Kamikaze? – Earthquake in Japan Part 10

If you have a chance to do something good, but your life is threatened, would you do it? This is a question that hopefully you never will be asked. These are the men who are constantly asked this question and their answer is “Yes.” It’s not just that they are old and not many years left, their spirits are pure form of “want to do good to others.” As article describes that this type of spirit resemble “Kamikaze” during the WWII, but a difference is that Kamikaze was group of boys whose lives were still immature and didn’t know much better, whereas these retiree men have so much life experiences that their wisdom is giving them “Go” sign.

Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis

By Roland Buerk BBC News, Tokyo

Yasuteru Yamada said people from all walks of life were welcome to join the group

A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station.

The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60.

They say they should be facing the dangers of radiation, not the young.

It was while watching the television news that Yasuteru Yamada decided it was time for his generation to stand up.

No longer could he be just an observer of the struggle to stabilise the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The retired engineer is reporting back for duty at the age of 72, and he is organising a team of pensioners to go with him.

For weeks now Mr Yamada has been getting back in touch with old friends, sending out e-mails and even messages on Twitter.

Volunteering to take the place of younger workers at the power station is not brave, Mr Yamada says, but logical.

Mr Yamada has been getting back in touch with old friends, sending out emails and even messages on Twitter Mr Yamada has been getting back in touch with old friends via e-mail and even messages on Twitter

“I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,” he says.

“Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 or 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.”

Mr Yamada is lobbying the government hard for his volunteers to be allowed into the power station. The government has expressed gratitude for the offer but is cautious.

Certainly a couple of MPs are supporting Mr Yamada.

“At this moment I can say that I am talking with many key government and Tepco people. But I am sorry I can’t say any more at this moment. It is on the way but it is a very, very sensitive issue politically,” he said.

We are not kamikaze… They were going to die – but we are going to come back ”           Yasuteru Yamada

Certainly it is likely more workers will be needed.

The plant is still spewing radiation, nearly three months after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out its cooling systems, triggering explosions.

Its operator, Tepco, has now confirmed three of the reactors probably suffered meltdowns.

The plan is to bring the plant to a cold shutdown by January, although some experts believe that is over optimistic.

To cope with the disaster Japan has raised the radiation exposure limit for emergency workers from 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts.

But Tepco announced this week two workers at Fukushima might have already been exposed to more.

Kamikaze?

Many of Mr Yamada’s veterans are retired engineers like him.

Michio Ito Michio Ito is keen to swap his apron for a radiation suit

Others are former power station workers, experts in factory design – and even a singer and two cooks – Mr Yamada says they will be useful to keep his team amused and fed.

Michio Ito used to be a primary school teacher but is spending his retirement helping out in a cafe that offers work experience to people with learning difficulties.

He is keen to swap his apron for a radiation suit.

“I don’t think I’m particularly special,” he says. “Most Japanese have this feeling in their heart. The question is whether you step forward, or you stay behind and watch.

“To take that step you need a lot of guts, but I hope it will be a great experience. Most Japanese want to help out any way they can.”

Mr Yamada has already tried on his old overalls for size.

He says he is as fit as ever – with a lifetime of experience to bring to the task.

And he laughs off suggestions his proposed team is comparable to the kamikaze pilots who flew suicide missions in World War II.

“We are not kamikaze. The kamikaze were something strange, no risk management there. They were going to die. But we are going to come back. We have to work but never die.”

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After the death of Osama Bin Laden

Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, there are many mixed emotions all over the world. This incident is a celebration of final justice to many people in 9/11, at least in the U.S., however, there are a lot to think about. This is the article that I heard today on the ratio and spoken by Michael Josephson, who is a founder of “Character Counts.”

Reveling in the Death of a Villain

by Michael Josephson – Josephson Institution

Yesterday I admitted I was glad and grateful to learn of Osama bin Laden’s death, an emotional reaction I’ve had some difficulty connecting to my principles as I became increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of reveling in the death of another human being, even though he was a villain.

My niece Eliana helped me realize the complexity of the situation when she described her pride and exhilaration being part of a celebration at Ground Zero: “As I stood amongst a crowd of proud Americans, cheering and chanting and singing with American flags waving high,” she said, “I felt an uplifting sense of communal triumph.”

It was moving counterpoint to another posting by my niece Edana, responding to news that the following quotation was misattributed to Martin Luther King: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”

Edana said, “Regardless of its source, it perfectly describes how I’ve been feeling but have unwilling to voice in fear of being misunderstood or seeming insensitive to the pain this horrible man has caused. While . . . the death of someone evil can be a blessing that saves many – I can’t help but worry that it’s humankind’s ability to continue to find glee in the death of an enemy that perpetuates the vicious circle of violence.”

What do you think?

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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This is Eliana’s post:

I was just 9 years old. To me, the wars that we studied in history were distant memories, no longer a part of my reality. Then, one hot September morning, my parents walked into my room, pale with concern. My whole body was shaking as I waited for my parents to deliver the bad news, figuring someone I loved was dead. For me, a national crisis, a national horror was unimaginable. There was no such thing as a universal wound, a cut so deep it could be felt by a nation.

“The Twin Towers have been hit by a plane.” I remember being led across the hall into my parents’ bedroom where the TV flashed images of the crumbling towers, disintegrating behind a cloud of black smoke, thinking it was a movie. Only months before, I had stood on those buildings. Yet now, those same buildings, seemingly the most powerful and unalterable in the world, were falling to rubble before my eyes.

With comprehension came fear. My grandparents were there, living in Jersey, only a ferry away. Luckily for me, however, both were safe, although I soon realized many others had not been as fortunate. It was then that I, 3000 miles away in Southern California, realized that true unity was not something to share only in celebration but also in heartache. It was something to lift you up in triumph as much as to pick you off the floor of defeat. I was only 9 years old but I was part of a nation that was in its third century and in that moment, we all stood together.

I am now 19 years old. To me, the world has always been full of fear and war. It was a chilly May night in New York City, roughly 10:30, when I flipped up my Facebook before bed. “Osama is dead.” At first I figured it was a prank. For me, Osama was somewhat of a distant memory, an evil spirit associated more with his crimes than his being. “Osama is dead” Status after status, posting the same thing from friends all over the country. Then, a friend posted a link to a streaming video of President Obama’s speech as he confirmed that Osama bin Laden was, in fact, dead.

I cannot explain how I felt in that moment, not because it is so profound, but rather because I am not truly sure how I do feel. On one hand, I am disturbed by the moral implications of rejoicing at a man’s, even an evil man’s, death. At the same time, however, I am not able to deny the relief that pulsed through me, knowing such a great threat no longer existed.

However, as I traveled to Ground Zero at 1 AM, dressed in red, white and blue, I wasn’t thinking about Osama’s death at all. For me, that wasn’t what this was truly about. Perhaps it is because I am only 19, but as I stood amongst the crowd of proud Americans in the crisp, early morning air, chanting and cheering and singing, as American flags waved high, I was not focused on death but on rebirth. Ten years ago, a 9-year-old little girl watched in awe as a nation stood together and shouted “we won’t give in.” Last night, a 19-year-old young woman watched as a nation stood together and shouted “we never gave up.”

Eliana Michelle  What do you think of this commentary?

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“Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance

A few days ago, I was listening to the Christian radio and one of segment was reporting about court filing against “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance in schools in New Hampshire. This has been going on for many years in several states. Here is the court summary.

American Center for Law and Justice

Whatever your opinions are, I would like to address the statement from Barrack Obama’s speech regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden to show we as American would appreciate a peace, which is brought by God regardless of each of our religious preference.

“Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.”

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World Peace comes from HUGS!

I am from Japan where people don’t hug. It has been challenging to hug even after 20 years of living in the U.S. However, I know it is fun and gives me such a warm feeling. I found this video and I really liked it. Whoever you meet, if a person is down, just him a hug. Then, everyone is in peace.

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Another Scam! – Con Artists are taking advantage of people who are in need of residency

I have a friend who has been waiting for getting a residency card in the U.S. I have been helping her out to get as much information possible. Somehow, her name and my e-mail address got in hands of people who scam. I just got this e-mail. First I jumped with joy, but then as I read, the word, “Western Union” woke me up. They are asking me to send the money to U.K, but the mail was from “Dept. of State?” If anyone doesn’t get a clue (I wonder if someone get tricked and send money to them), I am very surprised. However, in the meantime, if you are so desperate, you may send money anyway.

U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of State sent this message to Hiroko Osada (mikaeyagi@hotmail.com)
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State.

Congratulations, you’ve won !
Dear Hiroko Nagata ,

Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing.

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Acceptance Date: Sunday 17th of April 2011 10:50:05 AM
Winner Name: Hiroko Nagata
Country of Birth: Japan


Is the Diversity Visa FREE ?
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees.

The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.

Fees:
Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! – Waiting for payment of processing fee $880
Processing fees Included
Total $880
INSTRUCTIONS
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.

Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)

We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($880) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.

Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $880. There is no discount for children.

Visa Payment processing instructions

The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.

Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment :
Find Western Union Agency
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.

After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:

Name : andrew skeels
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 2LQ
United Kingdom

The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.

After you send the payment follow the next steps :a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at state.national.gov@usa.com
b) Email at state.national.gov@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt):

1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):
2) Exact sender’s name on file with Western Union:
3) Exact sender’s address on file with Western Union:
4) Exact receiver’s name on file with Western Union:
5) Amount sent:

Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.

Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won’t be affected by the interview.

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Not a time for party – Earthquake in Japan Part 11

8 April 2011 Last updated at 06:28 ET

Japanese unite in show of self-restraint
Roland Buerk By Roland Buerk BBC News, Taro, Japan

It is cherry blossom season in Japan and the parks are filled with pink clouds of flowers, held up on the dark, dark trunks.  Far fewer people gather under the cherry blossom in Tokyo’s Ueno Park

In a normal year the open space under the trees would be covered with blue tarpaulin sheets, every square inch taken up with people eating and drinking.

But in the face of calamity the Japanese have adopted a mood of self-restraint.

This is not the year for partying.

Just a handful of people were sitting under the cherry blossom in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, and most were sombre.

“Before, the picnic blankets would entirely cover the ground,” said one man. “And you’d hear people singing karaoke, even this early in the day.”

“I think a lot of people would feel guilty about those affected by the disaster if they had fun and partied,” added a woman.

‘Normal’ life

A month after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear crisis, the country has entered a period of what is known as jishuku, or voluntary self-restraint.

Out of solidarity with those in disaster-hit areas people across the country are making cut-backs.

Visit the north-east coast and it is easy to see why the national mood has darkened.

A few short weeks is not enough to make much impact on the devastation.

The town of Taro was trapped between its inadequate sea wall and the mountains just beyond when the tsunami hit and was churned into pieces.

Mechanical diggers are being used to clear away the wreckage.

Osamu Takayashiki comes down to the ruins some days from the evacuation centre on the hill.

He is still looking for scraps of his old life. This time he was lucky and found two photographs 300m from where his home once stood.

One is of his wife just after they met, the other of his son as a baby. Both are still alive.

Like many survivors he is grateful for the support of the Japanese people, but he thinks jishuku has gone too far.

“Personally I think it’s a bit annoying,” he says.

“We’ve lost everything here. We want other people to remind us what normal life is like. I even saw on TV they’d cancelled the brass bands at high school baseball games. That’s not the way to do it.”

Appetite for life

For business Japan’s gloom is bad news.
Kosuke Kuji’s sake brewery The 200-year-old wooden sake brewery building survived the tsunami

Stirring the vats in his sake brewery just inland, Kosuke Kuji is trying to remain cheerful.

They remained standing during the earthquake.

So too, miraculously he says, did the 200-year-old wooden building his family has been working in for five generations.

But the sympathy of his fellow Japanese now threatens to do what nature could not, and bankrupt him.

Sales have fallen more steeply than at any time since his great-great-grandfather started the family firm.

“The people of the Tohoku, the north, who were hit by the tsunami and earthquake, are in no position to drink sake,” he says.

“I’m not saying to people here to drink sake and have parties under the cherry blossom. What I am asking is for people outside of the north to have a normal life and spend money on Tohoku products.”

Clearing up the wreckage of the ruined towns along the coast is going to take years.

It will be a reminder well into the future that there is reason to mourn.

Amid so much death and destruction Japan may find it difficult to recover an appetite for life.

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Rise Again Japan – Earthquake in Japan Part 10

Thank you everyone who is supporting us.

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Domain Registry of America – Scam

A few months ago, I received an notice by mail saying that my domain name will expire in February and need to renew. First, I was not planning to renew the domain name (I have a few), so I simply ignored. Then, I got bit curious since my domain name is supposed to die in June, not in February. I called my domain registrars to tell them that I got the interesting mail from Domain Registry of America, Inc. They told me that it is a scam and don’t send them any money. It is a way to let consumers to switch a domain registrars to Domain Registry of America by charging about more than 3 times than I am paying. (I use 1&1 and only pay $8.99 a year)

Here is the article that I found and interestingly, they were banned to do this business practice in 2003, however, as of today, they are still doing.

Court Bars Canadian Company from Misleading Consumers in Marketing of Internet Domain Name Services

Stipulated Order Requires Payment of Consumer Redress, Prohibits Future Deceptive Conduct

The Federal Trade Commission has requested that a federal district court enjoin Domain Registry of America, Inc., an Internet domain name re-seller, from making misrepresentations in the marketing of its domain name registration services and require it to pay redress to consumers. According to the FTC, the company told consumers that their domain registrations were expiring, leading many consumers unwittingly to switch their domain name registrar. The company also allegedly did not disclose that it would charge a processing fee to consumers if their transfer request was not competed – for any reason – and failed to provide consumers refunds in a timely manner. Under the terms of the stipulated final order announced today, Domain Registry of America (DROA), based in Ontario, Canada, may be required to provide redress to up to 50,000 consumers, is prohibited from engaging in similar conduct in the future, and is subject to stringent monitoring by the Commission to ensure its compliance with the court order.

DROA’s Business Practices

DROA is a re-seller of domain name registration services for a company called eNom, Inc. (eNom), an accredited registrar of Internet domain names. It allegedly conducts business by sending mass-marketed direct mail to U.S. consumers, soliciting them to transfer their domain name registrations from their current Internet domain name registrar to eNom. According to the FTC, DROA’s mail solicitations to consumers appear to be renewal notices or invoices from the consumers’ current registrars, advising them that their domain names are about to expire, and requesting payment for “renewal” of the domain name registration. The Commission contends that DROA has mailed millions of such “renewal” notices captioned “IMPORTANT NOTICE,” to urge consumers to act quickly to avoid “Register Lock” or “loss of your online identity.” The company further warns, according to the FTC, that if consumers “lose their domain namem” it may be “impossible for you to get it back.”

The Commission’s Complaint

According to the Commission’s complaint, in marketing its domain name registration services, DROA has violated the FTC Act in several ways. First, it allegedly uses notices/invoices that mislead consumers into thinking that they are renewing their registrations with their current registrar when, instead, they are transferring their registrations to DROA’s registrar, eNom. DROA also allegedly fails to disclose to consumers that it charges a $4.50 processing fee for any transfer requests that are not completed, even when the failure occurs without any fault of the consumers. The FTC also contends that DROA fails to issue promised refunds in a timely manner, in violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), sometimes delaying refunds for months.

Terms of the Stipulated Order

The stipulated final order announced today addresses DROA’s allegedly illegal conduct, requires the payment of consumer redress, and ensures that the Commission can monitor its future conduct. First, the order bars DROA from making false or misleading representations in connection with the advertising, marketing, and promotion of domain name services. It also bars DROA from failing to disclose, clearly and conspicuously, any cancellation or processing fees, and any limitations or restrictions on cancelling domain name services. Finally, the order requires DROA to comply fully with the TILA when selling its services to consumers.

In addition, the stipulated order calls for monetary redress to reimburse consumers that DROA misled. It requires DROA to provide two forms of redress to consumers. DROA first must provide a full refund, including any administrative or cancellation fees, to any consumer who cancelled a transfer request during which a transfer was pending. Second, DROA must give current customers who were acquired from other domain name registrars and who have not yet renewed their registrations the opportunity to transfer their registration away from DROA, and must pay $6 to each customer to defray the costs of this transfer. It is anticipated that approximately 50,000 DROA customers will have the opportunity to transfer to another registrar under this provision.

Finally, the stipulated order contains terms requiring DROA to: 1) maintain its business records for four years; 2) provide notice of changes to business addresses and employment status; 3) permit the monitoring of its business practices to ensure its compliance with the order, including allowing access to is premises; and 4) distribute the order to its management and sales personnel. The Commission vote to approve the order was 5-0. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on December 19, 2003, and requires the signature of the judge.

NOTE: This stipulated final judgment is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendants of a law violation. Stipulated judgments have the force of law when signed by the judge.

Copies of the Commission’s complaint and stipulated final judgment are available from the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at http://www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Media Contact:
Mitchell J. Katz,
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2161
Staff Contact:
Stephen L. Cohen or Eric A. Wenger,
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3222; 326-2310
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Do you know how to make pizza dough?

Being a food lover, I love pizza! Sad thing, I never made one from scratch. Well, I cook, but I am not a baker (is this excuse?), so I decided to make one by using a ready made dough from Trader Joe’s. I got a package of dough from TJ and it only cost $1.29!

Well, it turned out to be, forming dough in a pizza shape was alot harder than I thought. I had a rolling pin, so I rolled, rolled, rolled, but the dough was too rubbery that just going back to the original shape. (I felt like I was dealing with sticky rice) As you might guess, my first attempt of pizza making failed. After my failure, I searched trough Youtube to find there is a way of “Stretching dough,” not “Pounding dough.” I had no idea….

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This is a little support to people in Japan – Earthquake in Japan Part 9

There is a neat site that you can send and view messages to people in Japan, which was created by Toyota. You can click any cranes to view the messages from people all over, even from Turkey! Click this.

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