Japan is one country that is highly prone to natural disasters. On March 11, 2011, I was there when the country experienced the triple disaster of the mega earthquake, the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear accident. Currently, some central and northern parts of Honshu island are experiencing extreme floods and landslides due to the unusually heavy rains triggered by Tropical Storm Etau
Things are really looking up for Zambia! Just last month, Hitachi, who are one of the largest manufacturers of construction, mining and earthmoving equipment in the world, unveiled the first ever multi-million dollar Japanese plant in the country.
Medical Volunteer Network (MVN) is now recruiting volunteers for an upcoming clinical trial, to be held from mid-May to mid-June in Tokyo. The trial will be conducted at P-one Clinic (in Hachioji). Total compensation amount will be approximately ¥1,008,000 for volunteer participation.
My Mexican friend, Jesus Adrian Garcia, had a chance to go to the top of the Landmark Tower, Japan’s tallest building, in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai District. He came back with some breathtaking photos.
I have now stayed in Japan for two years and the more I stay here, the more I like this country. Among other other things, one thing that I like about this country is that even foreigners can apply for government housing.
Last night, I received an email from Paypal notifying me that, starting on March 31st, Paypal customers in Japan will be unable to send personal payments to individuals using the PayPal “send money” service until further notice. They say these changes are necessary in order for them to comply with new regulatory requirements in Japan.
Though I still remain iPhone-less, I really like that gadget. Maybe I will go for the 4G when it becomes available. Apart from the long list of advantages, the iPhone has spawned a massive iPhone apps industry. One of the premier iPhone App publishers here in Japan is APPLIYA Studio, a subsidiary of Softbank Corp., the telecommunication company exclusively in charge of iPhone sales in Japan. As of today, APPLIYA Studio more than 230 apps on the Apple Store.
One of the lovely Japanese friends that I have here is Shimpei Mori. I got acquainted with him in 2002/03 when he was working as a JICA volunteer at Mikolongwe in Malawi. At that time, I was working as a staff associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Malawi Polytechnic. Almost every week, Mori used to visit Eiji Kutsuoka, his fellow JICA volunteer, who used to work in the Department of Architecture at the same institution. Because I was so close to Eiji, with time I got connected to Mori and a few other JICA volunteers as well.