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Today I uploaded a new post to my blog as follows. It is a follow up message relating to the YouTube video which I posted yesterday. 

McGraw-Hill cautioned by Prof. Hata on an erroneous article in its textbook for high schools.

http://jpnso.blogspot.jp/2015/03/mcgraw-hill-cautioned-by-prof-hata-on.html
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I forgot to quote the url. Now I pasted on my original message.
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Prof. Hata and Prof. Oonuma had a debate at the Foreign Correspondents' Club from 12:30 to 14:00, but actually each one stated his own opinions on the comfort women issue as regards the world history textbook published by McGraw-Hill. Prof. Hata was the main speaker, who criticized the author of the textbook and advised McGraw-Hill to correct eight errors in an article in the textbook of McGraw-Hill. I will write more about it on my blog in a couple of days. 

From the left, FCC's Translator, Prof. Hata, Prof. Oonuma, Director General of FCC.
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On Twitter, New York Times reporter Tabuchi Hiroko accused Momokuro Clovers, who are young Japanese singers of their imitating black people with black color makeups on their faces. 

I told myself, "Again Tabuchi Hiroko!", who always creates smoke at a place where there is no fire, meaning she makes up a story to defame Japan intentionally.

She should know that many Japanese musicians adore black people who are gifted musicians. It is natural that they want to be like black people. 

Look at the following YouTube video clip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qe4AZRkFYE

These Japanese girls really like American hip hop subculture, which has been created by black artists in the US. So they want to be like black people. They have their skin tanned, and they think they look nice in that way.

Japanese have been secluded by rough seas surrounding the Japanese archipelago for a few ten thousand years. Thus Japanese have evolved idiosyncratically in an isolated environment. That's part of the reason why many Japanese have problems in associating and communicating with non-Japanese people, in addition that they are not much aware of realities in overseas countries.

Modern Japanese are no exceptions. If they adore some people, irrespective of nationalities, they want to imitate the people whom they adore without taking repercussions into consideration. 

The girls in the video clip are cute. They adore black people very much, so they want to get their skin seriously tanned.

I believe the singing girls of Momoiro Clovers regard highly of and even envy black artists who are gifted musicians.

I also like American black musicians a lot. Do I envy them? Yes, I really do.  

I had a German friend in Munich. He was a trainer like me. Before he became the trainer, he was a fantastic pianist. He went to New York to learn Jazz and blues, and lived there for five years. After he realized that black musicians in New York had much better talent than he. He said to me, "I knew that I was not able to play the piano like they did. They were gifted with music talent, which I acquired at school. Those black artists didn't have teachers. Through enjoying playing the piano anyhow they liked, they became fantastic musicians. New York was not my place to live as a musician. Compared with them I was nothing. so I returned to Germany."

I agreed with him more than 100 percent because I also knew how black musicians were gifted. When I was around 18 years old, I was walking downtown Sasebo, which is my home town where there was a large US Navy base, so I saw many American sailors walking around in town. One day I went into a music instrument shop, where two black men and one white man came in. One black man was looking for a guitar, the other black man a harmonica and the white man a tambourine. The shop lady was not able to understand English, so I offered free translation to them. The three of them found their favorite instruments. They asked the shop lady for trying them out. In the beginning, she refused, but I wanted them play music, so I told her to allow them to try. She resignedly accepted. 

Then, one of the black men started to tune the guitar. I was able to play the guitar so I knew how he was tuning it. When he just strummed down the open strings, it sounded E7. I was amazed with the tuning, which I never knew at that time. 

The other black man found also an E7 harmonica. The white man had the tambourine in his hand. The white guy said, "Ah one, ah two, ah three!". They started to play blues. Oh boy, it was so much thrilling. I had never heard such wonderful blues music in my life then. The shop lady was also shocked and was so much excited with the music. Her hip was also moving to the music.

The combination of the harmonica and the guitar was, how should I say, was more than wonderful. I came across the true American blues which was improvised by the three American Navy sailors.

I became to adore the black musicians, and I knew that I had no talent that they had. I still remember some codes, which went A7, D7, A7, E7, A7, E7, A7, A7#, A7, A7#, A7....  When I went home, I took my guitar out, and tuned it to be E7, and I tried to play it the same way as the black sailor did, but I couldn't.  I had to admit that  the two black men were geniuses.

So I really understand why the girls of Momokuro Clovers wanted to imitate black people. 
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+甘酒こぼし Tabuchi is a notorious anti-Japan reporter working for anti-Japan media company "New York Times". She is good at concocting stories to defame Japan. In my opinion, New York Times is also an anti-US media company. Perhaps many communist reporters occupy NYT. 
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Friends, to be honest, I have deleted some community members who have been quarreling outside the community. Perhaps it could have been a reason why other members left here without letting me know. Sigh...
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Hi +Rachel Leckliter, thanks for your warm words. Please accept me as your friend on Google+ by the way.
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Your Japanese is natural and perfect. You also look like one of Japanese girls when you speak Japanese because the aura emanating from your entire body is just the same as an ordinary Japanese girl. Have fun! 
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I hardly understand English・・・
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This morning I went to the Canal near my residence to buy local products. Then, I found women dancing. I could not help taking photos. 
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Friends, I uploaded a video clip to YouTube as follows.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2SK9GziuH0

I attended the press conference held by Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo as one of the staff members of Professor Hata, who was the main speaker on "Factual errors in an article on so called comfort women during the wartime" written by Professor Ziegler of University of Hawaii in a high school world history textbook published by McGraw-Hill. 

The speech was meant to request to McGraw-Hill to correct errors in the article in question. 

I took a video of the speech delivered by Prof. Hata, and added English subtitles to it.
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+Skales Sibbons I am glad you like it.
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I've just finished attending the Hata-Oonuma debate at the Foreign Correspondent Club in Tokyo, and I videoed the session. I will edit it and will post on YouTube. I will report more on this later. Now I am with some staff members who supported Prof. Hata at a Starbucks near the club.
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+Chikako JTU I will definitively let you know the YouTube URL. Anyway, the video clip will be with my English subtitles. The Japanese translator (or "interpreter" but I don't like this word actually) made several critical mistakes. The Korean comfort women were not sold, but they got the prostitution jobs. The translator unnecessarily used the word "sold". I reckon it was an intentional mistake.
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At 07:08 the CEO says 30 million yen, but the English subtitle says 3 million yen. 
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I didn't know that this movie was produced. Eight Man came out in a weekly comic magazine called "Shonen Magazine" in May 1963. Its animation program was broadcast on TV from November 1963 to December 1964. I was only a boy then. I really liked and got excited to watch its TV animation program every week. When Robo Cop came out in the US in 1987, I immediately thought of Eight Man. 
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So this is the video clip of a dancing group which performed dancing at the Canal Park near my residence in this morning (January 24, 2015). The name of the group is called "Shinbaru Yosakoi". 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vo81k3jQPQ
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Very encouraging music. Edith, you are the best singer in history. 
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YES !  YOU ARE CORRECT !
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    Vagabond a.k.a. Futen-no-Bill, 1951 - present
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William ("Bill") provides cross-cultural business advice, coaching, consulting and training to native and nonnative English speaking business people. Training includes "Effective Presentation to Japanese Business People", "Cross-cultural Communication with Japanese Business People" and "Win-win Negotiation with Japanese Business People". On the other hand, he provides cross-cultural training to Japanese business people who are engaged in cross-border business.

Many attendees to Bill's seminars and training sessions enjoy his entertainer-like performance. He learned this method from an American professional trainer in Boston Massachusetts in 1990 when he received sales management train-the-trainer training from a fortune 500 company. The trainer said to Bill, "Sales is a show where a salesman is an entertainer", which in fact was said by Ed McMahon, the greatest talk show entertainer in the US. Thanks to this exciting experience, he has become an entertainer cum trainer. 

All programs that Bill produces are based on his empirical, down-to-earth, practical international business experiences for more than 30 years. He has analyzed such experiences and elicited important elements existing in actual cross-cultural business transactions.

They are utilized in the programs that Bill has made by himself. One of the strongest features is that his programs are not created from armchair theories but practical and actual business experiences of his own through mingling and struggling with a variety of business people in the world. Therefore, the benefits that the attendees can get from Bill's training are "effective, practical and useful solutions", which can be immediately applied to the business in relation to Japanese business people. 

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