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Prime Minister NZ gives birth to a girl, the second in the world, maternity leave for six weeks

On June 21, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardahn (37 years old) in New Zealand gave birth to a girl who is the first child. Both mothers and babies are fine. Births of incumbent leaders from all over the world are second since the birth of a girl by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan in 1990. In the morning of February 21, Mr. Ardahn was hospitalized in the public hospital of local Auckland for delivery. According to the announcement of the Prime Minister's Office, 3310 g girls were born at 4:45 pm. In a statement, "I will experience all of the emotions experienced by a new rice parent, I am very grateful for the kindness and blessings from many people at the same time." Mr. Ardoman entered a six - week leave at the time he visited the hospital. Last year, Mr. Ardahn was qualified as having the right to know his family plan in order to judge whether it would be suitable for the prime minister in an interview before the prime minister inaugurated the television, and it became a riot to develop into sex discrimination controversy. Mr. Ardoman refused to answer as "unacceptable" question. "It is a woman who decides when to give birth to a child, and that decision must decide whether to find a job or not to have employment opportunities". Naoko Suma of "Christchurch's best!" About 6 weeks maternity leave is too short for 6 weeks, but before this, in an interview with tv one "It is not easy to balance with work but I am very lucky, It is clear that I do not think that everyone can balance work and parenting like myself because I am doing it because things are supported by many people. It was said that it was impressive. Also, "If the prime minister is pregnant during the term of office and thinks that criticism may come out, it is New Zealand, as for the mass communication and everyone we meet, people who meet each other do not hear much critical opinion in blessing mode." Yo (^ ^) New Zealand Prime Minister gives birth! The whole country is in blessing mode (Christchurch the best!) Prime Minister NZ giving birth to girls, second in the world at the top leaders (AFPBB News) 1893 won the world's first women's suffrage in New Zealand

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Innovation

Knit a scarf in 5 minutes by bike (Cyclo Knitter)

George Barratt-Jones, who studied at the Design Academy · Eindhoven (DAE) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, invented Cyclo Knitter which can knit a scarf in 5 minutes by a bicycle pedal. This cyclone / knitter is a fun machine that scarves (mufflers) knit with scarf (muffler) knitting while wearing a train while waiting for the train while enduring the cold (^ ^) Generally speaking, when design major, fashion design, Interior design, product design etc, you can understand vaguely what you learn just by listening to your name. However, in DAE, major names such as Man and Well-being (Man and Health), Man and Mobility (People and Mobility), Man and Leisure (People and Leisure), and other major names are conceptual. It is not a design with things, but firstly there are people (users and designers), we observe the relationship between that person and something (well-being, mobility etc) and design some product from there. Cyclonic · Nitta is interesting because the scarf (muffler) knitting automatically concept while warming in cold waiting time. It is fun to have knitting while training it while putting it in a fitness club etc (^ ^) The IMD2018 worldwide competitiveness of the Netherlands was ranked 15th in 2015, but ranked up to 4th in 2018 . (^^) George Barratt-Jones (Vimeo) Cyclo Knitter: A Bicycle-Based Machine That Knits a Scarf in Five Minutes (Colossal) Tags: Nobuyuki Kokai Dutch creative design academy · Eindhoven (DAE: Design Academy Eindhoven)

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The IMD2018 world-class competitiveness is the US, the 13th in China, 25th in Japan

The IMD2018 world-class competitiveness lucking celebrated the 30th time in the present year. On May 24, 2018, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland announced the 2018 "World Competitiveness Ranking" for 63 major countries / regions. In Top 3, the US, which retreated to 4th place last year, became the leader, Hong Kong second place and Singapore third place. China has advanced to 25th place (2016), 18th place (2017), and this year is 13th place. The IMD world competitiveness ranking began in 1989 (Showa 64), Japan was ranked first in the first time and the US was third. Japan in 2018 remains sluggish at 25th (201st in 26th). The US overtakes Hong Kong at first place among world's most competitive economies (IMD) The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and the digital economy are progressing. Please see JAPAN (Competitiveness Ranking) for the analysis (4 items) of Japan (25th place) and the ranking of 5 years. Although the economy (15th) is rising slightly, the infrastructure (15th place) such as sluggishness of government (41st) and private (36th), competitive energy infrastructure (15th) remains low. Japanese disease "that can not correspond to the 4th industrial revolution (digital economy) can be seen through. It is obvious that we can not deal with the digital economy and innovation in the excessive cooperative unionist social structure of the high growth era (1980s). The following is "ranking Top 15", but in the United States the economy and infrastructure (energy, communication, education, etc.) are ranked first. China's "efficiency of government" is low (46th). Competitiveness Ranking (IMD) Competitiveness Analysis and Transition in 63 Countries / Regions IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 2018 Results (IMD World Competitiveness Center)

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Innovation

Refugee / immigrant / foreign workers and Japan's declining birthrate

On June 15, the Japanese government decided on the basic policy 2018 (policy of politics) of economic fiscal management and reform by the Cabinet. The subtitle of this policy is "to realize a sustainable growth path by overcoming the declining birthrate and aging population". Among them, in order to overcome the serious shortage of manpower, we have included the creation of a new status of residence to expand the acceptance of foreign talented personnel. I think that we are in a stage where we can not discuss the response to refugees, immigrants, foreign workers, and "low birthrate and aging society" or "Japan's growth strategy" separately. From 2001, every June 20 th is "World Refugee Day (UNHCR)". Should I only contribute money to international organizations? A social blogger, Chikirin, has serialized the theme of refugee problem (6 times). Among them, we recommend you to read the difference between foreign workers, immigrants and refugees in a very easy to understand manner. About immigrants and refugees, journalist Akira Ikegami says, "Personally, I think that Japan should also make an immigration bureau, now Immigration Bureau is reviewing refugees, It is the basic stance that their work "Do not enter anyone trying to get into illegality." In other words, it is not a prerequisite to put in, it is a prerequisite not to enter. Naturally, the immigration examination will become tough. If you look at the reality and future of Japan, you should create a government office on the premise of accepting foreign immigrants. I am in agreement, too. In Japan, it is a self-convening policy that accepts foreign workers without being forced by rapid progress of "population decrease" and "declining birthrate and aging population", but such policy is "refugee / immigrant / foreign labor "People" and "Japanese people" will not be "happy". The top 10 countries of happiness are in the ranking of happiness of immigrants within 11th (world happiness ranking 2018, Japan 54th). Economic and fiscal advisory council (Cabinet Office) Difference between foreign workers, immigrants and refugees (Chikirin's diary) Japan needs "immigration bureau" (June 26, 2017 Nikkei Business) Regional ideals and immigration issues Japan Learn the future of Switzerland (December 2014 iRONNA)

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Innovation

U.S. Chicago underground transportation system Loop (The Boring Company)

The concept of the Underground Transportation System of the Boring Company (TBC) led by Eelon Mask "Loop" under the rebuilding of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, to the new high-speed transportation organization plan candidate from the airport to the center of the city Was chosen. If you realize it will run at a maximum speed of approximately 240 km / h, and you will connect approximately 24 km from the airport to the center of Chicago in 12 minutes. The Chicago Express Loop (The Boring Company) Chicago taps Elon Musk's Boring Company to build high-speed transit tunnels that would tie Loop with O'Hare (Chicago Tribune) O'Hare International Airport has four pairs of parallel runway meters in Chicago suburbs A huge airport with 8 runways (the number of takeoffs and landings was the best in 2005 until 2005), high-speed transportation system with urban areas was a big issue. This Loop is three to four times faster than the existing transportation system between the airport and downtown Chicago. The fare (20 to 25 dollars) is not fixed but it is less than half the typical price of a taxi, but it is higher than the blue line (subway). Electric skates has air conditioning and heating facilities, luggage storage and Wi-Fi. As the capacity is 8 to 16 people frequently leave each station every 30 seconds, and it is operated every day for 20 hours every day. Mr. Mask said that the tunnel in Chicago is 14 feet (4.27 meters) in diameter, that is, about half the size of a typical tunnel, its company's boring machine has 3 times the power, We can build tunnels at least 14 times faster. And TBC is supposed to cover all the development and construction costs, which is said to be 1 billion dollars (about 110.6 billion yen), to handle all operations, maintenance and maintenance. According to Forbes, Mr. Mask (Elon Musk) has about $ 20 billion (about 2.2 trillion yen) and is 21st. However, TBC has been digging up the first test tunnel in California, Electric Read more

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The US-North Korea summit meeting in 2018 · Video flowing at a press conference (Japanese subtitles)

In the first US-North Korea summit talks, President Trumppe said that this video of about 4 minutes was shown to the Kim Jong Il chairman Kim Jong Il on the tablet device. The video entitled "A STORY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR NORTH KOREA" emphasizes that "North Korea is sandwiched between Korea and China and has great potential." (With YouTube Japanese subtitles) President Trump has released a video that he presented to the chairperson of Kim Jong Il in the press conference after the summit meeting. The message included in the video is "There are only two results: whether to go back to the past or to move forward" message. According to Mr. Trump, Mr. Kim Jong-hwan accepted positively. In the "returning to the past" scene, images of missiles and fighter aircraft are flowing. On the other hand, in the "proceeding" scene, the future is drawn, with lights taking place all over North Korea, the railroads are laid and the construction of the building progresses. "Is the prosperity prosper as a member of the new world? Will you choose further isolation?" "The future has not been drawn yet." The video has been closed with such a question. From the agreement document of the joint statement of the talks, as the historic North Korea summit talks for the first time in history, we can not wipe out the "uncertainty of denuclearization, peace process" in order to evaluate as a meeting with great significance. 2018 US-North Korea Summit Meeting Related News (Google News Search List) The first meeting of face-to-face meetings of the morning and the US in the history of the century that opened up a new history of the relationship between the two Koreas (KCNA / Chosun Central Tsinkin) The real life of North Korea that Mr. Kim Jong-I will not want to show (Jun. 04, 2018 businessinsider.jp) This is the English version of the video "trailer" That President Donald J. Trump showed Chairman Kim Read more

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Disney's John Lasseter, retired within the year

John Lasseter (John Lasseter, January 1957 -) started aiming to be an animator since high school student, entered as a first-time student of the animation course of California Institute of Art, California Art University in 1979, studied animation and a Bachelor of Arts (" Bachelor of Fine Arts "). Mr. Lasseter was known for transforming Pixar, Lucasfilm's small image production department into the world's most successful animation studio, and was co-directed with Toy Story (Toy Story) Toy Story 2 (Toy Story 2) has become a pioneer presence of CG animation movies. Mr. Lasseter's repetition of inappropriate actions came to light was triggered by a research report by the American entertainment magazine Hollywood Reporter. The magazine reported that it was known as a testimony of employees who are long in Pixar, "to grasp the body of a person, to kiss, to talk about physical characteristics of people". According to the sources of multiple information sources, at Pixar 's internal social gathering, there are also female employees who avoid him so that he will not kiss from Mr. Lasseter who drinks a lot of liquor. In September 2017, the accused was accused of being hugged from multiple female employees, and in November of 2017, "To everyone who received (from me) an act that seems to be beyond an undesired hug or a line Apologies "and was taking a leave of absence. Disney does not clarify the reason for leaving Lasseter, but the US media tells the view that sexual harassment to women is involved. YouTube talks with Pixar CEO Steve Jobs about the success of the world's first full 3D CG full-length animated film "Toy Story" at that time. John Lasseter (Google search) Related information and person list John Lasseter (IMDb) Awards and work list Pixar Co - Founder to Leave Disney After 'Missteps' (The New York Times) John Lasseter to Exit Disney at Read more

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Media

Detect complex organic matter on Mars, seasonal fluctuation of methane concentration as well

June 7, the Mars explorer Curiaio City of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) exploring the traces of life on Mars detects the most complex organic matter so far from rocks 3.5 billion years ago on the surface of Mars The team of scientists announced that they did. It is a discovery that brings about a dramatic progress in Mars's life exploration. Furthermore Curiocity found further evidence that the concentration of atmospheric methane (CH4) fluctuates seasonally. This seems to suggest that the source of methane is probably Mars itself, probably being Mars groundwater. Several compounds collected in the drilling survey at Mars' Gale Crater were excavated from the surface of the Mars after 2012 when Curiocity landed on Mars, although it is not direct evidence of life Experts point out that it is the most diverse compound so far as a compound. It is thought that there was an ancient Mars freshwater lake in the same crater. Space biologist Jennifer Eigenbrode says, "This is a serious discovery because it means that organic substances are preserved in some of the harshest environments on Mars." "If life existed once on Mars, this place was a suitable place for life to live then." (YouTube) Another paper published in Science magazine reports the latest information on the quest for the source of Martian methane which greatly fluctuates depending on the season. According to the paper based on measurement data for 3 years, the concentration of organic molecule methane with the simplest structure is that the variation range is "0.24 - 0.65 ppb, reaching peak near the end of the summer of the northern hemisphere". A commentary article "Curia City's findings show that Gale Crater was a place where life could exist, with about 3.5 billion years ago, a condition comparable to the earliest Earth at the time of life occurrence" And it explains. NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars (June 8, 2018 NASA) NASA prospecting vehicle (AFPB News) Curiosity Rover (NASA) Tags: Nobuyuki Kokai )

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Fun Muroran Aquarium's huge mizuki and blue crayfish

Muroran city of Hokkaido (Mura Ranashi) once had population over 180,000 people, and the population density is the highest in the province. The geographical name comes from the Ainu language "Mo Ruelani" (small · down road). In the Meiji era it was called "Molland". The Muroran Main Line connecting Iwamizawa City, which was one of the major bases of the train connecting neighboring coal mines with the port cities in each region, was the aorta of coal transportation. The Muroran Aquarium of Hokkaido's oldest (65 years) traditionally kept Octopus weighing about 10 kilos, but from the other day big daco which is the largest in the history of the aquarium is exhibited. It is Mizudako locally taken and weighs nearly 4 times as much as the usual octopus, 37 kg, and its size when spreading feet is more than 2 m. Also, the size of the sucker is 5 cm. Muroran Aquarium raising owner, Mr. Tohno Ohnishi said, "The octopus is different in character, but I think that octopus has come forward aggressively and it is easy to observe and is a good octopus." (^ ^) Sucker 1 5 cm! Hokkaido (NHK News Web) The largest octopus ever in the history of aquarium Hokkaido (NHK News Web) The Muroran Aquarium opened in 1953 using the site of the whale dismantling processing site has many unique activities, and Ferris wheel, merry-go-round land, tea cup, beans There is a ride (fee) such as a train, and it has become a facility "enjoyable with parents" leaving an old-fashioned car window style exhibition (^^) Municipal Muroran Aquarium (Website) Municipal Muroran Aquarium (Facebook) Muroran Aquarium has succeeded in breeding blue Japanese crayfish. There are no breeding examples of Japanese crayfish, which is said to be difficult to keep, especially the blue Japanese crayfish. Aquarium staff, then Aquarium Staff, Isao Onishi said, "Since there are male and female, try breeding," crayfish breeding began. Mr. Onishi was also a representative of NPO "Biotope · Itanki in Muroran" which protects creatures and plants in wetlands in the city and supports nature experience. "I want to cherish the small life of the natural world." Blue crayfish breeding success Hokkaido · Muroran Aquarium (10/20, 2014 Nihon Keizai Shimbun)

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Innovation

World's first unattended taxi service started in 2018 (Waymo)

Weimo (Waymo) plans to deploy an unattended taxi service "Robo Taxi" in the United States in 2018. Fiat · Chrysler Automobile (FCA), a leading European automobile manufacturer, will offer up to 62,000 minivans "Chrysler · Pacifica · Hybrid" minivan (up to 600 units) to Waimo under the alphabet on May 31 We announced that. In March, we also announced plans to introduce up to 20,000 EV (I-PACE) from Jaguar Land Rover for unattended taxis. Both companies will jointly develop the world's first premium automatic driving EV for Weimo's driverless dispatch service. Within a few months it will be deployed in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and then we plan to expand the service. In artificial intelligence (AI) development in automatic driving, safe driving in adverse conditions such as "heavy rain and snowy day". There is also a tendency for a child walking together with parents and children walking alone, there is a tendency that there is a difference in the danger of actions to take next, and let AI learn the characteristics of movement of each individual, We aim to reduce the accident rate by strengthening the ability to predict the behavior of. It seems that the total mileage has exceeded 5 million miles (about 8.05 million Km) from the automatic driving car of the Google era (2009) to Weimo (Waymo). The test mileage is about 20 turns of the earth. Uber's automated driving vehicle, looking back on the first death accident. It is not only necessary to improve accuracy in the future (4/13 GIZMODO) Automobile manufacturers, IT companies, start-up companies all over the world are working on automatic driving vehicles. However, there are also indications that the intensification of the competition for development is postponing "safety" "improvement of danger avoidance ability" and "precision". Since we have certified Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a driver, it is necessary to test not only the length of the test mileage but also "driving ability skills" like the driver's license system, standardization of "risk prediction ability test" And I think that system design is necessary. Waymo, Google I / O introduces automatic driving at snowfall. Remove snow from sensor information by machine learning (TechCrunch Japan) I-PACE / Performance by Jaguar's first electric car SUV (JAGUAR)

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Ebola infected people in the urban area of ​​Congo, trial vaccination (MSF)

Mu Bandaka of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a city where river trading is popular with more than 1 million people facing the Congo River. The infected person was confirmed in Mu Bandaka, the situation became even more serious. It is located 120 kilometers north from Bikoro Equator, the place where the Ebola epidemic of this time occurred. According to the Ministry of Health of the Congo, there are 35 cases of Evola confirmed as of May 28, 25 of whom have died. Currently, 514 people have been notified by the health authorities as being possibly in contact with infected persons, and are under medical supervision. In the equatorial state where the epidemic began, May 28, Medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) started Ebola trial vaccination. Healthcare workers and staff who care for patients in the field, and those who touched the infected persons are eligible. Mu Bandaka had been inoculated for medical staff one week before this vaccination. The Ebola vaccine "rVSVDG - ZEBOV" to be inoculated is used as part of the Ebola epidemic containment strategy. Since the vaccine is in the trial phase and unauthorized, it is administered according to the research protocol approved by the Congolese authorities and the ethics review committee of the capital Kinshasa and MSF's ethical review board. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement in the pandemic that occurred in 2014, 28,512 people were infected including suspected cases of infection and 11,313 people died (death rate 40%). Merck (Merck), a pharmaceutical leader in the production of rVSV-ZEBOV, donated 7,500 vaccines to the Congo. Meanwhile, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which promotes the spread of vaccination for children, supports 1 million dollars (about 109 million yen) for the administration of the vaccination program. MSF's medical director Mr. Mikaela Cerfini has six basic pillars for Ebola countermeasures: (1) treatment and isolation of infected people (2) early detection of infected persons (3) persons who have contacted the infected person (4) Enlightenment of local residents concerning prevention and treatment (5) Support of local medical institutions (6) It is a safe burial for the prevention of spread of infection, continuation of such measures for preventing Ebola from spreading I emphasize that it is indispensable. Ebola hemorrhagic fever: Trial vaccine started in endemic areas - Democratic Republic of Congo (5/30 MSF: Medical Doctors Without Borders) West Africa Ebola Hemorrhagic Epidemic in 2014 (Wikipedia) The world's first vaccination in Ebola outbreaks outbreaks in Africa Will you bring "the victory of mankind" (Wired.jp)

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France

Welcome refugees from Africa at village tourism (UNHCR)

One snowy day, 56 refugees from Africa arrived in a small village in the eastern part of France (about 800 people). Four months from now refugees will live in monasteries with the support of French NGO "France Horizon" and will build a foundation for living in this village. People from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and Nigeria escaped to the Thal-Marmoutier village. Some people have arrived via Libya and Niger. The refugee acceptance of this village is supported by the warm heart of many people. Will these days be in the village in Japan? It is Abdul that will oversee the NGO 'France Horizon'. We are running all day in various tasks, from accepting procedures, arranging for housing, hospital reservations, soap distribution. Silvian Anne, an elementary school teacher, is responsible for preparatory classes before refugee children enter the local school in the monastery. I say that it is a day that is stimulated by the children who are willing to work and always try hard. Teacher Muhammad is in charge of the classes of adults who are studying French. In order to blend in with French society, I teach about self-introduction and how to convey family situation, as well as about cultural differences such as election and split of powers. Nicolas who escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo and gained French citizenship in 2009 has become a reliable counselor in social and educational aspects. It is his role to be able to understand refugee's feelings better than anyone else. Pierre and Dennis living opposite the monastery say that there was anxiety about accepting refugees at the village at the beginning. But the idea changed by touching refugees. I am sincerely welcoming them and I want to get familiarized with the village life as soon as possible. Mr. Distel is told that "I am happy that I have contributed even a little to the refugees' new life." Welcome refugees from Africa in Eastern France, Village Gurumi (UNHCR Japanese version) French village opens its doors and its heart to African refugees (4/27, 2018 UNHCR)

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