When the new Residence Management System in Japan went into effect last July, the Immigration bureau began issuing resident cards to foreigners but they didn’t require foreigners to immediately obtain them. The old alien card can be used as a valid substitute for a certain period of time. For most foreigners, that would be until their visa (period of stay) expires.
Thinking of buying a new laptop or desktop PC? Now is probably the best time to do it.
Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft Windows which is due to be released to the general public on October, is being offered by Microsoft at a discounted price. If you buy a new PC pre-installed with authentic Windows 7 between Jun 2, 2012 until January next year, you can get Windows 8 for only $14.99 (1,200 yen in Japan) when it becomes available.
We are no longer considered aliens in Japan. Foreigners living in Japan are now also called residents. That is at least as far as registration card is concerned.
Did you know that 1 minute is not always equivalent to 60 seconds?
On rare occasions, the world's standard time (UTC) is adjusted by adding or subtracting one second to a particular day, giving us a minute that has 61 or 59 seconds. The last time a leap second was inserted was on December 31, 2008. The next one will be inserted just before Sunday, July 1 of this leap year.
An exhibit of some sort caught my attention as I passed through the Shin-Maru Building on my way home from work the other day. I decided to look closer and found out that it was an exhibition of children’s enikki or illustrated diaries. What’s more interesting is that it featured works of children from Asian countries including the Philippines.
Whenever our Christian community in Tokyo holds special events for sharing our faith to friends and other guests, we usually have socials afterwards wherein food and beverages prepared voluntarily by community members are served.
"The growth of the Iglesia has not only led to an improvement of the quality of life of its millions of members. As a social institution, it has proven its commitment to national development, unity, and spiritual growth. The Iglesia ni Cristo has become an integral part of the history and progress of the country."
When something like the recent earthquake in Japan inflicts destruction and suffering on unsuspecting people, perhaps the most immediate question that comes to our mind is “Why?”
Why did so many people have to suffer?
For theists or those who believe in an all-powerful and all-loving God, the more disturbing question is, “Why did God allow this to happen?” A favorite among atheists and skeptics, this question can be converted to form a philosophical argument called the Problem of Evil. That is, it seems unbelievable that if an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God exists, He would permit evil and suffering to exist in this world. As one famous philosopher puts it:
"Is He willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is impotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Whence then is evil?"
Our Filipino community here in Tokyo used to hold bowling tournaments at Ikebukuro Hata Bowling Center so it was a little bit sad to hear that it closed last April 20 after 48 years of operation. I wonder if the recent earthquake had something to do with its closing.