2018年04月28日

Japanese Parliament, made up of two chambers, has many points of similarity to the British system.

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Modern legislative system of Japan was basically established in 1889. This system consisted of the House of Representatives and the House of Peers, and the voting rights were limited to men of the highest taxpayers over 25 years old, they were just 1 percent of then Japanese population. Thereafter, the right to vote was given to all the men regardless of taxation in 1925. All the people over 20 years old including women were given the voting right after the Second World War in 1945. And age was lowered to 18 years old in 2016. The number of assembly seats for lower house is 475 with a 4-year term, upper house 242 with a 6-year term (half the members are to be reelected every 3 years). The eligibility for lower house election is over 25 years old, upper house over 30 years old. The term of lower house is shorter than upper house and they can be ordered to be dissolved by a Cabinet, so the lower house has stronger competence than upper house. Lower house reflects public opinion more than upper house. The picture shows the main chamber of lower house. Inside the National Assembly building in Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, is open to the public except for weekends and national holidays.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:28 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年04月15日

'ASHIMO' manufactured by HONDA is a lovable humanoid robot with state-of-the-art technology.

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ASHIMO is not an automatic machine but an autonomous machine, because it has three important functions as follows.
1, It always keeps a proper posture on its own judgement.
2, It walks/runs while being careful not to bump into nearby people, as it always watches them to guess the directions they are going.
3, It spontaneously makes decisions without human intervention.

It, with the height of 130cm, can walk and run at 9 kilometers an hour. In addition, it understands the meaning of what three people say at the same time, jumps, goes up and down the stairs, and moves backward. The latest model can open the lid of a bottle to pour the content into a glass, and even uses sign language. ASHIMO's development was started in 1986 to reach 'Astro Boy'. The day when Astro Boy is realized might come soon. The demonstration of this humanoid robot can be seen at 'Honda Welcome Plaza' and 'National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, both of them are in Tokyo.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:05 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年04月06日

'Tsuyazaki' tomb group in the north of Fukuoka Prefecture consists of 60 burial mounds built in the 5th to 7th century.

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In the north of Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, with the area of 7 kilometers from north to south and 2 kilometers from east to west, which faces the Sea of Genkai, 60 burial mounds are found. Most of them are round-shaped mounds or keyhole-shaped, and they are thought to be for the 'Munakata' clan, who were in charge of a religious service under the ancient imperial government. Tsuyazaki tomb group, to be more precise, is a general name of 7 sub-group burial mounds. Lots of decorative swords harnesses and the like, which are supposed to have been used for a religious service , were excavated from 'Miyajidake' mounds, one of 7 sub-groups. This mound is equipped with a big stone chamber with the total length of 23 meters. Accordingly, this mound is thought to be for a person of very high status, such as a close relative of the Emperor. These excavations are by far gorgeous, implying they were dedicated to a special person, so most of them are on display at Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu City after being designated as a national treasure. The picture shows the distance view of 'Shinbaru-Nuyama' mounds, which is the largest sub-group , made up of 41 ancient mounds.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:43 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする