Friday, December 26, 2014

A very long 30-car train ran on Yokosuka Line

Yokosuka Line is one of the railways operated by East Japan Railway Company(JR East). It connects Tokyo Station with Kurihama Station in Yokosuka city, Kanagawa prefecture.

The standard trains on the line are 11-car and 15-car. However, a 30-car train ran on Yokosuka Line on December 25th, 2014.

Why did 30-car train run on the line?

The reason is that a 15-car broke down and could not run for itself at Tokyo Station, and that another 15-car train had to pull it to its rail yard.

A 30-car train running is rare, so many rail fans gathered to see it.

Here are videos of 30-car train running.

Who is Mamiko Okamura?

Mamiko Okamura(岡村真美子) is a Japanese weather forecaster. She is also an pianist. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music.

She has appeared on "NHK News 7" since 2011. She is popular for cute looks.

Shukan Bunshun, one of leading weekly magazines in Japan, reported on December 25th that Okamura had have adulterous affairs with two men.

One is an officer at Japan Meteorological Agency. His name is anonymous in the article of Shukan Bunshun.

The other is Daisuke Sato(佐藤大介). He is also a weather forecaster. He has appeared on "Hiru-obi(ひるおび)", the daytime news show of TBS. He and Okamura belongs to the same weather information company, Weather Map Co., Ltd. According to Shukan Bunshun, they have had sex in the office of the company.

Both Okamura and Sato was replaced on their own programs on December 25th.

Here is the video of Mamiko Okamura weather forecasting.

Why did Okamura have illicit affairs?

One reason is that she has a kind of sexual addiction. According to Cyzo, one of leading monthly magazines in Japan, she said to her friend, "I'll go mad if I can't have sex at least once a month."

Another reason is the corporate culture of NHK. Compared to other companies, illicit affairs happen in NHK more frequently. For example, according to Shukan Bunshun, Sae Nakarai(半井小絵), who had appeared on "NHK News 7" as Okamura's predecessor, had an illicit affair with Yoshinori Tateyama(建山義紀), an baseball player.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What is "Dictionary of Japanophile People"?

Dictionary of Japanophile People, or Dictionary of Pro-Japanese People (Japanese: 親日人名辞典; Korean: 친일인명사전) is a Korean book that lists 4,398 names of Korean people who collaborated with the Imperial Japanese government during its colonial reign over Korea from 1910 to 1945. It was published by "Institue for Research in Collaborationist Activities" in South Korea in 2009.

The dictionary includes, for example, Park Chung-hee(3rd President of South Korea), Ahn Eak-tai(the composer of the national anthem of South Korea), Park Yeong-hyo(the creator of the first Korean Flag ), Kim Seong-su(the founder of Korea University and Dong-A Ilbo), Paik Sun-yup(the first four-star general in the history of the South Korean military) and so on.

Park Chung-hee was an officer of Manchukuo Imperial Army. Manchukuo was a puppet state dominated by The Empire of Japan from 1932 to 1945.

Ahn Eak-tai composed the music for celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of Manchukuo.

During Japan colonial period, Park Yeong-hyo held important posts, such as Director of the Bank of Chosen, Chairman of the Korean Economic Association and so on. In addition, he had a seat in the Diet of Japan.

Kim Seong-su operated Keijo Textile Corporation (Kyungbang) and amassed wealth during Japan colonial period.

Paik Sun-yup was an officer of the Manchukuo Imperial Army.

According to The Hankyoreh, one of leading newspapers in South Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Council approved 2015 educational budget on December 19th, 2014. The budget includes the funding for distributing Dictionary of Japanophile People to all of junior high schools and high schools of Seoul city by Cooperative Education Bureau of Seoul Metropolitan government. Some people point out that it is a kind of governmental hate speech.

The Hankyoreh (written in Korean)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Who is Sakura Yashiki?

Sakura Yashiki(家鋪さくら) was the last wife of Takajin Yashiki(やしきたかじん).

Takajin Yashiki was a popular musician and TV personality. He got immeasurable popularity especially in Kansai region including Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, etc. He had been married three times. He had been in the hospital for  esophagus cancer since January 2012. He finally died on January 3, 2014

Here are videos of Takajin Yashiki singing.

Sakura Yashiki had been taking care of Takajin in the hospital for two years. She got married to Takajin in October 2013, just three months before the death of Takajin.

After his death, Sakura inherited Takajin's entire estate according to his will, although Takajin had a daughter with his first wife. In March 2014, Sakura founded Office TAKAJIN Co.,Ltd, which administrates Tajajin's copyright. She is getting numerous income from his copyrights.

Many people suspects that she married not for love but for money. There are some evidences.

First, she is suspected of bigamy. She married to Ivan Signore in September 2010 in Italy. She went back to Japan in December 2011. In the same month, she met Takajin at a party, and they started dating soon.

However, Sakura and Ivan did not divorce when Sakura and Takajin started dating. Ivan tweeted on March 15th, 2012, as below:

far from my wife and I am going crazy. Maybe it's time to think how to get out this situation. Move to Japan?

Soon after Takajin's death, Ivan criticized Sakura on his twitter as below:
Sakura insists that she divorced Ivan before she married to Takajin. However, it takes 5 to 7 years to get divorce in Italy in general.

Second, Sakura is suspicious of creating Takajin's oral will in conspiracy with a lawyer. She took a video of his oral will. According to a person who watched the video, the lawyer said to Takajin, "Do you agree that Sakura Yashiki will inherit your entire estate?" Takajin said "Yeah..." in a hazy state. It is doubtful whether Takajin understood the lawyer's words.

If you want to see her photos, click the link below:

Takajin Yashiki's memorial website administrated by Office TAKAJIN Co.,Ltd

Who is Ichiro Kishida?

Ichiro Kishida(岸田一郎) is a editor and media producer in Japan. He was the editor in chief of the popular magazines such as "Begin," "MEN'S EX," "LEON,", "NIKITA."

When he was the editor in chief of "LEON," he created the Japanese slang "Choi-waru-oyaji(ちょいワルおやじ)", which means an older and rugged man. Also, he featured Panzetta Girolamo on its cover as a symbol of  "Choi-waru-oyaji."

In 2014, he was sued by a female model for forcing her to have sex with him. According to her story, he said to her that he would not let her to appear on Tokyo Girls collection, one of the most famous fashion shows in Japan, if she does not have sex with him. She reluctantly bowed to his threat. However, he broke his word because he has no power to decide who to appear on it.

This is a movie of Ichiro Kishida.

This is a movie of Panzetta Girolamo.

Ichiro Kishida's blog

Panzetta Girolamo's blog