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2018年8月23日 (木)


・2018.08.20 CNN News
  Japan Fast Facts



About Japan:(from the CIA World Fact Book)

 Area: 377,915 sq km

 Population: 126,451,398 (July 2017 est.)

 Median age: 47.3 years (2017 est.)

 Capital: Tokyo

 Ethnic groups: Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6%

 Religion: Shintoism 79.2%, Buddhism 66.8%, Christianity 1.5%, other 7.1% (Many practice both Shintoism and Buddhism)

 GDP: $5.429 trillion (2017 est.)

 GDP per capita: $42,800 (2017 est.)

 Unemployment: 2.9% (2017 est.)

 What makes Tokyo the world's greatest food city?

 Photos: Inside the world's culinary capital

 Other Facts:

 Japan is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy.

 Four large islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, account for about 98% of the country's land area.

 Japanese society dates back to the Joman period circa 300 BC.

 Following an economic boom after World War II, Japan has been stuck in stagnation and deflation since the 1990s.


 1185-mid-1800 - Japan is ruled under the feudal system of the shogun (military commanders); the emperors of Japan were figureheads.

 1868 - The Meiji Restoration, when Japan returns to the direct imperial rule that began circa 660 BC.

 1868-1890 - The modernization of Japan, the formation of political parties, the national assembly, the cabinet and the constitution.

 1894-1895 - China and Japan fight a nine-month war. Japan wins, China gives up Taiwan.

 1904 - Russia and Japan go to war. The war is over by 1905, Japan wins.

 1914-1918 - During World War I, Japan enters on the side of the allies and gains territory in the Pacific at the end of the war.

 July 1937 - Japan invades China. The conflict continues through World War II, ending with the Japanese defeat in 1945.

 December 7, 1941 - Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, hoping to destroy the U.S. Pacific fleet.

 August 6, 1945 - The first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

 August 9, 1945 - A second atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.

 August 14, 1945 - V-J Day. Japan agrees to end the war.

 September 2, 1945 - Japan signs the formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

 1945-1952 - The Occupation of Japan. The country is under the control of the Allied nations, the United States, Great Britain, China and the Soviet Union.

 1956 - Joins the United Nations.

 1964 - Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics.

 1972 - The Olympic Winter Games take place in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture, Japan.

 January 7, 1989 - Akihito becomes emperor after the death of Hirohito.

 1993 - Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono issues a statement that accepts Japan's responsibility for recruiting comfort women before and during World War II and extends "its sincere apologies and remorse."

 January 1995 - The 6.9 magnitude Kobe earthquake occurs, where 5,502 people were killed and 36,896 people were injured.

 March 1995 - A religious cult spreads sarin, a nerve gas, in the Tokyo subway. Twelve people are killed and more than 5,000 are sickened.

 1998 - Nagano hosts the Winter Olympics.

 2002 - Co-hosts the World Cup with South Korea.

 2006 - The first defense ministry since World War II is approved by the parliament.

 March 11, 2011 - A 9.1 magnitude earthquake takes place 231 miles northeast of Tokyo. The earthquake causes a tsunami with 30 ft. waves that damage several nuclear reactors in the area. The combined total of confirmed deaths and missing is more than 22,000 (nearly 20,000 deaths and 2,500 missing). (Source: Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency)

 April 2012 - Shintaro Ishihara, the governor of Tokyo, launches an online appeal fund to buy a group of islands in the East China Sea claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. The uninhabited islands, known in Japan as Senkaku and in China as Diaoyu, are at the heart of a bitter diplomatic argument between Japan and China.

 September 7, 2013 - Tokyo is chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 Summer Games.

 July 1, 2014 - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces that his Cabinet has approved a defense policy that takes a liberal view of the constitution, allowing for Japanese involvement in the defense of its allies. Previously, Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) could only act if Japan itself was directly threatened.

 December 14, 2014 - In Japan's snap parliamentary elections, exit polls show Abe's Liberal Democratic Party winning in a landslide. The win gives Abe four more years to institute his policies aimed at reviving Japan's economy by flooding the market with cash, encouraging corporations to create more jobs and increasing government spending.

 September 19, 2015 - Japan's upper chamber of Parliament approves controversial bills allowing the country's military to engage in overseas combat in limited circumstances -- a major shift after seven decades of pacifism. The 148-90 vote is the final hurdle for the measures, which will go into effect within roughly the next six months.

December 28, 2015 - Japan and South Korea announce that an agreement has been reached over the long-standing issue of "comfort women," a term that describes sex slaves used by the Japanese military during World War II. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says his government will give 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) to a fund to help those who suffered.

 June 9, 2017 - Japan's parliament passes a historic bill that will allow Emperor Akihito to become the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.

 December 1, 2017 - Abe announces that Emperor Akihito will stand down on April 30, 2019. Crown Prince Naruhito, who has already assumed some of his father's duties, will take on the role on May 1, 2019, becoming the 126th Emperor to ascend to Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne.

July 2018 - 220 people are killed and 10 missing after heavy rain causes flooding and landslides throughout southwest Japan (source: Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency). It is one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit the country since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.










 日本を同盟国と思って頂けるなら、2015年12月の日韓慰安婦合意の記載、確信犯で ” sex slaves ” と表現したのは、超大人げないですよ。







・2018.08.15 CNN News
  This is the #1 food experience in the world


01. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
 02. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 03. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
 04. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
 05. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
 06. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
 07. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
 08. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
 09. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
 10. Dim sum in Hong Kong
 11. Ceviche in Peru
 12. Pastéis de nata in Lisbon, Portugal
 13. Oysters in Freycinet, Australia
 14. Cheese experiences in France
 15. Jerk chicken in Jamaica
 16. Lamb tagine in Marrakech, Morocco
 17. Chilli crab in Singapore
 18. Moules frites in Brussels, Belgium
 19. Peking duck in Beijing
 20. Pho on the Hau River, Vietnam





 せめて、Wagyu Beef をリコメンドしていたら、このランキングにも信憑性があるんですけどね。



 New York の Nathan's の Hot Dogs や Oyster Bar、ロンドンの Fish and Chips は、どうして、ベスト20入りしていないんでしょう。




・2018.08.10 Daily Mail
  And you thought your apartment was cozy! Japanese photographer shares incredible photos of his tiny seven-square-meter one-room family home where his family of seven live LITERALLY on top of each other


 ・Japanese photographer Masaki Yamamoto has shared intimate photographs of his family in their home

 ・The family of seven live in an unconventional way, with all of them crammed into a one-room apartment

 ・Yamamoto has called the revealing series 'Guts', for the way his family intertwines and their resilience

 ・Pictures show joyous times of family getting by under a roof measuring little more than seven square meters









> Japanese photographer Masaki Yamamoto has shared intimate photographs of his family in their home







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