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Tokyo Governor Koike

This year, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike declined to send a customary annual eulogy message to the Korean victims of the 1923 earthquake, which left more than 140,000 people dead or missing in Tokyo and surrounding areas, angering civil rights advocates. She gave no reason, but Koike has won support from nationalist-leaning factions that question accounts of atrocities committed against Koreans and other Asians before and during World War II.

-Japan Today

Koike also has expressed views that permanent foreign residents of Japan should not have the right to vote. Even though these same foreign residents are obligated to pay taxes, yet have no voice in how those taxes are spent.

Photo: Tokyo in the Asakusa area

“Does Yuriko Koike have a personal problem with Korean residents of Japan? If so, she would not be alone. The status of Japan’s Korean population has been a major source of dispute throughout the post-war period, and racist sentiment aimed at Korean residents of Japan is a factor that serves to complicate the troubled international relationship between Japan and South Korea. In turn, the tribulations of that relationship feed back into negative sentiment about Koreans in Japan. While overt racism in the style of anti-Korean hate demonstrations by groups like the Zaitokukai is thankfully rare and limited to a small number of blowhards, an undercurrent of racist beliefs and distrust is far more widespread in the population.”

-Rob Fahey, Tokyo Review 

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English Speaking Doctors in Kanto

Doctors & Hospitals in Japan with English Speaking
Doctors and/or Staff

Compiled by Kevin Burns &  Friends

Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic that caters to the expat community.  They are located near the Tokyo tower.  Attached is their website: http://www.tmsc.jp/

Sanno Hospital in Aoyama nearby the Canadian Embassy has specialized, English speaking doctors.

Please take a look at the homepage.


More Hospitals with English Speaking Doctors
Bluff Clinic
In Yokohama has English speaking doctors and a good reputation.

English Speaking Pharmacists
In Tokyo

Health Information for Non Japanese
advice on hospitals, doctors and the Japanese health system

National Cancer Centre
In Tokyo and other cities

St. Luke`s Hospital
In Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Information
Can provide lists of English speaking doctors

Mina Kita Therapy Room in Yokohama offers osteopathic therapy and shiatsu   Visit their homepage

International  Clinic
03 3582 2646
Dr Chin-Huai Keong, MD PhD
Thursdays only
National Medical Clinic
03 3473 2057
Dr. Yoshiike in in the office most Saturdays
Tokyo Midtown Medical Center
03-5413 7911
a dermatologist in on staff
Located in Midtown Center in Roppongi/Akasaka

Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic
#32 Mori Building
3-4-30 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku
across the street from Tokyo Tower
This is a popular clinic with expats and may be able to refer you

Tokyo Skin Clinic
3-1-23 Roppongi, 2F, Minato-ku
03 3585-0282

Dermatologists in Tokyo
The dermatology clinic is operated by our specialists (Drs Matsuo and Nishikawa) is the Samoncho Dermatology Clinic, Yotsuya Medical Bldg. 2F, 20 Samon-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0017. Tel:5368-0675

English Speaking Doctors in Japan

Kampo Museum in Shinagawa Tokyo offers Chinese medicine called in
Japanese: “kampo.”  Learn More

Tokyo Cranial Sacral Therapy

Health Hokkaido   has a lot of health information for that prefecture
For more medical services in English see Japan Living`s Forum Links
page at   Japan Living Forum Links   Click on the Links.

US Embassy`s English Speaking Doctor & Hospital Links in Japan.

Would you like to Stay in a Canadian house in Japan?

Near Hakone, views of Mount Fuji, and near Only Yu Hot Spring!

And did we mention the reasonable price?

Romantic Fuji Views near Hot Spring

Minamiashigara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

Perfect romantic spot for couples. Our dream home! Stay in a Canadian house! 2 single beds. Much of the furniture and lights were imported. The house itself was made in Canada, then imported and bu…


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Wanted: Gregory Pitt

Wanted: Red bloated rugby watching Welshman with deteriorating teeth : Reward US$5000


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A reward of US$5000 has been put out now for the whereabouts of Greg Pitt, a former stalwart of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.

According to those hunting him down he has been sentenced to 18 years in jail by the provincial court in Trat Province – but presumably because he has money and this was private prosecution, he has not yet seen any prison bars.    Gregory Pitt

Coming to Japan and want to see Mount Fuji? Check out Kevin`s Guest Houses!


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6 Keio Students arrested for Gang Rape & Other Stories 

Trouble at Keio University

How to teach English in Japan


The Japan Today news story follows below:

By Jonathan Barlow

The soap opera that is Keio continues.
I taught at Keio High School in Fujisawa and some of my students had committed crimes as well. One was hanging out at Pachinko and it was rumored that his father beat him. The police were aware of it. At Keio the administration seems quite intimidated by the parents . You see it’s a private school and the parents pay the bills. We couldn’t fail students, I was told by the future head teacher. That was part of the problem there!

Four of my former students ended up getting kicked out of Keio for shop lifting at convenience stores.

The grade I taught, grade 8 at that time, was notoriously bad. Female teachers who had formerly taught them said they were regularly in tears.

I didn’t find them so bad. They weren’t…

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Prostate Cancer doesn’t get the Airplay it Should 

If you are a man, and nothing else kills you, prostate cancer will. Prostate cancer is not sexy or cute to talk about, as some other issues are. So perhaps because of that it doesn’t get much coverage. But prostate cancer doesn’t care. It will kill you nonetheless. If you have a man in your life that you love , who is over 40, spread awareness of prostate cancer.

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Who you calling Brainwashed?

I find it interesting about the brainwashing that goes on. Of course we don’t call it that. We call it marketing or advertising. Hakone is very popular. Much, much more popular than Izu. Is it a better place to visit? I’m not sure. I like both. But there is NO comparison. Hakone is so much more popular.
In N. America, and especially in the USA, the conservative myth that we should all be self-made, and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, is exactly that ; a myth!!! Even the president pretends to be self- made when he is nothing of the sort!
Would Trudeau ever be prime minister had Daddy not been before him. I’m not saying Trudeau is bad, I think he’s relatively good as prime minister. We are all rather brainwashed.

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More on Minpaku

From the Mainichi Daily News

Japan has moved a big step closer to allowing private lodgings, or “minpaku,” to be made available to travelers across the country with the Cabinet’s endorsement of a bill that would allow people to rent out vacant rooms in private homes for up to 180 days per year.

Up until now, permission under the Inns and Hotels Act was required when operating a minpaku facility, like Airbnb, in an area outside a state-designated special strategic zone. But there has been a constant stream of operators failing to get permission and illegally providing such accommodation. A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare found that just 2 percent of operators in metropolitan areas had obtained the necessary permission.

The new legislation would allow people to run minpaku facilities after notifying the prefectural governor. The government apparently hopes that the number of legal operators will increase as a result, alleviating a shortage of hotels stemming from the rapid increase in the number of travelers to Japan.

But there are some points of concern.

Minpaku facilities vary greatly both in nature and purpose. These facilities should be distinguished from each other in how they are handled, but the legislation doesn’t necessarily do that.

There are cases in which homeowners rent out empty rooms in their own homes, as well as others in which empty homes in underpopulated areas are rented out with the aim of revitalizing the area. These small-scale, “face-to-face” minpaku facilities have the potential to boost cultural exchange and encourage young people to travel, and we hope they will be actively promoted.

However, under the new legislation, providers of minpaku lodgings are requested to provide explanations of the facilities and ask for guests to cooperate in noise prevention in foreign languages. But are blanket regulations on such face-to-face facilities necessary?

At the same time, it remains uncertain how far authorities can go in cracking down on violators in cases where operators acquire large numbers of apartments and operate minpaku businesses.

Moreover, is there a way of cracking down on businesses that operate minpaku facilities beyond the 180 day limit? If the situation is left unaddressed, inns and hotels that are not permitted to operate in residential areas will be left at a competitive disadvantage.

Trouble with other residents is also an issue. For minpaku lodgings where the owner is absent, a business registered with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is supposed to manage the facility. If shuttles carrying large numbers of foreign travelers are constantly blocking roads, or if the manners of those staying in the facilities are poor, then it could stir up sentiment causing people to reject foreigners in general.

Depending on the circumstances in each area, the upper limit on the number of days in which visitors can stay could be reduced under local ordinances. If lodgings in apartment complexes and other such locations draw complaints from locals, and even small-scale, face-to-face minpaku facilities end up being restricted as a result, then that is a problem.

The proposed legislation will be debated in the Diet in the future. Deregulation that merely focuses on increasing the number of foreign travelers to spark economic growth as domestic consumption reaches a plateau is not acceptable.

Whether minpaku facilities are used by foreigners or Japanese, we should strive to make them places that promote mutual understanding and which coexist with communities.

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