2011年08月31日

mails from outside country

Today is the last day of August in 2011 and I've got 2 emails from 2 old friends living outside country, one is from Taiwan and the another from London.

I will introduce first as follows:

"I have had a short vacation in Bangkok in early August, which was nice, visiting friends working in NGOs there (both from Taiwan for one-year appointment), meeting with a young female from Beijing working in the Focus on the Global South, and we have had some interesting conversation on China's crazy dams building projects along all rivers"

As far as "Focus on the Global South", I've found the impressive article in the website as under:
The (Non)Citizens of Komtar
http://www.focusweb.org/content/noncitizens-komtar

Please read carefully the story in Malaysia and think about the working class in Japan in these days because almost 40% of workers in Japan are not full time but part time employee (1):

Following is the No 2 email from London:

"It was a joy to hear from you. Sorry for the delay but I was on holiday in Italy for much of August. I am sitting in my house this Monday as it a holiday in the UK.

I have often thought of you and your kindness in recent years, particularly when there has been major news from Japan, and that land has gone through turbulent times lately.

I am quite tired having spent the weekend looking after my mother. One of the defining characteristics of my life is that my mother has dementia and along with my sister and my brother, sister mainly you will not be surprised to hear, I spend time looking after her and it is hard work. We employ a nurse who lives with her in her home from Monday to Friday and we stay there at weekends. I have been there since Friday and my sister relieved me this lunchtime. It is exhausting as she does not sleep well and often calls out in the night, mainly for attention I think. It is sad. She has been a strong woman all her life but she is stumbling on the road home.

She was fine until she reached 90 but now that she is 93 I fear that it is getting too much to handle and of course we have to consider ourselves too. We may have to consider residential care.
"

Yes, certainly we are living in the Earth Village, namely we are facing same problems, same situation and same agenda to be resolved. That's why we need a global solidarity and mutual communication beyond the differences.

The Guardian's article "Japan's life expectancy 'down to equality and public health measures', written by Sarah Boseley, health editor on Tuesday 30 August 2011 22.05 BST gives Japanese a warning to be considered:

"It's not just the sushi – and it's definitely not the sake. Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world but the reasons, says an analysis, are as much to do with equality and public health measures as diet.

A baby girl born in Japan today can expect to live to 86 and a boy to nearly 80. But it has not always been so.

The downside of Japan's success in keeping its people healthy is that the population is unbalanced and becoming more so. At the moment, 23% of the population is over 65 but by 2050, that will rise to 40% in a population shrinking from 127 million to 95 million. Other problems include drinking and smoking among overworking business people and a high suicide rate partly attributable to rising unemployment. Unless these issues are tackled, the paper suggests, Japan could lose its position at the top of the longevity table
"

Shall we think about the universal health care system in Japan, our rare treasure, which is valuable to export with our Constitution to other countries as universal model, rejecting the outside pressure from outside multinational pharmaceutical comapies or life insurance companies. I hope a new leader, Mr Noda will be tackling for building a new and fairer society, based on the peace, justice and solidarity.



(1) 昨年10月の時点で、全労働者のうち契約社員やパート、出向社員などの正社員以外の労働者が占める割合が、2007年調査から0.9ポイント増の38.7%と、過去最高になったことが厚生労働省の調べで分かった。

(正社員以外の労働者、過去最高の38.7%、2011年8月29日月曜日19時34分配信 読売新聞)
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