Less earthquakes, poor weather
more gems in cinema and
happy blog writing
Well, 2017 is fast approaching, just less than half a day left for me here but just a couple of hours away for Japan. How amazing it would be to celebrate New Year’s in Tokyo. I might try for next year. Apparently, the countdown is going to be a second or more longer this year to ensure that world clocks match up with atomic clocks. Sounds odd to me but I guess we have to make sure those atom seconds aren’t running ahead of us! It will be odd for people who don’t know of this – they might be thinking ‘hey that was way too silent why isn’t everyone celebrating! Oh ok here we are!’
Speaking of silence, I’m re-reading the novel by Shusaku Endo and am finding it as brilliant as when I read it first. The film Silence is coming out tomorrow in the UK and Ireland so I’ve got that in my diary to go and see.
Glad to see Shinzo Abe made his visit to Pearl Harbour. That went as expected. I saw an interesting documentary this week on a British television channel, known for good quality and credible documentaries, alleging that Pearl Harbour may just have happened with the prior knowledge, via newly discovered intelligence, of Churchill and Roosevelt, both hoping to bring the US into the war. They apparently just let Japan get on with this attack much to the shock of certain senior navy staff who were unaware of this going on and genuinely were shocked when they found out (so Tora tora tora still is factual in depicting the shock of certain senior staff)
Meanwhile, Abe also has to keep on the good side of Russia who they are trying to negotiate with over the Kuril islands. Putin is arrogant as ever in his negotiations.
While I don’t think it takes much to antagonise China, you can’t blame China and South Korea for wondering why Abe stays silent on apologies or at least expressions of ‘condolence and regret’ for Japan’s treatment of their two countries during and prior to World War II. Maybe he thinks he does not need to given the fact that prior, less hawkish, Japanese prime ministers have done enough apologising which he maybe didn’t agree with at the time – ‘Right! That’s enough apologising to you two – we’re done!’ I know he needs the US on his side considering North Korea is threatening and China are always on the ready but I find his behaviour all so obsequious when it comes to the US, and now Russia.
I hope 2017 is a good year for people in Japan – less earthquakes, threatened or real, less freaky weather, less threats from their neighbour North Korea, more equality for women in the workplace and hopefully more good films come out of Japan (over anything else in my opinion as someone looking in). I hope to make this a year I get to travel to Japan by which time I’ll have improved my Japanese a whole lot more. Even if I haven’t, I’d survive no problem on what I have.
I hope 2017 is a good one for you all blog writers out there !!