Last autumn, I got married with my husband who was born in Hokkaido. And I saw the old year out and the new year in at his parent’s house. What was amazing was that on New Year’s eve, many delicacies were placed on the table such as Osechi (traditional Japanese New Year’s food), Sushi, King Crab legs.
In the Kanto area where I was born and grew up, New Year’s eve is usually spent with such simple food as buckwheat noodles and tangerines that are eaten while watching TV. Lavish food are not served until January 1st.
So having leant that Hokkaido people eat gorgeous food on Dec.31st, I was curious what they’ll eat on Jan. 1st. Discouragingly enough though, it was rice cakes with soup. I felt out of rhythm.
The government decided to raise the consumption tax
from the current 5 percent to 8 percent in April 2014.
Prime Minister Abe announced that, along with the
sales tax increase, new economic policies would be decided such as the reduction of corporate tax rates and stimulus packages
totaling five trillion yen.
The three percent raise is expected to bring eight trillion yen to the national treasury on an annual basis except for the first fiscal year producing five trillion.
This is quite ridiculous. It is like raising taxes to waste money.
The original purpose of the consumption tax raise is to improve our tax systems but it hasn’t been that way.
A car hit the sidewalk on route 208 in Tamana city, Kumamoto pref. and turned upside down, trapping two people inside. Several passers-by came and rescued them out free from injury. Two minutes later, the car caught fire and was burnt down to ashes.
When the police arrived there, all the rescuers had left.
He says “The twentieth-century type of civilization is now denied and reset owing to those disasters, creating a good chance for new technologies and systems to be put in the world.
原発などの発電設備があるから、新しい発電技術はコストや将来性の見地から実用性に薄く、開発するだけの価値がないとみなされてきた。 New power generation technologies were considered too short in practical use to be developed because sufficient energy supply was guaranteed by exhisting nuclear plants.
Now those technologies have made their way. It is wonderful.
Lens windmill, power generation by collecting microwaves in the air, and ocean current power generation. Although there is a long way to go, but we need to take each step along the way for our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.