This is breaking news for medical operations. Japanese doctors say that they have completed the world’s first live lung transplant which involved dividing a part of a mother’s lung into units small enough to keep functioning in her 2-year-old son’s body. Doctors at Okayama University HospitalBecause an adult’s lung would be too large for the toddler, the lower lobe of the mother’s left lung was divided into the smallest units possible for them to keep functioning.

Doctors say that they transplanted the segments on August 31st and that the boy is now breathing on his own.
The hospital reported that the transplant is the first in the world involving such small lung units and that the boy is Japan’s youngest lung transplant recipient to date.
The doctor who conducted the surgery, says that the transplant offers a ray of hope for even younger children needing lung transplants.






September has kicked off. School is back in session and it is the best season to study. By the way, do you happen to know coal stoves were used in the classrooms about 50 years ago. The cheap coal is becoming a serious issue as pollutants to our environment.

There are plans to construct more than 40 coal-fired power generators in Japan. As you may know, following the outbreak of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant crisis in 2011, safety measures for building and operating nuclear reactors have been tightened, making it difficult for construction of nuclear reactors to be given the go-ahead. In contrast to this, coal is relatively cheap even when compared to other fossil fuels, so coal-fired power plants can generate power at low cost. The common argument by power companies is that the newest coal-fired thermal generators have high power-generation efficiency, and therefore pose no problems to the environment, but such generators still emit some degree of C02 into the atmosphere. The Environment Minister is calling on power companies to reconsider their plans, and many European countries have plans to ban coal-fired power altogether. With the U.S. being the only exception, the world is seeing a trend toward phasing out coal use, with financial institutions abroad divesting from coal-related industries. Electronic companies should think twice before they invite misfortunes. This is simply because it will be all for the best in the end.



私はアマゾンプライムなどでアメリカ映画をよく観て楽しんでいます。「The Agent」という映画で学ぶべきことがありましたので書いてみました。有能なスポーツ・エージェントのジェリー・マグワイアは、高価な年俸のみを追求する会社の方針に疑問を持ち、是正書を提出しましたが、それが災いとなり、あっさりとクビになってしまいます。彼に好意を抱き、彼の提案書にも共感をする同僚だったシングルマザー、ドロシ-(後にジェリー・マグワイアと恋愛結婚をする)と共に会社を立ち上げ、仕事の成功のために努力していきますが、資金は底をつき、その中で「本当に重要なものは何か」を追い求めていくのです。その映画の中の最後のせりふで「俺にはすべて回答できるわけではないが、正直、人生では成功と同じ数の失敗をしてきた。しかし妻を愛し、自分の生き方を愛してきた。そして最後には成功した。皆がこのようになれることを願う」と。東洋哲学にも「人生失敗8割、成功2割」という言葉があり、数多く失敗するからこそ成功という高みを達するという万国共通の真実でありましょう。飛躍ために、多くの失敗体験から大いに学びましょう。


I am having a lot of fun watching American movies. Let me tell you a little about “The Agent”, made in 1996. When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing this epiphany, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary. They come to know what is important to them.
I like this part of the film very much. “Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. However, I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.” This reminds me of the eastern philosophy that 8 failures in 10 trials have led me to where I’m at today. Success always comes after failure.





Usually bicycles are only ridden for short distances, rarely further than the nearest station and at a speed not much more than walking pace. In Japan bicycles are just a practical means of transport, not a fashion accessory or a keep-fit device. However, I often see some serious cyclists in Japan, who commute long-distances on state-of-the-art race bikes or who go racing on the weekend even though they’re a small minority. I am always impressed with their muscular thighs. It is often pointed out that people with muscular thighs have a lower risk of heart disease and premature death. Since I am not a serious cyclist, I should walk a lot more to strengthen my thighs. I hope you will do the same in any way you can.





“Oh my god, I have almost hit a pedestrian!” When you were driving your car, you might have experienced this type of danger. William Herbert Heinrich published groundbreaking theories about health and safety in the workplace. One such theory became known as Heinrich’s Law: that for every accident that causes a major injury(1), there are (29 )accidents that cause minor injuries and( 300 ) accidents that cause no injuries at all. Because many accidents share common root causes, addressing more commonplace accidents that cause no injuries can help prevent accidents that do cause injuries.
Once action has been taken, future observations can then validate the effectiveness of the intervention.

歴史の勉強 ユダヤ人救出




Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese consul in Lithuania in 1940. He risked his career to save 6,000 Jews at the beginning of World War II. He gave Jews entry visas; this was against the orders of the Japanese government. Because of his actions, he lost his job and the trust of much of Japanese society. However, faced with the hundreds of desperate Jews lined up outside the consulate, he followed his conscience and sent them to safety. He was fired due to this misdeed, but Jewish society honored him and his wife as “Righteous Gentiles” in 1985. This is what benevolence is all about.




The power of simply talking to babies is enormous.
First, don’t just read them a book but ask them about the pictures. Turn off the radio in the car and talk about where you’re going. Describe the colors when dressing a tot, and pause to give them a chance to babble back.
Results show that doing these things has positive results in two-thirds of participating families. Children who started hearing an average of 8,000 words a day were averaging 12,000 a day by the time the coaching ended. Let’s talk to kids. I am sure you can make a big difference in their lives by the time they begin kindergarten.




Hay fever season has recently begun in western Japan, as of February. The cedar trees are in bloom. They had been planted nationwide, but the logging industry has sharply waned due to cheaper lumber imports. Nearly 26 percent of the population, mainly city dwellers, are believed to suffer greatly from cedar pollen, since it is air-borne. City dwellers are more prone to suffer from it, partially because of the worsening vehicle exhaust situation, as well as the paved roads. There are no quick remedies for this situation. I feel sorry for people who are allergic to pollen. Me? Thank God, my body has grown immune to it due to a lot of exposure over time.




If the world’s seas and oceans were a national economy, how much would they be worth?
They are around $24 trillion according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in a report on May 2015, making it the world’s seventh largest economy. The group drew up the research with the help of the Boston Consulting Group and the Global Change Institute in Australia.
The report aims to make policy makers and business leaders view the sea as a common investment. This technique of auditing nature in financial terms is known as “natural capital”. It has been used extensively in global health checks. However, there are questions as to how accurate such figures can be when applied to nature, and calculated on this grand scale.
Furthermore, is monetary value really the best way to measure nature’s importance to the planet, and the environment that sustains us? The study is noteworthy, but the oceans make up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface world so they are definitely the mother of this earth. I believe it is immeasurable and indispensable for all human beings and living creatures.








さて、昨年、理化学研究所が人工的に合成した原子番号113番のニホニウム(英: nihonium)が新元素として国際的に認定される見通しになりましたね。中学校へ行けば元素記号を覚えますが、今回の日本人発見113番元素記号ニホニウムを知れば、科学にもっと興味が湧くのではないでしょうか。アジアによる新元素の発見はこれが初めてとなります。1秒間に2.5兆個の亜鉛ビームを80日間続けてビスマスに向かって撃ち込み、1700京(1.7×1019)回の衝突を起こした中から、たった1原子の元素113(質量数278)を検出したといいます。気が遠くなるようなスピードです。間違いなくノーベル賞に匹敵する発見でしょうね。




The State-backed Riken science research institute started the project to discover element 113 in September 2003. At last they found Nihonium (Nh) which is a synthetically made element, specifically radioactive metal. They created Nh three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2012, to secure the naming rights.

Students study the periodic table when they go to junior high school. If they find an element that was discovered by a Japanese research group, I believe that would make them more interested in science. The discovery was the first of its kind in not only Japan, but also in Asia. The element has been created using a cold fusion reaction between a bismuth-209 target and zinc-70 ions. This discovery must be worthy of a Nobel Prize Award.





坂村真民 人生の詩、一念の言葉

愛媛県で一生涯を終えた詩人坂村真民先生は波乱万丈の人生を送られたように思います。65歳で教員退職後、詩歌に没頭しました。いつも夜0時に起床し3時30分までの間、愛媛県松山の重信川の石に額を乗せ祈り続けました。坂村先生は、仏教徒であり詩人でもありました。仏教精神を基調とした詩の創作を行い、彼の信奉者にヒーリングパワーと勇気を与えてくれました。平成18年に97歳でお亡くなりましたが、没後、作品はますます脚光を浴びるようになりました。もっとも有名な詩は「念ずれば花開く」です。私が好きな詩は二つあります。「病がまた一つの世界を開いてくれた 桃咲く」「堂訓 自分の病気は自分で治せ 自分の幸福は自分で開け 自分の運命は自分で開け 捨て切ってしまえば 無限の力の湧出することを知れ 全力を尽くし為すべきことを為し あとは神仏に任せよ」心にしみます。


Shinmin Sakamura had many ups and downs in his life. He devoted himself to poetry after retiring at the age of 65. He usually got up at midnight and prayed till 3:30AM at the Shoigenobu river, placing his forehead on his own stone. He is a Buddhist and poet whose work healing his followers, and gave them courage. He passed away at the age of 97. “Pray, and any flower of yours will come out ” is the most famous among all his poems. My favorite poems contain the lines: “Suffering from an illness brings about another new perspective to your life.”” Do your best. You should find a way to cure your illness. You should find your happiness on your own. You should explore your destiny. You should learn to devote yourself to solving your own problems. After that, you can leave everything in God’s hands.”






I usually listen to a radio station out of Seattle. There was a program about David, a retired dairy farmer, who has gained a growing reputation for nurturing orphaned moose, allowing them to reach maturity and live within a protected preserve. These animals are living as they would in the wild. However, state laws prohibit the rehabilitation of a wild animal for over three days and also forbid the confinement of wild animals. He is vehement in his belief that there’s a higher moral purpose to be served. Will the State reconsider and allow David’s practice to exist or will these animals be condemned to death?






Have you ever noticed how people instinctively flip their heads back (almost leaning backwards) when someone comes up directly into their face? You can’t get a fix on a person’s face if he or she is right up against you. Personal space may vary in size for an individual depending on the situation, his or her emotional state, gender, and the relationship with the other person. We stand closer to people whom we like. Sometimes people erect actual boundaries to stake claim to their personal space. Leaving an “occupied” sign on an airplane seat, draping a coat over the back of a chair in a restaurant, arranging a towel and sunscreen on a hotel poolside lounge, or spreading books at a library desk indicate this place is mine, and I will be returning to claim it -so keep off! In fact, most people get pretty peeved if someone deigns to move their markers. “Hey, I was here first!”


People often mark where their territory begins or ends. It is a part of human nature to create and preserve their territories just like national boundaries.






Would you like to eat beer? Two guys at Regrained Brewery realized that the brewing process is very inefficient, because there is a huge amount of leftover grain left after the mashing process. Brewers often compost this material. Therefore, they decided that they could re-purpose these grains into something else, such as nutritional bars. If you expect the bars to taste like beer, you’ll be disappointed, simply because there’re no hops in the bars. However, people say that the bars are delicious and satisfying. It’s a sustainable product, just like “amazake”: a sweet drink made from malted rice. Give it a try.






By the start of primary school, one in 10 kids in England is obese and by the end, it is one in five. Obesity is one of the major health issues among teenagers today. The chancellor has announced that a new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry will be introduced in the UK beginning 2018. The reason is that kids who drink soft drinks tend to have them every day, and some of the drinks are incredibly high in sugar. All the money raised – an estimated £520m a year – will be spent on increasing funding for sports in primary schools. As of now, it is unlikely that Japan will follow in England’s footsteps..

歴史の勉強 グラバー氏

1860年代は長崎に住んでいたスコットランド人貿易商トーマス・グラバー氏にとってかなりの収穫の多い時期でした。幕府討幕を図る尊王派薩摩藩長州藩に艦船や武器を販売し、日本の政治に大きな影響を与え、新橋~横浜間よりも7年も前になる1865年に、彼の尽力により長崎では、彼の名前を取って「アイアン・デューク号」という蒸気機関車が人を乗せて走っていたのです。また人材育成にも力を入れ、長州藩から5名、続いて1865年薩摩藩から15名の 若き志士たちを 英国へ渡らせ勉学に励ませました。またグラバー氏は三菱設立にも、醸造業キリンにも多大な貢献をしました。まさに彼抜きにして日本の近代化はなかったといえます。もしグラバー氏が存命ならば、最近発覚した三菱のデーター改ざん問題に対してどう考えるでしょうかね。


The 1860s were a period of considerable success for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who lived in Nagasaki. He started by trading in ships and arms to a number of rebellious clans opposed to the established regime in Japan. In 1865, he introduced the 1st steam locomotive ever seen in Japan, the “Iron Duke”, and by 1868 he was influential enough to play a part in the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Meiji Restoration. To help some talented Japanese expand their viewpoints, Glover helped the Choshu Five travel to London on Jardine Matheson ships and helped send fifteen trainees from Satsuma in 1865. Glover played a crucial role in modernizing Japan and establishing the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan and Kirin Brewery Company. He should definitely be considered one of the founding father’s of the Meiji Restoration. If he was still around, how do you think that he would react to Mitsubishi’s scandal over rigging of its fuel efficiency data?