NHK and other media announced that Ms Yuriko Koike will win Tokyo governor election right after closed the polls. Among two other main candidates, Koike looked preferable to them. Torigoe looked too left and Masuda looked as a puppet of the LDP Tokyo branch.
Koike will be the first Tokyo's female governor. I hope she won't step down by scandals like former two governors.
I took "Life of Pi" for my next audiobook. I once read the book in English. It was really interesting story. But to tell the truth, I had hard time to reading the novel because of my poor English skills.
I prefer listening to English novels, so I'll try it again if I can understand it well. The recording time is over 11 hours. I can enjoy it at least a week.
I'm listen to an English audiobook about American history lecture. One of the topics today was the Cold War. In the lecture, I could hear a famous President Reagan's Brandenburg Gate speech. I used to listen the speech many times. I even read aloud again and again. I really like the famous "Tear down this wall" address.
And I realized that the audiobook was left only 30 minutes now. It has 24 hours long lectures. I finally came here. I'll finish if tomorrow. I have to search next audiobook later.
Nineteen handicapped people were killed and others were injured by a knife attack in Kanazawa prefecture. The suspect, Uematsu, broke into a facility for people with disabilities around 2:30 a.m. and attacked with knives.
According to news reports, Uematsu shouted 'I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.' It was insane and too selfish thought. The massacre seemed well prepared.
This was a grim and unforgivable masscre. Police and prosecutors should investigate this case in detail. The extreme penalty is not enough to the murderer.
I went to watch the final of Shimane high school baseball taurnament today. Izumo high school won over Risshodai Shonan and advanced to Koshien for the first time in their history. Izumo is a public school and it was the first time in 12 years for public schools to go to summer Koshien.
Almost every audiences there seemed to cheer Izumo high school. That was a great advantage for the team. I was sorry for Risshodai Shonan high school then.
Russian track and field athletes won't participate Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year. The games will start next month.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) claimed that Russian authority lead doping to Russian athletes. They even swapped positive urine samples for clean ones to pass doping tests.
I'm really sorry for the athletes. I don't think that most of them can reject doping becaus of pressure from the government. Russian authorities should revival the facts to the world.
I'm listening to an American history lecture audiobook. Now, I'm at 1880s, after Jim Crow law had passed. The American Civil War lead Emancipation Proclamation, but it was like the time slipped back to before the Civil War.
The lecture I'm listening doesn't have specific explanation for the American Civil War. I used to listen to VOS's The Making of a Nation. The program was far more detailed, so I was unsatisfied. Audible has the American Civil War lecture. That is 24 hours long. I think I should get the lecture next.
My older son enjoys riding motorbike. He took three days off and came home this week. He got up early in the morning and rode has bike. He said he liked riding in the mountain areas.
When I was young, I also wanted to ride mortorbike, but I only took 50cc bike license. I would buy many mortorbike magazines and read Kataoka Yoshio's novels. Someday, l would get the license and ride a motorcycle.
Japan's high school baseball giant PL Gakuen team has vanished. Only 12 seniors were in their last game this summer. They didn't have sophomores and juniors because PL had stooped recruiting new players any longer.
The glorious baseball team won seven Koshien titles and has provided many professional baseball players.
What happened to PL Gakuen? One of the reasons might be violences in the team. Sometimes, violence cases bitween students were reported. Graduates often said that they had a very strict rule that juniors had to obey seniors with no reasons. If so, the vanishment would be a deserved result.
I'm listening to American history lectures in English with Audible. Industrial revolution was a theme today. The lecture showed how American industrial Revolution started and spread across the nation. The starter was textile industry.
Another topic was Marbury v. Madison case in 1803. The judge was the most important case in the United States Spreme Coart. But I couldn't understand why it was so important. I read the Wikipedia, but it was so difficult to understand for me. Somehow, I really enjoyed these lectures.
Tokyo Governor election campaign will start tomorrow. A LDP candidate and other candidates are about to run in the election.
I don't live in Tokyo, but I'll pay attention to the election. Tokyo is the capital city in Japan and it will be the 2020 Olympics host city. Voters in Tokyo should study candidates policy well and go to vote.
China has claimed almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also claimed by Philippines and other countries. But, the Parliament Court of Atbitration denyed China's claim on the territory.
The arbitration said there were no historical evidence of China's territorial right. The court also said that China had caused "severe harm to the coral reef environment" by building artificial islands.
This judge wouldn't directory influence China's behavior on the water, but it would be a diplomatic pressure on China.
I'm listening to an audiobook, Turning Points in American History with Audible. It was 48 lectures by Professor Edward T O'Donnell. I wasn't sure who he was, though.
These were really interesting lectures for me and I really enjoyed listening to them. The begging of the audiobook was in the 17th century in Massachusetts. French immigrants tried to settle there then, but they withdraw from it.
The audiobook is 24 hours long, so I can enjoy long time.
I was so busy this week. I didn't study English much. But that's ok.
I finished an audiobook "Certain Girls" and the next one is an American history lecture. I used to listen a VOA radio program "The Making of a Nation", so l'm a little bit familiar with American history. I think I would enjoy the 24-hour audiobook.
I've been very busy. I start working from 3:30am and finish at around 9pm. I can take free time in the afternoon and I try to study English at the time. But I easily fall asleep in the afternoon while opening some English books. My English skills would drop down I guess.
The Upper House election is held on next Sunday. Soon after the election ends, Tokyo governor election campaign will start, but main political parties still can't find their candidates.
If you want to stand as a candidate, you have to away from your current status. If you are a lower house representative, you have to quit the job before the election. I don't think it's a good rule. It should be changed.
My older son had a training for sea rescue at beach. It was really hot today. The temperature was about 35 degrees and the sunlight was so strong. He said that he didn't wear sunscreen. He was crazy. Of course, he is suffering a terrible sunburn now. He called to my wife and asked how should he do. We are sorry, but we don't know. Just cooling the body, I think. He might learn the importance of using sunscreen on a day like today.
I'm not good at reading English. Vocabulary and grammar both are my problem. I wasn't serious about English grammar, but I shouldn't ignore the importance. I knew that. Actually.
I bought "Using Your Brain to Read English" by Yoshiri Minai. It describes how to define verbs. If you can distinguish the working of verbs in a sentence, you can understand it correctly and you can do it with using dictionary, the author said.
My tiny Japanese style garden looked so messy. It was covered with weeds. So messy. I tried to clean them up in the afternoon.
It rained hard in the morning and the garden was wet. It helped me to weed the yard. I did it with listening to audiobook with Audible app. It was hot and humid then, so I got sweat hard. Before I got heatstroke, I quit that. I have to continue that next weekend.