Friday, April 3, 2015

Who is Satoshi Kamishige?

Satoshi Kamishige(上重聡) is a male TV personality in Japan. He belongs to NTV(Nihon Television) as an announcer.

He was a host of "Zoom-in Saturday", a popular Saturday morning show of NTV, from April 3rd 2010 to March 28th 2015. He has been hosting "Sukkiri!", a popular weekday morning infortainment show of NTV, since March 30 2015 with Koji Kato(加藤浩次), a comedian.

Shukan-Bunshun, one of the leading weekly magazines in Japan, got a scoop on Kamishige and reported on April 1st, 2015. He bought a luxury apartment with a non-interest loan of 170 million yen from Masahiro Miki(三木正浩). Miki is the founder of ABC Mart, which is the biggest shoes retailer in Japan. Miki ranked 534th in The World's Billionaires 2015 by Forbes, 10th among the Japanese. Kamishige has a relationship with Miki. However, NTV forbids its employees to receive favors from its sponsors in private. Kamishige expressed an apology in writing on April 2nd. In addition, Kamishige expressed an apology at the beggining of "Sukkiri" on April 3rd.

Here is a video of Kamishige expressing an apology.

According to gossips, Kamishige has been in love with Azama Myu (安座間美優) since 2011. Azama is a Japanese female model. She was a weather caster on "Zoom-in Saturday" from 2008 to 2011., and appeared on it together with Kamishige for one and a half years. By chance or necessity, she was appeared on TV commercial of ABC Mart in 2013.

Kamishige was a well-known student baseball player before he joined NTV. As he was a student at Rikkyo University, he pitched a perfect game against the University of Tokyo in 2000. He became the second man who pitched a perfect in Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. As he was a pitcher of PL high school, he went against in Koshien with Yokohama high school whose pitcher was Daisuke Matsuzaka(松坂大輔) in 1998. PL lost and Yokohama won in the game.

Here is a video of the game of PL vs Yokohama.

Satoshi Kamishige's profile

Friday, January 23, 2015

What is 8.6 seconds bazooka?

8.6 seconds bazooka(8.6秒バスーカー) is a Japanese comedy duo which are composed of Hamayanen(はまやねん) and Takana Single(田中シングル).

They graduated from New Star Creation(NSC), a comedy school in Japan, on March 2014. 8.6 seconds bazooka are formed and debuted on April 2014.

After less than a year, they gained popularity in rhythm material "Rassun'gorerai"(ラッスンゴレライ)(in other words, Lassun gorerai, Lassun golelai).
Here is a video of 8.6 seconds bazooka acting "Rassun'gorerai."

You can find many videos which covers "Rassun'gorerai" on Youtube.

8.6 seconds bazooka on twitter

Postscript added at 7:40 AM on January 31, 2015:
Oriental Radio, a Japanese comedy duo, imitated "Rassun'gorerai" in front of 8.6 Seconds Bazooka. Ironically, many people say that Oriental Radio did better than 8.6 Seconds Bazooka.

English version was uploaded on YouTube by Satoshi Castro, a Japanese YouTuber(YouTube personality).

Friday, December 26, 2014

A very long 30-car train ran on Yokosuka Line

Yokosuka Line is one of the railways operated by East Japan Railway Company(JR East). It connects Tokyo Station with Kurihama Station in Yokosuka city, Kanagawa prefecture.

The standard trains on the line are 11-car and 15-car. However, a 30-car train ran on Yokosuka Line on December 25th, 2014.

Why did 30-car train run on the line?

The reason is that a 15-car broke down and could not run for itself at Tokyo Station, and that another 15-car train had to pull it to its rail yard.

A 30-car train running is rare, so many rail fans gathered to see it.

Here are videos of 30-car train running.

Who is Mamiko Okamura?

Mamiko Okamura(岡村真美子) is a Japanese weather forecaster. She is also an pianist. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music.

She has appeared on "NHK News 7" since 2011. She is popular for cute looks.

Shukan Bunshun, one of leading weekly magazines in Japan, reported on December 25th that Okamura had have adulterous affairs with two men.

One is an officer at Japan Meteorological Agency. His name is anonymous in the article of Shukan Bunshun.

The other is Daisuke Sato(佐藤大介). He is also a weather forecaster. He has appeared on "Hiru-obi(ひるおび)", the daytime news show of TBS. He and Okamura belongs to the same weather information company, Weather Map Co., Ltd. According to Shukan Bunshun, they have had sex in the office of the company.

Both Okamura and Sato was replaced on their own programs on December 25th.

Here is the video of Mamiko Okamura weather forecasting.

Why did Okamura have illicit affairs?

One reason is that she has a kind of sexual addiction. According to Cyzo, one of leading monthly magazines in Japan, she said to her friend, "I'll go mad if I can't have sex at least once a month."

Another reason is the corporate culture of NHK. Compared to other companies, illicit affairs happen in NHK more frequently. For example, according to Shukan Bunshun, Sae Nakarai(半井小絵), who had appeared on "NHK News 7" as Okamura's predecessor, had an illicit affair with Yoshinori Tateyama(建山義紀), an baseball player.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What is "Dictionary of Japanophile People"?

Dictionary of Japanophile People, or Dictionary of Pro-Japanese People (Japanese: 親日人名辞典; Korean: 친일인명사전) is a Korean book that lists 4,398 names of Korean people who collaborated with the Imperial Japanese government during its colonial reign over Korea from 1910 to 1945. It was published by "Institue for Research in Collaborationist Activities" in South Korea in 2009.

The dictionary includes, for example, Park Chung-hee(3rd President of South Korea), Ahn Eak-tai(the composer of the national anthem of South Korea), Park Yeong-hyo(the creator of the first Korean Flag ), Kim Seong-su(the founder of Korea University and Dong-A Ilbo), Paik Sun-yup(the first four-star general in the history of the South Korean military) and so on.

Park Chung-hee was an officer of Manchukuo Imperial Army. Manchukuo was a puppet state dominated by The Empire of Japan from 1932 to 1945.

Ahn Eak-tai composed the music for celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of Manchukuo.

During Japan colonial period, Park Yeong-hyo held important posts, such as Director of the Bank of Chosen, Chairman of the Korean Economic Association and so on. In addition, he had a seat in the Diet of Japan.

Kim Seong-su operated Keijo Textile Corporation (Kyungbang) and amassed wealth during Japan colonial period.

Paik Sun-yup was an officer of the Manchukuo Imperial Army.

According to The Hankyoreh, one of leading newspapers in South Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Council approved 2015 educational budget on December 19th, 2014. The budget includes the funding for distributing Dictionary of Japanophile People to all of junior high schools and high schools of Seoul city by Cooperative Education Bureau of Seoul Metropolitan government. Some people point out that it is a kind of governmental hate speech.

The Hankyoreh (written in Korean)