Do not let the stain make you lose your edge in the time of trouble

It has been a rough patch for me. There has been a lot to think and worry about, which put me down into disappointment every now and then. Life is not that easy as everybody knows. You don’t get what you want even though you really wish so. You forget about all the journeys you had to get to the point where you are now, and just focus on a problem you have. This is exactly what I felt 2 days a go until I met this two guys who were 32 and 38 years old from Africa.

A guy, 38 years old, told me to do everything I want to do when I can do it. In fact, I am still young and a man of full of capability. This “Do what you want to do while you can” is the most common phrase you hear from almost every person who is in their 30s and 40s.

Since I had this confused mind, it was good to hear from a 38 year old man that I should do what I would like to do without hesitation before I realize it is too late.

As I mentioned, when I talk to people who are older than I am, without exception, they always tell me that I must follow my heart, it is better to give it a shot rather than wondering and thinking about “What if”. You never know what is going to happen to you because of the actions you take. It might end up making you feel sad or great. However, if you just hesitate to take an action wondering if you should do, and stay where you are, the chances are that nothing will change AT ALL. I am telling you that most grown up men are now kicking themselves because of choices they could have made but they did not because of the fear of whatever they had in them.

It could not be any better time for you to act on what old dogs say, now. 

You don’t want to be the same.

A chance will come to those who go for the chance.

Forget about the fear you have, just go for it.

Now let’s get to the main point. After talking to this 38 years old man, my mind were all cleared up like the sky without clouds! However, I still had one track mind. I was doubting  my ability, asking myself if I could get over this rough patch I had, even thought I had been telling myself I could on account of the experiences I had before. It has been almost a month since I came across this tough situation which I never had before. I focused on one bad thing about me, and almost was losing myself despite all the success I had before.

A man, 31 years old from Libya, told me a story about the stain.

The story goes like this: you are wearing white pants, and one day you drink a cup of coffee, and spit it over your pants which remains in the pants as a stain. You start thinking that the pants are no longer beautiful because of the satin despite the parts of the pants which are still white and beautiful. Just like this, human beings tend to forces on something bad even though they have done so many things successfully, even though there are so many things they can do, but just because of one thing which they are not good at or they can not, they start badmouthing, underestimating, running down themselves psychologically, which creates a bad circulation of how they think of  themselves. What he told me was

Of course there are things you can not do because you are not invincible ,and you will never be, but in the same breath, there are more things you are good at. Don’t focus on the satin, focus on the white part in the time of trouble

It reached to my heart and I was so touched. He is the man of wisdom.

He also gave me an example for the stain.

Let’s say, you have a best friend who you have been keeping touch with for many years, but one time, she/he tells you that “Don’t talk to me , just stay away”, and you get upset and insult him/her, forgetting all the journey that you have been through with him/her. Just because of the little tiny stain, you destroy your friendship with him/her.

We, human beings, tend to look at a shadow side and expand it , and make a big deal out of it more than we should, but when it comes to a bright side , we think a light of it even thought we have more upsides than downsides in ourselves.

Thus, whenever you find yourself in the situation where you are struggling with whatever it is, do not think about the stain, but think about the white part, always.

Don’t let the satin make you lose your confidence and disturb your path.

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How do you write your resume? Time to know the how-to

I need to find a job

A Russian lady, 33 years-old teaching at School, said to me in the state of disappointment. She is currently looking for a job in the United State. I thought she was fine as long as she had a job now unlike me. She said that she was not appreciating  her teaching, and she would like to do something she is really passionated about, but has been stuck in teaching industry. After 5 minutes silence, I asked her “Why don’t you start applying to those companies which are doing something you are passionated about?”.

She said in reply “I do not know how and I am afraid of not being able to get a job I want”

There you go, I have been hearing these phrases almost everyday from many people including myself , ” I don’t know how”. Of course, most of us do not know exactly how and what is the best way, and I know when you make a move to change something from what you are currently doing, it always takes time and cost which is totally inevitable for most of us unless you have strings to pull. If you are just an average person who has been spending your life, following crowds without a strong discipline in yourself, hate to break it to you but, it is not easy to find a job. However once you start changing yourself, making a move, getting up your heavy back from the chair,  chances are that you will be likely to find a job.

After long idle conversation, she said ” Alright, I will search for companies, but how am I supposed to write a resume? It has been a long time since I wrote one last time”.

This question turned me on ,and I started to belabor on how to write a resume.

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I know it is hard to think about yourself in objective view. For most times, you miss something you are supposed to add in your resume such as your skills, experiences, and so on. However when you talk to your friends, teachers, and all the people around you, they tell you something positive about you and something you did not realize before ,which will give you confidence, and you start thinking positively about yourself. Having confidence in yourself is one of important elements not only when you have interviews , but also when you write resumes and cover letters.

This is what it takes to complete your resume and get a job

  1. Tell yourself that you can make a change 
  2. List up all the things you would like to do and you can do
  3. Talk to somebody who knows about you well, and look over the list you make together 
  4. Find a job on the internet  
  5. Find someone who knows how to Write a resume and cover letter
  6. Submit it 
  7. wait and knock on wood
  8. If you land a interview, keep carrying yourself with confidence. If you do not, still Keep carrying yourself with confidence and start from No.3. again for another job opening

1 Tell yourself that you can make a change  

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It is important to think that you are capable of changing yourself and situations you are currently in. Most of people doubt their capabilities, and just stay safe watching others ,standing on the side line. Think about those people who has been a force to reckon with in the world such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. What did they do? They stop going to college and began to do something by themselves.

Hey, they and I are totally different beings anyway, they had an ability and were wise and smart to do so , thus they did, but I am just another person, How am I supposed to compare with them?

Yes, you are right at the fact that they are off the chart, but what I would like to point out is not that they dropped out of college , but they made a move instead of staying in the same circulation. I am not saying that you have to get out of college immediately and initiate something new by yourself. As a matter of fact, that is risky and you don’t want to put yourself on the line. However, I am saying that making a move and change will always lead you up to something new. I admit that it is always hard to make a change since you will loose something because of your choice you make, but at the same time, you will gain something new  without exceptions as long as you stick to your vision.

“But what if I can’t get what I want in the end? I can not take the risk, bro”

Hold on, take a chill pill. You are not even writing your resume yet, so don’t run yourself down but hope up in the first place! just Imagine yourself working at your dream company.

Once you tell yourself that you can make a change, time to move on the next stage!

By the way, I am a buddhist and I always do meditate to clear out my mind to enlighten, and it really works! It is always important to get rid of all the negative feelings you have in your mind when you make a change, why don’t you try to meditate?

This link will tell you how to meditate

http://www.how-to-meditate.org

2. list up all the things you would like to do and you actually can do

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This is critical step before writing a resume or start looking for jobs available on the internet. Analyzing and Knowing yourself boosts your confidence and chance to get a job. First off, you should name everything you would like to do to understand your desires, and then list up all the things you are actually able to do at this moment. It is important to follow this steps :”First, things you would like to do, then things you really can do”

If you list up things you can do first, it eliminate possibilities you might encounter if you listed up things you would like to do first. After you finish writing the list, now it is time to make a list of things you can do. And then Compare both lists.

When you find something goes together from each lists, it is time to make a move to another step

3. Talk to somebody who knows about you well

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“Ok, Now that I know myself well, I will look up the jobs!”

Hang on!! Do not make the move so quick , my friend.

You might want to ask somebody to look over your lists first rather than divining into head first. As i mentioned already, We don’t know mush about ourselves unless you are Buddha or God. Look back in time when you were surprised because your friend pointed out your habits you didn’t realize before until they mentioned them. This happens to everyone even to 60 years old people who seems to know about themselves well.

For instance, 2 weeks ago, I was at this college smoking a cigarette as this man came up to me and said  “hi”. We started just another conversation as I always do, and he brought up a story. The story goes like this; When he went fishing over a weekend which has been the only relaxing time away from his work, he met this woman with blond hair at around her age of 50th. She was struggling with catching fishes. Thus he just told her how to and what it took to get a fish ,which he does always when he sees someone having a difficult time fishing. After all the things, she said thank you and told him to be a chief of fishing club she involved in. According to her, he was the best fisher she had ever met in her life. He rejected the offer since he really wants to do it as a just hobby.

He told me that he never knew that his fishing skill was that high enough to admire others since he has been doing it for so long just as a hobby.

My points are that you don’t know about yourself fully until you are told so , and age doesn’t matter about this.

 After you are done with your lists, have someone talk about your lists and yourself. Upside of having someone is not only finding something you are missing, but also that it might encourage you through conversation with them.

Now that you have found something you missed to know about yourself , it is time for you to look for a job!!

4. Find a job on the internet 

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Thanks to the technology we have now, Any information can be found at your house with your fingers.

Type the words relevant to your interests ,and put the word of Job at the end or vise verse. You will see a searching result , and if you are lucky enough, you might find a perfect job for you in the result. If you can’t find any, maybe it is better for you to sigh up some job hunting web sits such as “Monster” and “CFN” and etc. That makes you find a job easily ,and on top of that, company might send you a scout message!!

Other than the website, you might want to try social network sites such as “Linkedin”. This is a professional social network, you can upload your resume, and when someone looks at your resume and thinks that you the perfect candidate, then they will make a move on you!

I am 100% sure that sometime you can not find a job not just because you are not confidence enough nor motivated, but simply because the qualification for a job you found is not much up to your skills and experiences you have. However, I would like to say this to those in that situation.

“just send a resume”

You won’t lose anything even if you can not get the job. Good parts of sending a resume anyway are that you can cross out possibilities you have by literally receiving the reply by the company if they say “no”, and you can get rid of all the negative thought of “What if” from your head at the same time, which enables you to focus on another stuff. Another part of this is that you might  get a job! Who knows what is going to happen to us? God only knows! What you have got to do is just keep making moves until you die!

Monster:http://www.monster.com

CFN:http://www.careerforum.net/?lang=E

Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/uas/logout?session_full_logout=&csrfToken=ajax%3A3480916023669204869&trk=nav_account_sub_nav_signout

5. Find someone who knows how to write a resume and cover letter

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The time finally comes. It is time for you to write a resume. Are you getting little bit nervous? Don’t be nervous, you should still hope up and be confidence! if you are turing to be negative person, the resume will not be positive enough to land a job because your negative though affects to it! So be brave and love yourself!!

Alright, but, the thing is unless you graduated college with English degree, your writing is not that strong enough to compete with other candidates. To make your resume shining and competitive, you need someone to revise it. It doesn’t matter how confidence you are on account of your experiences and skills, if you are not a good writer, your odd to get a job will decrease unfortunately. Notwithstanding, you will be fine since you now know that you need someone to look at your resume.

Alright, but Who?

Here is the list of people you can ask for a revision

  1. Councilors or advisors at your college
  2. Your friend working at Media or something relating to the line of work
  3. Your Mom and Dad
  4. Someone who knows how to and you know he/she really does

These are the people I can think of now off the top of my head , that you can ask for it.

If it is possible, you should write a resume with them instead of working on it by yourself. By doing so, you can enrich your resume through a conversation you will be likely to have with them. AS for a cover letter, you can do exact the same thing you do with your resume such as having someone to take a look at it.

6. Submit it

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Now that everything is all set, it couldn’t be better time for you to send it to a company! Most companies nowadays have their own websites which provides all the information about recruitment. I am sure that it tells you exactly what to do to send your resume and cover letter! If it says  “send us via e-mail”, then you send your resume via e-mail ,and don’t forget about sending your cover letter also!

7. Waite and knock on wood

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Yes, I know you are nervous about the result, but as I mentioned, you won’t lose anything even if the result is not what you are looking froward to.

While waiting, there are always things you can do for your self. Here is the things you should do.

  • Don’t spend time thinking about the result

Since what is done is done, there is no way for you to change the result once you send them to the company. Stop thinking about it. You don’t have to think about the things you can not change anymore, it is just time consuming and bad for your health also. Think about the time that your boyfriend or girlfriend dumped you. Were you able to fix the relationship? Well, If you were born under the lucky star, then you could, but I assume that unless you were a sophisticated psychic,  most of you were not able to fix it. It is just a simple fact of life. You can not change their minds no matter how hard you think about them!  Anyways , you should stop worrying about the result!  It is beyond your control!!

  • Working on another resume

While waiting, you have better thing to do: working on another resume! Yeah, definitely it is good to separate your eggs into several bowls.

  • Do something you like to do to wile away the time

Unless otherwise required to think about the result by the company, which they don’t for the most case, you should do something fun for yourself, no need to be stressed out!

7. Never stop being confident in yourself

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Yes, most of times in your life, you can’t get what you want, and that is a simple fact of life as well, just like you can not get every boys and girls you like. What you can do in case you could not get response you wanted to hear is just carry on. It is not the end of the world nor end of your life. It is just the beginning of new story of your life. If you stop being confident in your self, all the things you have done will end up in smoke.

Here is a proverb for those who could not land an interview

When the going get tough, the though get going

Be tough!

The time of disappointment comes not to stay but to pass, even if you can not get what you want, it always leads you up to another oppotunity!!


Hope this article help you out with your resume. I really wish you could get  a job you want ! It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you are human beings dealing with another human on earth, this way always helps you out!!

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China

Hello everyone, my name is Nobuko Takahashi. I have stayed in China before I turned to 8. I think I am a Chinese, but I spend almost my life in Japan. I prefer to spending my vacation in China, because the atmosphere let me feel I am a human. Nowadays, China became an Economic power. China has long history and recently developed its economy very much. I will introduce about this “high speed” developing country, China.

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              Let’s start with the fundamental information of China.
Population: 1370536875 (2010, sougou.com) China has the world’s largest population. China is a multiracial nation, the country consists of 92% Han race and 55 minority race. The minority race often lives near the high mountain and the plateau area. For instance,

“Tibet”, this race locates in west China, and the Tibet plateau is the main area. Tibetan has their own official language “Tibetan”. Tibetan believes in the Dalai Lama, and in 1950 Chinese government captured Lhasa. Some Tibetan tried to fight with the Chinese government, and this conflict is still going on now.

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“People’s Republic of China” is the official name of China.

China is the Communism country, the Chinese Communist Party. Recent China starts with “Mao Zhedong”. Mao Zhedong made the basic way of Chinese Communism. The policy was that “Free economic system, but still continue China’s dictatorial single-party political system run by Communist party of China”. In 1989, many young people gathered in “Tainanmen” to against this sigle-party political system and other unfair occurrences. The single-party political system is still working in China.

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The corruption in Chinese government was always a serious problem. However, the new president Xi Jinping attached a great deal of importance to solve this problem. Recently, the corruptions reduced in China. This is also one of the reasons of “high speed” development of China.

The natural scenery in China: China has a lot of the awesome place to visit. I will introduce some of the best places.

  1. The paradise of human “Jiuzhaigou”(九寨溝)

Jiuzhaigou locates in Sichuan province, a part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares. Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997.

The clear water in the river and the primeval forest can give you a fresh feeling and relax time. There are some problems also exist in the Chinese natural scenery. Chinese will not protect their important nature, and the pollution is developing because of the high speed economy development. Hope Chinese can realize the importance.

 

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  1. Changbai Mountain (長白山)

Changbai Mountain locates in Kitsurin province. This is a stratovolcano, and the last explosion was in 1903. On the top of the mountain, there is a beautiful lake. (天池) The average of depth is 213m, and 12-14 km long. The Changbai mountain carrot is a famous product. On the top of mountain, there is always cover with snow. The natural view in there is amazing. Kitsurin province is also my home town.

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At last, China is an amazing and interesting country. China has about 3000 year history, and the changing of every era concludes many occurrences. The high speed development in China will influence this world. The disparity of wealth is still a serious problem in China. If you have interesting in China, let’s talk about it. I am looking forward to seeing the step up of China.

 

Facts about me.

・born in China 0825 1992, raised in Japan.

・a trilingual speaker in Chinese, Japanese, English.

・studied in Washington State University (Communication, psychology)

・really like to travel around the world

・good at many sports (run very fast)

・hope have a happy life

 

 

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Croatia

            Hey everyone! My name is Hrvoje Kurtović and I am Croatian. Some one of you may have never heard about my country and it´s probably hard for you to imagine where it is located. But that´s the reason why I want to represent my country on reddeerinternational.

Location & Geography

             Croatia?! What does it sound like?: Russian, something in South America or even an island? That are all good suggestions but they are totally wrong. Croatia is located in South Eastern Europe on the Balcanian peninsula next to Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia and on the other side of the sea to Italy. As you can see, Croatia has a lot of neighbours because of its long history. I mentioned the sea which is called the “Adriatic sea” (in Croatian: Jadransko more). It is a part of the Middle sea in the Southern part of Europe. We are a very small country even in Europe. Some people say our country looks like a bird beacuse of its outline. Our size is nearly the one of West Virginia that is still a small state in the U.S. That leads that our population is only about 4.4 million. Even though we are pretty small, we have a variety of landscapes. Our coast was awarded as the most beautiful in Europe with its over 1000 islands. You have to imagine 1000 islands in such a small country!!! Next to the coast are unpopulated hills and mountains so that there is an unbelievable landscape. The north and the east around the capitol Zagreb, which is also called Agram, are full with rivers and flat landscapes. If you visit Croatia one time in your life, you are going to see this awesome landscapes and the clear sea that you can´t find in another place on Earth. Besides Zagreb, where 25 % of all Croatians live, Split, Rijeka and Osijek are the biggest cities. These cities are not so big so that there is only one McDonald’s in each city.

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History

           Croatia is the 3rd eldest Republic in Europe…even older than Germany or France. This leads to a long history that I won´t tell in detail since this should make Croatia palatabile for you . First of all, Croatia was a part of many other states or republics. The most important one was the Socialistic Federative Republic of Yugoslavia where the “Tito Communism” was governing. Tito was the Yugoslavian marshall who died in 1980. After that, Croatia was trying to enforce sovereignity. That finally had happened in 1991 but a war against Serbia followed after this declaration. After that war, the whole Yugoslavian concept of brotherhood and unity was falling apart and Croatia got all the neighbours I  already mentioned (except Hungary). Now, 20 years after the end of the war we are a peaceful, democratic country which is part of the NATO and the European Union for 1 year now. The politics isn´t working like in other EU countries so that there is still a lot of corruption in comperation to other Western states. That leads that we still have our own currency which is called

“Kuna” (engl. marten; 1 HRK=100 lipa= 0,13 €). Our anthem is written in a small way on the money.                               sabor                                                                                                          

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Sports

               We are sports-mad, really really sports-mad. Everybody is doing some kind of sports. The most popular are soccer, handball and water polo. I am playing water polo also because Croatia was the world-champion and won the Olympic gold medal in the last 5 years. The biggest soccer achievement was the 3rd place at the world cup 1998 in France. Through this tournament, we gained a lot attention from the world also because we were  a sovereign country just for 6 years. We love our country and we show this at sport events. Maybe we show our love too much with the help of pyrotechnique so that we have to pay a lot of fines for our misbehaviour. But it´s not misbehaviour for us, it´s our way to show our emotions and that´s the point where I want to introduce our

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Temperament

               Each European country has its own philosophy and type of character. We Croatians are a loud, emotional and direct folk. If you watch the World-Cup opening game where we are going to play against Brasil you will hear our fans and see the temperament in our soccer game. You will also hear our anthem there, which has the title “Lijepa naša domovino” (Our beautiful homeland). I post the first verse so that you can get an imagination how does it sound like 

 Our beautiful homeland,

O so fearless and gracious.

Our fathers’ ancient glory,

May you be blessed forever.

Maybe that´s another paragraph but for me it´s still a part of temperament: Religion. It follows us our whole life. 90 % of all people who are living in Croatia, and these are not only Croatians are roman-catholic. That´s a high percentage. That´s the point why I see religion also as a part of our lifestyle. Even though we´re not living the way our priest tells us, we have other way of religion and we live it. In the poor regions, especially in the south, are even a higher percentage of religios people than in the cities. Little villages come together in the church and people meet there to talk about the last week. But as I mentioned, that´s only in the less populated parts of Croatia. The others are living largely a typical European life.

Other people´s reaction about my origin

When I came for my study abroad term to the United States, I wasn´t sure if someone knew where or even what Croatia is. After I had arrived, my suggestions became true: Nobody who came outside from Europe had heard something about my country. So I explained them my country in the same way I am doing it right now in this blog. The people were amused to hear about such a (for them) “exotic” country so that I could make a lot of friends only because they wanted to learn something about Croatians and their lifestyle. In Germany, where I am living, people react normal to Croatians since Germany is one of the top list countries which have a high number of immigrants. So, we Croatians and other foreigners are part of the present multiculutral lifestyle in Germany. 

 

Facts about me

# born in 1994 (20 years)

# met Fuyima at the University of South Florida in my abroad term

# studies General Management-International Business at European Business School, Germany

# born in Germany, raised up in Croatia and is now back in Germany for college

# plays water polo for 7 years, now in the 3rd German division

# loves all kinds of water sports

# listens to hip-hop & rap & turbo-folk

# speaks Croatian, English, German & Russian

# holds a diploma in Latin & Old Greek

# hits the gym hard & addicted to sports

 

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Civil conflict broke out again in Libya

 

I know most of you have heard of the situation in Libya many times through the media, but can you really trust those things people are saying on TV? Have you heard anything about it straight from the horse’s mouth? If you have not, this article will be for you.

I happened to talk to a guy from Libya, a 34 year old studying education in the U.S.,  2 days ago. He was a really intelligent man and a man of compassion. He was kind and thoughtful enough to speak about the condition and situation going on in his home country which most people from his country are afraid of dealing with talking about with others in the fear of being killed once they get back to their country, Libya.

The conversation started with a simple question I asked him: “How is everything going on back in your country?” He did not open his mouth for a moment, seeming to hesitate a little before say something he had in his mind about his country.

10 minutes had passed and he started talking about issues and problems Libyan people are facing at this moment. He said:

Libya is now in a total mess, 3 years ago in 2011, Gaddhafi, who had been the president of Libya for 42 years and deemed as a tyranny for so long by its people, was killed. After his death, rebellions evolved into tears of joy and everything , but it did not last long as matter of fact

He also mentioned how people all across the world mistakenly have been receiving the pieces of information on the issues and things happening in Libya.

Most people outside of Libya can not wise up to what is really going on in Libya. For the most part, media are exaggerating the contents on TV when they broadcast them on air. For instance, it seemed as if those rebellions had defeated and overthrew the tyrant, Gaddafi, but the truth is that 97% of contribution to overthrowing him was made by the international organization whose name is NATO which is dealing with all kinds of security issues taking place in these 23 nations taking part in this organization. Only 3% of it was made by those rebellions you saw on TV

So Let’s get to the point. He told me about the war that just broke out in Libya 2 weeks ago in many words. To get a better understanding about the war, you must know exactly what happened 3 years ago back in 2011 in Libya.


In 2011, People were fired up about overthrowing the tyranny who had been occupying the country, hogging the country and striking down everywhere with his ultimate political power no one could ever resist against. Rebellions took over Benghazi, Mistratah and Tripoli at the end of the war from its government they called “Evil” in the hope of gaining freedom people have been pressuring for more than 40 years. Some people described the tyrant by saying, “He is not the son of evil, but the father of evil“.

They sailed their ship in the uncharted water weathering the storm and successfully navigated themselves to their goal. After the death of Gaddafi, it seemed like everything was smooth sailing. However, they did not let the new government have legal powers to maintain the nation with its military  forces as well as that of police. Therefore, they started stealing people’s belongings, intimidating with guns in their hands, and the nation gradually turned into the nation of mass destruction and deteriorated.

And there they are now.

Each city in Libya has its own militia, which attacks anyone coming from other cities. It is like a guy living in Texas that goes to Florida and gets shot to death just because he is an outsider. Anyway, the reason why they have militias in each city is partly because some armed people who fought in 2011 remained in those cities after the war, and partly because they want to simply protect the citizens in their cities from those armed with rifles and guns coming from other cities.

And this is exactly what is happening now according to this man I was talking to 2 days ago. He has his family back in Libya. He articulated his concern about this ongoing war and bloody battles among same races as well as his family staying there. He also told me about one of his brothers who used to literally fight against the tyranny in the front line back in 2011.

He is not sure when his country is going to come to a peaceful solution.

Here is the video you might want to check out to get to know more about the battle back in 2011.

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United States

Hello,
My name is Trey Cano, I will be writing about life and issues in the United States.

Here is a brief overview of the United States:

The United States has a population of about 330 million people, it is one of the least ethnically homogenous nations in the world, meaning that the population of the United States has a large ethnic variety. The United States was founded upon immigration. The land of America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, by the year 1607, England had established its first permanent colony – Jamestown, Virginia. Since then, immigrants from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia and Africa have all moved to America and now call it their home. Depending on where you go in America, you will see people of various ethnicities. Being “American” doesn’t have anything to do with the color of one’s skin, anyone can be American. The language most spoken in America is English, but there is actually no “official language” the American government recognizes. The only true “Americans” are the indigenous tribes that inhabited this land before us, in states such as New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma, indigenous culture is still very prevalent. Some refer to America as the “cultural melting pot.”

The United States is a democratic government, the real name for our government is a Federal Presidential Constitutional Republic. We have a president, named Barack Obama. In America, every citizen is allowed to vote once you’re over the age of 18 and haven’t committed a felony. We have three branches of government. The Executive branch- which is the President, and other parts of the Office of the President. The Legislative branch- which is the congress, the House and the Senate. And the Judicial branch- which includes the criminal justice system, and the American court system.

Here are other interesting factoids about the United States. You can legally obtain a drivers license at age 16. At age 18, you can buy tobacco products, lottery tickets, gamble, and enlist in the military. The drinking age in America is 21. We drive on the right-hand side of the road. American uses the customary system of measurement, instead of using kilometers and kilograms, we use miles and pounds. America is one of only three countries in the world to use the customary system of measurements. America is very big, it is about 2000 miles in width (about 3200 kilo).

 

974436_4714100627287_1849314610_nTrey Cano / Contributor 

a student at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX. He is double majoring in International Relations and Japanese Language, with a double minor is Asian Studies and History. He has studied at several different universities, and is passionate about cultures, language, economics, geography, and social issues. He enjoys sports, music, and learning languages. His motto is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

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JAPAN

Have you ever thought of going to Japan before, but you held back your desire since it would cost a lot of money? Then you are missing the boat. Yes it is a lot of money you have to spend just to touch down there, but all the experience you would likely to have in Japan is not exchangeable to money you will spend on all the things you will buy , in other words, you should go to Japan and have fun over there!

As people might already know, Japan  is the one of most densely populated country of more than 120 million in the world ,and it is stretching from South to North that makes Japan have complete 4 seasons.  Only 20 % of its island, composed of 6,852 little tiny islands including 4 main islands called Hokkaido, Honshyu, Shikoku and Kyusyu, is suitable for people to live their lives. Not to mention the fact that it is the reason why we are so packed at the same place. You might have seen a lot of picture of stores and fast-food place such as McDonald located in cities, Japan: they have a little tiny space for a person and eat foods like pigs eating their food in pig houses. Of course in the morning, people take trains and buses and all the kind of mass transition to commute to their destinations. I personally experienced of being there for entire my life. It is just usual and nothing special to me, but when I took them for the first time, I have to admit that it was quite nightmare to some extent. People were trying to make it to their place so that they were squeezing their body trying not to miss a train that would get them there on time. Speaking of mass transit, Japan has one of most sophisticated system around the world. Everything there is on time. This is not fantasy you see in the movie nor a delusion you see in your dream, but it really is true. You might find it quite amazing when you happen to be there.


Political 

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When it comes to Politic in Japan , there are a lot of ridiculous but literally serious issues going on in Japan that is depends of how you see it.  For instance, we are experiencing rising tensions with surrounding countries China and South Korean. Back in 1910, Japan invaded Korea and incorporated them into Japanese territory, and it lasted quite long until Japan was defeated by the United State in the World War 2. The rumor has it that Japanese troops killed ten of thousand people there during conquering. It is obvious that some Korean people still dislike  and tries to resist against Japan in all respects. Talking about China, it is also true that we invaded in 1930s in the hope of expanding the nation with imperial ideal they had. Japan invaded and established new province that was called “Manshyu” which is till a bone of contention since Japan and China both side are not sure enough that Japanese army killed so many people over there which people might call ” Mansyu Massacre”, but be that as it may, it is true that Japan dispatched its imperial army to China that still lead people to disliking Japan. However, Japan apologized more than ten times and giving donations to them to assist them in order to enrich their economy and now China has been already 2nd largest economy around Japan after the United State and the world factory just like England was back in old days. I hope we will have the time soon when both sides agree upon maintaining peace around Asia and nations in it and try to be more friendly and peaceful to each others.

h1Believe or not China and South Korea are not the only nation that Japan has trouble with. Russia is also one of three countries that Japan has been dealing with claiming that Russia took over one of Japanese islands that are so called “Hoppo Territories. As you can see the picture above, This islands have been occupied by Russia right after Japan surrendered in August in 1945 ,and since then these beautiful islands have not been given back which still leaves a huge headache of all time to Japanese governors. Around 7 to 10 years ago, Japan had a prim minister whose name is ” Soichiro Koizumi” who had better relationship with Russia than ever before in history, but at the end of the day, Japan was not be able to be convince enough to get them back.However Except for that, Japan has quite solid mutual understanding with them on the problems such as natural resources especially Petroleum. Japan and Rudssia agreed to develop the area in steps to pump it up from underground using technologies Japan has.

In addition to all the nations I brought up, the United States is the country that Japan can not ignore for all the time. We had been  battling against each others back in 1940s since Japanese imperial air force dropped bombs on Pearl Harbor on December 7th in 1941 which has been called ” surprise attack from Japan”. Be that as it may, after the war, We have been making all out effort to establish friendly relationship. Japan still has 135 American military bases. Okinawa and Hokkaido are the prefectures where have the great number of them all across the country. For instance , Okinawa has 37 American military bases and Hokkaido has 18 bases. Even tough I have been telling that Japan and the United States are good friends, notwithstanding, We still a lot of issues too. Most important and perpetual issues we have with the United State is American Military bases. Like I mentioned there are a plenty of american military bases in Japan, and for the most of people and the national  government, it is alright and good to have them just in case of emergency, but for those who live in the areas where the bases are located, this stuffs are very sensitive and even nightmare in that there have been a lot of troops staying in the bases committed crimes such as raping and murder against Japanese people. On top of that is that people are afraid of their military aircraft like “what if they mistakenly control their air craft and fall on the civic place such as houses, buildings and etc and kill innocent people?”. Japanese and U.S. government have been discussing these issues for many years, but It seems that it will still take a long time to put an end to it.

If you want to know more about Foreign affairs relating to Japan, please click this website here: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan .


Culture

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We have some unique attributes to our culture– such as temples and shrines which have been in Japan for many years. We have huge market for Anime and video games as well. Come to think about it , Japan is very weird country but also quite intriguing.

Have you seen pictures of Japanese castles before? I assume many of you already have. As you can see the picture above, this kind of architectures and castles are every where in Japan, even on the mountain and in forests and woods. Here is the picture of one of my favorite castle in Japan which is usually called ” Castle in The sky”. This castle was built on the summit of a hill surrounded by taller mountains. unkaiWhen you go there in the morning, because of its temperature ,it generates fogs and it just looks wonderful and seems like the castle is floating above clouds in the sky!

Speaking of Japanese Castles, do you know what kinds of people lived in these beautiful places? Yeah you guessed it, they were Samurai and those important people who was called “Daimyo” who Samurais were always faithful to. samurai-1-for-online

When you hear the word of Japan, you will likely to hear the word of Samurai as well.

As for Food, we have Sushi, Japanese Noodles and etc. Sushi has been gaining its popularity in the World. Everywhere you go, you can find Sushi places without doubt. We eat row fish by cutting and slicing them and we call it “SASHIMI”.It simply tastes out of this world. Except for Sushi and Sahimi, We also have food which is called “Tempura” which is  simply referring to fried vegetables and meats. In the western part of Japan, especially the city called OSAKA is the place you can go and eat them at low price but yet delicious.

We also have amazing technologies everywhere. One of amazing technology we have could t be “Bullet train”. As its name, these trains run like bullets. On top of that, the train arrives  at and departures  from stations on time. This is inconceivable and the trains arrive at station every 20 minutes more or less. The cherry on top is that the train network covers almost all across Japan which means you can go everywhere just by taking the trains. Dont even have to think about all the traffic jams and gas milage you would think about when driving cars.expensive_city_2011_903082

There have to be more interesting culture in  Japan, but I would like to move on the final stuffs about Japan, which is Landscape.


 Land Scape

One of things that Japanese people are proud of is its landscape. Japan is unique and beautiful country to visit. Japan has landscape which is mixture of western and traditional architectures, and places of all four seasons and have woods, forests, river , mountains and beautiful oceans which you can not take your eyes off of.

Sky scraper in Tokyo

Skyscrapers_of_Shinjuku_2009_January_(revised)Tokyo is the world biggest city in the World and its population is more than 30 millions .

Traditional house

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Japan does not have many of these house since the Western culture has been influencing us in all respects in our lives after the World War 1 and 2nd.

I hope you got to know a little bit about Japan,  and rekindle your desire of going and visiting Japan.

  1463057_10201248231038463_1022806959_nFumiya Akashika 
  A Japanese and goes to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. He has studied in the US and is passionate about communicating with people from around the world. His main field of study is English, but he also studies world affairs, politics, and entertainment. He enjoys writing and facilitating the exchange of accurate and current knowledge regarding the world around him. He also enjoys playing piano and football; in addition, he has his own website, podcast and YouTube channel dealing with global topics. His motto is “the key to the world is in your hands, time to explore.”

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RedDeer International launched

I am Fumiya Akashika, founder of RedDeer International and an enthusiast when it comes to communicating with diverse groups of people.

I would like to celebrate this occasion as I have finally launched the website RedDeer International, which is the platform that provides everything voiced by today’s youth. I hope that this website will help people learn about the world and differences in cultures, values and interests between people from different places.

Nowadays, thanks to technological development, the world is shrinking at digital speed more than ever, and Generation Y happens to be the witnesses of these dramatic changes. Today’s global youth are more familiar with world news through social media that previous generation did not have. We are tightly connected to one another all across the world. However, the point is that even with all the technological advancements and social media, people are still ignorant or unfamiliar with all the differences in cultures, values and interests from one another, which usually leads people to causing conflict. It is better said that because of all the techonlogy, we are losing opportunities to get to know about others deeper as a result of superficial knowledge of the world and cultures that is accessible for anyone to obtain on the Internet.

For this reason, I decided to launch RedDeer International as a place where today’s youth from all over the world gather and spread their values, cultures, interests and thoughts to the world as purely as possible to let people living in this world know what is going. We seek to uncover how the young generation perceives the world. The main point is that the most of contents will be created by today’s youth who have been engaging in and experiencing different cultures and events, giving us a genuine and sincere platform to work with.

I believe that knowing what the young generation thinks and perceives the world to be will help any kind of generation to grasp the shape of the world and society in the coming age.

1463057_10201248231038463_1022806959_nFumiya Akashika/Journalsit

He is Japanese and goes to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. He has studied in the US and is passionate about communicating with people from around the world. His main field of study is English, but he also studies world affairs, politics, and entertainment. He enjoys writing and facilitating the exchange of accurate and current knowledge regarding the world around him. He also enjoys playing piano and football; in addition, he has his own website, podcast and YouTube channel dealing with global topics. His motto is “the key to the world is in your hands, time to explore.

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