Sunday, July 23, 2017

Is the second referendum for Brexit real?

The decision of Brexit was one of the topics in the last year. The majority of the UK citizens supported the idea to withdraw from EU. The referendum made David Cameron, the concurrent Prime Minister, resign. And his successor, Theresa May, is preparing for the Brexit.


However, according to the figure after Brexit gradually clarified, not a few people began to regret the vote. There are a considerable amount of the UK citizens, including the voter for Brexit, who want to reset the decision of Brexit.

And latest poll shows that 41% of respondents wanted another vote on Brexit, according to the media.

International Business Times: Support grows for a second Brexit referendum in the UK as EU talks begin

In real, there is little possibility for the government to take another referendum for Brexit. It would damage the historic decision on Brexit. Even the majority of the citizens do not want Brexit, amending the policy determined by a democratic way should be avoided.

After all, opposing opinions to Brexit are a setback for May's administration. If citizens' opinion is split, she cannot take the initiative in the negotiation with the EU. May's conservative party was defeated in the latest general election. The administration is in peril now.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

CEO of security company hacked to bankrupcy

Online hacking is a rapidly growing type of crimes. And if happened it will do severe damage to you.


Nowadays, no one is secure from cyber crimes regardless of your position, lifestyle, or abilities. There is a person who had been a CEO of a security company forced to bankrupt because of a hacking.

Alf Göransson, chief of Swedish company Securitas, declared bankrupt. Subsequently, he was dismissed as the chairman. But, these events were results entirely from the online hacking of his identity. The culprit deliberately submitted the document to apply for the bankruptcy to the Stockholm District Court.

International Business Times: Security exec 'declared bankrupt' after his own identity stolen by hackers

The figure or purpose of the offender remains uncertain. It is was sorry for Göransson not to have notified for weeks since the hacking started.

Sweden is one of the leading nations which proceed digitization of the official application. While there are several benefits on IT utilization, the magnitude of the risk of cyber crimes is increased following digitization. In Japan, some people are opposed to the introduction of digitized management for this reason.

I think the global trend of digitization is unstoppable. Preventing unsafe use of digital tools is a serious issue. Education for users, fail-safe system, and eclecticism of analog and digital management are expected for a solution.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Renho under fire in the issue of dual citizenship

Renho, the leader of opposing Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), disclosed her descent.


She has been suspected of having dual-citizenship. Renho was born in Taiwan, but she claimed that she had been nationalized. However, her explanation seemed not true. Recently, she disclosed some documents to prove her citizenship as a Taiwanese had expired.

However, her act ignited broader criticism. Some people do not trust her explanation. And others criticize her behavior will deteriorate the discrimination against foreign people living in Japan through exampling that they must disclose their census registration. On the other hand, some people believe VIPs such as lawmakers should disclose their origin as a duty.

Japan NEWS by the Yomiuri Shimbun): Renho dragged her feet in responding to the ‘dual nationality’ scandal

To be honest, I am completely indifferent to her nationality. If she had violated some Japanese laws, she should be punished according to each legislation. That is all.

At least in my sense, it is not problematic that a foreigner becomes a politician. In the general election, the winner is right. It is the rule of democracy.

Also, even if her nationality belongs to Taiwan, I accept her as far as she is working for Japan. In many private companies, foreign persons seat an important position including the president. The top should be elected according to her or his talent, not nationality. Besides, foolish Japanese should never be the top of Japan.

Of course, absolute loyalty to Japan is required to lawmakers. If the leader of Japan is a spy of a foreign nation, the situation will be critical. But, the degree of the loyalty to Japan does not depend on her or his nationality. Indeed, some Japanese politicians do not respect the Emperor. The definition of loyalty is another issue, however.

The core members of DPJ seems to consider that the issue of dual citizenship of Renho was attributable to the defeat in the latest election of Tokyo Metropolitan embassy. It is a ridiculous idea, I think. Actually, since I do not agree with Renho's policy, I do not support Renho. That is all.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vaginal plastic surgery in adolescents

In the UK, it is said that increasing girls want to take a plastic surgery on their external sex organ.

International Business Times: Porn and social media blamed as pre-teen girls seek 'vagina surgery' in UK

This article above suggests that this tendency is attributable to spreading information through porn and social media on the internet.


I am not sure if it is real or exaggerated. The internet is often blamed for amending traditional ideologies. I do not agree with this kind of opinion. There is no bad information, but bad people to utilize it.

However, there are specific points of discussion regarding sexual issues. We seldom have an opportunity to know others' private zone before the internet era. It had prevented us from feeling inferior to others ones. But recently, there are lots of people exposing their body. Patients with eating disorder increase where there are many slim models. In some countries, too slim models are banned following new legislation.

The adolescent is an unstable period of the life. We compare with each other. As well as desiring to be unique, we fear to be different from others.

Some physicians offering a plastic surgery maltreat clients with imprinting their figure is inferior to others. I believe such kind of tempting advertisement to adolescents should be legally prohibited to some extent.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Passengers, unreal event in real SciFi

I watched Passengers, a SciFi movie, in the airplane recently. It was fortunate for me to find it because I missed it on cinema.

IMDb: Passengers (2016)

In this story, the hero accidentally woke up in the starship where 5,000 passengers were in the hibernation. This starship was planned to reach a colony planet 90 years after. The hero could not fall into cold sleep again. It meant that he would be dead in the starship completely alone.


This kind of theme is relatively popular in the SciFi story. Space is substantially accompanied with solitude.

But, he made an unethical decision after a year of stay. He deliberately broke a hibernation capsule in which a woman whom he was fascinated was sleeping, to wake her up. He mimicked as if her awakening was accidental. She was astonished to know the desperate situation, but later she loved him.

One year after, the hero made a proposal to her. At the same time, she noticed that he woke her up. She refused his apology. However, soon after that, the starship encountered a critical failure. The two persons had to fix the trouble, not for themselves, but for all 5,000 passengers.

The graphic of this movie is extremely beautiful. I watched it only on the screen equipped on the airplane. I would like to see it in cinema.

In contrast, there are several errors in the plot. First of all, this starship has almost no fail-safe technologies. The accident occurred due to a crash with asteroids. Is it a common type of accident, isn't it? I hardly understand why this starship was easily crippled by this natural trouble.

As well, it is strange that the hero could not fall into hibernation again. If his machine is troubled, there must be several backups. In this movie, only one hibernation machine was spared in the starship. It is unrealistic.

Furthermore, no clues were awake in the starship for a couple of years. And AI supporters did not equip the program to fix the trouble at all. The designer of this starship seemed to completely trust the safety system of this ship. It is ridiculous.

These points lowered the quality of this movie.

On the other hand, the hero's behavior to wake her up is often discussed. I do not admire his act. And it is also strange that he hid the goods which he used to break the hibernation bot. It was a risky act. I could not understand how he would explain it if she saw the goods.

In addition to the beautiful description, the main actors' play was splendid. The music was also good.

Personal Rating: 3 (fair)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mental health day is effective for keeping work?

Mental health in work place is one of the topics today. Also at the conference I attended recently at Prague, several speakers referred to this issue.


In this article below, it is recommended to take a "mental-health day." The author considers it problematic that employees hesitate to talk about their mental health issues at most workplaces.

I agree with this point of view. Despite its magnitude, mental health is hardly concerned by both employees and employers.

International Business Times: Can you take a mental health day at work?

However, the issue is not so simple. First, the benefit of one day for maintaining your mental health is limited. If you feel depressed or too anxious because of excessive work stress, resting for at least a couple of weeks is required to recover. Instead, one day is enough to prevent a breakdown when you keep your body and mind functional. However, in this case, you need not tell your boss about it in advance. Apply for a paid holiday, simply.

Second, mental health problem will be a reason for dismissing. It is not only an issue of discrimination for disabled people. Every employer wants to hire employees with high performance for low cost. Mental health problems hinder the performance, even if it is not deemed as a medical disease. Pleasant, tender, and energetic persons are likely to get a job. In contrast, persons who dislike people and cannot deal with others have difficult to be hired. Talking about your mental health at a workplace always has a risk for notifying your employer about your disadvantageous elements. This imbalance cannot be solved by legislation for banning discrimination.

In my experience, patients who have some people knowing his or her mental disorders are likely to maintain their job than those who have to conceal their medical status. But it seems not because the boss takes care of the employee. Rather, employees who feel safe to open their medical status tend to talk about it.

Treatment of mental health issues at workplace level should be much more focused. But there is even a need for developing a standard care.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Extremity created with 3D printing

The NHS has started a clinical trial of the usage of bionic hands produced with a 3D printer.

Independent: NHS launches world's first trial of 3D printed bionic hands for children

The bionic hand will be available for children who took an amputation. Currently, creating an artificial hand costs 60,000 GBP. But the new technique will make a lighter hand for only 5,000.


Interestingly, some companies such as Disney are collaborative with this project. Child patients will choose an artificial hand featuring Iron Man.

So far, it is said that a 3D printing technology will be adaptable to medical use. Human parts are various among persons. 3D printing can copy your body parts with ease. But there are several challenges before its realization.

If this clinical trial is successful, we will check the longitudinal safety. Since limbs can be removable, they are easier to control compared to inner organs such as bone.

I hope the patients will benefit from this innovation.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Journey to Prague (2)

Czech Republic, or Czechia, is an EU member, but its official currency is not Euro. Although it is said many shops accept Euro, I seldom saw Euro price.


Price of goods at Prague is generally low. Big Mac is sold for 79 Koruna česká, almost the same as that in Japan.

This is the cake I ate at Cafe No.3. It cost only 130 Koruna česká including tip.


Interestingly, the price of coke in a PET bottle is quite various according to the place. I found it sold only for 20 Koruna česká at a vending machine. In contrast, it is sold for 55 Koruna česká at a Costa Coffee shop. A can of Pringles costs surprisingly 150 Koruna česká, tripled by its price in Japan.

The usage of credit card is well spread at Prague, in general. However, I had some troubles about it. Soon after arrival to the airport, I tried to buy the ticket of public transportation. But the ticket vending machine accepted only small coins. Credit cards were available, according to the guidance. But it did not work, perhaps my credit card did not equip a specific chip. Therefore, I had to exchange a bill into small coins.

In addition, a vending machine in the airport was not working. I saw a traveler claiming that the coins were not returned.

In Prague, Japanese cuisine is also common. In the hotel I stayed, I can eat roll sushi at the breakfast. Of course, it tasted not so good. You should not expect to eat delicious sushi except in a foreign country except at a few luxury restaurant.


Unfortunately, I seldom saw anything in Prague because I spent the most time at the conference hall. Maybe the next time I will enjoy sightseeing at Prague.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Journey to Prague (1)

As I wrote yesterday, I had an international trip. The destination was Prague.

I attended an international conference on forensic mental health. My presentation was planned on the first day. Therefore, I attended almost all the schedule.


I had to visit Paris to reach Prague. I used AirFrance, a leading airline company in France. Croissant served in the airplane was very delicious. Also, a lavatory at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport was very cool.

Prague is located in Eastern Europe. The appearance of this town was similar to other European cities. It is said that Prague has several traditional buildings because they were not destroyed in the WWII. But, I did not look around the town other than visiting the conference place. So, I am not sure how they are beautiful.


There are lots of people smoking at Prague. Unfortunately, waste of cigar is frequently seen on the road.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mac battery charge troubled

Yesterday, my Mac encountered a serious trouble. It could not be charged.


The Macbook uses a cable with USB Type-C connector. And I use a cable with the newest standard. It was unlikely that this cable was in failure.

But, it was far more unlikely that the Mac itself was troubled. Therefore, I bought a new cable for testing. To be honest, I was in abroad. Thus, I had no surplus cables.

However, this attempt failed. My Macbook's battery ran out.

I felt desperate. If this Mac cannot be charged, I will not be able to do most of my works until repaired. Since I was in abroad, it was difficult to consult a genius at a Mac Store.

On the other hand, there are some causes of troubled charge. I decided to try any potential solutions.


1. A reboot can be a solution.

I had already tried it. The next day, the situation was not changed.


2. Mac battery can be crippled in cold environment.

I stayed at a hotel. It was slightly cold. But it seemed not be a cause of the trouble.


3. SMC reset

Mac with Intel CPU adopts a system controller. It can interfere the charge. You can reset the setting by pushing Control+Shift+Option keys with pushing the power button for several seconds.

As a result, this operation worked completely. After this, my Mac began to charge the battery.


I felt really relieved. Now I can write this entry with my Macbook.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Benefits of cycling as old technology

Do you like cycling? I do not.


Nowadays, cycling has several meanings; a way of exercise, commuting method, and a hobby. Its history is perhaps originated from the early 19th century. After the invention of the car, the bicycle has been considered as a cheap and powerless alternative of the car. But recently, its merits are reassessed.

In my opinion, there are two advantages of cycling. First, it is costless both for the rider and the earth. You need no parole to ride the bike. And it creates no emission, which is deemed quite harmful globally. And second, cycling can promote your health. It is not limited to maintaining your physical activity. Some studies suggest the effect of regular cycling on your mental health.

The Conversation: Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists

It is common that old technology is admired again in the latest era. Some people love home-made cookies even if they can get machine-made ones with low cost. In Japanese, there are a few traditional hunters who keep a hawk as a partner, so-called "Taka-sho [hawk master]." Some Japanese luxury restaurants use wild birds caught by a hawk for serving to guests. It is because a lead bullet damages the taste of the meat.

Unfortunately, the environment around me is not good for cycling. Therefore, I seldom use a bicycle.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The risk of cardiac disease: recent research

Cardiac dysfunction is one of the principal causes of death as well as malignant neoplasms. Reducing the risk of heart attack is crucial for preventing premature death.


So far, regular habits of exercise and a balanced diet are recommended to maintain your health. Avoiding smoking is also essential. In addition, busy and aggressive lifestyle is said to be associated with heart attack.

Furthermore, recent studies suggest other several factors influencing your heart function. Some of them are still under discussion. They include noise, oversleeping, and even your blood type.

Hindustan Times: Keep your heart healthy: These 10 new study results will surprise you

In the items referred in this article above, mental stress, olive oil, and genetic factors are widely admitted to modifying the risk of heart failure. As well, it is highly certain that the heart muscle tissue cannot regenerate itself. Some researchers are challenging the barrier, attempting to utilize iPS cells.

On the other hand, it is doubtful that a particular blood type can influence the risk of heart attack. There are only four categories in ABO blood type. If a study suggests a type is superior to others, it is difficult to distinguish the result from a random effect. According to the article below, the result showed that people with O blood group have 1.4 percent risk while people with non-O blood group have 1.5 of coronary diseases. This difference seems to be statistically significant because the sample size was as large as 7,71,113. However, I do not believe that this difference has a particular clinical meaning.

Hindustan Times: Can your blood group affect the risk of a heart attack? A study says it can

In Japan, some people are very fond of talking about blood type. There are many jinxes regarding blood type in Japan, such as people with A are serious. These ideas are no other than prejudice, I think. It is problematic if a person seriously trusts them.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bitcoin dream to the next stage

The price of Bitcoin is still fluctuating. But, there are fewer people believing Bitcoin will perish soon. Recently, the Japanese government admitted that Bitcoin transaction is not subject to be taxed. It is gradually infiltrating our daily life.


Some people who had been dealt with Bitcoin are now reaping the fruit. This article below introduced a teenager who became a millionaire because of Bitcoin investment.

International Business Times: Teenager who invested in bitcoin aged 12 is now a millionaire

In Japan, there is an ideology broadly accepted that earning money with easy is a lazy act. Most parents do not approve the act of this boy. In contrast, many Americans believe administrating your own estate is a basic skill of living. This difference makes the variance between Japan and the US about the number of successful investors, I think.

On the other hand, how to use your money is another issue. There are many people ruined himself due to excessive money.

Anyway, an initial Bitcoin dream is over. Whereas Bitcoin will become an option for investment, you will never grab millions of dollar with ease by Bitcoin dealing.

Monday, July 10, 2017

ATM and real money

In this blog, I wrote about the cash some time. Most people believe cash is out of date. At the same time, however, most say cash is indispensable in their daily life.


Japanese are fond of using cash compared to people in other developed countries. Ten thousand yen cash is very commonly used in Japan, while 100 GBP cash is quite rare in the UK.

And interestingly, some Japanese do not trust credit cards. They believe that possessing a credit card is a way to be ruined. It is a biased idea. But actually, some people bankrupt due to debt with credit cards. Credit card providers in Japan offer various options about the lending. Therefore, some people are trapped without understanding the risk.

About 50 years have passed since ATM was invented. Nowadays, also Bitcoin is available in some ATMs. But it is unsure till when they will survive.

International Business Times: Fifty years of the ATM: How long can cash survive in a digital world?

Bitcoin and Blockchain scheme can record all of your estate with very low cost. It has a potential to replace conventional currency completely. It will take some decades, but it will solute several problems around money, such as tax haven and money laundering.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Extramarital sex in elders

In elder Americans, a fifth has extramarital sex, according to a survey.

International Business Times: Americans in their fifties and sixties are far more likely to cheat on their partners

According to a survey conducted by the General Social Survey in the US, three-fourths of the respondents stated that extramarital sex is ethically wrong. This idea is broadly accepted, I believe. But, in real, 20% of the late fifties and sixties are cheating on their partners, while only 14% of Americans under the age of 55. Sociodemographic status did not affect this percentage, according to the survey.


It seems that older Americans were grown up in the environment where sexual exploration was dominant. On the other hand, younger people are less likely to expose to the idea of sexual freedom. Thus, it is possible that younger Americans are more conservative than elders in the US.

In Japan, the situation is not the same. Japanese in the fifties and sixties generally have very strict idea about sex, perhaps because the education they took in the post-WWII era.

But it does not mean younger Japanese are open to having a sex with strangers. I reckon some young Japanese are indifferent to sexual affinity. It is partially due to the variety of leisure.

Midlife crisis is also a factor to bring them to extramarital sex. The divorce rate in elders is increasing both in Japan and the US. Nowadays, a half of Americans and a third of Japanese couple experience divorce. It is an important issue for many people how to enjoy their second life.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Seven ways to happiness: study suggest

What is the happiness? It is an ultimate question many people have struggled to answer so far.


Those days it was an issue that only philosophers could address. But in recent years several ways of science are near to define the happiness.

Combining the results of many studies, it is highly likely that there are some crucial factors forming happiness. They are introduced in this article below.

Sydney Morning Herald: It All Adds Up episode 3: The seven secrets to happiness from the 'dismal science'

In this article, seven ways to make you feel happy are referred.

1. HAVE A HIGH INCOME
2. BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES
3. SPEND MONEY ON EXPERIENCES
4. BUY YOURSELF TIME
5. SPEND MONEY ON OTHERS
6. NURTURE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
7. HAVE A SENSE OF PURPOSE

These items seem reasonable. And I believe the order of the items in this list is important. First of all, you have to have enough money before you become happy. Money is a necessary condition, but not a sufficient condition for a happy life. If you feel unsafe, starving, or lack many commodities, you can be hardly satisfied in spite of a sense of purpose.

This concept of happiness is similar to Maslow's hierarchy of need. It is a popular theory in considering the development of human mind. Maslow, a psychologist suggested that a person has to meet the needs composed of five processes in order: physiological needs, safety needs, belongings and love needs, esteem needs, and finally self-actualization.

Simply Psychology: Maslow's hierarchy of needs

Thus, we are the being to pursue something which lets us feel we are important. However, it is the final stage of the life, arriving after all other needs are met.

Friday, July 7, 2017

National survey about gender minority in UK

Bisexual people are more anxious than gay men and women, according to a survey.

International Business Times: Bisexual people are more likely to have higher levels of anxiety than gay men or women

This survey was conducted by Office of National Statistics. As a result, it revealed that sexual minorities are more likely to feel unhappy than straight people, as expected.


London is one of the cities where most numbers of gender minority live. Nonetheless, they may feel uncomfortable or troubled in daily life.

I was rather surprised to know the fact that national authority carried out this kind of survey. It suggests there is a need to investigate this issue. And at least the government is willing to be open-minded.

In Japan, some comedians have committed their particular sexual habits. But they attract only the curiosity of citizens. In this meaning, Japanese are still intolerant of strangers.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sex dolls are not so popular in Japan!

As mentioned in this blog, there are detailed sex dolls produced in Japan. Just recently, an exhibition was performed in Tokyo.

Love dolls in present and the past [in Japanese]

This kind of products is often discriminated by several people. In some regions, sex dolls are prohibited deemed as representing abuse for women. On the other hand, some people seriously consider sex dolls are useful for reducing sex offenses. It is not surprising that such an extraordinary product ignites a broad argument.

My past entry: Australia bans child sex dolls
My past entry: Sex dolls can save pedophilia?

However, you need to be aware that sex dolls are still very rarely seen in Japan. I have never seen one in real. I am afraid some foreigners misunderstand Japanese customs.


For example, the article below suggests as if some Japanese are so fond of staying with a love doll that they do not care their mate. But, in my opinion, such men are extremely rare.

International Business Times: Revealed: The intense relationships Japanese men have with their silicone sex doll girlfriends

Actually, this article introduced only a few examples as sex doll lover. I admit there are a few Japanese with this kind of habit. But in real, they are deemed as kinky by most Japanese.

Some Japanese say "[a woman in fiction] is my wife," but it is a silly joke. Most Japanese men seriously consider how to get along with other people. Quite a few people abandon the relationship in their real life. And most of them are diagnosed with some psychiatric disorders.

The other day, I introduced a nursery service for an adult in the UK. But its users must be very limited. If someone who had read this entry believed many British gentlemen are fond of being treated like a baby, British people would get angry.

My past entry: Nursery for adults in the UK

Sex issues are often misinterpreted because of its variation among culture. We should always be aware of the possibility of biased information in front of us.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Smoking banning law in England and Japan

It was a decade ago that England banned smoking from public spaces. Nowadays, In very limited situations you can smoke outside of your home.


When I lived in London, this new legislation was still proceeding. I often saw emails from the office of King's College to notify it abandoned a smoking space in the campus.

It is no doubt that smoking can harm your health, there are still several points to be discussed. Is smoking in any areas a human right? Can preventing passive smoking justify prohibiting an owner of a pub from letting the guests smoke? Is the government responsible for reduced income of restaurants due to the enforcement of smoke-free regulation?

Finally, England took a rather radical way. And the result seems fruitful. Banning smoking areas led to decreased hospitalization as well as enhanced awareness of health concern in citizens.

The Conversation: Eight things that have changed since the smoking ban ten years ago

On the other hand, Japan government is preparing for new legislation for reducing passive smoking. Japan was requested to address this issue before Tokyo Olympic planned in 2020.

But its content is far weaker than England's. Small pubs will be excluded from the regulation. The government explained that children and pregnant women would not enter a pub, thus prohibited smoking would not be necessary there.

In real, several politicians in ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are cigarette lovers. They have formed an alliance for smoking. Also, JT, a huge tobacco company, is a staunch supporter of LDP. Therefore, the parliament is hesitating to establish a strong regulation for smoking.

I am a non-smoker. I hate smoke. I have no concern to thoughts of people who love smoking. Nonetheless, complete banning of smoking in any restaurants is a little excessive. If all of the guests, servants, and the owner agree to smoke, their decision should be respected. Of course, I will never enter such place.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn is popular than the PM, poll suggests

Theresa May is now behind the leader of an opposing party.


The latest poll resulted that Jeremy Corbyn, the top of Labour Party took over Prime Minister Theresa May by a point as the most popular leader.

Independent: Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May for first time as voters' choice for best Prime Minister, poll finds

Indeed, 30 percent of the voters did not express their opinion. It means that many British citizens hesitated to rely on a particular person or ideology for the better future.

In the previous election conducted while I was in London, Conservative Party led by David Cameron grabbed the victory. Some people including many labors were criticizing his policy. And now, their claim is near to be realized.

I was surprised that an opposing leader is frequently focused in the UK. The words of Ed Miliband, as well as Jeremy Corbyn's, was often referred in the newspaper. In Japan, Ren Ho, the leader of Democratic Party of Japan, seldom attracts public attention. It is true that some Japanese media including Yomiuri Shimbun are inclined to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Nonetheless, Japanese politicians other than the ruling party lack the presence.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Koike's Tokyo First won the election

Yesterday, an election for Tokyo's metropolitan assembly was conducted. It was focused whether Governor Yuriko Koike's party would defeat the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo election, populist Yuriko Koike could shift Japan politics

And the result was dramatic. Koike's party grabbed far more than the majority, while LDP lost several seats.

Reuters: Japan PM's party on track for huge defeat in Tokyo election

Yuriko Koike was formerly a TV newscaster. When she became a politician, she belonged to LDP. But she did not get along with some politicians in LDP recently. Finally, she left LDP, to construct her own party; Tomin (Tokyoites) First.


Its name reminds us Donald Trump's policy: the US first. Therefore, Koike is often identified as a populist. However, in my opinion, she is simply an opposer of traditional authority. In Tokyo, LDP has been dominant, and some politicians' power was influential so much not only to the governance of Tokyo but also that of Japan. Koike rejected their policy. Reducing the cost for Tokyo Olympic in 2020 and opposing to the movement of Tsukiji fish market are representative.

Thus, I am not sure Koike has a particular vision for the future of Tokyo. Indeed, breaking outdated customs is important. But it will be no more creative. What Koike will plan should be paid attention.

On the other hand, this victory of Koike's party is partially due to scandals in LDP. The leadership of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, has been damaged to some extent. His grand ambition to amend the constitution which has been unchanged since its enforcement became harder.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Falling of Toshiba

Toshiba has sued Western Digital, a past partner company of it, for charging that WD is interfering Toshiba from selling its ship unit.

Live Mint: Toshiba sues Western Digital for $1.1 billion in damages

Toshiba is one of the leading companies in Japan in the industry of electronics. Its products are from personal devices such as PC and washing machine to atomic power plants. However, the investment to the US atomic power plants has been troubled mainly due to the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami disaster occurred in 2011. After this tragedy, authorities in the US, as well as Japan, became to demand much more strict safety standard to the companies dealing with power plants. For that reason, the development of atomic power plants is hardly proceeding in several countries.


Because of money shortage, Toshiba decided to sell the division of chip memory. This announcement ignited broad criticism, as the chipset is a dominant position in the company. Western Digital is one of the main partners of Toshiba in this division. Mutual negotiation became complicated, leading to the series of legal battle.

Toshiba's stock price is quite fragile. Recently, a general meeting of shareholders of Toshiba was conducted. But attendants were fewer than in the past. It may suggest many shareholders lost interest to the words of Toshiba's president.

In the 21st century, some Japanese companies caused problems one after another. Most of them, including Toshiba, had been a company every Japanese respected. It suggests that conventional management strategy is no more useful to maintain a company in the coming era.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Driverless ambulance?

In some developed countries, driverless cars are under investigation on the road now. Google, Tesla, and some other companies are eager to develop safer and cheaper vehicles competitively.


Despite some accidents, the technique of managing driverless cars seems to be rapidly progressing.

My past entry: Google car meet the first crash

And one of the targets to be automated is ambulance car.

The Conversation: In the future your ambulance could be driverless

In my opinion, ambulance car has some advantages for being automated. First, traditional ambulance cars are driven by medical practitioners. But giving the first-aid to patients is a different skill from driving a car. Especially in an emergency, the risk of a traffic accident is increased. Automated cars can reduce the risk due to human error.

Second, once ambulance started to sound a siren, other vehicles are obliged to make way for it. Thus, automated driving is easier in this situation than in the usual traffic.

As well, portering vehicles for elder or disabled people will be good to be automated. Their mission is to bring passengers to the goal without troubles. And the route is usually fixed.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sequels in June 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Grenfell Tower fire accident

The UK government is eager to ease the victims of the fire with offering luxury accommodations. As well, entire investigation is planned ordered by the Prime Minister.

The Guardian: 'No stone will be left unturned' in Grenfell Tower inquiry, says PM

I think British people are very keen to examine the event occurred for identification of the total figure once decided. I expect the causes of this tragedy will be completely clarified for the future.


Monday, June 19, 2017
Macron's party won the general election

Macron is willing to amend the legislation regarding labors' rule. His intention is the higher viscosity of employment. In this meaning, Macron's ideology seems rather conservative.

Independent: Emmanuel Macron kicks off controversial attempt to reform France's labour laws


Thursday, June 15, 2017
Bitcoin falling

The price of Bitcoin became stable. At the same time, however, the issue of scalability of Ethereum, an alternative crypt currency, was ignited. The future of Bitcoin is still in the mist.


Saturday, June 10, 2017
UK general election 2017

After the general election in which Tory was struck, consumer confidence fell rapidly.

Independent: UK consumer confidence collapses after general election delivers hung parliament and property market slows

Even expected, Theresa May will face a difficult situation.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mini SNES will come

Nintendo announced to release so-called Super-Famicom Mini.

 Its name is Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or Mini SNES). The original console was released in 1990. It established an era of the consumer game.


Mini SNES equips a total of 21 games each of which except one were very popular in the contemporary age. And the one "Star Fox 2" will be an illusional title which had not been released. Two shapes of Mini SNES will be created: the US version and Japanese version.

The Guardian: Nintendo announces the Mini SNES

The previous Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer (Mini NES) was sold out immediately after its release. Nintendo has committed that the number of products will be larger than that of the predecessor. But it is unsure until when its products will be continued.

Anyway, Mini SNES will be a luxury item as well as Mini NES. You can play almost all titles of the contents of Mini SNES through Nintendo Virtual Console. And its price is not so low. Instead, Mini SNES has a very charming figure.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sony and Microsoft and the future of game console

Besides the launch of Nintendo Switch, Sony and Microsoft are still competing for the throne of the game console.


In the last year, Sony released PlayStation 4 Pro, a new console which is entirely compatible with current PlayStation 4 with up converting to the 4K solution. And Microsoft has announced that it will release Xbox One X in this year.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Xbox, PlayStation bosses on 4K, VR, exclusive games and what makes their brand best

Undoubtedly, the both consoles are most gorgeous gaming tools for a consumer. However, it is unsure their flagship machines will profit soon.

4K Blue-ray discs are not available on PlayStation 4 Pro. It is a quite serious issue. Most Sony lovers are also enthusiasts of movies with high-definition, I believe. Knowing this fact, I abandoned the plan to purchase PlayStation 4 Pro.

Instead, Xbox One can play 4K Blue-ray disc. But there are several reports of unexpected errors in working it as a Blue-ray disc player.

Furthermore, most users are now not fond of playing games on a console. Smartphone and tablets are dominant in a field of gaming. Recently, Nintendo entered this industry a couple of years ago and made splendid outcome.

Virtual reality is expected as a user experience in the next gaming era. Sony recently released PlayStation VR, a head mounted game console. Microsoft is also considering to develop a platform.

However, VR requires vast resource. It is better for players to go to an amusement part for an exciting experience than sitting on a floor of yours. The wearable computer is an innovation. But I think its proper usage is still under development.

I am not sure which will win the battle. Anyway, the box-type game console will perish in the near future, I think.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Google will no more scan your emails

Google stated that it would abandon scanning the contents of your Gmail.


The new policy will be adopted in this year. Google has been utilized the words in your Gmail to optimize the advertisement which will be sent to you. It is unsurprising that this way has been criticized as an invasion of user's privacy.

Google's decision seems to have been partially based on increased number of paid corporate members. They have not got their Gmails scanned.

As well, Google can analyze each user's favor through scanning the history of YouTube and Google Search. They provide enough information about which kind of ads fit each user.

Google's policy change will not only attract users but also reduce the risk of being sued in the future. On the other hand, I wonder how this change will damage the quality of the advertisement, which is still the most primary sources of profit for Google.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Shaved ice

In recent years, it is very hot in summer. It is getting uncomfortable more and more. I often misidentify as if Japan is located in a tropical region.

Then, shaved ice is a good idea to take when you feel hot. Shaved ice is very popular in Japan. Every summer, many new series of shaved ice are sold.

To be honest, I had not liked shaved ice so much because it was too cold for me. But recent recipes are not so cold and easy to eat.

This is a shaved ice decorated with strawberries and whipped cream. I ate it in Osaka.


And I ate this one at Nagoya. Chocolate cream was matched with fine ice.


Unfortunately, most shaved ice is served only in summer. I miss them in autumn. Actually, it is still hot in autumn in Japan.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

How to respond when you see bad news

Nowadays, the internet brings us much much information. And social media tend to choose extreme cases for the suggestion to us. We often encounter surprising facts most of which are very sad matter.


Seeing bad news makes us upset. You may become depressed after seeing tragic story repeatedly. We can turn it off immediately. And some people recommend doing so.

However, being blind to bad news is not a good idea, according to the author of this article below.

The Conversation; It’s all too easy to switch off from bad news – and it’s dangerous too

We should be aware of the shape of the world. And we have to find the positive aspect of some unfortunate event.

I agree with this opinion to some extent. But it is not a rule always to adhere. If you have been already depressed due to personal troubles, you should not look at bad news outside of you. Close your eyes and protect you until your damaged mood recovers.

Also, you should prioritize the issues around you. Your family, close friends, and business partners may be suffering from serious troubles. Treating them is much more important for you than expressing a compassion to others behind the TV and the internet.

You can feel difficult to find positive aspects of the event you see. Then, simply express your grief. Positive thinking is toxic in some situation. It is the best way to do nothing but cry in the absolute sorrow.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Starbucks accepts refugees

Starbucks, a popular coffee shop franchise, announced to have hired a total of 2,500 refugees across European countries.


Its movement was responding to criticism against Starbucks originated from Donald Trump's executive order to ban Muslim immigrants.

Independent: Starbucks to hire 2,500 refugees across Europe in defiance of social media backlash

Now, about 8% of Starbucks shoppers in Europe are refugees, according to the company. But, it is suggested that far more refugees want a job in several countries. Generally speaking, Labors unions are hesitating, accepting refugees because of a fear domestic worker would be replaced by immigrants.

I think it is quite good big companies such as Starbucks take leadership in a movement which is considered as politically correct. Gigantic companies are responsible to some extent for not only its own profit but also community itself, in my sense.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Overcome your anxiety

Anxiety disorder is one of the mental illnesses we encounter most frequently. It resembles depression because most depressive patients often feel anxious. But its dominant symptom is not a depressive mood but anxiety.


Anxiety is one of the human emotions we have to get along with since the ancient era. As we feel anxious, we can examine a plan to carry out the project. Anxiety makes you distant from potential dangers. Thus, this annoying emotion is essential for survival.

However, excessive anxiety is not only useless for your life but also harmful. Some patients cannot take a train because of the fear they encounter an accident. Hypochondriac patients check their physical status repeatedly, unnecessarily, and it leads them rather more anxious.

Researchers suggest anxiety disorder is also a serious disorder as well as depression. It lowers our productivity and even reduces life expectancy.

Then, how can we overcome anxiety?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as medication, is said to effective to reduce your anxiety level. But there are not so many therapists available in the clinical setting. In Japan, few patients meet a specialist for proper treatment.

One simple but effective option against anxiety is not to address it. “Do it badly” is a strong strategy if you suffer from anxiety. Perfectionism is a common obstacle to keep you from relaxation.

The Conversation: Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science

In this article above, you are recommended to “wait to worry,” as well as doing badly. Indeed, it is said that 90% of your worries are not realized. The rest 10% is to be addressed seriously. But it is not too late to treat it when you notice that they are real challenges.

It is also a good solution to worry about others instead of yourself. When you are in the cloud of anxiety, you cannot see other persons. When you think of others, you may be free from unreal fears of your surroundings.

In Japan, Morita therapy was born to overcome anxiety. Morita said that you have to let your anxiety as it is. His idea is consistent with the concept of mindfulness. I believe Morita therapy is one of the strongest option of treatment strategy of anxiety disorder.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Logan, impressive but destructive as well as intrusive

I saw "Logan" in cinema. It is the last movie of Wolverine acted by Hugh Jackman.


It describes the US in 2025. For a couple of decades, there have been no mutants born. Thus, mutants are in the peril of extinction. And Wolverine is also suffering from aging. For unknown reasons, his healing factor is no more effective.

Furthermore, to be surprised, Professor X has dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. He misconducted the telepathy to damage large people one year ago. Since then, he has been forced to take tranquilizers regularly by Wolverine.

What a dystopia it is! Logan begins with such a miserable opening.

And, he finds Laura, a mysterious girl with mutant power. Her ability is quite similar to Wolverine's. And her guardian begs Wolverine to bring her to Eden, a utopia for mutants.

Professor X has expected that she would be hope for all mutants. But Wolverine is skeptical to the existence of Eden. And they are attacked by Donald Pierce, a cyborg, and his troop.

In the middle of the movie, Wolverine notices that Eden is merely an image in the comic book of X-MEN. He feels desperate. But, after reaching the place of Eden, he is astonished to know the true meaning of it.

Eden itself does not exist. But, there are some guys who believe it. And they can build Eden.

The atmosphere of this movie is quite dark. Most fans of X-MEN do not want to see old Wolverine and fool Professor, I guess. And I believe that the director deliberately wanted to terminate the X-MEN series with launching this work.

Laura is a charming girl. But she does not know most rules of the community because no one told her. Her rude and merciless behaviors are often annoying. In addition, she is frequently involved in gore scenes. I do not like making a young actress play such bloody actions.

The history of X-MEN is ended by Logan. I hope to see a new series some day. And it would have been better if I had been able to see Ian McCarran in this film.

Personal Rating: 3 (fair)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

American student arrested to be dead in North Korea

Very recently, an American student was victimized by North Korean force.


Otto Warmbier was a 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia. He was arrested by the police in North Korea for "hostile acts against the state," according to the North Korean authority. Actually, he was said to have attempted to pilfer a propaganda poster. He was sentenced to 15 years forced labor.

And recently, the North Korea released him to the US because he became unconscious. At the time he was moved to the US hospital, he was in the coma state. North Korea said it was due to contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. Finally, he died without recovering the consciousness.

The Washington Post: North Korea’s outrageous mistreatment of a U.S. student must not go unpunished

It is not surprising that the US media condemn North Korea. But, there are multiple points of view to be considered.

First of all, the report of North Korea is far from trustworthy. Many people, including me, suspect he was tortured to be dead in North Korea. It is rare botulism toxin and a sleeping pill takes a life of a healthy young man.

Second, even if he committed a crime in North Korea, I never believe his act deserves to 15 years imprisonment. But, there are considerable variations in the penal legislation among nations. We have to respect each country's culture unless it is insulting other people's right. And the human right is a concept more complicated than it looks.

And finally, I wonder why he was released. I do not believe the official report of North Korea that it was decided according to a humanitarian point of view. I would have been not surprised if North Korea had concealed the full facts and had reported that he was missing. Therefore, North Korea considered that it would be advantageous to release him. His fatal damage was not planned for North Korea, perhaps.

Anyway, I pray for Otto. And I hope there will never be next victims.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grenfell Tower fire accident

In London, there was a fire accident on June 14th, 2017.


Grenfell Tower, an official apartment with 24 levels located in West London was surrounded by the firestorm. At least 79 people were dead in this incident.

The Telegraph: Grenfell Tower: 79 people now presumed dead in London fire, police confirm

Grenfell Tower was built in 1974. It is suspected that this building did not meet the standard of protection from fire. The residents had expressed a worry about fire. But the administrating company might ignore their complaint.

It seems that the fire was immediately spread to the full range of the building. It means that normal precaution was not equipped in this building. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said that it was a preventable accident caused by years of neglect by the local council and successive governments. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, announced the necessity of the entire investigation.

BBC News: Latest updates as fire recovery continues

London City has several old buildings. Aged infrastructure may be a risk for disaster. Two years ago, I saw a fire accident at Holborn. It might be caused by crippled electric hoses.

My past entry: Fire accident at Holborn, London

In Japan, the building standard was amended after some accidents. I expect London will be safer with detailed investigation of this sad event.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Macron's party won the general election

Recently, a general election of Parliament was conducted in France. As expected, Macron's party grabbed the victory.


In France, Parliament vote is carried out twice in each term. As a result, La République en Marche (LREM) which Macron belongs to got a total of 360 seats in the 577. Gaining the majority, Macron will administer the government with ease.

However, it does not mean most French people is on the side of Macron. His political ideology is rather central. Thus, his supporters are widely distributed from right to left. People who love nationalism but do not trust Le Pin also voted to LREM. As well, a part of supporters of Hollande, the ex-President, seems to have joined to LREM for the victory of this poll.

In addition, the turnout of this election was lowest ever before since the Fifth Republic was established. The voting rate was less than a half.

Aljazeera: France's Macron wins strong parliamentary majority

France24.com: Macron completes electoral grand slam amid record-low turnout

Some people suggested it means indifference of the citizens to the election. But, I believe one of the reasons was the high likelihood Macron's winning. People would not vote if noticing that their vote would have no impact on the outcome.

France is often subjected to a terror attack by ISIS and other extremists. The fact Macron won has multiple meanings. French citizens are rational and willing to seek a solution other than excluding immigrants. At the same time, they may have no panacea to fix the current situation. Macron's LREM will be facing a great challenge.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Healthy obesity is an illusion

Metabolic syndrome is one of the most important concepts for promoting your physical health. High blood pressure, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and visceral fat are called as "the death quartet," meaning significant risk factors for sudden death.


However, there are many people who are obese but not having unhealthy symptoms or abnormality. Are they need to lose the body weight?

The answer according to the clinical evidence is "yes." So far, some data have suggested that obesity is an independent factor of premature death.

And now, a result of a longitudinal study with a large sample size was published. The outcome shows that obese people have 50% higher risk of heart failure. Thus, there is no "healthy obesity."

The Guardian: No such thing as 'fat but fit', major study finds

However, only 50% increase of the risk is not so impressive. There are many other risk factors other than obesity. And genetic characteristics are also highly likely to influence the risk. It is unsure you should reduce the weight with accepting serious suffer.

In Japan, there is no word meaning "healthy obesity." Recently, "Pocchari" is used to suggest fat but pretty girls. But it does not include any meaning of health. Japanese are relatively difficult to become obese, perhaps due to genetic issues and diet style. Therefore, obese Japanese are seldom deemed as healthy.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Harm of social media: a study

In every era, a novel thing is subjected to criticism. And social media are not an exception.

A survey conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield was published recently. According to them, social media such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are harmful to youth's mental health.

The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'

They examined several measures in thousands of participants. The result showed that social media users had less sleep and were more anxious. Girls also tended to have negative body image. They created a model formula to estimate the relationship between the time spent at social media and their life satisfaction. As a conclusion, some social media were harmful to the youth.

SSRN: Social Media Use and Children's Wellbeing

This paper is too difficult for me to examine its validity. Some economists were involved in this survey. On the other hand, psychiatric professionals were less engaged in this study. I think it is doubtful they could measure the participants' life satisfaction exactly.

In addition, there is a possibility of reverse causality. People who are indulged in social media tend to suffer from some kind of mental illness or dissatisfaction. Participants who use social media extremely much time can be addictive.

Indeed, some other researchers are doubtful to the validity of this study.

Furthermore, if social media is rather harmful to us, it is almost impossible to ban them from our daily life. Early exposure and education about how to treat them are essential.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Yoga recommended for patients with cancer

Yoga is recently focused as a way of relaxation in many developed countries. Its character is that you need no serious physical activity. Yoga technique is considered to burn your visceral fat in spite with rather a  series of slow movement. It means you can recommend yoga to elder people or patients with physical illnesses.


Here, a couple of studies are introduced in which yoga activity has reduced stress in patients with cancer. Participants felt less fatigued after yoga exercise.

The Guardian: How yoga could ease cancer patients' pain and fatigue

It is unsure this study is a controlled trial. But the in the second study participants were divided into two groups: exercise alone and exercise and yoga. The latter participants showed improved mood compared to the control. If it is a randomized control trial, this result may be reliable.

The mechanism of the effect on the mental activity of yoga is still under-investigated. Some researchers claim yoga activity reduces your cortisol level. But, it is not easy to measure the influence of yoga on internal cortisol.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bitcoin falling

Yesterday, the price of Bitcoin corrupted all at sudden.


Recently, the price reached 3,000 USD. The magnitude was the highest ever before. Some people claimed the price would be 10,000 USD in a year.

However, its price is now under 2,500 USD.

What do you think about the vulnerability of Bitcoin value? I believe Bitcoin and the technology of blockchain are innovation and cryptocurrency will be an alternative figure of money. But, its volatility is still so high that most Bitcoin lovers are speculators. It will take a while before Bitcoin becomes a common way of transaction.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dramatic decreasing of UK nurses from EU

After a historic vote of Brexit in the last summer, several changes has come in the UK. Among them, an issue of immigration is often focused. The UK had accepted a large number of immigrants so far. They have considerably contributed to the British economy and society. But, this situation will not be sustainable.


For example, the number of EU applies to work in the UK as a nurse is rapidly decreasing. In this April, only 46 applied from EU while there were 1,304 last July.

International Business Times: Number of EU nurses applying to work in UK has slumped by 96% since Brexit vote

The UK has been recognized as a resort for health workers. Many health care providers were willing to work in the UK. However, the current unclear situation seems to make potential workers hesitate to enter the UK. It is quite natural, I think.

As some politicians say, the UK government has to guarantee the position of current workers from the EU. In addition, it is necessary to keep the numbers of skilled workers, regardless of their home, for the future. To be honest, I am doubtful Brexit lovers exactly prospected this issue before the poll.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to avoid the damage of a nuclear bomb

Recently, North Korea conducted provocative actions repeatedly. Despite the UN condemned it and requested calm and rational responses, we have become nervous about the possibility of the war.


Representing the public fear, there are some articles describing the method for evacuation. If a ballistic missile with a nuclear bomb, how should we do for minimizing the unfavorable outcome?

A golden rule is that you should lie down immediately after sensing the light or tremor. The first impact of a nuclear bomb is the heat wave. Subsequently, a blast of debris will come. Making your face down may decrease the risk of being hit by them.

As well, you should cover your ears with your hands. Your tympanums are easily broken when encountering an extremely loud noise.

On the other hand, it is the last idea recommended to stay in a car. You will be burned out with the car.

Business Insider: If a nuclear bomb explodes nearby, here's why you should never, ever get in a car

If you are in a building, keep you stay there. A thin wall of lead can block the radioactive wave.

Anyway, the war is the most stupid solution of a conflict. We are responsible for avoiding desperate results from the current situation.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Prospective students of Harvard dismissed due to the posts on Facebook

At least ten students got their permission to enter the class of Harvard in 2021 canceled. The reason was the contents they posted in a group chat on Facebook.

Independent: 10 students have Harvard acceptances withdrawn over Facebook memes

Members of the group created sexually or racially offensive description and graphics on the Facebook group. The Admission Committee of Harvard started to investigate what they had posted. After a deliberate investigation, at least ten prospected students were excluded from the list of 2021 class.


To begin with, I was a little surprised that the Harvard class in 2012 has been fixed now. I am not sure what the students posted exactly. Considering the fact that the dismissed students must be teens, the decision of the authority can be harsh. But, the issue of discrimination is very deep and serious. The seed of prejudice is born in the very early life stage. Harvard seemed not ignore their rude behavior.

Nonetheless, we have to reconsider how to treat the misconducts on the internet. Everyone have bitter memories they made a failure in the youth. However, what you have posted on the internet will last eternally. The right to be forgotten was discussed recently. We should be tolerant to misconducts in young people a little more.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Eating in front of a mirror makes you happy?

Eating alone is often deemed as a behavior of a solitary person. And we are unconsciously aware that we taste bad when eating alone. Indeed, studies have found that eating with others make us satisfied with the meal and eat more.


Recently, an interesting study was conducted to examine the effect of eating together. Participants were requested to eat in front of a mirror. Surprisingly, they ate more food and felt better of the taste as if they had been with other persons.

Hindustan Times: Eating alone in front of mirrors makes meals taste better: Study

The result is hardly trustworthy at a glance. If we are influenced by a mirror image of ourselves, it is so silly to make efforts for comfortable surrounding. But the system of our neural network and feedback is developed with a very simple structure.

But, considering the fact that few restaurants equip mirrors near to the guest's seat, I hardly believe the outcome of this study, nevertheless.

In addition, some people, especially with eating disorders, experience binge eating when alone. They often say their appetite becomes controllable in a dinner with close friends. Thus, eating together does not necessarily have an effect of growing your appetite. Eating is a complex behavior.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

UK general election 2017

UK general election was held on June 8th, 2017. The result was shocking for Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK.


The ruling Conservative Party lost 13 seats of Member of Parliament, whereas opposing Labor Party gained 32 seats, reaching 262. The Tory dropped from the absolute majority. It will continue to make a coalition with Democratic Unionist Party which had ten seats for keeping the majority.

May made an apology for this defeat and asked for support to her colleagues in the party.

The Telegraph: Live  Election results 2017: Theresa May says sorry to defeated Tory candidates as she eyes deal with DUP

It was May's intention to conduct a general election. Thus, the result was far from her expectation. Many people claim she should resign. But she denied the idea of dropping out.

I support her continuation despite admitting that her decision to make a vote was a failure. The UK is shaken before the Brexit and recurrent terrorism now. There are not so many politicians who can address this complicated situation.