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  1. Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, was officially given the title at his nursing home in the city
  2. Yusaku Maezawa needs no introduction. At least not anymore, ever since he decided to give $9 million to 1000 random Twitter followers as part of a social experiment. I won't be surprised if you too started following this Japanese billionaire on Twitter, after he made that lucrative deal. Well, if you're following him then you will know about his latest tweet about him finding a life partner. In case you didn't know, then this news is for you. Maezawa's $9 million experiment was probably to see whether money can buy happiness or not. Looks like, his latest tweet is to see if "love you to the moon and back" is for real. How else do you justify his bizarre proposal? Reuters While most people are still waiting for their crush to reply to their DMs, or waiting to get swiped right, this Japanese billionaire is looking for a life partner who will join him in his journey to the moon and become what he calls the "first woman" to travel to the moon. 44-year-old Maezawa, who is the founder of Japan's largest online clothing brand Zozotown, took to Twitter and wrote, "[WANTED!!!] Why not be the 'first woman' to travel to the moon? #MZ_looking_for_love". He also listed down the eligibility criteria and deadlines for application. [WANTED!!!] Why not be the 'first woman' to travel to the moon?#MZ_looking_for_love https://t.co/R5VEMXwggl pic.twitter.com/mK6fIJDeiv — Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) å澤åä½ (@yousuck2020) January 12, 2020 Apparently, this is a "serious one-on-one planned matchmaking event!" and he's looking for single women aged over 20, bright personality and always positive, interested in going into space and able to participate in the preparation for it, wants to enjoy life to the fullest (just like him) and be someone who wishes for world peace. The last date for application is January 17 and the final results will be declared (after a couple of stages of screening) at the end of March. So ladies, do you think you can become "Full Moon Lovers" with Yusaku Maezawa and travel to the moon with him? If yes, then this is your time to shine. Sorry boys, the offer's not for y'all. View the full article
  3. Can money really buy happiness? Well, in one of a kind social experiment, a Japanese billionaire named Yusaku Maezawa is planning to give away a huge amount of money to his social media followers to draw some inferences from it. His bizarre idea has received a lot of mixed reactions from the people on the internet. Basically, Yusaku wants to understand if money can truly buy happiness and he has decided to give away a whopping 9 million dollars to 1000 random Twitter followers. His tweet has already gone viral. Besides, his post also has a video where he is explaining his concern for this “serious social experiment”. ð謹è³æ°å¹´ð ãç·é¡10ååã#å澤ãå¹´ç 100ä¸åã1000人ã«ãã¬ã¼ã³ããã¾ãï¼ 100ä¸åã§çãã¾ã®äººçããããããã¼ã«ãªãã¾ãããã«ã å¿åæ¹æ³ã¯åã®ãã©ã­ã¼ã¨ãã®ãã¤ã¼ãã®ãªãã¤ã¼ããç· åã¯1æ7æ¥23:59ã¾ã§ã ä¼ç»è¶£æ¨ãå½é¸æ¡ä»¶ãªã©ã¯YouTubeã§èª¬æãã¦ã¾ãã https://t.co/kBgwwmJoaP pic.twitter.com/1Fr0Vq4i6Z — Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) å澤åä½ (@yousuck2020) December 31, 2019 He hopes that this experiment is beneficial to economists as well in tracking how the world can work with money being readily available. His idea is to see how getting a basic fixed income can affect people's lives. Interestingly, Yusaku is also the only private passenger who flew on Elon Musk's Space X and is one of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world who is always making headlines for some or the other reason. Well, we'd love to participate in this social experiment and contribute to whatever conclusions he wants to draw. View the full article
  4. When it comes to planning proposals or weddings or any special event, no matter how far you or anyone else goes; no one can come even remotely close to Japanese men. Remember the guy who travelled for 6 months and 7000km to draw 'Marry Me' on Google Earth to propose to his girlfriend? How can anyone say 'No' to a guy like him? Call them extremely romantic or plain genius; their plans can never go wrong. But, after coming across this man, we are kind of in a fix. We don't know if it's gross or a horrible idea that turned out to be a success. YouTube Beating the jugaads of all jugaads, a Japanese guy just made an engagement ring out of his own fingernails. Yes, that happened and the guy even made a video to prove his point. Seriously, there needs to be a line drawn somewhere. Who does that? Who in their right mind will even think of making a ring out of their fingernails? Well, this guy did. He cut his nails and saved the nail clippings for a year. Then 'one fine day...' he decided to turn his year's worth of nails into a not so beautiful, but decent enough 'diamond' ring. Honestly, it doesn't look that bad, but it does not mean that we start saving our nail clippings. YouTube The man shared the entire process on his YouTube channel Kiwami Japan, where he explained that he collected his nails for a year, then grinded them and made a thin powder out of it. Then made a thin paste out of it by mixing it with water and then in between even made coffee, which kind of makes it worse given that he used the same blender for nails. Here's the entire video of his gross but brilliant job. People on social media though aren't quite happy with his experiment and some even said they felt disgusted after watching it. What do you think about this odd engagement ring? Do you think his girl will accept it, once she finds out that it's made out of fingernails? And who will break this news to her?
  5. If you search 'best proposal in the world' on the internet, you will find innumerable, inspiring ways and ideas to make yours a memorable one. But, no matter how much efforts you put in proposing your girlfriend, neither you nor anyone else in the world can beat Yasushi 'Yassan' Takahashi. In an era when social media and internet in general wasn't a huge deal, this Japanese guy did something unbelievable, and ruined the chances of having a basic proposal for every guy out there. How, you ask? By spelling 'Marry Me' on Google Earth and GPS. YouTube/ Google For those wondering whether this is fake or photoshopped, it's not. The photo is as real and genuine as the guy's feelings for his girlfriend. Hailing from Tokyo Yasushi aka Yassan realised in 2008 that his girlfriend, natsuki is the one for him. Now, when you are so sure, you can't simply get away with a basic 'ring' proposal. We guess he thought so too and the result was this insanely amazing GPS art. YouTube/ Google In fact, it also got him into the Guinness World Record for the largest GPS drawing in history. It took Yassan six months and nearly 7000 km to draw 'Marry Me' with a heart next to it. In case you guys didn't know, GPS art is where you create digital drawings using Google Earth by travelling using a GPS device. This way, once the route is uploaded on the app, it begins to form an artwork. YouTube/ Google Google even shared a throwback of his amazing journey on Twitter, and since then his story has gone viral on social media. You can check out his journey here, and rest assured, you're going to be swooning by the end of it. For over 10 years, Tokyo resident Yasushi “Yassan” Takahashi has been creating GPS art with @googleearth and #StreetView—but it was his very first drawing that was his biggest, in more ways than one → https://t.co/O9dYPHyauy pic.twitter.com/dEXmwp9suc — Google (@Google) April 10, 2019 While it all went well for him and his girlfriend said yes, imagine (hypothetically) if she said no? Then he would have have a different story with a Guiness World Record and six month travel experience at hands, which is not exactly bad, is it?
  6. After not being a part of the playing XI for two ODIs against New Zealand, which led to some of his fans speculate his surprise WWE Royal Rumble appearance this year, MS Dhoni was back with the squad to play the fifth and final match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington after healing from a hamstring injury. In the former skipper's absence, the team had suffered a massive blow in the fourth ODI in Hamilton when the batting order completely imploded leading to one of the worst batting performances by the Men in Blue, in the history of Indian cricket as they were wrapped up at 92 runs, total. On making his return though, it felt as if Dhoni had never left the team as he continued to read the rival batsman's posture and coached the bowlers accordingly from behind the stumps in his usual loud-mouthed manner as we saw in the first ODI as well when the keeper helped spinner Kuldeep Yadav bag Trent Boult's wicket to end the Kiwis' innings. We have come to terms with the fact that every game MS Dhoni plays will have a special 'MS Dhoni Highlight'. In Wellington too, arguably the best wicket keeper of our time, Dhoni had a highlight all to his own when he ran out New Zealand's middle order batsman, James Neesham. Ms dhoni 10years challenge ð¥ð#Dhoni #MSDhoni #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/FLPOcPFqEc — Lachu (@Msdlachu) February 3, 2019 As the entire team cried loud for an LBW appeal on a Kedar Jadhav delivery, a distracted Neesham moved out of the crease for a split second and that's when MS Dhoni capitalised as he threw the ball directly at the stumps to take the Kiwi's wicket. The real fun, however, began once the match was over and the Indian side won the series 4-1, when the International Cricket Council (ICC) replied to Japanese artist Yoko Ono's life-advice seeking tweet with probably the best response from the 2000+ response long thread. Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumps! https://t.co/RoUp4iMpX6 — ICC (@ICC) February 3, 2019 With a brilliant sportsmanship, James Neesham also responded to the tweet: Thanks for all the advice. Figure out where the ball is, then run. Gotcha ð — Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) February 3, 2019 After winning their 9th bilateral ODI series since the 2017 Champions Trophy, India look ready to for a three-game T20I series against New Zealand starting 6th February 2019.
  7. Actress Julia Roberts once said "True love doesn't come to you, it has to be inside you." Looks like this Japanese dude took some serious 'inspiration' from her words and literally ate his girlfriend, who was actually a cockroach from Africa. Yuta Shinohara, a 25-year-old entomophagist, was in a serious relationship for almost a year with Lisa, his 'beloved' cockroach girlfriend he bought from Africa. In fact, he was so deeply and madly in love with her that he even fantasised having *** with it. Shinohara agreed that although the relationship was platonic, he often imagined having *** with it in a fantasy world where either he was miniaturised or she was super-sized. And you thought your imagination was weird! YouTube/ Asian Boss However, his romantic love story came to a sad end and Shinohara was left devastated when Lisa died. "The day she passed away was difficult, but I knew it had to come since she was a cockroach with a short lifespan,” he said. YouTube/ Asian Boss I don't know if you noticed or not that I mentioned Shinohara is an entomophagist, which means he is someone who practices eating bugs and insects as food. He did the same with his 'true love' Lisa. He ate the cockroach after she died, so that she can live in his heart and body forever. Shinohara said, "I did it with reverence. So now Lisa lives in my heart and continues living as part of my body." How romantic, isn't it? According to Shinohara, Lisa was hotter than any human girl in the world and that they were "100% serious" about each other. In other news, Shinohara is famous for popularising insect cuisine in the country. He often hosts events where he makes and serves dishes likes noodles, cocktails and desserts made from bugs and worms. His 'ramen made with crickets' is supposedly a delicacy loved by people. Even 'creepy' is an understatement for Shinohara's love story, which ended or probably became 'immortal' when he ate her just so she can continue to live in his body. All those people who say "True love knows no boundaries", will probably take back their words now, after meeting Shinohara.
  8. You can't choose your family, nor can you decide whether to be born with or without a silver spoon. You can't decide whether to be born into a royal family or as a commoner. But, you can choose to let go of the wealth and royalty, if you want to be with someone you truly love. On this note, let's introduce this Japanese princess who did exactly that by leaving her royal status and title to marry a commoner. Twitter On Monday the 28-year-old Princess Ayako, daughter of Emperor Akihito's cousin, married a commoner Kei Moriya in a Shinto-style wedding at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine. The 32-year-old Moriya works for a shipping company called Nippon Yusen. According to the Japanese media, the wedding included an exchange of rings, followed by a cup of sake the couple shared. é«å宮家ã®ä¸å¥³ã®çµ¢å­ãã¾ã¨ã大ææµ·éä¼ç¤¾ã«å¤åããå®è°·æ§ããã®çµå©å¼ããæ±äº¬ã®ææ²»ç¥å®®ã§è¡ããã¾ããã åå10æåããã«ææ²»ç¥å®®ã«å°çããã¨ãé³¥å±ã®åã§åºè¿ããå®è°·ããã¨ã¨ãã«å¼ããããç¥æ¥½æ®¿ã¸ã¨é²ã¾ãã¾ãããhttps://t.co/Ll3XgjhZJD #nhk_news #nhk_video pic.twitter.com/gAJUPHcytx — NHKãã¥ã¼ã¹ (@nhk_news) October 29, 2018 It is said that women cannot inherit Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne. The women who marry into the imperial family become members of the family, but those who marry commoners have to give up their royal status and title. Princess Ayako leaves the Takamado residence for her wedding at Meiji Shrine on October 29, 2018 ð·: Jiji, Mainichi pic.twitter.com/6BcEMOqMLh — Prisma (@ImperialJPNfan) October 29, 2018 Leaving behind your royal status and title and adjusting to a commoner's life is not an easy thing, but Princess Ayako told the local media she is "filled with happiness." In fact, Moriya too said that he hoped to help Princess Ayako adjust to a commoner's life, "I want us to work together, hand in hand, to create a family filled with smiles." Princess Ayako joins Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine. They proceed to Kaguraden (Hall of Sacred Music and Dance) for their wedding on October 29, 2018. ð·: Mainichi, Jiji pic.twitter.com/l3zvykjbBE — Prisma (@ImperialJPNfan) October 29, 2018 It was kind of love at first sight for Ayako and Moriya, who met each other because of their mothers who were friends. While Ayako said that "It didn't feel as though we had met for the first time", Moriya was attracted to her gentle spirit. He said, "And I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her." We wish the couple a happy married life. How far can you go for love? Source: HuffPost
  9. Police officers stand behind crime scene tape. Photo: AFPA Japanese blogger was stabbed to death on Sunday night, shortly after giving a seminar on how to manage online disputes.Kenichiro Okamoto, 41, who was also a well-known figure among internet...
  10. A pair of Yubari melons, that fetched a record 3.2 million yen ($29,300) at an auction, are seen in Sapporo on May 26, 2018. The single pair of premium melons on May 26 fetched a record 3.2 million yen ($29,300) at an auction in Japan, where the...
  11. Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta. Photo: AFP Andres Iniesta looks poised to join Japan's Vissel Kobe after tweeting that he was going to his "new home" with his "friend" Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of the J-League club.The 34-year-old Barcelona...
  12. Accepting one of global cinema's most coveted honours from jury president Cate Blanchett, Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda said movies made him hopeful for the state of the world. Photo: AFP CANNES: "Shoplifters", a heartwrenching...
  13. A farmer and lumberjack in his youth, Nonaka later ran a hot spring inn in his hometown of Ashoro, on Hokkaido island. Photo: Reuters ASHORO, Japan (Reuters) - A 112-year-old Japanese man born months before Albert Einstein published his theory of...
  14. Aerial view of Minamitori Island and the runway that supports the US Coast Guard station located there. Photo: US Navy/Japan Times Japanese researchers have mapped vast reserves of rare earth elements in deep-sea mud, enough to feed global demand...
  15. Kohey Nishi has taken the Japanese porn industry by storm and his performance is not the only thing that sets him apart. The 3ft tall Japanese porn star basically capitalises on his height which allows him to play a child in X- rated movies which he also produces at times. © Twitter Nishi looks like he is a young kid but is actually a 25-year-old computer programmer. He suffers from mucopolysaccharidosis, which is an incurable disease and makes it difficult for him to stand for more than five minutes. However, since most of the shots are aesthetically designed to be performed on the bed, this is not a hindrance in his career. © Facebook He landed in this industry by chance, courtesy his drinking buddy. Nishi firmly believes that his acting helps in contributing to reducing child porn since child sexual abuse is curbed this way, in a similar manner like war movies and shooter video games give peace to many people. © Facebook © Facebook His movie titles have pretty descriptive names like “Having *** in the Magic Mirror Box Car with a Female College Student with F-Cup Breasts Who Wants to Be a Kindergarten Teacher”. Even though paedophilia is a sick condition to have, Nishi hopes that his content provides some sort of sexual relief to such kind of people. Kohey Nishi obviously wishes to do more meaningful, non-erotic work in the future. He is a living proof that a life-threatening condition cannot stop you from making it big in life and it's pretty obvious from his success that size doesn't matter at all! SOURCE: Daily Mail
  16. The painting had belonged to Kojiro Matsukata, a businessperson who collected Western art. TOKYO: A painting by French impressionist master Claude Monet that belonged to a Japanese collector but was lost for decades after WWII is now back in Tokyo, a museum official said Tuesday. The oil painting, around two metres long and 4.2 metres wide, was unearthed in the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2016 but the discovery had not been made public until now. ?The painting was recently returned? to the National Museum of Western Art in the Japanese capital, a spokeswoman told AFP. The painting ? entitled ?Water Lilies: Reflections of a Willow Tree? ? is dated 1916 and depicts bright flowers floating on a lake. The museum said it was a study painting for his famous series ?Water Lilies? but the work is severely damaged with half of it destroyed. It will be necessary to restore the canvas ?with extreme care?, the museum said in a statement. ?But the remaining painting is still very large. It has the potential to show Monet?s wonderful work if handled with the proper care,? it said. The painting had belonged to Kojiro Matsukata, a businessperson who collected Western art between 1916 and 1927 with the proceeds amassed from a shipbuilding fortune. It is said Matsukata directly purchased the piece from Monet at his atelier in 1921, according to the museum. His art collections including the painting were moved to Paris for safekeeping during WWII and later requisitioned by the French government at the end of the war as enemy property. In 1959, the French government returned to Japan the majority of 400 pieces in the Matsukata collection. ?The existence of the painting might have been forgotten given the tremendous damage caused by bad storage conditions during the war,? the Tokyo museum said. The museum plans to show the painting to the public in June 2019 following restoration work.
  17. Representational image - Reuters/file TOKYO: A Japanese woman who was forcibly sterilised as a teenager due to intellectual disabilities sued the government on Tuesday in the first case of its kind, seeking compensation because her basic human rights had been trampled on. Under Japan?s eugenics protection law, in force from 1948 to 1996, about 25,000 people were sterilised due to mental or genetic illnesses, Japanese media said. They included leprosy sufferers and some with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. About 16,500 of them are believed to have had the surgery without their consent. The 60-year-old who sued had developed mental problems following surgery for a cleft palate as an infant and was diagnosed with an intellectual disability at 15, after which she was forcibly sterilized, media said, quoting court documents. As the result of side-effects she later had to have her ovaries removed. Subsequently, marriage talks were broken off as a result of her inability to have children. No further details were given, including the woman?s name. ?Thanks to the law, my sister has really suffered, living her life hidden away,? the woman?s sister told a news conference. ?We wanted to stand up and build a society where even people with disabilities can have a happy life.? The woman seeks compensation of 11 million yen ($101,149), saying the government should have set up relief measures for those subjected to the surgery, in recompense for violating their human rights. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato declined to comment, telling reporters he did not know the details of the case, but his ministry would investigate. People with disabilities have long suffered shame and stigma in Japan, although anti-discrimination efforts have gathered pace since a law took effect in 2016. That July, however, Japan was forced to confront its attitudes after a man went on a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people near Tokyo, killing 19 as they slept and wounding 26. He had previously threatened to ?obliterate? disabled people. Almost nothing about the victims was disclosed except for gender and age, mainly at the request of their families.
  18. “So how long did you stick to your New Year resolution?” is a common question we hear during this time of the year and it hurts, doesn't it? Most people have given up on making them altogether. The rest don't stick with them for too long because they've been led to believe that failure is inevitable. This is unfortunate because the idea of a New Year's resolution, albeit shrouded in pessimism, is a positive one wherein we recognize the need for self-improvement. Instead, the fault lies in our approach and the solution lies in Kaizen. Kaizen, which is Japanese for “change for better”. © Thinkstock/Getty Images What Is Kaizen? Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy that promotes “continual improvement” as the mindset to achieve long-term goals. It is accurately captured in the following saying by Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” It encourages the practitioner to take small steps in the right direction every day, regardless of the magnitude of the task at hand. Taking small, slow steps may sound like an impractical, lazy or wasteful method but how many times have you paid for a gym membership, only to abandon it in a couple of weeks? A gym membership is a huge commitment – a big step – and gym owners are not even thankful when they receive your unwise charitable donation. Instead, Kaizen advocates that you start going for a 10-minute brisk walk every day for a couple of weeks and then start gradually adding a portion of salad to your meals and then, once you've trained your brain to be a bit more disciplined, you purchase the gym membership. This gradual build-up to a steady program is the exact opposite of the usual pattern. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Getting Better At Getting Better Clearly, this is not the way to build a six pack in six days because the essence of Kaizen is that setting goals like “six pack in six days” is a bad idea. Kaizen is more of a mindset, less of a productivity tool. It's not result-based, it's process-based. For example, it will not help if you just hit deadlines. Trust me, I've tried and the MensXP editor wasn't very happy about it! Nevertheless, it can be used to review the process of working towards hitting a deadline so that next time, I can make a small positive change to my writing process and improve. When practicing Kaizen, it's never about the final result because there's always room for improvement regardless of success or failure. Kaizen is a journey, not a destination. In fact, Kaizen advocates for continuously upgrading your destination as you get better. Why Does It Work? Based on evolution, we have three brains although Bollywood makes a strong case for us having none. These are the cortex, the mammalian brain and the reptilian brain. The cortex is the part that makes humans unique – civilization, music, creativity, all reside in the cortex. The mammalian mid-brain has the amygdala which controls the fight-or-flight response. When faced with an imminent threat, the body is prepared to act reflexively which leads the thinking part – the cortex – to slow down or shut down altogether since the ability to do calculus is not a priority when being chased by a tiger! The problem is that the amygdala gets activated whenever we deviate from routine. For the amygdala, safety comes first even when I'm sitting comfortably in my chair, imagining about taking over the world or any other obscenely big step. © Pexels Fear is the immediate response to anything new and it's a normal part of our lives. Yes, it's normal, embrace it. When we decide to take a big step, the amygdala comes into play, thus restricting access to our cortex. Small steps are a way to bypass the amygdala so that one can harness the complete powers of their cortex. Thus, Kaizen encourages taking steps that are so small that they're painless to follow through. This changes the focus from the staggering task at hand (say, learning how to play the guitar) to just being a little better than your previous self (“Let's learn how to play the first 4 notes of the DDLJ tune.”). The Toyota Way A classic example of Kaizen in action is The Toyota Production System. Any worker in Toyota's manufacturing units can stop the assembly line to fix a minor defect. This goes against the conventional idea of mass manufacturing which translates to, “never stop the line, we'll fix errors at the end of the line”. Taiichi Ohno, a manager influenced by the idea of “small, continual improvement”, noticed that fixing errors at the end was a time-consuming, expensive process. He trained his workers in Kaizen. They were trained to identify small problems and carry out small actions that could fix the problem then and there. As a result, contrary to conventional manufacturing and management wisdom, Toyota's production soared. © Reuters They took it one step further when they opened up the suggestions box to everyone. While doing their job, anyone who took the effort to ask small questions, like “What if there's an Excel function that does exactly what I'm doing by hand?”, could put in suggestions for the upper management to review. The good ones were rewarded appropriately. This practice gave every worker the incentive to find Kaizen opportunities at every stage of the production pipeline and it worked. Today, Toyota prides itself on being a reliable, good quality, affordable brand and they consider Kaizen to be instrumental in their success. You Can Do It It's important to note that Kaizen and innovation (a radical change, by definition, i.e. a big step) are not mutually exclusive. The emphasis is on continual improvement and more often than not, it's easier to make a miniscule change than it is to innovate. Even right now, imagine you're asked to innovate, and then imagine that you're asked to make the smallest improvement in your routine. Irrespective of the actual work, doesn't the latter have a soothing effect on your brain unlike the former that feels like a tough, elaborate 'Roadies' task? Kaizen is all about ease of adoption. It'll guide you to move at a slower, relaxed pace to achieve lasting change. In his book 'One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way', Dr. Robert Maurer says, “If you hit a wall of resistance, try scaling back the size of your steps. (...) The essence of Kaizen is an optimistic belief in our potential for continuous improvement.” © Thinkstock/Getty Images Conclusion There's the age-old debate between hard work and talent. Talent is inherent skill (like being good at guessing the meanings of words from the context in which they're used) and hard work requires rigor (like completing a book with several tough words in it). For the bigger goals in life, talent tends to fall short and hard work needs to be done over a long period of time, the results of which come even later. Hard work always trumps talent but people rely on the latter because performing consistent hard work for weeks without seeing the desired results is a scary proposition. The process is plagued with questions like, “What if I never make it? Should I have listened to my parents and stuck to a regular job?” In such dire circumstances, the Kaizen philosophy is like a friendly pat on the back telling you, “There's always light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually, these small improvements will add up. They surely will! Don't be intimidated by the horizon, just look down and put one foot in front of the other. You can do it.” References: “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way” by Robert Maurer, PhD
  19. Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he?d be safe on his return to Earth. Photo: Reuters file TOKYO: Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he?d be safe on his return to Earth. Most astronauts ?grow? during protracted space missions because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the gains are usually limited to a couple of centimetres (inches) maximum and disappear once they are back on the ground. The 41-year-old Kanai, who went to space last month for a nearly six-month mission, posted on Twitter on Monday that he had ?a big announcement.? ?My height?s been measured here in space and somehow, somehow, I?ve grown 9 cm! In only three weeks I?ve really shot up, something I haven?t seen since high school,? he tweeted. ?This makes me a little worried that I might not be able to fit in the Soyuz seats for our return.? But a bit over a day later - and in the wake of a flurry of news stories - he apologized, saying that he?d measured himself after his captain raised questions about the apparent growth and he had stretched only 2 cm from his Earth-bound height. ?This mis-measurement appears to have become a big deal, so I must apologize for this terrible fake news,? he tweeted, without explaining how the original miscalculation had occurred. ?It appears I can fit on the Soyuz, so I?m relieved.?
  20. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Head Quarters on January 4, 2018. 20Photo: Geo News screen grab1 RAWALPINDI: Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Head Quarters on Thursday. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations statement, the visiting dignitary was presented guard of honour and he laid a floral wreath at Shuhada monument. The visiting dignitary was presented guard of honour and he laid a floral wreath at Shuhada monument. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 The foreign minister was briefed on Pakistan?s war on terror and contributions towards regional peace, said ISPR. Japanese foreign minister appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan?s efforts towards regional peace and stability. Kono said that Japan looks forward to enhancing its security cooperation with Pakistan, especially in the field of counter-terrorism. He also informed about Japanese assistance for rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons, and provision of scanning equipment for border crossing points. COAS thanked the foreign minister for his visit, acknowledgement of Pakistan?s efforts towards regional peace and assistance in counterterrorism domain, the ISPR statement added.
  21. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrives at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files AMMAN: Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday held talks with his Jordanian counterpart, who said Jerusalem's fate should be decided in talks after Washington recognised the city as Israel's capital. The status of the city should be decided "through direct negotiations and according to the relevant international resolutions", Ayman Safadi was reported by the Petra state news agency as saying. US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has triggered Palestinian protests and was rejected in a non-binding United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution. Only eight countries sided with Washington at the UN, including Guatemala, which said on Sunday it would follow the US in moving its embassy to Israel to the holy city. In Amman on Tuesday, Kono said longstanding US ally Japan would not be shifting its diplomatic mission to Jerusalem, Petra agency said, agreeing that the city's status should be decided at negotiations. Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognised by the international community. Israelis see the whole of the city as their undivided capital, while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state. The United Nations has long said the only way to forge peace is to have two states ? Israel and Palestine ? with Jerusalem as the capital of both and the borders returned to their status before the 1967 war. Israel and Jordan in 1994 signed a peace treaty, which recognises Amman's special status as official custodian of Jerusalem's holy Muslim sites.
  22. TOKYO: Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice. The fisheries agency said a group of five ships, headed by the 8,145-tonne mother ship Nisshin Maru, will conduct the hunt until March to study whale behaviour and biology. The voyage has been carried out since 2015 "to devise more precise calculation methods for a sustainable catch limit for Antarctic minke whales as well as to study the ecosystem of the Antarctic waters", the ministry said in a statement. Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission´s (IWC) moratorium on hunting, but exploits a loophole that allows whales to be killed in the name of scientific research. In 2014, the United Nations' International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Tokyo to end its regular hunt in the Antarctic waters, saying the project did not meet conventional scientific standards. Japan cancelled its 2014-15 hunt, only to resume it the following year under a new programme -- saying the fresh plan had genuine scientific value. Tokyo says it is trying to prove the whale population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting for a traditional source of food. Japanese whalers have in the past clashed on the high seas with animal rights campaigners, particularly Sea Shepherd. The fisheries agency said it was taking measures to ensure the safety of its whalers and urged countries that provide ports to Sea Shepherd ships to cooperate.
  23. Horror has always been a tricky genre to play with – more like a hit or miss – for the directors. You either make a great film that attains cult status or you make something so bad that it makes people burst out laughing instead of screaming in fear. After all, there's a reason why Stephen King's 'It' and 'The Exorcist'; and '1920'and 'Phoonk' exist in the same universe. But, no matter how much we shriek and tremble after watching Hollywood classics, Japan is the badass daddy of all when it comes to playing with horror and supernatural thrillers. © Showgate J-Horror has been making people pee their pants in fear since 1960s when classics like 'Onibaba' and 'Kwaidan' were released and is worshipped globally by every avid fan of supernatural thrillers. They bow down in front of the awesome imagination and rich story-telling of Japanese directors. Well, for a land that has given us Akiro Kurosawa and Takashi Miike; you can't expect anything but the best. So, without further ado, we present to you the ultimate J-horror list that we bet you wouldn't be able to watch alone. So, go ahead and dare your friends to finish the entire list. 1. Ringu - 1998 © Basara Pictures Hideo Nakata does a fantastic job in scaring the life out of people with his 1998 psychological horror 'Ringu'. The film revolves around a reporter who sets out to investigate the mystery behind a certain videotape that is cursed – whoever watches the tape dies within 7 days. The 2002 hit film 'The Ring' starring Naomi Watts was an American remake of this classic. 2. Ju-On: The Grudge - 2002 © Pioneer LDC The brutal murder of a woman and her child casts an evil curse on a house and anyone who sets foot inside gets killed by the vengeful spirits. Directed by Takashi Shimizu, this movie is the third installment in the 'Ju-on' series. 3. Noroi: The Curse - 2005 © Xanadeux Created in a documentary and 'found footage' format, this movie revolves around a paranormal expert who disappeared while filming the most disturbing documentary of his career on an ancient demon. This movie f**ks with your mind as you try to figure out who the real demon is. 4. Audition - 1999 © Basara Pictures Takashi Miike waves his magic wand around 'Audition' and turns it into a classic film that you just can't afford to miss. A widower decided to start dating again and stages an audition to meet potential partners. He eventually starts dating a woman only to realize that she might be a psychopath with a dark and brutal past. 5. Onibaba - 1964 © Kindai Eiga Kyokai If you haven't seen 'Onibaba', then you are really missing out on the best movie ever made in the world. Directed by Kaneto Shindo, this is a historical drama horror in the backdrop of a civil war, where two women kill soldiers and steal their possessions. One of the women comes across a demon mask and dons it to frighten the other woman. 6. Marebito - 2004 © Adness K.K. 'Marebito' is another classic which many people wouldn't even dare to watch in the first place. The mere synopsis sends chills down our spine, so one can only imagine how gruesome and intense the movie is going to be. A cameraman, obsessed with fear brings a woman home, only to realize that she survives on blood. How he looks after her, while dodging certain bizarre characters, weaves the rest of the plot. 7. Over Your Dead Body - 2014 © Celluloid Dreams 'Over your dead body' also known as 'Kuime' is a 2014 J-horror movie that takes on through the life of characters both on and off stage. As the line between reality and fantasy gets blurred, the characters find themselves trapped in a deadly love game that soon turns into an evil grudge. 8. Kwaidan - 1964 © Toho Company Another classic film directed by Masaki Kobayashi, 'Kwaidan' is a compilation of four Japanese folk tales, each with their own tinge of supernatural elements that will surely leave you trembling in fear. We recommend this as a must-watch movie. 9. Ichi The Killer - 2001 © Omega Project When Takashi Miike helms a film, there is no room for any doubts about the movie being an average one and 'Ichi The Killer' furthers the same. Also known as 'Koroshiya Ichi', this movie is a Japanese crime-horror that revolves around a sadomasochistic hoodlum who comes across a psychotic killer after his boss goes missing. 10. Dark Water - 2002 © Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co. The movie talks about a mother who is going through an ugly divorce and fighting for her young daughter's custody. However, after the mother and daughter move into a new apartment, they realize they aren't the only residents. They start seeing disturbing visions and start getting haunted by the ghost of a young girl who tries everything to draw them towards the supernatural. Most of you must be getting all jazzed up for 'trick or treat' aka Halloween. But, for the rest it's yet another legit reason to binge-watch horror movies, along with the uninvited guests who will join us between 3 and 4 a.m. (ghosts should get an opportunity to watch their on-screen avatars too).
  24. TOKYO: A Japanese firm has created what it claims is a world-first "noise-cancelling" fork to mask the sound made by slurping down noodles. Photo: AFP file. TOKYO: A Japanese firm has created what it claims is a world-first "noise-cancelling" fork to mask the sound made by slurping down noodles, dubbed "noodle harassment" on social media. Foreign visitors to Japanese noodle bars are often startled to hear the locals -- normally so polite and restrained -- noisily slurping down their noodles with lip-smacking gusto. The tradition is supposed to show the diner's appreciation for the food but some people are becoming bothered by the noise. Now an instant noodle producer claims to have found a solution to the problem. Inspired by Japanese toilets, which can be programmed to play an artificial flushing noise to cover embarrassing sounds, Nissin Food Products looked at creating something similar for noodles. The result was a giant fork ? 4.4 centimetres (1.73 inches) wide and 15.2 centimetres long ? with a sensitive microphone to detect offending slurps. "We developed a system in which any subtle slurping sound can be detected," said the company. When the slurp alert is triggered, the fork sends a signal to the user's mobile phone, which plays the soothing sound of flowing water to mask the offending noise. Nissin will however only sell the gadget if it receives 5,000 pre-orders by mid-December ? at the price of 14,800 yen ($130).
  25. Photographers watch a TV report about exit poll results after Japan's lower house election at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday?s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation?s longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Abe?s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds ?super majority? in the 465-member lower house, local media said. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe ? who took office in December 2012 ? will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan?s longest-serving premier. It also means his ?Abenomics? growth strategy centred on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue. Final official results from the election, which coincided with an approaching typhoon, are expected early on Monday. The US-drafted constitution?s Article 9, if taken literally, bans the maintenance of armed forces. But Japanese governments have interpreted it to allow a military exclusively for self-defence. Backers of Abe?s proposal to clarify the military?s ambiguous status say it would codify the status quo. Critics fear it would allow an expanded role overseas for the military. Abe said he would not stick to a target he had floated of making the changes by 2020. ?First, I want to deepen debate and have as many people as possible agree,? he told a TV broadcaster. ?We should put priority on that.? The Komeito ? the LDP?s junior partner ? is cautious about changing the constitution, drawn up after Japan?s defeat in World War Two. Several opposition parties favour changes but do not necessarily agree on details. Referendums risky Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of each chamber of parliament and then by a majority in a public referendum. ?Now that pro-constitutional change parties occupy more than two-thirds of the parliament, the constitution will be the most important political issue next year,? Hidenori Suezawa ? a financial market and fiscal analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities ? said. ?And as we saw in the UK? a referendum could be tricky. So while Abe is likely to be prime minister, for the time being, it is too early to say whether he can stay in power until 2021.? Abe declined to say if he would run for a third term. Abe had said he needed a new mandate to tackle a "national crisis" from North Korea's missile and nuclear threats and a fast-ageing population and to approve his idea of diverting revenue from a planned sales tax hike to education and child care from public debt repayment. He called the poll amid confusion in the opposition camp and an uptick in his ratings, dented earlier in the year by scandals over suspected cronyism and a perception he had grown arrogant after nearly five years in office. Abe has backed US President Donald Trump?s tough stance towards North Korea, which has test-fired missiles over Japan, that all options, including military action, are on the table. Trump is to visit Japan November 5-7 to reaffirm the leaders? tight ties. Abe's gamble pays off Abe?s snap poll gamble had seemed risky ? some early forecasts saw the LDP losing a significant chunk of seats ? after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as possibly Japan?s first female premier, launched her conservative Party of Hope. That party absorbed a big chunk of the failed main opposition Democratic Party, which abruptly decided to run no candidates of its own. But voter enthusiasm soon waned despite its calls for popular policies such as an exit from nuclear power and a freeze on the planned sales tax rise. Koike did not run for a lower house seat herself ? she was in Paris for a climate change event on Sunday ? and failed to say whom her party would back for prime minister. ?We had sought to put policies first. But we ended up with a very tough outcome, so I deeply apologize for that,? Koike told NHK. A new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), formed by liberal former DP members, got 54 seats, beating the 49 seats of Koike?s party to become the biggest opposition group, although both have just a fraction of the LDP?s presence. ?Day by day, we felt we were getting more voter support for our call to revive more decent politics, and not fret about whether it?s right or left wing,? CDPJ lawmaker Tetsuro Fukuyama said. Several experts noted the ruling bloc?s win was less a victory for the conservative, long-ruling LDP than a defeat for a divided opposition. ?Simply put, this was the self-destruction of the opposition,? Zentaro Kamei ? a senior research fellow at think tank PHP Institute and former LDP lawmaker ? said. Shinjiro Koizumi ? the LDP lawmaker son of popular former Premier Junichiro Koizumi ? warned against LDP complacency. ?It?s not just that our party has become arrogant and complacent. People are also getting increasingly fed up with us,? he told NHK. Abe, 63, has already led the LDP and its partner, the Komeito, to four landslide wins since he took the helm of the party. But turnout has been low and the LDP has typically won with about 25 percent of eligible votes. Others either stayed home or backed opposition parties. Kyodo news agency estimated turnout on Sunday ? when heavy rain from powerful Typhoon Lan lashed much of Japan ? at 53.7 percent, 1 point above the record low in the last lower house election in 2014.
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