背景には雇用情勢の悪化がある。厚生労働省によると、大学生の就職率は０８年４月には９６・９％。同９月のリーマンショックを経て、翌０９年４月には９５・７％へ低下。東日本大震災の影響を受けた昨年４月、過去最低の９１・０％へ落ち込んだ。 （2012年5月8日15時25分 読売新聞）
The young people in the 10- 20 age group that committed suicide due to the pain caused by the failure in job-hunting activities was increasing rapidly. According to the National Police Agency which analyzed the cause of suicide starting from 2007, 150 people, such as the college student, had committed suicide because of the trouble in job-hunting activities, last year there was a 2.5 fold increase in number compared to 2007.
The National Police Agency in 2006 implemented the Basic-Law-on-Measures-to-Discourage-Suicide; staring from the following year it analysed the cause of suicide in detail based in the will and the memo etc. written while in life. In the age group 10- 20, the number of case which committing suicide was considered related to job-hunting activities as the reason had increased rapidly to 91 people in 2008, although it was 60 people 2007. Every year, the male accounted for 80-90 percent, and in particular the number of student increased by 3.2 fold in 2007 with 52 people.
Deterioration in employment situation served as a background. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the college student's rate of employment was 96.9% in April, 2008. It fell to 95.7% due to the Lehman shock in the September; and due to the influence of the East Japan great earthquake, in April last year it fell to the lowest ever at 91.0%.
It seems that the weak economy in Japan will continue for some time.
On the 25th Kagome and the Asahi Group Holdings announced a joint research which confirmed that the alcohol concentration in blood would drop if drinking alcohol and eating tomato were done at the same time. It was said that the effect of drunkenness would be slowed down and that an early awakening from drunkenness could be expected.
In the research, 12 men in their 20's to 40's were picked as the research subject and alcohol (about 100 ml of white distilled liquor) and tomato juice (160-ml can three nos.) were drunk together; at anther occasion, instead of tomato juice an equivalent amount of water was drunk at the same time, the alcohol concentration in blood was individually measured.
The result was that in situation where it was drunk together with tomato juice, compared with the case where an equivalent amount of water was drunk, the alcohol concentration was lower on the average by 30 percent. Also, the time for the alcohol to be completely decomposed inside the body was also about 50 minutes earlier.
The is a useful discovery. Perhaps next time when I drink with my friends I shall try to eat some tomato.
Regarding the future system to be used to carry out quick charge to the electric vehicles, while individual Japanese auto making company held a meeting in Tokyo on the 22nd to confirm the plan which aimed at spreading the standard and setting the direction of future development, the European and American makers were furthering developing another standard, and a competition involving the leadership in setting the international standard was likely to become intense.
Regarding the quick charge machine which could charge the electric vehicle in a short time, in Japan it was now putting into practical use; individual Japanese automaker company named it "Chademo system" and decided to enable it to be used by all cars.
On the 22nd a general conference was held by about 400 related companies meeting in Tokyo. A plan was confirmed in which about 1400 sets of the "Chademo system" quick charge machines would be installed domestically and in Europe so as to spread its popularity further.
Centering around the quick charging machine, European and American makers such as Volkswagen etc. were further developing a different standard, and it had become a competition involving the leadership in setting the international standard.
If domestic manufacturing companies had two or more standards for the quick charge machine, consumers would refrain from buying. It was feared that this would became an obstacle to the spreading of electric vehicles. COO - chief operating officer of Nissan Motor Toshiyuki Shiga was showing the idea to advance deliberations with the European and American maker counterparts, and had said to the press conference that "would examine whether the European and American new standard could be in a format that was compatible".
This competition for new standard reminds me how the VHS became the world standard in video tape recording a few decades ago.
The executive committee formed in Sumida district etc. opened this event.
The procession had 11 groups of portable shrines that came from the local town association etc. Following the accompanying music, they paraded to the Sky Tree starting from Asakusa Street that was surrounding the Tree.
Many people gathered in the locations along the route, taking photos of the tree and the portable shines together, and waving the hands. A woman who came with a child to see the parade said "the Sky Tree and the portable shines may look beautiful in a blue sky. Since the tree has been seen getting higher little by little, I look forward to its opening for business".
On the 19th, for the first time ordinary people could go into the event square that was a site at the Sky Tree. School children and resident organizations of the district announced their performance of the Kazuhiro hard drum at the specially built stage, thus building up the congratulation mood.
This event was also scheduled to be performed on the 20th.
For sure the Tree Tower will become a new tourist attraction in Tokyo.
An investigation into the ancient documents showed that the strange massive earthquake occurred in 794 (Enryaku 13th years) when the capital relocation to Heiankyo was carried out could be the Nankai earthquake.
Associate Professor Katsunori Imazu (Japanese ancient history) of the Okayama University announced this on the 17th (April). Although it was supposed that the Nankai earthquake had a occurrence cycle of once in about 100 years, the record on this earthquake for about 200 years was not found until now, there was an earthquake buried in that "empty period".
According to Associate Professor Imazu, inside the "Nihongiryaku" (edited at the Heian period) which extracted contents from one of the Japanese official history - the "Nihonkouki", on 10th July in the 13th year of Enryaku there was a description saying that "the Imperial Court, the Kyonggi government residence, and the houses were shaken. There were people died in the quake". Two years afterward, the ancient "Nankaido" highway which was built along the sea in Shikoku was abandoned, and it was recorded that a new road was designed afterwards.
Since the abandonment of the highway presupposed that it was damaged due to a tidal wave caused by a massive earthquake, and that the epicentre area was presumed to be at the Pacific Ocean side, Associate Professor Imazu judged that it was the Nankai earthquake.
This is an interesting historical finding about a tsunami occurred in Japan more than
According to the population estimation which was announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the overall population of Japan as of October 1st last year was 127,799,000 people, being a decrease of 259,000 people compared with the previous year, and it became the greatest decrease since the 25th year of Showa which had comparable records. According to all prefectures, the highest pace of decrease in population was in Fukushima Prefecture at 1.93%, and that showed the influence of the East Japan great earthquake and the nuclear power plant disaster.
According to it, as of October 1st last year, the overall population including Japanese and foreigners, the male was 62,184,000 people and female was 65,615.000, in total the overall population of Japan was 127,799,000.
The overall population compared with the previous year showed a decrease of 259,000 people, by ratio it was a decrease of 0.2%; the reduction in number and the pace in decreasing became the greatest since the 25th year of Showa which had comparable records.
According to individual prefectures, population was decreasing in 40 prefectures, the highest rate of decrease was in Fukushima prefecture at 1.93%, next was Iwate Prefecture at 1.21%, and then Akita Prefecture at 1.03% and so on. Furthermore, as for the foreigners, the emigrants exceeded the immigrants by 51,000 people and became the greatest area of decline.
About this result, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications analyzed that it was due to "the influence of the East Japan great earthquake and the incidents at the number one nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power at Fukushima, in addition to the widened difference in "natural decrease": the number of the people who died and the number people who were born."
In order to improve the situation, Japan should open its door to accept more immigrants.
The machine manufacturer "Matoba electrical machinery factory" (Kawagoe-shi, Saitama) announced on the 13th March this year that in Aichi there was an accident on the 10th which a woman in her 60's using the home electricity massaging tool manufactured by the company had her dress tangled with the roller and she died from suffocation.
The same product was involved in three death accidents that had occurred, and the company also had appealed for cautions in 2008.
The product was the "Albi workout roller", about 420,000 sets were manufactured between 1983 - 1990.
Although the leg etc. could be applied to a protruded roller to be massaged and rubbed, the woman who died had removed the roller cover which was made of cloth; and when she used it towards the region near the head, her dress got entangled with the roller and her head became bound tightly.
The company had contacted the Aichi Prefecture Police on March 15, and it was said that there was a reply on the 7th this month saying that "no doubt the death incident is related to the product".
Obviously, to use the the machine with its safety cover removed is a dangerous act.
On the 6th (April) The Ministry of Environment showed clearly that the rubble etc. which flowed into the sea because of the tsunami of the East Japan great earthquake might arrive at the west coast of the North American Continent around October this year.Although there was no international laws on the duty to recover of rubble etc, the government had talked with the U.S., Canada, etc. and was considering the response.
A drifting simulation was worked out based on analysing the initial distribution of the flotsam, using the pictures from the Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and computing the moving speed in consideration of the ocean current and the wind, etc.
That means the surface ocean current in the North Pacific is constantly moving from Asia eastwards towards North America and can finish a trip in about 18 months.
On the 22nd (April), Edano the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry at a conference at Futaba county of Fukushima indicated that because of the accident of the Tokyo Electric Power's number one nuclear power plant at Fukushima, showed a prediction that in Futaba city and Okuma city in the ten years from now, the dosage of radiation in these area would exceed 20-mm sievert per year, and it was still a difficult issue for the residents to return.
This was a prediction on the annual amount of radiation dosage in the area in five years and ten years based on the result of a monitoring work conducted by the airplane in November last year, ignoring the factor of doing decontamination.
According to it, supposedly some parts of the area inside Futaba town and Okuma town where Fukushima's number one nuclear power plant was located would exceed 100-mm sievert in five years from now in March 2017.
Moreover it was supposed that at some locations in Futaba city, Okuma city, and also in Namie city, 50-mm sievert would be exceeded. Furthermore, in ten years from now in March 2022, although the number of location that had over 50-mm sievert inside Futaba city, Okuma city, and Namie city would decrease, some residual could remain.
In these three cities and also in the Tomioka city, some area would exceed 20-mm sievert, showing
The problem of radiation would be a long term issue for the Japanese government.
When machine number three in the nuclear power plant of the Hokkaido Electric Power (Hokkaido Tomari-mura) was stopped operation for the periodic inspection on the night of the 5th, it became that all the 50 domestic nuclear power plants had stopped completely. It was the first time for all the machines to stop in 42 years since the 70s when there were only two nuclear power plants operated for commercial use. Although the Kansai Electric Power Ooi city nuclear power plant No. 3 or 4 (Fukui prefecture Ooi town) was processing the re-operation procedures, it had not yet obtained local consent; this was the first "zero nuclear power" situation since the oil crisis occurred in the 70s that henceforth nuclear energy became the basic energy source. Summer as a demanding season would be received in this way, knowing that electric power shortage was a concern.
Probably the electric bills of the Japanese would rise this summer.
The prefecture scientific library on itai-itai disease, being one of the four major pollution-related sickness, was opened to tell the lessons of the itai-itai disease which occurred at the Jintsu River valley in Toyama prefecture.
The Toyama prefecture itai-itai disease scientific library was set up by the prefecture in Toyama city after spending about 420 million yen; people concerned were present and the opening ceremony was held on the 29th. In his greeting Governor Ishii of Toyama Prefecture said that "I would like to inherit the lessons and the precious data on the damages, hand them down to the future generations so that this miserable pollution-related illness would never be repeated."
Then Kunihiro Takagi representing the conference formed by the residents who had suffered damages said that "regarding those many people who have suffered from the itai-itai disease and passed away in regrets, now they are being missed. The establishment of a public scientific library which has been asking for by us ten years ago is now realized, I thank you."
After the ceremony, the participants inspected an exhibition room and a data reading room etc. In the scientific library there was exhibition etc. which showed the situation of the occurrence of the itai-itai disease, and there was activity which a "storyteller" who knew the suffering situation would talk about the experience.
While the residents who suffered damage had so far played the role in telling the lessons of itai-itai disease, with the opening of the prefecture scientific library, Toyama Prefecture would also play a role, and President Takagi of the victim organization said this opening had a big meaning.
A few decades age, industrial pollution was a serious problem in Japan.
According to newspapers in Soul on the 4th (April) it was said that based on well-informed diplomatic sources, several refugees from North Korea detained inside South Korea government establishments in China for about three years without obtaining the exit permit from the Chinese government had received the permission this month to enter South Korea.
The observation was that it could be regarded as the manifestation of displeasure by China towards North Korea's firm intention to launch a long-distance ballistic missile while calling it a "satellite".
This time, about the number of the refugees from North Korea who entered South Korea, Choson Ilbo thought it was five people, meanwhile Dong A Ilbo thought it might be four. Among these, three people were the daughter and grandchildren of a South Korean soldier who became a prisoner of war in the Korean War, and for about three years they had been leading "a de facto prison life" (Dong A Ilbo) in the South Korean embassy in Beijing. It was said that others were protected in the consulate general in Shenyang and Shanghai.
According to Choson Ilbo, China aimed at the missile launch preliminary announcement by North Korea, "asked North Korea to stop but was refused, China decided to give permission to South Korea (dislike North Korea)." The same paper indicated that this decision was "a manifestation of the displeasure of China" towards the Kimujonun (Kim John Ung) organization.
Is it an indication that even China could only have limited influence over North Korea?