Why we should all be suspicious of this organ called heart

For all those who find themselves faced up with the following crucial question: Is he\she the one for me ? this article gives you a hard but sensible advice: Listen to your brain rather than your heart.

Témoignage visuel du vieillissement rural au Japon

image extraite du livre de M. Kajii

Cela peut ressembler, aux yeux des citadins, à un univers parallèle - un monde moyenâgeux et décalé - et pourtant il n'en est rien. Cette scène aux accents anachroniques se passe de nos jours dans les campagnes japonaises oubliées du Monde Moderne. On y perçoit le côté obscur du Japon d'aujourd'hui - un des pays les plus développés en termes d'infrastructures et des plus technologiquement avancés. Un pays fait de mégalopoles qui n'aiment pas trop regarder du côté de ce parent pauvre que sont les campagnes où des personnes à l'âge plus que vénérables perpétuent - faute de moyens - des techniques agraires désuètes - sans se plaindre - dans le silence et l'oubli.

Aging villages in dire need of attention

image from the book of M. Kajii

It may look like an unfamiliar parallel universe for many city dwellers.  But, this is REAL.  You can see how the countryside of Japan, one of the world's most materially developed country, looks like and how older people continue farming practices.

You see, living in a remote rural village is not easy.  Rural elders have to do everything by themselves.  They have to shovel the snow in winter, prepare their own meals, heat the evening bath, etc.  Rural people are hardy souls as they need to be.  The next photo shows a septuagenarian or octogenarian granny, who is probabaly suffering osteoporosis, though she continues hard toil.  But, what if she becomes a housebound?

 

Money makes the world go round, world go round, world go round ... or Dirty cash

There is one interesting subject I was thinking of for a while now. At a first glance, one could say that the discussion around it could stay at a surface, and that there would not be much to say about. However, I will try to relate it with some deeper issues, in order to settle the field for discussion. Needless to say, I’ll appreciate very much your responsiveness.

少子化と公園 

ある公園の注意書きを読んで、仰天した。「公園利用者やご近所の迷惑になるようなボール遊びはやめてください」「花火をしているのを見かけたときは警察へ通報します」このような注意書きがいたるところにある。なにやら公園で遊ぶ子供たちを迫害し、告発するようで穏やかでない。なにしろ、その公園には公衆トイレ以外、大した遊具も設備もない。最低限の公園

日本人「難民」

3日前、フランスに戻った。今回は関西に2週間、滞在した。昨年は3週間、帰国した。時差ボケ、文化ボケで過ごす一週間目、「あれはナンだったんだ」とヘマや混乱を分析する二週目、そしてやっと慣れたころに出国する日本。

The social-issues.org ready for Drupal 6

Wow, Whoaw!  It was hot February on Drupal.org... version 6 (Final) on the 13th and then 6.1, just two weeks later.  However, we made it and now the social-issues.org Community has become something like diapason!  Thank you to the team.

So, with this new release/update, new bugs will appear... it's logically unavoidable.  Feel free (especially the Community members) to report any anomaly.  TIA!

Castaways of Oblivion

Predisposed to the media images of overpopulation, traffic congestion, and glittery commercial centers, it is widely assumed that Japan has “too many people and too little land [1].” But these familiar images of overcrowded megalopolises are persistently maintained, so that they cut people off from an often forgotten fact. More than half (51.7%) of Japanese territory is classified as kaso areas, predominantly rural, underdeveloped, and largely afflicted by serious depopulation [2] (see the map below).

How to learn French (or a foreign language)

Even if you have completed the advanced level of French at a language school, you know there are still certain points to master. So, how can you be proficient in both spoken and written French? This is my question and I have been struggling to improve my French badly (and English, too). Here are my favourite methods. Maybe, you can share your ways to learn languages with me!

格差と障害者

「えー、おっしゃってること、おかしいですよ」
2006年、5月24日。新経団連会長に就任した御手洗富士夫(みたらい ふじお)キャノン会長が、格差拡大をどう考えるかというインタビューに次のように答えた。

eLaboratory demonstrator is now up and running

Yes, let's have a glass of champagne... it's New Year's Eve!

...but it's also the birthday of our little demonstrator of eLaboratory.

L’éducation, l’éducation et encore l’éducation

« En dehors des onze universités réputées, le pays fleurissait de mille établissements si peu difficiles qu’on les appelait « les universités de gare », car il y en avait autant que de gares, ce qui n’est pas peu prétendre en cette terre ferroviaire. Il me fut donc donné d’explorer l’une d’entre elles, où Rinri passait quelques années de vacances.

思春期と暴力

Budo Center

昨年12月のバルセロナ。サグラダ・ファミリア (聖家族教会)付近の地下鉄ホームで電車を待っていると、嬉しそうに買ったばかりの本を袋から出して眺めている大柄のスペイン人青年がやって来た。本はイナゾー・ニトベのBUSHIDOと武術の写真集。本に触れたりページを開く眼差しに何かほのぼのとした愛情や善良さを感じる。微笑ましく眺めていると、その彼が近づいて来て「日本人の方ですか。僕は武術の稽古をしているんですよ」と話しかけてくれた。おでこと腹を押さえて「日本の文化や気の集中法はすばらしい」と言っているのが分かる。

Organizational overview of the Community

This schema describes the major components of the social-issues.org platform i.e. 1. a portal (aggregates the different sources of information provided by the whole platform); 2. the blogs (of the affiliated identified members); 3. the forum (with a public and a private part); the e-laboratories (with the TAO/Generis mechanics); click this picture to enlarge it. 

"Open public participation," "peer-to-peer learning," and "universal knowledge"

Here are some extracts of an article on Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, a community-edited online encyclopedia, published in Time Magazine (Europe Edition, November 26, 2007, page 17).
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