Dec 6, 2013
It’s been an awfully fast two and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred and bitter memories from the tragic incident seems to have slightly faded by now. Beginning this year, Fuji TV has established what is called “JKB48,” a group comprised of core disaster prevention members to be prepared against earthquakes and other disasters. Taking the initial letters from the Japanese words “Jijyo” (self-help), “Kyoujyo/Koujyo” (cooperation/resucue) and “Bosai” (disaster prevention), the group was named “JKB”.
From each of Fuji TV’s departments, 48 members were called upon and appointed to their duties. The main objective is to actively take part in the training sessions and try to involve more employees and staff while doing so.
There are many training and studying sessions regarding disaster prevention planned for us and the other day, we learned about CPR as well as how to operate the AED.
First we watched a recording of our TV show “Mr. Sunday,” a segment called “10 minutes to the time limit of death! The father who suddenly suffered cardiac arrest and the coincidence that miraculously saved him.” The show demonstrated how the people who coincidentally came across this suffering man were able to save him by joining forces. I felt that it was important to know the life-saving methods in case of an emergency.
Then there was the CPR and AED lesson involving actual training. We used the plastic doll to practice CPR. You put pressure directly on the center of the chest with both hands and press strongly for about 5cm. This takes quite a bit of strength. Then you repeat putting pressure at a pace of about 100 times per minute. The pace should be about the same as the rhythm in the song “Staying Alive.” This is tougher than it may seem and even a male adult like myself was exhausted after only 1 minute.
Then we learned how to use the AED. When you open the AED package, a vocal announcement is made informing the person on how to use it. But of course it’s best if you already know how to work it in case of an emergency.
The training session was very educational. I think that some day it will come in handy.
As a member of JKB48, we will continue our disaster prevention activities in the future.
Dec 3, 2013
Hello everybody, this is Bruno.
I took a late summer vacation last week, and returned to Japan just yesterday.
I went to Europe and had a nice time. In every city, the atmosphere was filled
with Christmas cheer.
At the entrance of the largest department store in Berlin, a huge Christmas
tree was decorated for everyone to see.
A snow slide appeared in the town’s
center square, and people were enjoying warm drinks at the markets.
I also found a huge Christmas tree on the premises of St Pancras Station in London.
From now until Christmas day when the celebrations will climax, Europe shall remain lively.
Of course Tokyo has also welcomed the Christmas atmosphere now and from December 21st,
a big festival will begin in Odaiba where Fuji TV headquarters stands. We are expecting many
people to visit, so when you come to Tokyo, please join us in celebrating the festive season together in Odaiba!
Nov 29, 2013
Illuminations in Odaiba
Nov 26, 2013
New Year’s greeting
Nov 22, 2013
Good day, mate.
I hope you are well.
When I lived in New York, I often saw a lot of postmen walking busily, pushing a postal cart on the streets to deliver an enormous amount of the season's greeting cards after Thanksgiving holiday. By watching this scene, or coming across Christmas decorations like Tiffany’s snow crystal on fifth avenue, we would realize that the winter season had begun.
On the other hand, New Year's greeting cards delivered on January 1st are extremely popular with the Japanese, and it has been traditional custom to shove them into postal boxes in December. It was Japan Post who began selling their own version of New Year's greeting cards with lottery numbers. They are the most useful post cards in Japan because it has two happy elements: to read the message from the sender to see how they are doing, and to possibly win a prize by a lottery number after celebrating the New Year.
When I was a child, I bought New Year's greeting cards from Japan Post to write messages and draw pictures as I liked for my friends. Now, a lot of people are getting busier and busier, so there isn’t enough time for them to write greeting cards. I think about how many ways I could write to them. I could order a set of unique printed cards, or print them with my color printer. Actually, there are a lot of brochures for printing services at convenience stores, DPE shops and so on. For home-made cards, Japan Post is selling a few types of plain greeting cards for writing or ink-jet color-printing. I was surprised to find on Japan Post’s website that a few famous characters you might know are appearing on these cards.
As you know, recent innovations of SNS have decreased the number of greeting cards issued year by year. I agree that SNS and E-mails are useful and an easy way to send New Year’s greetings to friends, but I would feel sad if New Year's greeting cards were to vanish in the near future.
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