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Opinion: Is it possible for developed countries to sustain present standards of living?

It doesn't necessarily mean economy of developed countries will decline, but it is no longer possible to sustain present standards of living for the future. First, all nations have to reduce their dependence on non-renewable resources. Global warming and other problems have been created due to our dependence on non-renewable resources. We must change our priorities from continuous economic growth and consumption to creating a more sustainable world. Second, we have experienced several recessions since World War II. The world economy today is tied together in many ways. There are periods of growth and contraction in individual economies and the world economy as a whole. During periods of contraction, standards of living are bound to decline. More recessions and even a depression are likely to occur sometime in the future. Finally, the global economy is unequally distributed. The world's richest top 1% monopolises 82% of the wealth created in the world. On the other hand, assets
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Gion matsuri à Kyōto

En juillet se déroule la fête de Gion , qui, avec les fêtes d'Aoi (15 mai) et Jidai (22 octobre), forment les trois plus grandes fêtes de Kyoto. Les 17 et 24 ont lieu des parades de chars qui attirent beaucoup de monde.  La procession est bien visible dans la grande avenue Oike où sont installées les places réservées.   Le 24 juillet 2014, après quarante ans d'absence, les gens ont pu assister au deuxième défilé, Ato-matsuri.  La photo ci-dessous montre le montage d'un hoko , char de fête japonais. Au mois de juillet, Kyoto se prépare pour la fête de Gion. Les habitants de Shijo montent 32 chars, transmis de génération en génération dans chaque quartier. Celui de la photo, Naginata-boko , se met en tête de la procession chaque année. La fête de Gion est liée au sanctuaire Yasaka-jinja, qui se trouve à l'extrémité est de l'avenue Shijō-dōri. A l'origine, la fête avait pour vocation de chasser les esprits mauvais. Durant le mois de juillet, 32 chars ( yamaboko

Matsushima, Sendai et Mont Zaō (Miyagi)

Ce qu'il y a à voir à Miyagi ? La baie de Matsushima, les ruines du château Sendai-jō, le Zuihōden (mausolée de Date Masamune), les eaux émeraudes du lac de cratère Okama (aussi appelé Goshiki-numa) du mont Zaō-san, … Miyagi est aussi le plus gros producteur d'huîtres ( kaki ) du Japon. Elles sont particulièrement succulentes d'octobre à mars. Les Japonais ont coutume de les consommer fraîchement grillées, dans des Kaki-goya (baraques à huîtres) sur la côte Sanriku. En automne, vous pourrez également trouver du maquereau ( Kinka-saba ) pêché aux alentours du mont Kinka-san, une petite île du Pacifique nord et du Mebachi ( Thunnus obesus ). Les amateurs de langue de bœuf pourront se régaler à Sendai : grillée, marinée, en ragoût, en sashimi ou en sushi . En été, testez aussi les Hoya ( Halocynthia roretzi ), des ascidies comestibles, en sashimi ou marinées. Au mont Zaō-san Le lac de cratère Okama ou Goshiki-numa Le mont Zaō-san est à cheval sur les préfectures de Miyagi et

Kumano Kodō, Hashikui-iwa et Kushimoto (Wakayama)

Généralement, quand il est fait référence à la préfecture de Wakayama, les gens pensent au Mont Kōya. Mais ce n'est pas le seul site d'intérêt. Vous pourrez aussi parcourir les chemins de pèlerinage du Kumano Kodō, classés au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, faire une croisière pour voir des mammifères marins, pratiquer la plongée sous-marine avec bouteilles ou simplement avec un tuba, découvrir les merveilleux paysages côtiers de la préfecture ou encore profiter d'un moment de détente dans un onsen (bain thermal en salle) ou un rotenburō (bain thermal en plein air). Chemins de Pèlerinage Kumano Kodō Les chemins de pèlerinage Kumano Kodō , vieux de 1 200 ans, sont les seuls, avec celui de Saint Jacques de Compostelle, à être inscrits au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, depuis 2004. Les Monts Kii ont toujours été considérés comme sacrés et à la période Heian (794-1185), l'empereur et sa cour y faisaient un pèlerinage en 30 à 40 jours, depuis Kyōto. Trois grands san

Opinion: Would the global economy benefit from having a single world currency?

I disagree with the idea that a single currency would be beneficial to the global economy. The idea sounds attractively simple, but it would create some serious complications. By trying to manipulate all currencies to make a single global currency, the global economy becomes more complicated and less fair. We can see from the euro what happens. Less wealthy countries in Europe have gained more purchasing power while wealthier countries have suffered from this imbalance. This has had a negative impact on European productivity. Additionally, before implementing the euro, the much touted advantage was actually that the value of the currency would be stabilized, but as it turns out, it was overwhelmed by the disadvantages of not being able to develop each country's own economic policies. European countries have had limited range of policy options and it has been difficult to make policy decisions as economic conditions differ among the countries in the region. Finally, having a single

Opinion: Should more be done to combat extremism on the Internet?

I believe that we have to do more to fight extremism on the Internet. I would like to present some reasons to back up my argument. Firstly, search engine and  SNS companies are actually not making enough efforts. They should work more closely with law enforcement agencies when serious threats are identified. They also need to take responsibility and actively remove posts from extremists and supporters of terrorism. You may think that people's right to express themselves freely should be protected, but we must reach a more logical balance between safety and privacy. Furthermore, the Internet is now used to inflame hatred and violence in close proximity to us such as Capitol attack of January 6th and recent hate crime against Asian people in the US. When angry mobs use the Internet to spread hateful propaganda, their messages often contain narrow political leanings leading to the failure of democracy, entailing a mayhem with serious injuries and property damage. Though all citizens i

Opinion: Can the efforts of individuals change society for the better?

I feel strongly that efforts of individuals can change society for the better. Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs, for example, were at first all individuals who were inspired to improve major issues such as social problems, industrial development, and the elimination of racial discrimination. Even if we don't have great ability to communicate like them to change millions of people, I believe that it will be up to the efforts of individuals to overcome the great barriers of society in the long run. In fact, history provides many examples of single individuals who have brought about important changes. Fukuzawa Yukichi, the author of An Encouragement of Learning , contributed to education and enlightenment during the Meiji era. He said, "If you want to reform the world, it is more effective to set a good example than to direct." This is true even today. Rather than being verbally scolded in workplace, for example, we will voluntari