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Celebrating the Professionalism and Dedication of JAL Cabin Crew

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Today I had the privilege of listening to an enlightening talk by Izumi Egami, a former cabin crew member with 30 years of service at Japan Airlines (JAL). Her insights on the successful emergency evacuation of 379 passengers and crew from an aircraft deeply moved me.

While international media, including British newspapers and The New York Times, hailed this evacuation as a ‘miracle’, Ms. Egami respectfully disagreed. She asserted that this success was not a stroke of luck but the result of rigorous training and a strong commitment to passenger safety.

Ms. Egami outlined the key factors contributing to the successful evacuation:

• Bilingual panic control announcements made by the cabin crew.
• The crew’s independent decision to open emergency exits amid flames.
• Directing passengers to leave their belongings behind for a swift evacuation.

BBC highlighted a comment from a British university professor who noted, “Japan boasts an extraordinary record in transportation safety, and JAL is a global leader in safety.” The professor further observed that this incident showcases the extensive training and efficient management of evacuations by cabin crew.

JAL has experienced its share of challenges, including the world’s deadliest aircraft crash in 1985 and bankruptcy in 2010. It is presumed that these events have led to the implementation of stringent safety measures.

In the past, JAL was the most sought-after employer among female students in Japan, with their cabin crew perceived as highly attractive and aspirational figures.

Today, the veteran cabin crew members of JAL, with their exceptional professionalism and warm smiles, continue to embody the allure and grace that have long been associated with the airline.

#JapanAirlines #JAL #AviationSafety #CabinCrew #EmergencyEvacuation #Professionalism #AviationIndustry #CrisisManagement #TransportSafety #AirTravel #CustomerServiceExcellence #AviationHistory #JALCrew #SafetyFirst

The Spirit of ‘KOBE’ – A Testament to Resilience and Solidarity

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In 1995, during the devastating Great Hanshin Earthquake, I experienced a massive quake while in Osaka. Shops and city functions came to a halt, enveloping the streets in an unusual silence.

About a week after the quake, I saw groups of strong-looking men, carrying long poles, walking through the city. They were volunteers who had come from Tokyo and other places. I believe they took time off from their work to come to our aid in Osaka.

A German friend of mine, whose residence was completely destroyed, fortunately survived as he happened to be outside at the time. Tragically, the homeowner passed away.

Remarkably, there was no crime in the disaster area. Instead, there was a spirit of mutual assistance. We refer to this spirit of helping each other as the ‘KOBE’ spirit.

I believe the ‘KOBE’ spirit, born out of those dark days, has become embedded in the DNA of the Japanese people. It’s a spirit that continues to shine in subsequent disaster areas across Japan, symbolizing our resilience and solidarity.

#KobeSpirit #Resilience #Solidarity #Japan #HanshinEarthquake #Volunteerism #CommunitySupport #DisasterRecovery #StrengthInUnity #HelpingHands #TogetherWeStand #EmergencyResponse #HumanitarianAid #CrisisManagement #JapaneseCulture #SurvivalSpirit #Hope #Compassion #MutualSupport
#TurkishVolunteers #Volunteerism #GlobalSolidarity #HumanitarianAid #CommunitySupport #CrossCulturalHelp #InternationalAssistance #HelpingHands #UnityInCrisis #GlobalCompassion #DisasterRelief #InternationalVolunteers #HeartfeltHelp #TurkishAid #WorldwideSupport #CrisisResponse #EmergencyAid #GlobalKindness #HumanityFirst #CompassionateAction

The Timeless Charm of ‘Heidi, Girl of the Alps’ in Japanese Anime

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In 1974, the anime adaptation of “Heidi, Girl of the Alps” was broadcasted weekly on Japanese television, captivating audiences with a remarkable viewership rate of 23%. This indicates that almost every young girl in Japan was tuning in to watch Heidi’s adventures at the same time.

The Japanese anime creators organized a location team to sketch scenes in Switzerland. As a result, the mountain landscapes in the anime mirrored the actual Swiss vistas, evoking a sense of familiarity for those who know the regions well in Switzerland.

Interestingly, the anime featured German songs, adding a unique touch to the cultural blend. Below, I’m sharing one of these songs from the anime, connecting cultures and hearts across borders.

#Heidi #SwissAlps #AnimeHistory #JapaneseCulture #GlobalAnimation #Nostalgia #CulturalHeritage
#HeidiAnime #JapaneseAnimation #CulturalExchange #SwitzerlandInJapan

Japan’s Struggle with Natural Disasters and Its Impact on Construction Standards

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Today, another strong earthquake with a seismic intensity of over 5 struck the Noto region in Ishikawa Prefecture. This event underlines the fact that Japan is a nation prone to natural disasters, and we all should recognize this reality.

The attached image displays a document created by the Japanese Government’s Cabinet Office. Remarkably, about 18.3% of the total global disaster damage costs are concentrated in Japan.

Due to the frequent occurrence of earthquakes, Japan has established stringent seismic standards for its buildings. These standards mandate the construction of robust structures, implying that significant disaster prevention costs are already incorporated at the building stage.

If appropriate disaster mitigation expenses were not invested during the construction phase, the actual costs of disaster damages would far exceed the current 18.3%.

For everyone involved in construction and disaster prevention in Japan, please understand the high demand for disaster resilience in Japan.

#JapanDisasterPrevention #EarthquakeReadiness #ConstructionSafety #RiskManagement #InfrastructureResilience #BuildingCodes #EngineeringExcellence #NaturalDisasterAwareness #DisasterPrevention #SeismicSafety #Japan #BuildingStandards #InfrastructureSafety

Deep Condolences for the Tragedy of the Niigata Earthquake

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I am deeply saddened by the news of the Japan Coast Guard’s accident while transporting emergency supplies for the earthquake victims in Niigata. This adds another layer of tragedy to the disaster Japan is currently facing.

I believe the full extent of the damage, particularly the number of casualties from the Niigata earthquake, is yet to be comprehensively understood by the Japanese government and media. From my experience and memory of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it took a significant amount of time to grasp the complete scope of the disaster.

At this moment, gathering accurate information about this disaster is of utmost importance.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this calamity and express my deep sympathy to everyone mourning during this difficult time. I hope that we all come together, united and supportive, in this challenging period.

#SolidarityInCrisis #DisasterRecovery #JapanNews #CommunitySupport #SafetyFirst
#NiigataEarthquake #JapanDisasterResponse #EmergencySupport
#DisasterPreparedness #earthquake #seismology #internationalcooperation


Regarding Safety Measures for Our Clients in Response to the Recent Earthquake

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In light of the recent seismic activities, I wanted to share some important safety tips for the coming days, as we might expect aftershocks or similar-scale earthquakes.

1. Evacuation Routes: It’s advisable to familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and identify nearby parks or public facilities as potential safe spaces to retreat if necessary.
2. Staying Safe Indoors: During strong tremors, it’s crucial to stay still and take cover under a sturdy table or similar safe structure to protect yourself from potential falling debris.
3. Emergency Supplies: Ensure you have easy access to emergency supplies, including a flashlight, spare batteries, a mobile charger, drinking water, non-perishable food items, and a first aid kit.
4. Staying Informed: Keep yourself updated with disaster information in English, either through reliable websites or news channels.
5. Power Outage Preparedness: In case of a power outage, remember that water pumps might not work, affecting toilets’ usability. Filling your bathtub with water can be a helpful contingency measure.

Embracing 2024: A New Year’s Message from Dios Corporation’s CEO Masahiro Fukai

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Happy New Year!

As we usher in 2024, I extend my deepest gratitude for the exceptional support you have shown us last year. We at Dios Corporation are sincerely looking forward to your continued patronage in this new year.

This year, as we gear up for Expo 2025 Osaka, we are committed to redoubling our efforts to provide you with the highest level of service.

I wholeheartedly wish that 2024 will be a year filled with happiness and greatness for all of you.

New Year’s Day, 2024

Dios Corporation
President and CEO
Masahiro Fuka

The Charm of Traditional Japanese Timber in Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera

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Today, while exploring the historic slopes of Sannenzaka near Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera Temple, I captured this charming sight.

Japanese timber, as seen here in the signage of a local tea shop, possesses a unique allure. It radiates a sense of vitality and tranquility, inviting passersby to pause and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea.

This particular sign, crafted through DIY efforts, showcases the cost-effectiveness of using natural materials over store-bought options. Its aesthetic appeal not only catches the eye but also tempts visitors to step in for a refreshing break.

Today, the streets of Kyoto were bustling with tourists from all around the world, drawn in part by the undeniable charm of Japanese woodcraft.

The seamless blend of tradition and nature in woodworking and architecture captures the hearts of visitors globally, making Kyoto’s cultural streetscape a cherished destination.

#JapaneseTimber #KyotoTravel #TraditionalCrafts #Woodworking #CulturalHeritage #DIYProjects #SustainableDesign #TourismJapan #KiyomizuTemple #ArtisanalCharm

Celebrating the Impact of Anime: The “アルプスの少女ハイジHeidi, Girl of the Alps” Exhibition

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Currently, the Hankyu Department Store in Umeda, Osaka, is hosting an exhibition titled “Heidi, Girl of the Alpsアルプスの少女ハイジ”. Visiting this exhibition profoundly reminded me of the immense power of Japanese anime.

This particular anime was broadcast weekly in Japan in 1974, achieving a staggering 23% viewership rate. It’s common to hear about young people from abroad being drawn to study in Japan, inspired by Japanese anime.

However, what struck me about “Heidi” was how it must have introduced many Japanese girls to the lifestyle and culture of people living in the mountainous regions of Europe, particularly Switzerland and Germany.

Though based on a Swiss novel by Johanna Spyri, the anime adaptation by Japanese creators, especially the genius animator Hayao Miyazaki宮崎駿, brought Heidi to life in a way that perhaps even surpassed the original.

Through the lens of Japanese anime technology, not only is Japan showcased to the world, but European culture is also conveyed to Japan. Anime, with its ability to transcend language barriers, serves as an excellent medium to introduce various cultures to people worldwide.

#HeidiExhibition #OsakaEvents #MiyazakiHayao #SwissCulture #GermanCulture #CulturalAppreciation #AnimeAsABridge #WorldCultures #CreativeStorytelling #HankyuDepartmentStore
#AnimeImpact #CulturalExchange #Heidi #JapanAnimation #GlobalInfluence #Storytelling

Embracing the Essence of Japanese Forests and Japanese Philosophies

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I recently ventured into the deep forests of Wakayama Prefecture, capturing this image during my quest for the finest cedar and cypress wood. At Dios, we’re committed to offering unparalleled service to diplomats and expatriates residing in Osaka, by providing them with the best in furnishings and decor.

Our approach at Dios is multifaceted. While we meticulously select furniture from various interior stores, we also delve deep into nature, personally sourcing materials for our custom-made furnishings and decorative items. We place a special focus on the quality of Japanese timber. After comparing various types of wood from around the world, we are convinced that Japanese wood stands superior on the global stage.

Using natural, solid wood slabs to create stylish dining tables or transforming small wooden pieces into charming signage, we significantly enhance the value of real estate properties. Modern homes often feel impersonal due to synthetic materials; however, incorporating authentic Japanese wood dramatically transforms these spaces.

Interestingly, the same timber we select was once used in the former Italian Embassy Villa in Tochigi Prefecture(See Photos) . This suggests that Europeans with a discerning eye have long recognized the value of our Wakayama’s timber.

Japan’s land is 70% covered in forests, a testament to the generations of Japanese who have painstakingly preserved these woodlands. The Japanese philosophy of forest conservation not only honors this legacy but also contributes to a sustainable and eco-friendly future for humanity. Japanese forests are a global treasure, enriching lives and fostering a sustainable future.

#JapaneseForests #WoodworkCraftsmanship #EcoFriendlyLiving #ExpatLifeInJapan #HeritageConservation #InteriorDesign #WoodenWonder #LivingWithNature #OsakaLiving #GreenFuture #GlobalTreasures
#JapaneseTimber #SustainableDesign #FurnitureArtistry #DiosInteriors #CulturalHeritage #EnvironmentalConservation #OsakaExpats #RealEstateValue #NaturalAesthetics