Tokyo 2020

As we are starting the countdown to the Olympics and Paralympics in July 2020, a number of challenges arise. One of the most concerning topics is the heat. Japan has an extreme climate and while winters are very dry and very cold with heavy snow in the north, summer is marked by a moonsoon (tsuyu in Japanese) followed by extreme heat and humidity from mid July to mid September.

Every year, we face an increasing number of citizens rushed to hospitals with heatstroke, some serious with over 3 weeks in hospital and unfortunately a growing number of people passing away.

What about next year? how will visitors cope with the heat, sitting in outdoor stadiums? queuing long hours to get into facilities, sleeping well at night?

Tokyo Organising Committee is now testing artificial snow to cool down the venues, so far, although the temperature do not go down, people feel cooler

some things need to change

no comment…have a read and re-think

many other countries could think too, France for example where there is a double view on this, there are strict rules but we all know women who went to doctors and doctors said they had no proof and would not certify. we all know women who go to police and police tells them off

 

 

Japan – Dynasties in Politics

From the western world, we perceive Japan as a very advanced democracy with a cycle of political crisis, prime ministers changing often

Once  you live here for a while, you realise that ministers are ministers’sons and grandsons and that nothing really ever changes

the latest is that Koizumi Junior becomes a minister at 38, that is remarkable in a country where age matters to take responsibilities. he is the son of Koizumi, prime minister in the early 2000’s, who himself was the son of a former foreign minister. I am hoping he will change a few things in environment and bring the government to a more modern era, Reiwa please Koizumi San, Reiwa!!

Reading – bending adversity is a very documented book around the society and there is extensive part on politics, notably Suga San, Abe San and Koizumi San as well as the relationships with China and Korea, US, highly interesting and insightful

 

 

post typhoon

So the typhoon was bigger than we thought last monday, it is very confusing here in Japan when you get a typhoon, the structures are so good that you don’t really feel the strength and feel very secure.

Now, I realise that Chiba was very affected and that many people are still without power or water after 4 days while none of the buildings are affected, transport work as usual now.

 

 

amazing story

This made me emotional, and it is so in the moment with Rugby World Cup kicking off in  a week!

what a courage

 

no mountain high enough

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