Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"the Holy Ghost shall teach you" - Parliament Quotas

The Tokyo Railroad Station

Parliament Quotas

The Lower House of the Japanese National Assembly, called the Diet, has a fixed number of 480, while the Upper House of the Diet has 242 seats.

The Upper House was formerly the House of Lords which was abolished after WWII with the noble class gone, too.

The prime minister can dissolve the Lower House at his will at any time, since the Lower House has an advantage to elect the prime minister over the Upper House.  The term of the Lower House is four years, though it is dissolved in less than three years on average.

The Upper-House members serve it for six years, but every three years half of them are elected newly.

As Japan has a big financial problem, many critics, journalists, and Media guys discuss that the specified number of seats of both the Houses must be decreased drastically.

However, the ratio of national lawmakers in Japan over the Japanese population is not so large as that in other countries, especially European countries. (This ratio of the US is smaller.) 

When cutting costs for democracy, it is important not to reduce the number of representatives of people, but salaries and  remuneration of lawmakers should be reduced drastically.

Instead of decreasing the number of the Lower House members, for example, from 480 to 240, rewards for lawmakers should be halved in Japan and any other countries.

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Luk 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"no thought how or what thing ye shall answer"

Autumn Leaves around Tokyo

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Luk 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

Monday, December 10, 2012

"they might put Lazarus also to death" - Tokyo Inland Earthquake

Tokyo Bay

Tokyo Inland Earthquake

Salmons do not run up rivers from Tokyo Bay, surrounded by the Kanto region, since it is just below the southern limit of  salmons' inhabitation.

The Tone River, the largest river in Japan, that flows 30 km or more north of Tokyo into the Pacific Ocean is however one of the most southern rivers in Japan where salmon run.

The Tone River once flew into Tokyo Bay, but the Tokugawa samurai regime changed its course so that it did not flood around the samurai regime capital Edo, presently called Tokyo.

The region between the Tone River (in north) and the Ara-kawa River (in south) includes the central part of Tokyo City and the Great Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

 And, one of the biggest concerns of Tokyo citizens and the Japanese Government is that an inland earthquake might occur someday in the big basins of the two major rivers in this Kanto region to sacrifice thousands of people.

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Joh 12:9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
Joh 12:10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Joh 12:11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

"he went into their synagogue" - A Yankee on a Goodwill Mission

A Famous Gate of the Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo

A Yankee on a Goodwill Mission

Curtis Granderson, an outfielder of the New York Yankees, visited Japan.

He came as a kind of envoy to express sympathy for the 2011-tsunami hit people in Japan.

Mr. Granderson taught yesterday how to better make a hit and better catch a ball to baseball-loving children in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Pref.

 On December 11, he is scheduled to visit Okinawa.

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Mat 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
Mat 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
Mat 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
Mat 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.