Monday, September 05, 2011

Free Lego Offer

Free Lego Offers, I don`t think you will find a better offer than this one! Simply write a lot of Lego set or Lego game reviews for Burns Brick Country, and become a regular contributor.

For the Free Lego Offer to your door in Japan

Lego Reviews can be in Japanese or English.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Japan's 'silent tsunami' severs parental ties, wrecks children's lives

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011

Japan's 'silent tsunami' severs parental ties, wrecks children's lives

To the next Prime Minister,

I am the cofounder of Children First (, an NPO that focuses on children's issues. Every three minutes another child loses all contact with one of their parents after divorce. Every seven minutes another child is a victim of school bullying. Every 12 minutes another case of child abuse is reported to protective services. Every week at least one child dies as the result of abuse. Read More

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rice shipped from Fukushima Prefecture

So they have decided to resume rice shipments from Fukushima. Why?

To scare the public? To cause people to horde rice from other prefectures? To kill off the restaurant industry?

No one will want to eat outside their homes for fear of where the rice came from.

They say they tested the rice twice for radioactive cesium.

Moshi Moshi, uh,....Hello!

There are a lot more elements than that, that need to be checked if we are going to put it in our bodies.

What about Strontium 90, or Iodine 131?

Safe to say too, that with governnment decisions like this, no farmer in Japan, whether they be from Hokkaido, Kyushu or Okinawa (far from the reactors), will be selling any farm produce outside of Japan. No one will be buying Japanese produce because of ill-thought out decisions like this.

News Story Follows:

Rice shipped from Fukushima Prefecture

National Aug. 30, 2011

Japan Today —

Rice was shipped from Fukushima Prefecture on Monday for the first time since the March 11 disaster. The rice was tested for radiation and got the all-clear, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said. Read More

Monday, August 29, 2011


John B. Cobb, Jr.

I was born and spent most of my childhood in Japan. The two cities in which I lived were Hiroshima and Kobe. Both have suffered terrible destruction: an atomic bomb and an earthquake. Now Sendai has experienced an even more violent earthquake. These evils are problems for everyone, but for those who think there is some basis for justice in the world, whether it be Karma or God, there is added a special problem. Does the occurrence of a devastating evil at a particular place mean that those who suffer from such catastrophes in some way deserve their suffering or that it somehow serves a greater good?

Process thought has its own way of responding. We do believe that there is God, and that God cares for all creatures. We understand the question, why does God cause these calamities or at least allow them? But the question has assumptions that we do not share.

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Read about Living in Japan

How to teach English in Japan

The House that Ikumi & Kevin Built



階段用の松の木と桜の木の板、これらはクローバーデイルにあるウェストウッドという会社からです。 Read More

Part 2 is Here

Greenpeace: Fukushima schools unsafe after clean-up

(Reuters) - Greenpeace said on Monday that schools and surrounding areas located 60 km (38 miles) from Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear power plant were unsafe for children, showing radiation readings as much as 70 times internationally accepted levels.

The environmental group took samples at and near three schools in Fukushima city, well outside the 20 km exclusion zone from Tokyo Electric Power's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan's northeast.

"No parent should have to choose between radiation exposure and education for their child," said Kazue Suzuki, Greenpeace Japan's anti-nuclear project head.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fukushima Robot Operator Writes Tell-All Blog

Fukushima Robot Operator Writes Tell-All Blog


Editor's Note: This is part of IEEE Spectrum's ongoing coverage of Japan's earthquake and nuclear emergency.

An anonymous worker at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has written dozens of blog posts describing the ups and downs of his experience as one of the lead robot operators at the crippled facility.

His blog provides a window into the complex and dangerous work environment faced by the operators, a small group of young technicians who, like other front-line personnel, must approach areas of high radiation, deploying remote-controlled robots to assist with efforts to further stabilize and shut down the plant’s four troubled reactors. Read More

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Read about Teaching English in Japan

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Immense Cost of Japanese Dams and Dam-Related Landslides and Earthquake

The Immense Cost of Japanese Dams and Dam-Related Landslides and Earthquakes*

Masano Atsuko

Translated by Aaron Skabelund

It had been three months since the Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake struck northern Honshu on 14 June 2008, triggering a huge landslide above Aratozawa Dam. The area hit by a landslide has been further carved by snow and rain, and trees and other vegetation are in disarray. The site looks like the day after a wretched barber had just given it a bad haircut. For the earth, this must be an embarrassing appearance.

According to the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (Kokudou gijitsu sou-kenkyuusho; NILIM), the epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude quake was near Mt. Kurikoma on the border between three prefectures--Miyagi , Iwate, and Akita--and in the close vicinity of 15 dams (one which is still under construction) including Aratozawa to the southeast.

In this landscape carved by rivers, a landslide with an average depth of 55 meters, a width of 810 meters, and a length of 1400 meters slid as far as 140 meters off the side of the mastiff and into the back of the lake formed by the dam.

A few days after the earthquake, Tokyo University Professor Konagai Kazuo appeared on NHK television’s “Close-up Gendai” special, “The Mountain that Disappeared: The Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake,” and explained that because ground water near the dam was high and because snowmelt had permeated the ground, the violent shaking of the earthquake had caused the massive landslide. Read More

Time in Japan - a Question from a Canadian Reader

Time in Japan, Kevin a question for you:

I keep reading in alternative news sources how the radiation leaks are worse than what the government is saying. I've also read that radiation is being detected on the west coast of North America. I know my Japanese friend says he is fed up with the lies and just wants to get out now. Are you concerned about all the radiation?

--S.O., in Canada

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Japanese Government to Monitor Online Discussions About Fukushima

Japanese Government to Monitor Online Discussions About Fukushima

What do you think of this?

I think the government wants to have a handle on public opinion so they can address the concerns that are going viral. I think that is good overall. I don`t feel scared about it.
Alex Jones and his website is partly about government control and wrong doing. However in this case, the monitoring might be a good thing.

I have less problem with this monitoring and more of a problem with security cameras in public areas, as I feel they could be abused. Plus people can be falsely identified. ie) look like a criminal.

News Story Follows:

Asahi Japan Watch
Aug 26, 2011

While the government defends its new monitoring program of online postings concerning the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to stem the spread of “inaccurate” information, critics say it harkens back to Big Brother.

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy said tweets on Twitter and postings to blogs will be monitored for groundless and inaccurate information that could inflame and mislead the public.

The agency said it is trying to “track down inaccurate information and to provide correct ones instead.”

But critics are skeptical about the agency’s motive, especially because the government has been under fire for failing to provide an accurate picture of what has been occurring at the plant and the spread of radioactive contamination.

The cost for the project was earmarked in an extra government budget to finance the rebuilding of northeastern Japan ravaged by the March 11 disaster. Read More

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kevs Twisted Humor

Kevs Twisted Humor
Welcome to Kevs Twisted Humor!

Who the heck is Kev? And why is he twisted?

I don`t know why I am twisted. It may be growing up near Vancouver. That DDT spraying they did on the fields in Delta decades ago? Having a liar, ....oops, I mean lawyer for a brother.

Having a skin doctor (who would experiment on,...oops treat his children),for a father, and a comedian/housewife for a mother.

My other brother is a very funny doctor. I mean that in a good sense.

It could have been that pop I drank. (Soda) for the Americans.

Kevs Twisted Humor - A Little Kev History

All about Japanese Origami

The art of paper folding, commonly known as origami, started in the 17th century AD and was later on popularized outside Japan in the mid 1900s. Some historians and scholars would say that just like much of Japanese culture and tradition, origami originated from China. The word origami came from the Japanese word “Ori” which means folding and “Kame” which means paper.

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Japanese Instruments

Japanese Instruments

Japanese Instruments, what you may not know

by Lyanne Thomas

Traditional Japanese musical instruments are comprised of a wide range of string, wind (mostly flutes) and percussion instruments. Let me mention the most common Japanese musical instruments:

Percussion Instruments

Drums: Taiko, literally known as great or big drums. There are many big drums in Japan and most of these great instruments have 2 membranes that are either nailed or laced and are struck with sticks. Most of these big drums such as the Odaiko are usually used during Japanese festivities and celebrations. A famous taiko perfomance group known as Kodo hosts an annual earth celebration. The Earth celebration is a festival of taiko drumming where people from around the world come to Japan to witness the celebration. Read More

My Trials and Tribulations of Starting the Tokyo Comedy Club

Pictured: Some of the funny English you see in Japan, this time at Boozer House in Odawara

An article came out in Japan Zine, acknowledging me as one of the co-founders of the Tokyo Comedy Store. I just want to say thank you to the Tokyo Comedy Store for doing that!
--Kevin R Burns

Kevs Twisted Humor
These days I ply my comedy trade at my website, Kevs Twisted Humor.
Check it out!

One of the great things about being an expatriate in Japan is that there are so many unique opportunities for us here. If you are willing to take the time to go to the audition or job interview, you have a shot at many interesting jobs. As well, if there is something you want to do, but this organization or club doesn`t yet exist, if you start it, they will come. So often there are others like you, waiting for someone to start a club or group they are interested in.

I have lived here a long time, I`m a good organizer, so I have started many groups over the years. One of them was the Tokyo Comedy Club, which is now known as The Tokyo Comedy Store. I still have a little pride in knowing that I started the whole thing! Maybe someone would have done it eventually, but I did it! Read More