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THE Groto on Christmas Eve Portland,Oregon

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. We started our Christmas and New Years in Portland we had a wonderful experience first meeting with our son Max's new family. Caitlin his wife and son Kenji Michael Miller our new grandson , Caitlins, mother father and sister. On December... Read more →


Part of My Heart Left This Earth For A Better Place!

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST by Hank Miller My dearly beloved brother Joseph Edward Miller Sr. of Gloucester City, departed this earth on November 24 , 2010. With faith in God, as sure as there is sunshine that follows the summer rain, so to there will be happiness to ease both grief... Read more →


When East Meets West: South Korea in a Bind Dealing with North Korea

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A frustrated North Korea is once again, this time lashing out with a deadly volley of artillery aimed at reminding rival South Korea -- and the world--that it will not be ignored. The barrage of shots fired Tuesday at a South Korean island laying within... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Lets Talk Turkey

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan typically digs in it' heels against outside customs. To win acceptance here such customs must first measure up to Japan's high standard of cultural attainment. Which means ... they gotta make money. Thus, through the years Japan has been trampled over by Western cows... Read more →


Remembering Uncle Joe Barron, American War Hero

WEST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Here are some photo's of my uncle Joe Barron's banner displayed on Broadway in Gloucester City on Veterans Day. The people in the photo are my aunt Sally Miller my uncle Joe's sister, her daughter Cathy, her granddaughter and great granddaughter. Sue,... Read more →


WELCOME TO THE WORLD Kenji Michael Miller

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Photo: Kelsey, Jammie Berhelst, (Caitlin's mother) and Rachjel Miller, Caitlin and baby Kenji Michael Miller. Max and Caitlin Miller are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kenji Michael Miller, born Thursday, October 14th, 2010. Time of birth 1:04 a.m.,... Read more →


Visiting Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki Prefecture & Sasebo City Japan

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. In Dutch, Huis Ten Bosch, means "house in the woods." In Japan, it is a theme park with canals running through a spacious landscape surrounded by water and forest, with amusements, museums, shops of all kinds, restaurants, hotels and much more.... Read more →


A Visit to Okagaki and the Naritasan Fudoji Temple

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Great natural beauty, history and tradition, peaceful scenery, and the friendly local citizens. Okagaki is a town to make you feel happy, and right at home and only 20 minutes from our home. We have been going there since 1983. It’s... Read more →


The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945

Image via Wikipedia Related: The Bombing of Hiroshima WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The Blast Center: At 11:02 a.m. August 9, 1945 Photo: The bombing of Nagasaki At 490 meters in midair above Urakami Catholic Cathedral located in central Nagasaki the bomb exploded. The death toll... Read more →


The bombings: Hiroshima at O8:15 a.m. August 6, 1945,

Image via Wikipedia WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The blast center: Hiroshima City At 25 meters in midair southeast of Shima Hospital at 19 Saikumachi, Cho. The death toll after the explosion, 140,000 people perished. The death toll by the atomic blast at both Hiroshima and... Read more →


Visiting Home and Family Graves During Summer Holidays

Image via Wikipedia WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A series of events called "Oban" is centered on August 15th, when one greets one's ancestors upon their return home. Oban is a Buddhist festival held in mid summer when the Japanese people welcome and entertain their ancestor’s... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST U. S. MARINES Move to Guam to Cost More

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert gates has asked Tokyo to shoulder additional costs to transfer about 8,000 U.S.Marine from Okinawa to Guam, diplomatic sources from the two countries said Saturday. The increased amount is estimated to be at least tens of billions of Japanese yen, with... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Elementary Schools in Japan to get English

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Starting next fiscal year, all elementary schools will be required to introduce compulsory English lessons for fifth and sixth-graders. The scores of Japanese who take the test of English as a foreign language remain among the lowest in Asia, and thus their proficiency levels are... Read more →


Hatoyama offers an apology to Okinawa

related category When East Meets West WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama apologized Sunday for failing to keep his promise to move Futenma air base out of Okinawa, despite months of searching for an alternative. The administration's plan now is to shift U.S.... Read more →


When East Meets West: Chronology of Key Events Related to U.S. Marine Corp Futenma Base Relocation Plan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Naha Okinawa Pref. April 1996 Japan, United States agree on Futenma base return within five years to seven years. December 1966 Japan, United States agree to build heliport off main Okinawa Island's east coast to move Futenma's heliport functions. Waters off Nago's Henoko area near... Read more →


Okinawa Base Issue Illustrates the Age-Old Problem of the Empire

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Sliding voter support over Futenma base, the U.S. Marine air station in Okinawa, have fanned talk that Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama continues to be in hot water with the U.S. Government. I am writing this commentary just in case the newspapers... Read more →


Hanami Refers to Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Image via Wikipedia When East Meets West Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan is on high alert now-Code Pink I'm referring to the cherry blossom alert. The blushing blossoms carpet Japan from Southern Kyushu to Hokkaido. The cherry blossom report is broadcasts on the nightly news alongside the weather report.... Read more →


THE HINA DOLL FESTIVAL IS A GIRLS FESTIVAL

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The Doll Festival, which is also called the Girls' Festival or Peach Festival, is observed and held on March 3rd.This festival to wish for the health, growth and happy marriages of young girls. Dolls in ancient costumes are displayed on tiers... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Food displays at Japanese restaurants in Japan.

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan is very creative when it comes to presentation of food.Indeed, much time and effort goes into making food look good,you'll pay big bucks for it. Here are just some of the ways food is displayed in Japanese restaurants. Stuff in the windows: It starts... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Seven-Five-Three Day in Japan.

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Shichi-go-san is the name of a traditional festival in Japan which celebrates the growth of children at the ages of three,five,and seven. It takes place on the 15th of November each year,and it's common on this day for boys aged three and five and girls... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST A grayer Population

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Respect for the Aged Day has just passed on September 21st, the international affairs ministry made public its information about the population in Japan. As of September 15,Japan's population stood at 127,56 million, down 120,000 from a year before. People aged 65 or older numbered... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Japan's health care System as a model.

Keeping it Plain, Simple and Brilliant The health care debate in America has had an interesting item mentioned again and again in recent weeks the Japanese health care system! Editorials and news reports have held up Japan as an example of good-quality health care service. While the background conditions in America... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Photo of Barry Soetoros and Family aka President Barack Obama

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Someone sent me this family photo of President Obama as a youngster along with a photo copy of a Indonesia registration certificate that I like to share with the readers of ClearysNoteBook. I lived and worked in Indonesia for Atlantic Richfield in the 1970's on... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: A Look at Japan's Health Care System (Part two)

Health Care in Japan Continued: Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. "Patients are treated too equally,"beds are occupied by less-urgent cases,and there are no penalties for those who overuse the system ." The government has largely been unable to reduce the length of hospital stays, which are four times as long... Read more →


When East Meets West: A Look at Japan's Health Care System

Japan's Aging Population Sure to Strain the System Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Half a world away from the U.S. health care debate,Japan has a system that costs half as much and often achieves better medical results than its U.S. counterpart.It does so by banning insurance company profits, limiting doctor... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: September the Month for Moon Viewing

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A moon-viewing party is usually held in the middle of September when the air is clear and cool and the moon is most beautiful.This traditional custom is said to have originated from farmers religious observances to ensure a good harvest. People used to make offerings... Read more →


When East Meets West: Summary of New Regulations for Foreign Residents in Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. …in addition to my commentary of this past week. Old New Name of Law----Alien registration Act. Immigration control and Refugee Act. Entity in Charge-Municipality in which residing. Immigration Bureau. Identification Card.-Alien Registration Card. Residence ("Zairyu") Card. Duration of Visa. - Typically three years. Typically five... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST:Foreign Residency Rule Change in Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. I have obtained more information after quite a lot of research regarding foreign residency in Japan ,making it easier to keep tabs on foreigners who have overstayed their visas and who have been residing in Japan legally . The Japanese Lower and Upper House is... Read more →


WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Rare eclipse spoiled by Weather in parts of Japan

category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Scientist and amateur stargazers on Japan's southwestern islands were mostly disappointed Wednesday after poor weather prevented them form witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. However, astronomers who were on Iwojima, and also here on Kyushu Island, about 1,350 Km... Read more →


When East Meets West: Tanabata, or Star Festival

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Tanabata Star festival is celebrated on July 7.According to the tale of Tanabata, once upon a time, there was a princess named Orihime (Weaving Princess).She was the daughter of Tenkou (Sky King) and wove beautiful cloth along the banks of the Amanogawa (River of Heaven:... Read more →


Tsuyuor Monsoon Season in Japan

When East Meets West Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A seasonal rain front swept through Okinawa in late May, marking the beginning of Japan's rainy season. Well today is the first day of rainy season in Kitakyushu City, our home town with very light rain forecast for today with very... Read more →


Father's just wanna be loved

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The pressure builds. Feel it? I sure do. An annual tension that visits late each June and--for a day at least--smothers me with stress. The day? Why, the most anxious of the year--Fathers Day. What else ? The burden? Just who--if... Read more →


Overrated and Underrated in the land of "OZ"

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. Over the past couple of years here in Japan aspects of Japanese life as seen from my point of view. My glasses aren't exactly rose-colored, but neither do I have the evil- eye. These are just some friendly peeks and pokes... Read more →


Cherry Blossom Viewing O-Hanami in Japan

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. Japan is presently on the highest level of alert now---Code Pink. I'm referring to the cherry blossom alert, of course as the blushing blossoms carpet Japan with pink all the way up the archipelago from Kyushu to Hokkaido. Full pink alert... Read more →


A Visit To Miyajima Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. History, tradition, blue sea,and mountains. It was a perfect setting and relaxing experience indeed. For it was October 1980 and what a great place for a honeymoon. We had a most wonderful stay the weather was cool but not cold and... Read more →