Archive | October, 2012

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

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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.