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29 July 2021

Small is beautiful!

I recently come to think "Small is beautiful" meaning you do not have to seek bigger size. Why not just stay in a small scale, which may be more comfortable? 

I live in Tokyo, where so many tall modern buildings stand. But I am not attracted to such scenery any more. 

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Now I am attracted to traditional district of Kyoto, where wooden low height houses line up. 

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Tall modern buildings consume so much electricity that requires mega power plants causing mass emission of carbon dioxide or radioactives. 

Since so many people gather in small areas, people become more susceptible to infectious disease like the current pandemic. 

Why do we seek higher, bigger, and more gorgeous things? I am fed up with these things. 

Not only the tall modern buildings but ongoing Tokyo Olympics are good example. Why do athletes want to compete with others for the gold medals? To become a hero, or get a prestigious status? 

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What is the significance of competing in Olympics? Is it worth risking their bodies? No way. Just a sport. 

Major corporations utilize them as tools to boost their sales. Olympics are commercial shows. 

This time due to the pandemic, no spectators are at the competition, meaning mass-gathering is a bad way for public health. Instead TV broadcasting worked. 

Why do we need to watch such big events? 

I would rather like to join a small banquet with ten or less people to be entertained by Geishas. So I can get much more closer to real entertainers than televised figures. 

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What should be the goal for humanity? I do not think tall modern buildings and Olympic athletes represents the answer. 

04 July 2021

Film: Black "Annie" Diversity Casting?

A famous classic musical film was remade using a protagonist with a Black skin. Traditionally the protagonist was played by a white girl. 

Is this part of Hollywood's "Diversity Casting" campaign? 

Sounds good. Good musical play. Actors sing very well. I was not bothered by the Black Annie. What I was still bothered was a rich man who adopts Annie was a Black man. 

Maybe a white man adopts a Black girl is not politically correct? 

But how many of white audience enjoy this film? Wasn't it for Black audience?

In the last scene of the film, a Black man kisses a white woman. Is this widely acceptable in U.S.? 

Wasn't this too much of liberal twist?  

I am not being racist but I am realist and view the world from realist perspective. 

Look who was the President of the United States last year. 

I just don't think this casting really fits the current social trend of that country. 

15 June 2021

Don't send athletes to TOKYO, Dear Olympic organisers in the world

Dear Olympic Organisers in the world, who prepare for postponed 2020 TOKYO Olympics, 

 

I, as a Tokyo resident want to deliver the message or warning to you. 

"Don't send your athletes to TOKYO 2020 Summer Olympics in July to August ." 

It is almost a month and a week until start of the Olympics amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

I present 3 main reasons why holding this Olympics is not good. 

  1. Tokyo is not in the mood for festival. 
  2. Unethical Olympics
  3. Lack of medical resources 

 

1. Tokyo is not in the mood for festival 

It's been almost a year and half since the outbreak started. In Japan more than 10000 people died of COVID-19. Worldwide millions died of the virus infection. Life has been restricted. Since last year the state of emergency was declared 3 times in Tokyo. Bars and restaurants are ordered to close by 8PM and no alcohol is served. 2020 Tokyo Olympics was postponed to this year's summer. 

This will go on until the nation is fully vaccinated, which might take another year. Many events related to the Olympics were cancelled. No festival and No excitement in the city. Everyone is wearing masks. Rather, opposition movement has been growing. Last month more than a hundred took to the street near the Olympic main stadium to call for cancellation of the Olympics. 

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Various opinion polls indicate majority of Japanese nationals want to either cancel or re-postpone the Olympics. 

Athletes and their accompanying staff, and journalists who cover the venues will not be welcome by Tokyo citizens. As we are in midst of the pandemic, their activities are strictly limited. No tourism is allowed. People fear foreigners bring virus to the city and cause another clusters. 

2. Unethical Olympics

If the Olympics is cancelled, the risk of spreading the virus would be avoided. But IOC want to go ahead for such risky event together with JOC and the government of Japan. For money? 

Not only risk of spreading the virus but this Olympics has had some other unethical issues. One of the big issues was symbolised by resignation of former Chairman of JOC due to his sexist remarks. Then his position was replaced by a woman. 

Olympics Athlete guideline tells athletes are not allowed to hug but condoms are provided to them. 

The Japanese government has recently been asking schools to halt sports activities of students to avoid crowds.  

Are these incosistent policies? 

3. Lack of medical resources

Japan's vaccination rate is still very low compared to other advanced nations. Vaccination on elderlies has already started nationwide and is expected to complete by the end of July. But even at that point, majority of Japanese would not be vaccinated yet. Even when the Olympics is held, the vaccination should go on meaning many doctors and nurses would be needed. JOC requires 500 of nurses and doctors for the Olympics' 15000 athletes and 70000 accompanying staff and journalists while many people are desperate for vaccination and treatment by licensed doctors and nurses. 

Health experts including Dr. OMI Shigeru, hired by the Japanese government claimed it is abnormal to hold the Olympics in such a period. 

Recently people are dying at home not being admitted to hospitals due to the overcapacity.  

Once the Olympics started, many people move out and gather to watch the games inside and outside the stadiums, that will cause another big clusters. Even you are vaccinated, new strings of coronavirus can possibly cause another infection. At this point there are still many unknown factors.  

Athletes will be seen as disease carriers in Tokyo. Would they be happy staying in Tokyo? They might get another virus by interacting with other people and bring these to their homelands.  

What you should do

Please reconsider the participation in this such risky sports event for the public health of your nation and the world. 

Here in Japan, Tokyo Olympics is called "Operation Imphal" naming after a big fiasco by the Japanese army during second world war in which tens of thousands Japanese soldiers died of hunger in Imphal, India due to the lack of strategy and rationality. 

Tokyo Olympics 2020 is the operation in which we can easily foresee the disaster. 

Please don't send your precious athletes to such unhealthy venue! 

Stay home and stay safe! 

03 April 2021

Will Japan legalise gay marriage?

Last month, one of Japanese district courts, Sapporo District Court ruled that current Civil Law that does not recognise the same sex couple as legitimate married couple is unconstitutional. It was a revolutionary decision for Japanese judicial administration since Japanese constitution claims that marriage is recognised only if both sexes agree. But the court says this statement does not mean gay marriage is banned but to rule only individuals can decide who to marry. In the old days, it was common that parents of the couple decided who to marry without their will. Gay marriage was out of imagination. 

Rather the court paid attention to the other part of constitution that states all the people must be treated equal. So the current Civil law which only admits heterosexual couple to the marriage is unconstitutional. 

However, some claim gay marriage is not allowed in the constitution as says “both sexes” and traditional family value does not conform to gay marriage. 

As for public opinion survey, Asahi Shimbun Newspaper revealed that 65% of Japanese citizens of all ages support gay marriage. 5 years ago it was less than half. The society has drastically changed recently. 

Japanese parliament already has two openly gay members. Their party Constitutional Democratic Party proposes amendment of Civil law. 

Even among conservative side, current ruling party LDP, one of young representatives, KOIZUMI Shinjiro, whose father was Prime Minister between 2001 to 2005, said he is for gay marriage and he would be very considerate father if his child’s sexual orientation was same sex person when asked if he was pro-gay marriage and what he would do if his child was gay. 

Japan is not Christian nation so religious faith would not be an obstacle. Only the old values and peer pressure are problems. I guess it is a matter of time that Japan approve gay marriage legally and socially. 

Currently around 30 nations in the world legalised gay marraige. Among G7 nations Japan is the only nation that does not legalise gay marriage. Marriage equality is an urgent issue if Japan wants to join truly advanced members of the world. 

I would be proud of being Japanese and love my country more than ever if that happens. 

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