Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Sky is Falling over the Rising Sun

If you read past the headline, you should know that I actually believe Japan will be okay, and this post is primarily to make a point. A lot has happened since my last articles regarding the situation here (over a month has passed), and there’s a lot to say (way too much for one post). I will explain more later, but the first thing I want to do is discuss the gravity of the disaster in the same way the foreign media has been doing since the start – focusing entirely on the negative.

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Oz and Eastern Wizardry

Mehmet Oz, or “Dr. Oz,” as he’s known on TV, is a brilliant ivy-league educated surgeon, who has saved many lives in the operating room. He’s well respected in America, where he started appearing on Oprah in 2004, and debuted The Dr. Oz Show in September 2009. He has also written books on topics such as dieting, staying young, beauty, child-birth, and overall healthy living. He seems to be a medical jack-of-all-trades, though I never paid much attention to him until I saw his January 6 show from 2010, where he stood out by introducing an alternative medicine technique called “reiki.” It wasn’t the only alternative medicine there, but it particularly caught my attention. Much to my dismay, after investigating further, I learnt that this well-educated, well-spoken doctor is in bed with the alternative medicine industry. Literally.

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The Incredible Mr. Toby

If you’re not up to date on Japanese politics, you’re probably unaware of just how screwed up they are right now. This has nothing to do with the earthquake. In fact, the earthquake might have actually made things more stable in terms of national politics. The fact of the matter is that Japan hasn’t had a prime minister in power for more than one year since… since that guy whose name I actually remember. …And he left in 2006.

You know… Koizumi Whatshisface…

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