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10 Predictions for Japan 2008

Happy New Year everybody! And what a great start… I won the Nenmatsu Jumbo lottery! Actually, that’s a bald-faced lie, but I did win $25 from Jason in his post, Time to Give Away Some Cash. Whoo-hoo! :-D

10 Predictions for 2008 in Japan

Back in December, after watching how easily Brazilian “Psychic” Jucelino Nobrega da Luz convinced Japanese TV audiences of his mystical powers, I thought I’d try my own hand at reading the future. Here are my own predictions for 2008. Hopefully I can refer back to this list during the year and claim to be a psychic myself!

Another new prime minister?1. A new Japanese Prime Minister

Looking into my crystal ball, I see that Japan will once again have a new prime minister during 2008. My psychic skills won’t tell me who or when, but I’m confident we will have a new “leader” before the year is out.

iPhone to flop in Japan?2. iPhone flops in Japan

There will be huge publicity over the launch of the iPhone, but it will come too late. By the time it’s released, competing phone makers will be offering the same multi-touch technology in their own handsets, and Apple’s failure to get the market share it was looking for will be blamed on a “lack of understanding of Japanese culture”.

Arakawa wins gold3. Japanese athlete wins Olympic gold

Much like when Arakawa Shizuka won Olympic gold in figure skating, this year’s summer Olympics in China will produce a single gold medal winner for Japan. Like the former ice skater, praise will be heaped upon the Olympic champion, hiding the fact that Japan failed to bring home more than one gold medal.

Cute Japanese robot4. Aibo-style robot boom begins

2008 will be the year that artificially intelligent robots are on every child’s Christmas list. It might be an add-on for the Nintendo Wii, or a standalone robot programmable through cell phones, I can’t say, but I do know it will be very “cute”.

Global warming5. Japan has the hottest summer on record

It’s almost inevitable that we will once again have a very hot summer, with a record number of days over 40 degrees celsius. This will be accompanied by numerous water-related tragedies and the deaths of uninformed elderly folk who believe air conditioners are bad for your health.

Nikuman6. Food scandals continue in 2008

Like last year, both domestic and imported food will be exposed as poisoned, expired, or made of cardboard. The population will abandon certain foods or brands, switching to other equally-guilty-but-not-yet-exposed products.

Earthquake7. Over a dozen killed in Japanese earthquake

It won’t be the big one we’re all waiting for, but Japan will still suffer another fatal earthquake. In this annual event, a dozen people will be killed when their wooden houses, built on the side of mountains, are flattened by resulting landslides.

Nova died in 20078. Large, scandal-ridden company makes headlines

With Nova last year, and Livedoor in 2006, my crystal ball shows another big name company suffering a similar fate in 2008. The president will be publicly humiliated for at least a month before the general public forgets the whole thing ever happened.

Foreign crime magazine9. Foreign crime on the rise again

You don’t really have to be a psychic to see another round of foreigner-bashing this year. With crime statistics published annually, it’s inevitable that the media will spend a disproprtionate amount of time blaming foreigners for the nation’s growing crime problem. Personally, I blame this guy.

More taxes10. Higher taxes and higher prices

Well, you can’t really expect things to get cheaper, can you? Following on the trend from 2007, I can see taxes rising to counter the hugely exaggerated terrorist threat, the need to clean the air, the looming pension problems, and to cover NHK’s losses when people don’t pay their licence fees! Furthermore, oil prices and subprime loans will be blamed for further increases in the price of cheese.

Well, there you have it. Ten predictions for 2008. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Motivate Yourself with FutureMe

FutureMe.org A year ago, I used a free service at FutureMe.org to send an email to myself in the future. I had completely forgotten about it until it came through the other day. Here it is, with obscenities and personal info removed.

Dear Nick,

It’s Sept. 24th, 2006. Hopefully when you read this you will have achieved the goals that I’m setting today!

1) Be earning (deleted)
2) Have saved (deleted)
3) Have bought a (deleted)
4) Have a baby on the way if not already!

If you’ve done these things, then good for you! If not, get off your (deleted) you lazy (deleted)! What happened to you over the last year? No excuses! Get back to work. You used to be really into it, you know. How about that crazy November in 2005, when you were (deleted), writing the (deleted)and working at (deleted), too? You were relentless mate. Don’t lose it now! You’re a born winner, but you’ve got to put your back into it.

Love from yourself,
2006 Nick

I’m glad to say I achieved all the goals I set for myself, and will be using FutureMe.org again this year to get me motivated once more. Maybe you should try it, too. Another neat thing you can do is send an email to someone else at a specified point in the future. How about sending birthday messages or love letters for someone to receive ten years from now? The possibilities are endless!

What will Rikuto Be?

Rikuto - 9th September 2007I was teaching the future tense using “will” to three Junior High school students today, and since we had some time left at the end of the lesson, I showed them a picture of Rikuto and asked them to write answers to four questions about his future.

Here they are for your own amusement!

1. What will Rikuto be in the future?

Student 1: He will be an English teacher.
Student 2: He will be an English teacher.
Student 3: Maybe he will be an English teacher.

2. Where will he live?

Student 1: He will live in Japan.
Student 2: He will live in Japan.
Student 3: Maybe he will live in Japan near the school.

3. What will he eat?

Student 1: He will eat sushi.
Student 2: He will eat eggs lemons.
Student 3: Maybe he will eat rice.

4. Why will he eat (answer to question 3)?

Student 1: Because he will live in Japan.
Student 2: Because he loves eggs lemons.
Student 3: Because he will be Japanese.

While I was hoping for a little more creativity in their answers, it seems they’re all thinking along the same lines. Rikuto will be bilingual and his dad’s an English teacher so it only follows that he will be an English teacher, too. He will grow up in Japan so it’s only natural that he will like Japanese food, i.e. sushi, rice and …erm… lemons. Finally, since he will live in Japan and like Japanese food, it’s only logical to assume he will be Japanese! Even if he could pass as Swedish!

Note: I have a personal disgust for eggs, so Student 2 was encouraged to change his answer to something more delicious. Why he chose lemons is beyond me.