Collapsing asset bubble

The asset bubble is rupturing here. The stock market is dropping drastically. In relationship to our life, it may cause deteriorating finance of the pension funds since they have increased the investment to the stock last year. It also harm the system of financial system. Some local banks may go collapsed not too long from now. Of course, the majority of industries, small in size and employment, will suffer a lot. These won't leave us without being badly influenced.

Quantitative easing has profited the global companies while the debt due to that easing as well as collapsed bubble should be paid by the people through higher taxation. The global companies are under the planned socialism while the people should be treated with the principle of neoliberalism. This bubble/rupture consequence as well as the very low interest rate may mean that the current capitalism is historically facing to fundamental difficulty.

There is a huge economic disparity going on in the world. Only minority enjoys the huge income while the majority is under severe poverty. It is a borderless phenomenon. It is making the world unstable a lot. This seems to be due to the greedy capitalism seeking for further growth and profit in the market. The market used to be a concept of geological as well as physical extension. But in the late '90s, with the development of the internet technologies, it has been extended into the virtual world of finance. They have securitized everything with high leverage. The fund running in the virtual market is increased several times more than that necessary in the substantial market. This system is all for the greedy capitalism. What have we learned from the collapse by the Lehman Brothers shock?


Ballistic Missile defence

Our government is announcing on the launched missile from North Korea today. As if they got ready for any attacks by BM with Aegis system as well as PAC3. But BM defense system could deal with only dozens of missiles at a time. In real nuclear war, there will be hundreds of nuclear bomb installed BMs or a few among hundreds of regular bomb installed BMs directed to our country.  It is impossible to defend against such BM attack.

They are now extending the system toward the space. It will destroy the communication system of a certain country if they could nullify the satellites with such as nuclear bomb in the space. The threshold to use nuclear bombs in the space is told lower than that on the ground since the former won't cause immediate contamination on the ground. It might cost astronomical amount of budget to develop BM defense system. They have already started developing the system in the space.

BM system won't work in reality. BMD is only for the military industry but not for the people. There will be only endless competition to develop the system superior to the enemies. Since it is endless, it will be a real burden to the national finance.

BMD is a thing which belongs to evil.


A news from Puerto Rico

Fifteen meters was wide open to NA this morning. As usual, however, only few signals have been heard from there. Repeating calling CQ for a few times, Luis, KP4DX, has called me. He told me he had called CQ JA without any success.

He was running only 75W into a vertical dipole. But, as the photo in his page of QRZ.com showed, he was located close to the Atlantic ocean, that might help him so much.

He told me he had returned there from Calif. last year after 30 years absence in Puerto Rico. I remembered having worked him signing as /W6 for some times in the past. Mostly on 40m. 

I asked him about the economy of Puerto Rico since I had heard it was in recession there. He told me it was still in bad condition and the government had been through a default with a big debt. For the past decade, the industries like electronics or pharmaceuticals have gone out of there. There was some tourism, which was not enough for the island. I wanted to ask what had brought that change in the economy. The band condition has not allowed me to do so.

Puerto Rico has chosen the way to become the 51st state of the US. It seems, however, it will take them some more time. In Japan, we have heard very little of what is going on in this island in the Caribbean Sea far away from here. It would be very wonderful for me to hear how the things go on there through this hobby. I will look for Luis again soon.

There are still very few enjoying such ordinary QSOs even though the condition has been coming up. I am afraid contesting and joining pile ups have taken over their interests in such old fashioned way of enjoyment. It's too sad.  

It is the 1st day of the spring according to our traditional calendar today. The spring condition has started and would last for a couple of months. Let's come on the bands and talk friends all over the world.


A small concert in Tokyo

An off line concert was held in Tokyo, which, I wrote in the last post, brought us there yesterday. It is an small private concert at a studio hall, where some 30 people attend to play piano or chamber musics and to listen to the others' performance. The attendees have known through the internet each other. I used to join it for several times over 10 years ago. When I found my vision had improved so much that I could read the music score completely, I asked my piano trio members to join it held yesterday. They kindly agreed to got there.

It used to gather many more when I used to join years back. There could even be an instant orchestra organized and played a piano concert of Mozart. As told above, the size of the concert was reduced somehow. But I still loved the atmosphere of that concert where I could listen to the performers breathing with music close to the audience. There were several people who I had know since the previous events. Their outlook and performances looked the same except for some more grey hairs on their head. Each performance was favorable to me. Some energitic, the others elegant and beautiful. A couple of guys have played Scriabin's works. They sounded emotionally beautiful, which was a new finding in piano music to me. Most have played monophonic works whoever the composers might be. I still loved polyphonic works like Goldberg variation by Bach. More profound and leading us to the world of contemplation with lexicology in music.

Our performance? Considering of the practice only once before that performance, it was so so. I have enjoyed it much. After the concert, we have had cake and coffee at a restaurant nearby. We used to drink beer a lot in such a case before. But we could not do that any longer. An interesting talks with the other two there for a couple of hours. They were proud and fond of living on with music as profession but seemed to be anxious about their career in the future. Carrying the heavy cello and a souvenir for my wife, I took the train back home.  

Tokyo, a big city based on virtual reality

I went to Tokyo yesterday. On the train, there were a lot of people, young or old, watching smartphones. They seemed absorbed in the virtual world through that tiny device. It is a strange, or rather weird scene. No verbal communication in reality or reading printed matters which deliver us something more realistic.

It is the place where I had spent young days until I graduated from the university. Everything has been changed. A lot of construction. Mostly for offices or for stores etc. I was almost lost in Shinjuku. There were less space for resting. No trees nor parks. They warn that a big earthquake will hit this mega city by the probability of 70% in 30 years. This probability means it will almost surely occur in the near future. How could the people escape from this crowded city and how could they live on afterward?

Everything looked like prosperous. However, I could not help feeling it was only virtual based on very fragile things.

Together with the massive crowds of people, it made me feel it was not the place for me to live in.


A milestone in my life

Having had so many books piled on the table and pushed into the spaces in the bookshelves, I decided to dispose some books on medicine. I have already discarded or stored those books elsewhere when I remodelled this room for radio as well as study years ago. Still little room for books mainly on social science and history.  When I retired from my profession, it was actually least possible for me to return to work as a pediatrician. But I still wanted to keep the books I had studied with for years.

This is a part of books to be disposed or to be stored elsewhere. Among them, there are two volumes of thick book titled as "Pediatric Xray Diagnosis by Caffey". When I started serving residency, I purchased them. It cost me about 500USD at that time, which was half of my monthly salary. I didn't care spending much money for books or magazines if they were necessary for study. This famous radiological textbook must be out of date for now. I won't use it any longer. However, I still could not dispose it. It will be asleep in the storage room from now. 

Now I am much more interested in the other subjects than medicine. I am sure books on the above mentioned subjects will take the place where these old books have taken for years. I know I could not memorize what those new books say. I still would like to know something new to me. It is challenging to me to learn where I am located in history/ideology. It might be a self-satisfaction but still worth doing that intellectual wandering trip until I could not do that.

This replacement of books is a milestone for a new journey in my life.


Something lost here and the other thing lasted since the old era

It was the day for me to attend to the ophthalmologist today. Just for follow up. I was told to take less number of eye drops for now.

On the way back home, I made detour and went through the roads I had commuted to my office. One end was to make shopping at a super market where I used to go after work in the evening on my way back home. Surprisingly, it has ceased business there. The lights went out while the sign was taken away. The parking lot was closed. It has been there for at least 20 years or longer. It has survived the big earthquake even though the interior seemed to have been damaged a lot, so that they should postpone business for a few weeks. Just cessation of business. But I could not help wondering how the employees were doing. There must be elderly people who had been dependent on it for shopping daily items. The other supermarket near there has been closed since the earthquake. How could they do shopping for living without two of them? It was a relaxing place for me. Sure I missed it.

Again, I felt everything would be changed in time like this. We should just get used to it. No other choice. In a few seconds, I realized it would be my turn to undergo such "a change" in some time. That idea made me cynically smile to myself. The meaning of elderly days might be in the fact that we would lose things familiar to us one by one and it makes us realize what is important to us.       

I have posted about Bentenzuka in a previous article here. It is located halfway between the old office and my home. I stopped by there on my way home. Neatly cleaned possibly by the local people.  

A tiny shrine structure on the top. I wondered what they had worshiped there. I have made a bit of research on it, even though I could not find any explanation on this particular tomb place. Bentenzuka seems to mean a shrine or a tomb for the belief in the guardian diety in Buddhism. It is named Benzaiten. There seem to be hundreds of the places named Bentenzuka all over Japan. It has been introduced into Buddhism from Hindu. Our ancestors have accepted Buddhism in flexible ways. This round shaped tomb must have been for a person of the power in 6 or 7th century, who has not been related with that deity in Buddhism at all. In the later era, people must have started worshiping that deity at this place.

It was a primitive religious behaviour. But I still feel relieved to know that our ancestors have worshiped someone supreme in the world.   

The view toward east from the tomb place. It has been a fun to drive through this farming area with music played loudly.

It is the time for me to prepare for the concert in the end of this month for now.