the rebel to surrender their weapons this spring.

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Jan 4, 2013

Burma admits air strikes targeted Kachin rebels(20130104)

The Burmese government has confirmed that it carried out air strikes this week against rebels in northern Burma. The government officials told VOA on Wednesday that "training jets" were used against ethnic rebels in Kachin state. He says the air strikes were meant to answer attacks by the Kachin independence organisation. Some government officials have early denied carrying out an air offensive in rebel-held territory. But officials later said the army have used air strikes to help recapture a base during an increase in fighting that began last week. Each side has blamed the other for increased violence. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in northern Burma since June of 2011.That was when the fighting between the army and Kachin rebels began, ending a 17-year ceasefire.     

original news・日本語のニュース


My thought/opinion on this issue
I have paid attention to the development of the country after military rule had ended. But I have first learned that the country has this kind of problem. Ethnic problem is often uncovered after rule by  strong power has ended, I think. 

Jan 3, 2013

"gantan" January 1,2013

This year started with snow in my area, northern Kyushu. The cold weather has continued recent days, although it had been relatively warm in winter a few years ago. (we call it "dan-tou"(暖冬).)

I went to "Aeon, Wakamatsu-Futajima"(イオン若松二島店) on the day to buy several foods that I brought to my mother's house. It opened at 8:30 am. A lot of people were waiting in line for its open when I arrived there at 8:20 am.

Almost all stores were closed January 1 to 3 about 20 years ago. People's life style has changed. Now, people get easily things whenever they want. But, I don't know whether this is really good.