Living here in Japan, I think that there are two poles people oscillate between. The first is 'if you burrow down deep enough, the Japanese are just like anyone else' and the second is 'geez, maybe it is different here.' The longer you live here, the more you tend to shade to the former, but every so often, something pops up that pushes you to the latter and this might be one of them
More than 140 years after their ancestors started tending the grave of a British man who died in obscurity, a Japanese family has finally learned his identity and received an official message of thanks from the British government.
For much of that period, members of the Murai family, who live in Ishikawa prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, thought they were maintaining the last resting place of a man named Philip Ward.
In fact, the grave belongs to Bernard George Littlewood, who came to Japan to teach English in 1870, just as the country was beginning to modernise.
Littlewood taught English at a school in what is now the city of Kaga, but died of smallpox the following year, aged just 30, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Ugh has been doing a great job holding the fort down here. I want to try and get back in game here, so I'm just going to pick out one thing every couple of days, or maybe every day, about Japan that might interest y'all. If there is enough interest, I'll fill it out and put it up at the mothership. Wish me luck. This, Japan turns to supermums to rescue economy, caught my eye, yesterday, I originally saw it yesterday in the NYT, and that 'supermoms' in the title had me hit google. Sure enough, there was this. [SSJ: 2805] Abe Colloquium: More Super Moms in Japan? From: Takuya Toda Posted Date: 2002/10/22 ***ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM (Nov. 12)*** Working Mothers and Childcare Support in Japan: A Comparison with the United States In 1989, Japan's total fertility rate dropped from 1.66 to 1.57, a decline that caught the attention of policy makers and the general public. In response, the government adopted a series of policy measures to support childcare and enable mothers to continue working, including the Law on Childcare Leave (1992), the Angel Plan (1994), and the New Angel Plan (1999). Dr. Shirahase found, however, that many Japanese married women still quit their jobs because of childbearing and few mothers with children under three years old are employed. Meanwhile, in the United Sates, where public support for childcare is minimal, a remarkable social change has occurred since the 1980s. Millions of mothers with small children stay in the labor market and continue their careers. I'm pretty sure that the Abe Colloquium has no relationship to the current prime minister. Plus ça changeUgh | 2 Comments
Will be an, uh, interesting 2015 for me. Also, too, Zombie Baby Jesus wants to eat your brain. Don't say you weren't warned.Ugh | 3 Comments
And has been since the mid-1980s. On 12/31/2014 he will eat the still beating hearts of baby kittens live on TV and finally people will suspect something is up "Nobody can be that evil.... Andy? Is that you?" they will say. "That wasn't very funny."Ugh | 7 Comments
Your CIA at work.Ugh | 8 Comments Ugh | 9 Comments
Mark it down - New England v. Green Bay. Green Bay wins to deny Brady his Joe Montana/Terry Bradshaw equalizer, leaving him 3 and 3 with his team being outscored in the 6 contests. Update: because the one thing post needed was an update. Didn't realize we get a preview of this matchup this coming weekend. Pats win this one, but lose the rematch.Ugh | 17 Comments
No one would do anything similar today, of course.Ugh | 39 Comments
Wait a minute. We don't have to figure out how to get the crew off the sub. He's already done that, he would have had to. All we gotta do is figure out what he's gonna do. So how's he gonna get the crew off the sub. They have to want to get off. How do you get a crew to want to get off a submarine? How do you get a crew to want to get off a nuclear sub...Ugh | 3 Comments
According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials, CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence ommittee investigation. But other anonymous people deny it.