The "Poorest of the Poor" from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.


According to the presenter, Japan comes in second place among OECD member countries in terms of relative poverty, and like everywhere else in the world, it is the women here who are the "poorest of the poor." Watch to find out more.

EXPLANATION OF 'RELATIVE POVERTY': The USA and Japan hold the leading positions among the world’s most industrially developed countries in terms of relative poverty. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of US families whose profit is lower than the average income makes up 13.7. The number of such families in Japan reaches 13.5 percent. A report from the organization says that the USA and Japan cannot guarantee sufficient income to all citizens despite a high level of economic development. The two countries take the first and the second place respectively on the level of relative poverty. The notion of ‘relative poverty’ defines a part of population receiving less than 50 percent of the average income in a country.
http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/20-07-2006/83428-usa_japan-0/

RELATED LINKS:
Single Mothers Lead Japan's Poor Population (3 min.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87C9MyDwA9I

Women's Poverty Often an Overlooked Issue in Japan
http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/womens-poverty-often-an-overlooked-issue-in-japan
Japan Tries to Face Up to Growing Poverty Problem (NYT)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/world/asia/22poverty.html?emc=eta1

Key words/phrases: Joni Seager, relative poverty, Africa, India, Japan, USA, single female-headed household, gender pay gap, childcare, discrimination, OECD, single mother

Hair Dye: Poison from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

Below is a response by a first-year student to her second-year sempai's presentation, turned into an exercise by Teacher-Tamarah: DANGEROUS FASHION By Kana [family name withheld upon request], July 18, 2001

Have you ever experienced dyeing or perming your hair? The sophomore presentation “Hair Dye” showed that hair dye is related to diseases such as bladder cancer. My hair is not only dyed but also permed now, so I am wondering how dangerous a perm is. I’ll introduce some eye-opening facts I found (1.) on/by/through my own. First of all, the process of a perm is roughly two steps; breaking and reforming cells in the hair. The perm solution includes terrible chemicals, which are similar to chemicals in weed-killer and defoliant, to destroy the inside of the hair. They are one-eight hundredth as poisonous as a weed-killer and six times as toxic as a pesticide. Compared to the hair dye which is one-three thousandth as poisonous as a weed-killer, the perm solution is by far (2.) less/more dangerous. Undoubtedly, it has serious effects on the human body. Have you ever heard of the Vietnam War? During that time, a lot of defoliants were used as a weapon. They seriously affected unborn children in woman’s bodies, and the number of the children born with deformed body parts grew rapidly after the war. The horrible thing is that the perm solution has similar chemicals to these, defoliants. However, a lot of people use it in (3.) daily/dairy life. As the presenter said, nothing is more terrible than (4.) ignorance/ignorant. Although the effects of a perm are more serious than people think, most people remain unaware. If this goes on, you, your future children and/or your precious person may be a victim. We need to actively collect every types of information. We can (5.) a_ _ _ _ tragedy with a change in thinking.

Key words/phrases: Para-phenylenediamine (PPD), Henna, Bladder Cancer Cafe, carcinogen, PPD-induced anaphylactic shock, cancer, atopic dermatitis, allergy

Animal Testing from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

About using non-animal-tested cosmetics in Japan. For more information, go to:

slow-cosme.com/mu16.html

and

peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animal-testing-bad-science.aspx

and two related spoofs:

theonion.com/content/video/study_multiple_stab_wounds_may_be

theonion.com/content/video/genetic_scientists_develop_sheep

And do NOT buy Body Shop!
npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14442261

The Same Age: Marriage in Japan from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

According to Articles 731-737 of the Japanese Civil Code, males must be 18 years of age or older and females 16 years of age or older. The presenter has a problem with this age differential. Why doesn't everyone??

Key words-phrases: Japanese Civil Code, marriage, marriageable age, teen pregnancy.

Compare: npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6560441
It is almost always the girls who marry at an early age. On average in Ethiopia, there is an eight-year age difference between partners.

Water and Life from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

Key-words/phrases: "Blue Gold: World Water Wars," Maude Barlow, Tony Clark, Takahashi Yu, "Chikyu no Mizu ga Abunai," pollution, water management, human rights


WERI-events added 'Water and Life' to 5 October, World Teachers' Day: 5 October, World Teachers' Day is a Group created by Dian Parmionova Christina
Visit the Group here: vimeo.com/groups/69894

Related:
30 Million Litres Flushed after Man Urinates in Water
stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/5170702/30-million-litres-flushed-after-man-urinates-in-water


A SAMPLING OF STUDENT-GENERATED TOILET POEMS,
DOSHISHA WOMEN'S COLLEGE:

Rena:
Let your everlasting friend, the toilet, be proud of you―use less water and paper.

Yui:
Save precious toilet paper for earth, which includes you.
紙の無駄遣いをやめて。あなたを守る地球のために。

Momoko:
寄付するお金が無くても
献血する時間が無くても
ボランティアの知識が無くても
節水ができたら
貴方はやさしい
Even if
You can’t find the money for donation, or
The time to donate blood, or
A single thing about volunteering
Inside your head
If you can save water
You are caring.

Aoi:
There are things you can do for the earth even just when you go to the toilet. Conserve water and paper.
トイレに行く時だけでも地球のためにできることはたくさんある水と紙を大切にしよう

Kana:
Did you know? The same amount of water is used.
One flush = one person living for a day.
1ミシン目短くするだけで変わる

Sumire:
The amount of fresh water flushed never comes back.
流した水は戻ってこない

Asumi:
The toilet paper wants to stay in the restroom as long as possible.
トイレットペーパーはできるだけ長くそのトイレにいたいのです。

Arisa:
When using a toilet, please remember that there are many children
Who do not have access to basic school supplies, including paper.
Also please remember that there are many children
Who do not have access to clean water.
Think of the whole world,
Even though the toilet is a small place.
そのトイレットペーパーに出会うことは二度とない。
だから少しずつ、優しく扱おう。一期一会。

Takaho:
トイレのバーを引けば、流れるコップ50杯分の水。
Fifty cups of water are flushed away once you pull the toilet bar down.

Yumi:
We can use the toilet many times, but we use its paper only once.
トイレは何度も使うけど、その紙は一度しか使えない

Hazuki:
Please consider how many trees are cut down every day for your toilet.
'トイレットペーパーの使用量を考えることは、未来の環境のための、第一歩'

Miho:
Conserving in the toilet can be a big contribution to the earth.
あなたのトイレでの小さな心掛けが、地球への大きな貢献になりうる。

Maiko:
Changing the amount of toilet water according to the circumstance
We can save 3000 yen for a year
So that 57 children in Kenya can study."
[UNICEF, 2011]
トイレの水の量を場合によって変えることで、私たちはケニアの57人の子供た
ちが勉強できる 額、つまり3000円を年間節約することができます。

Mami:
When you use the toilet, just think about how many people want that amount of water you flush away.

Chika:
Dear People Getting Lost,
Not knowing how to be ecological, people in the world scream “ecological and ecological.”
And then we forget the problem.
But easy and simple is it.
When we go to the bathroom
We should be careful not to waste toilet paper or water.
If everyone is careful, then,
The world will change.
Being ecological is easy and simple,
Isn’t it?
迷える人々へ
みんなエコエコって言っているけど、なにから始めていいかわからない。
そうして、エコのことなんか忘れてしまう。
そうじゃなくて、エコは簡単なこと。
トイレに行ったときに、ちょっとだけ気をつけてトイレットペーパーを使うの。
ちょっとだけだけど、毎回するとみんなですると、いっぱいエコ。
ね、簡単でしょ?

Airi:
Why don’t you use 'otohime'
(the machine that makes sounds of water flushing)
Instead of pushing the water tag?
'Otohime' is a god of toilets.
It tries to save water for us.
Water is important for life.
When we push the water tag twice
For hiding physical sounds and flushing,
We waste water doubly.
Water is limited.
Use 'otohime', and save water.
音姫
どうして、蛇口を押すかわりに音姫(水の音をだす機械)を使わないの?
音姫は、トイレの神様で、水の消費を抑えてくれるの。
人間にとって水は大切。
音を隠すためにと流すために蛇口を使ったら、2倍水を無駄にしているのです、
わたしたちだけでなく、人間のことを考えて、
水は限られています。
音姫を使って、そして水を節約して。

Asumi:
Isn't it enough?
Don't waste paper and water.