Tag Archives: Japan

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).

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.