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Journal Vol. 65

Posted by Junichi Kawagoe on 01.2010 Today in History / Daily Report   0 comments   0 trackback

....Today's Hapon

On Launching New Year's Day...

Hard to say, to make matters even more incredible, I completely failed to start the new year as a crucial point of this year for some reason and have to accept the fact which was occurred by my own behavior.

That happened as a result, now what is kept in my mind newly is not to drag it but to advance forward.
Actually I am now thinking about that for me it was the nice incident to start a new year, that is why now that I no longer need to fear the fail I might do from now on getting along this year.
I am wondering that this day could be considered like that.
Anyway, I can't help but say, whatever happened to me, A Happy New Year!

【今日は何の日】1月1日  Mary - Mother of God [Christian]



    誕生:聖徳太子(574) ロレンツォ・デ・メディチ(フィレンツェの大富豪1449)
       グレゴリウス13世(1502) 豊臣秀吉(武将1536) 
       J・D・サリンジャー(作家1919) 細川隆一郎(1919) 田端義夫(1919)
       倉本聰(作家1935) 水野久美(女優1937) 香山美子(女優1944) 
       尾崎紀世彦(歌手1945) 高橋源一郎(作家1951) 夢枕獏(作家1951) 
       沢田亜矢子(女優1953) 大友康平(歌手1956) 役所広司(俳優1956)
       ジミー大西(タレント1964)  増田明美(1964) 堂本光一(タレント1979)
    誕生花:スノードロップ (Snow Drop)   花言葉:希望
    *1月 JANUARY*ローマの上ヤヌス(Janus)に捧げられた月、

    【青果】 白菜、しろねぎ、小松菜、せり、大根
    【旬魚】 ぶり、たい、こい、かき、たら、えび
    【時候の挨拶】厳寒 厳冬 寒気 寒風 真冬 降雪 霜柱 木枯らし 初春
           新春 松の内

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竹にフシがなければ、ズンベラボーで、とりとめがなくて、風雪に耐えるあの強さも生まれてこないであろう。竹には やはりフシがいるのである。同様に、流れる歳月にもやはりフシがいる。ともすれば、とりとめもなく過ぎていきがちな日々である。せめて年に一回はフシをつ くって、身辺を整理し、長い人生に耐える力を養いたい。そういう意味では、お正月は意義深くて、おめでたくて、心もあらたまる。常日ごろ考えられないこと も考えたい。無沙汰のお詫びもしてみたい。そして、新たな勇気と希望も生み出したい。すがすがしくて、さわやかで、お正月はいいものである。


Daily Report

Posted by Junichi Kawagoe on 01.2010 Today in History / Daily Report   0 comments   0 trackback
しょう 2010年1月1日 金曜日 元日 New Year's Day  Mary - Mother of God [Christian]

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2010年1月1日より NHKネット英字新聞の”毎日完全読破” の日課:
本日実行達成 本日で1日目


Japan on the first day of the New Year 2010

Posted by Junichi Kawagoe on 01.2010 News Out of English Newspaper   0 comments   0 trackback
Japan's population continues to decline

Japan's population is continuing to decline with an increasingly graying society and low birthrate.

The health and welfare ministry says about one-million 69,000 children were born across Japan in 2009. That's down 22,000 babies from a year earlier.

One-million 144,000 people died in 2009, up 2,000 people from the previous year.
The ministry says the annual number of deaths has increased continuously since 2001.

This resulted in Japan's largest-ever natural population decline of 75,000. The number of deaths surpassed that of births for the 3rd straight year.

The ministry says the average number of children born per woman in her lifetime is likely to level off around the 2008 figure of 1.37.

The ministry says it expects Japan's population to remain on the decline as the population of women of productive age is decreasing while the society is rapidly aging.

2010/01/01 04:37(JST)
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Number of people turned 20 marks record low

The number of Japanese people who turned 20 in 2009 marked a record low.

Twenty is the age of majority in Japan.

A survey conducted by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry shows that one point two-seven million Japanese people reached the age of majority in 2009.

It's the lowest number since the ministry started collecting such data in 1968 and the first time it has dropped below one-point-three million.

Twenty-year-olds represent one percent of the Japanese population -- also a record-low ratio.

The number of Japanese people who turned 20 reached its peak in 1970 with two point four-six million. After 1994, when two point zero-seven million people turned 20, the number has been decreasing ever since.

Experts say the number of 20-year-olds will continue to fall. It says the number will be about one-point-two million in ten years.

2009/12/31 18:57(JST)
(JST: UTC+9hrs.)

Jobseekers receive hot food in Tokyo

Amid the prolonged recession, about 330 unemployed or homeless people made a line for hot food in a park of Tokyo on Thursday. They received soup and rice from volunteer workers.

Every year, volunteer groups provide food during the New Year's holidays for people living on the streets.

This year, the Tokyo municipal government set up temporary housing for the unemployed who are currently applying for jobs. Thanks to the service, few jobseekers in their 20s and 30s are joining the line, but more older people are.

A man in his 50s said he has barely survived this year while looking for a job. He said only a few jobs have been available for him and his hardship is unchanged from last year.
One of the organizers said many people have to live on the street, because despite of their desire to work, they cannot get any job opportunities. He added that the government has to do more to help such people.

2009/12/31 18:57(JST)
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4 people killed in shooting in Helsinki

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At least 4 people are dead after a shooting incident at a shopping mall near the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

Local TV stations reported that at least 3 men and one woman were shot to death. The shootings took place in the city of Espoo on Thursday morning.

Police have identified the gunman as a 43-year old man. They are currently searching for the suspect.

Reports said that shoppers were evacuated from the mall. The building houses more than 170 shops.

Finland has suffered a series of shooting rampages in recent years. 10 people were shot dead when a male student opened fire at a vocational school in 2008.
8 people were also shot dead in 2007 when a male student went on a shooting spree at a high-school.

2009/12/31 20:59(JST)
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New Year's fireworks celebration in Sydney

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In Sydney, Australia, more than one-million people got the New Year's celebrations started with a fireworks' extravaganza.

About 1.5 million people thronged to the area near the Sydney harbour to join the annual New Year's countdown, highlighted with fireworks over the landmark Harbour Bridge.

More than 10,000 fireworks were set off from the bridge and vessels at anchor in line with music.

The 12-minute-long show took 15 months to prepare. Some of the fireworks were installed with special devices that allow them to give off brilliance for up to 15 seconds longer than conventional displays.

2010/01/01 04:10(JST)
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Flooding leaves 18 dead in Rio de Janeiro

Posted by Junichi Kawagoe on 01.2010 News Out of English Newspaper   0 comments   0 trackback
Heavy rains have triggered flooding and mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leaving at least 18 people dead.

The Rio de Janeiro state government said a baby and 17 others have been killed. It said about 200 people are evacuating their homes after water overflowed from 3 rivers in the north.

Heavy rain that started on Wednesday may affect a New Year's Eve fireworks event at Copacabana beach. The annual event is expected to attract about 2 million people.

The state government is calling on residents in areas which are at risk of being hit by mudslides to take precautions and evacuate early.

2010/01/01 08:39(JST)
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N.Korea calls for end to hostile relations with US

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North Korea has called for an end to hostile ties with the United States to realize a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

The New Year message was issued on Friday in a joint editorial by the country's media, including Rodong Shinmun, the newspaper of the Workers' Party of Korea.

The editorial says the fundamental task for ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of Asia is to put an end to the hostile relationship between North Korea and the US.

It says the North's consistent stand is to pursue dialogue that leads to a lasting system for peace on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

The editorial indicates North Korea's willingness to hold direct talks with the US. But it does not refer to the six-party talks on the country's nuclear program.

On the economy, the editorial says the North will uphold the principle of socialism through commercial distribution. The remark seems to be aimed at justifying the redenomination of its currency done in late November, an apparent move to close the country's wealth gap.

The editorial did not touch upon the issue of successor to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il but does mention successes of the past year attributed to his 3rd son, Jong Un. They include technological progress with computers and a large fireworks event.

2010/01/01 13:49(JST)
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Sarkozy: 2010 will be a year of renewal for France

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has promised economic recovery in 2010, saying stimulus measures hammered out by his government will bear fruit.

The president delivered a traditional New Year's Eve address on television and radio on Thursday.

Sarkozy said 2009 had been a tough year for France with its unemployment rate nearing 10 percent amid the global economic crisis. But he said the economic reforms he had introduced will have positive results, and 2010 will be a year of renewal for the country.

Polls show that only one in 3 people back the president, and many have taken to the streets to protest against his handling of the country's economy.

2010/01/01 12:13(JST)
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Hu Jintao: China seeks peaceful development

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In his annual speech Chinese President Hu Jintao has said that China will take the road of peaceful development.

Hu delivered his New Year speech on national television Thursday.

He said the world is now undergoing significant changes and is moving further towards multi-polarity and globalization.

He said China will adhere to the principle of safeguarding world peace and promoting common development, stressing that his country is ready to work with the international community to tackle global issues like the financial crisis.

NHK's correspondent in Beijing said his speech is apparently aimed at calming international concern over the growing power of China.

China has become an engine for the world economy after it reversed its economic slowdown quicker than many other countries.

It is widely thought that in 2010 China's economy will become world's second largest in terms of GDP, overtaking Japan.

On the economic policy front, Hu said China will maintain a proactive fiscal and moderately-easy monetary policy to keep its economy growing.

2010/01/01 04:10(JST)
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Taipei 101's last New Year as world's tallest

Posted by Junichi Kawagoe on 01.2010 News Out of English Newspaper   0 comments   0 trackback
In Taiwan, the city of Taipei has celebrated the New Year with a fireworks show at the landmark Taipei 101 building, which is soon to lose its title as the world's tallest structure.

As people counted down the final seconds of 2009, fireworks shot out from different stories of the skyscraper. 22,000 fireworks lit up the night sky, dazzling spectators gathered around Taipei 101.

Reaching a height of 508 meters, the building has been known as the world's tallest structure since its completion 5 years ago.

But it will hand over the title to an 800-meter-tall building in Dubai, which opens on Monday.

One woman watching the fireworks said even if Taipei 101 loses its title, it is still the world's number one place for people who gather here to celebrate the New Year.

A man said he hopes 2010 will be a good year for Taiwan. Another spectator said he hopes the global economy will pick up fast so that people in Taiwan will be better off.

2010/01/01 11:06(JST)
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Today's Proverb

Posted by Junichi Kawagoe on 01.2010 本日の英語の名言、ことわざ maxims   0 comments   0 trackback
A pity beyond all telling / Is hid in the heart of love.


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