Sayonara 2012!


So 2013 is almost upon us… I’m very happy to see the apocalypse conspiracy theorists proven wrong!

What kind of year has this been for Japan? There is plenty to choose from but here are a few highlights:

  • March 11 2012 marked the emotional one year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake. Many are still displaced from their homes due to pollution and anti-nuclear protests have been taking place across the country throughout the year.
  • Japan elected its third prime minister in two years, Shinzo Abe, in December. After the re-election of Barack Obama in the USA, Japanese voters dropped the Democratic Party of Japan for politicians who expressed more conservative views.
  • The Japanese women’s soccer team and other Japanese athletes won a record 38 medals in the London 2012 Olympics.
  • The Nobel prize in physiology or medicine went to Japanese scientist Dr. Shinya Yamanaka for his work on pluripotent stem cells.
  • The Tokyo Skytree opened to huge lines in the summer, becoming the second tallest structure in the world.

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Well, someone seems happy…

In terms of this blog, you can expect to see more interviews and guest posts across the year. If you’re interested in contributing something, check out this page here.

Seeing as a lot of other bloggers have posted their New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll follow suit…

1) Go to the gym / lose weight / tone up (all three of these goals are connected, after all)

2) Visit more of my friends (hooray for buses!)

3) Flesh out a novel (I’ve been semi-preparing material for a trilogy I’ve had in my head since I was about 15. Hopefully I’ll be able to post content to the blog as well!)

The next post will be… an anime review! I’m actually watching things again!

Have a fantastic new year!

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Source: offtrackplanet.com

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