Day 2752 ( Parent Company Quarterly Meeting / Bad scores )
Saturday, October 3, 2015
So my Company is owned by an even larger company - that owns like 15 or so other companies. Yeah a conglomerate (I still remember some stuff from my business classes some 16-17 years ago). Anyway, this bigger company has quarterly meetings where full time employees of all its other companies would gather for meetings and people would be given awards. Before this big meeting, my company would have a smaller version of it for about 1-2 hours and people would also get prizes. This was where I got an award last quarter at the end of June.
Now this time, I was pretty much trying to explain the low scores that I got from my very first evaluation from my co-worker (s). Long story that I can't really get into here. Initially it was depressing but things have gotten much better now and still improving.
Days 2757 & 2758 ( LifeHouse Church)
Thursday, October 8 and Friday October 9, 2015
So I took like over a year hiatus from church while living in Toyama. But I recently started going to another church now about 30 mins from where I live. It's called Lifehouse - Yokohama. They had a conference this week in Roppongi, Tokyo and I went 2 nights.
Day 2764 ( Football/Soccer again )
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Finally got to play soccer again since like March when I was in Toyama. I used to last 10 mins on the field. Now I last only like 5 mins. I still got my skills though, I scored about 5 goals in total.
Red flags and exit strategies: advice for English teachers in Japan
by Patrick St. Michel - Japan Times
The real reason Japan is coming to Jamaica
THE official visit today of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a gracious gesture which, we believe, all Jamaicans welcome.
Frequently, pundits read these high-profile visits for their geopolitical importance. However, we think that Prime Minister Abe is not coming because Japan plans to assert itself as a global political superpower. The Asian tiger relinquished this fleeting illusion way back in the 1980s.
The visit to Jamaica is in reciprocity for the visit of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who visited Japan in November 2013, at which time she invited Mr Abe to return the favour. More importantly, this visit is intended to send a signal to the rest of Caricom, following the first Japan-Caricom summit last year in Port of Spain.
First and uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister Abe is Japan's campaign for election in October 2016 to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Tokyo is re-engaging with Jamaica and the Caribbean to rebuild its presence which has been seriously overshadowed by the US and China.
Japan's influence was never very strong, but it was even more noticeable in recent years because of America's soft power and China's substantial increase in aid.
Japan's strong interest in a seat on the UN Security Council derives from its anxiety about China's influence in the Pacific. A flashpoint is the bitter and potentially explosive dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, a group of tiny uninhabited islands of little strategic value in the East China Sea.
While their long history of animosity is a factor, it is pride more than the possibility of undersea oil deposits that fuels the dispute. Japan worries that the Caricom countries that benefit from the generosity of China in numerous infrastructure projects would support China's position, or at least not oppose it.
Japan needs to keep its diplomatic ties with Caricom, which has 15 votes in the United Nations.
Second, and to a lesser extent, Japan's belated concern to retain its economic status as pre-eminent position of supplier of motor vehicles, electronics and manufactured goods. Its place in Caribbean markets has come under pressure from a surge of Chinese imports.
If Jamaica could be persuaded to support Japan's UN bid, it does not follow that this will influence other Caricom governments. We suspect that it is going to take much more than the votes of 15 Caricom countries to get Japan what it aspires.
Add to the complexity and uncertainty the fact that Japan is not the only country eyeing a seat on the Security Council, and not the only government willing to be of assistance to the Caricom states in a time of need.
Of course, Japan is not unaware that finance may determine Caricom's support. At the Trinidad summit, Japan announced a large aid package to be used for climate change, and relaxed the strict application of the per capita eligibility rule. This was to allow all Caricom countries, regardless of how high their per capita incomes were, to be eligible.
Previously, Japan's position was that some Caricom countries were graduated from their aid because of their high per capita incomes. This change was a major development in their foreign policy and aid policy.
We salute and welcome the prime minister of Japan and acknowledge our half a century of mutual friendship.
A Video of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Jamaica