The global gender gaps

28 Oct

According to the global gender gap report 2012, Japan ranked 101st out of 135 countries.
They examined four fundamental categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. Although Japan did not rank so worse in health and survival category (34th; I think it’s still bad), it ranked 102nd in economic participation and opportunity, 81st in educational attainment, and 110th in political empowerment.
I didn’t think the gender gap in Japan is small, but I didn’t believe that Japan ranked worse like this.
How disappointing!
I think Japan can hardly be regarded as a developed country.
On the other hand, this result also encourages me somehow…
Although I might exaggerate, I think it would be enough that I can be proud of myself, not my nation.

Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to read this interesting report in detail.
http://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2012

Start to cement the World Heritage Site, Heijo-kyu Remains (平城宮跡)

10 Oct

I heard very surprising news this morning.

The grassland around Heijo-kyu Remains (Heijo Palace Remains), which is one of the world heritage sites in Japan, is going to be paved with cement.

According to this webpage ( http://narapress.jp/hjk/ ) and this article ( http://www.ac.auone-net.jp/~nara-koe/news245.html ), the MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) has planed to cement grassland which have preserved remains for over one thousand years, and it is about 45,000 square meters of land. The MLIT said it is a park improvement project. Their goal is to enable people to walk the park easily. However, they didn’t investigate the influence of groundwater by the construction.

Moreover, the Agency of Cultural Affairs didn’t report the project to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. Since the World Heritage Committee demanded the removal of the car park near Suzakumon that was cemented two years ago, the Heijo-kyu remains might be no longer appreciated as a world heritage if this plan will be implemented. Citizens concerned about the reduction of grassland and a bad effect on underground remains, called for MLIT to halt the project.

To be honest, I’ve never been to Heijo-kyu remains although I’ve been to the Nara park area where there are Todai-ji, Kasuga-taisha, Kofuku-ji, Nara National Museum, and so on. Nara is abundant in nature and we can feel the Japanese history there. I oppose this project which can cause ecological damage. We must protect historical remains, beautiful scenery and magnificent nature.

* Heijo-kyu was located in the north of Heijo-kyo which was the Japanese capital city in the Nara period (710 – 794).

“The Nuclear Sacrifice of Our Children: 14 recommendations to help radiation contaminated Japan”

8 Oct

“The Nuclear Sacrifice of Our Children: 14 recommendations to help radiation contaminated Japan”
You can also read in Japanese, in French and in German.

The Japanese media have reported very little on the risks of nuclear power. Because of this, It is difficult for people to really understand the seriousness of this issue. I think it is important for me to read articles on this issue so that I can have a better understanding of it, allowing me to helpdisseminate information on the topic.

Climate of Aalborg and Osaka

16 Sep

Here in Aalborg, the temperature is about 10 to 15 degrees.
Although I feel warm in the sunshine, it’s already cold like November in Osaka.
In my hometown, Osaka City, it’s still hot.
The current temperature in Osaka is around 25 to 30 degrees.
When I arrived in Denmark two weeks ago, I was really surprised at its coldness.
It was colder than I expected.
I think it’s because of the time when I arrived. It was almost midnight.

It’s getting colder in Osaka, but it rarely gets below zero unlike Denmark.
The average is around 5 degrees at the coldest times in Osaka, and we have little snow.
On the other hand, it reaches about 36 degrees in August in Osaka.
It’s really hot and humid.
However, I believe that the most uncomfortable month in Osaka (or almost all regions in Japan) is June.
It rains all day and almost every_day in June.
Some of you might know, it’s Tsuyu (梅雨), the rainy season.
However I’m sure that I will miss such a humid season in Osaka if I live for a long time in a cold place like Denmark.

Thanks a lot.

Life in Aalborg, Denmark

8 Sep

I’ve been in Aalborg since last week.
I’ll stay and study at an university as a guest student for about three months.
It’s my first time coming to Europe!
My life in Denmark has just started.
In fact, it’s my first time to live alone because students who have good access to their university in Japan usually live with their family and so do I in Japan.
While Danish is the national language, we study and discuss in English at the university.
However, living in Denmark is tougher than expected since I can’t understand Danish at all.
Some words are similar to English, though.
I hope I’ll get used to the life in Denmark soon!

I hope you could tell me about cities in Denmark and nearby countries!
I hope I can go on a trip if I have any chance.
I think I will have few chances to come to Europe again because it’s really far from Japan.

Thank you very much for reading.

I’m melting…

31 Jul

Here in Osaka, it’s very hot every day with the temperature reaching around 35 deg.
It’s getting hotter every year in Japan.
Next Thursday, I’m going to watch a baseball game in a ball park, the Koshien stadium.
In the mornings, cicadas are shrilly singing near my house.
After the sunset, it’s still humid.

Bye.

TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

10 Jun

TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

In this talk, the speaker talked about the public education system.
(He is brilliant and humorous!)

He believes that public education system around the world is wrong and it deprives children of their creativity.
At school, children are taught knowledge and what is right or wrong.
What they have to do is usually going the right things that they are taught.
It makes them consider making mistakes as shameful things, so they can seldom take the chance to do something creative in such a situation.
He also mentioned that math and languages are considered to be the most important subjects while arts and music are the least important.
There is the same order of priority of subjects in every education system around the world.
There is a consistent order of priority for school subjects in every education system around the world.
He believes we should treat all subjects with the same status, with the same importance.
These are the reasons why he thinks school kill creativity.
In conclusion, he stated that we should rethink the fundamental principles of education.

I totally agree with him.
The Japanese education system is the same as the one he explained.
We are taught what is right or wrong, and we eager to remember what the teachers say and what we’ve learned from textbooks in order to obtain good grades.
As he also mentioned in the talk, the whole system of education is process of university entrance.
As he also mentioned in the talk, the whole education system is a process for university entrance.
Almost all high school students in Japan are studying just to pass the entrance exam, regardless of their interests.
What is worse, passing the entrance exam of university is extraordinarily harder than graduating from university in Japan.
And We are evaluated ourselves by our grades on subjects such as math and languages, not arts and music.
That’s why students regard the subjects not required by universities as less important.

In my case, since history and geography were not included in the entrance exam for my university, I didn’t study these subjects much.
I deeply regret that I didn’t study them.
As adults, we have become unwilling to try new things, or even ask questions, because we’re frightened of failures.
I think it’s because we’ve been taught that making mistakes is wrong and something shameful
In Japan, there are usually no questions raised in classes even though students have a questions.

It’s because they’re embarrassed to speak out in class and afraid of standing out.
The education system should be changed.
But how?
I would like you to share your opinion or the education system in your country.