Remote Islands To Be Placed Under Japan’s State Control

Tokyo, Japan – Two hundred and eighty remote islands might soon be put under the state control of Japan.

On Tuesday, one of the senior ministers said that the government of Japan is planning to put these islands under its responsibility since they are within the nation’s territorial waters.

The future move is aiming to strengthen the management over these islands.

According to Ichita Yamamoto, the Minister for Ocean Policy and Territorial Issues, it is among the plans of the government of Japan to have these remote islands registered as the country’s state property.

The 280 Remote Islands

Based on reports, the said islands are just among over 400 remote ones that are found within the territorial waters of the nation.

Most of them still have no names, but they have been located on what has been defined as the territory of Japan.

Ichita also added that almost 100 of the islands have already undergone registration to be an official property of the state.

They have been seen by Japan as a part of its exclusive and wider economic zone.

Most of them have also been venues for Japan’s research activities and marine explorations. However, it has been said that the great deal regarding these islands remains “unknown” to the public and even to the researchers.

Criticisms On Yamamoto

According to Yamamoto, he has been receiving criticisms on the slow process of gathering information about the remote islands.

As a response, he said that he will do whatever he can to hasten the accomplishment of the project. He also expressed his strong wish to have the survey finished by June.

Yamamoto also mentioned that the 280 unclaimed islands are all properties of Japan based on the law of the country.

In addition, the registration that they are trying to pursue will give the Japanese government the opportunity to have a more effective management over the islands.

The announcement made on Tuesday came when Japan got involved in disputes against neighboring countries regarding concerns on territories and on the existence of the remote islands.

Some of the countries Japan had conflicts with are South Korea and China, which caused tensions within the region.

There have been conflicts between China and Japan, including the one which happened in September 2012.

This was when both Japan and China claimed three among the Diaoyu islands found in the East China Sea. The earlier conflicts between the two nations provoked Chinese mass protests.

David Bowie in His Japanese Style Fashion

David Bowie, a popular English singer-songwriter, actor, arranger and musician, seemed to love the Japanese style. It was evident during the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum wherein most of David Bowie’s costumes are Kabuki-inspired. It is believed that Bowie is somehow a Japanophile. This includes his costume during the early 1970s when he was an alien stage character of the popular Ziggy Stardust. As far as stage costuming is concerned, there are many aspects that you can see in the museum that will make you believe in Bowie’s love for Japan. Have you ever heard about the famed “Tokyo Pop Jumpsuit”? This is actually a jumpsuit used in the Ziggy Stardust and it was Kansai Yamamoto who designed it. Such costume is considered to be a tear-away type and a real Kabuki theater piece of costume.

An Inspiration to Fashion Magazines

For the past 10 years, David Bowie stayed away his private-self exile from the eyes of the public. Though after experiencing a heart attack last 2003, there was a blockbuster exhibition that followed in the Victoria and Albert Museum. This museum is found in London and the tickets were sold online. For the past decade, Bowie stayed away from the spotlight after his golden years of artistic accomplishments. If you were able to see the museum, you can see the Japanese style in his costuming. Of course, there are also other items aside from the costumes. You can also see his lipstick-stained tissue during the makeup session and then his handwritten lyrics which if seen altogether, are really spectacular. You do not need to be an exhibition curator to even appreciate the items shown in the museum.

Action Regarding Nuclear Waste Disposal

The Japanese government is planning to improve its current efforts in selecting the last site for nuclear waste disposal.

This is after failing to find a willing and open host community in the span of over a decade.

However, the said long-stalled process is going to have less chances of being pushed through, unless the questions and doubts about nuclear power are answered.

These include the ones that the nuclear disaster which took place in Fukushima in 2011 have highlighted.

Plan Improvements

In the year 2000, the Japanese government agreed to vitrify and bury the nuclear waste produced, after the fuel used in nuclear plants is reprocessed, underground deeper than 300 meters.

After two years, the government began to solicit the municipalities in the entire country which would want to volunteer and host the disposal site for the high-level radioactive waste.

They offered huge subsidies to get preliminary research in return.

In 2007, one of the towns of the Kochi Prefecture tried to come forward. But they withdrew their offer to be a host community for the nuclear waste disposal site soon after their mayor submitted his resignation in the local opposition’s face.

The administration of Abe made decisions in December that the Japanese government will resort to identifying areas that are scientifically suitable for the storage of high-level radioactive waste.

They are eyeing on communities which are seemingly safe from all of the effects of volcanic and seismic activities of underground water.

After that, they are planning to approach the qualifying municipalities in the areas tested for research as potential candidates for the nuclear waste storage sites.

This is their move rather than having to wait for certain municipalities to come forward and volunteer their area.

Perspectives On Japan’s Nuclear Power

The generation of nuclear power of Japan has usually been compared to a “condominium without a toilet” because of the lack of final disposal sites for nuclear waste, while more fuel gets consumed in the generation of power at nuclear plants.

The said issue is mentioned by a lot of critics as one of the reasons for the disagreement with the use of nuclear power.

The administration of Abe is apparently hoping for the acceleration and progress of the process regarding the selection of disposal sites.

This is in accordance to Abe’s hopes of maintaining nuclear energy as Japan’s main energy source.

A Japanese Tradition

Japanese officials have already released their response and said that the dolphin killings were a “tradition” in Japan.

On the other hand, people are saying that the dolphin hunt series started in 1969. This just makes it less traditional compared to the existence of the Rolling Stones.

As the Japanese officials continued, they said that the dolphin killings have no difference from the hunting of animals to get food which appeal more to the tastes of the Westerners.

But just like the tradition’s cloak, it appears that animal butchery to acquire food conceals a truth that is less pleasing.

The Killers’ Earnings

Locally, the dolphins sold alive generate so many tens of thousands of dollars from each.

If the earnings of the hunters from the selling of 52 dolphins in captivity are conservatively estimated, the total might just reach three million dollars.

The dolphins, which are slaughtered for their meat, bring some few hundred dollars from each head.

Thus, the 41 dolphins which were killed on Tuesday may have given their killers somewhere lower than 20,000 dollars.

According to reports from The New York Times, the meat coming from dolphins is barely an important source of food.

Only a few people of Japan eat whale meat and the case is even rarer for dolphin meat.

Deal With Bangkok Metro Public Corporation

It was reported from the Nikkei news that the Bangkok Metro Public Corporation ordered the deal. Under the price that they have agreed, the Japanese group will construct the 14 mile or 23 kilometer rail line in the capital of Thailand. It is set that the rail operation will start in 2016.

The East Japan Railway, which is a major passenger railway company in the country of Japan, together with Toshiba, will supply a total number of 63 train cars. The Japanese group will also build for the signals, rail yards and the power grid. They have also included the 16 stations in their project deal.

East Japan Railway Company is only one of the seven other Railway Group companies in Japan. The name of the company is abbreviated officially as JR East in English. In Japanese, it is abbreviated as JR Higashi-Nihon. The headquarters of the company is found in Yoyogi, Shibuya and in Tokyo. Its train railway lines service primarily the regions of Kanto and Tohoku. They also serve the adjacent areas in Shizouka prefectures and Koshin’etsu region.

Japan Will Provide 20 Technicians Who Will Be Stationed In Bangkok Under 10-Year Contract

It is also a part of the project that the Japanese group will render maintenance services as covered in their ten-year contract. Japan should provide 20 technicians who will be stationed in Bangkok, Thailand and all of these technicians should be expert in the operation.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Set To Visit Japan

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the imperial couple of Japan, will visit historical places in the Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan for this month. They are set to be at the two places which are linked to the past government which affected the lives of the Japanese in history. These families are those who have been torn apart and are still seeking for justice.

The Imperial Couple To Visit People Affected By Mercury Poisoning And Leprosy

Japan’s imperial couple is prepared to visit the well known site in Japan, the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum. The couple is scheduled to visit the museum on October 27 so that they will hear the experiences of those people who were affected by the worst happening of mercury poisoning. The couple will first have to visit the Koshi, Kumamoto Prefecture particularly in the National Sanitarium Kikuchi Keifuen wherein they will talk to the patients with leprosy. These patients are those who were forced to live a life in isolation following the government program in the past though the program is now considered unconstitutional.

Some Japanese can still recall the happenings in their country when the Chisso Corporation, a factory situated in Minamata, discharged wastewater into the sea. That wastewater is said to contain methyl mercury. People who ate the marine products that came from the area that is contaminated complained their experiences such impaired eyesight, motion disorders and numbness in their body.