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President Obama comes to Hiroshima, Japan
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The Call for a 'World Without Nuclear Weapons'

On Friday, May 27th, US President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima - the site of the first atomic bomb - becoming the first sitting US president to do so. This immensely historic occasion was, of course, heavily covered by the media and intensely scrutinized; we're sure you and the rest of the world read and watched much of what was broadcast.

In being the first, President Obama faced a daunting task - trying to focus his speech on his legacy of contributing to a nuclear-free world while at the same time having to balance that with being a statesman who needs to keep the nuclear genie safe in the bottle in the midst of muscle-flexing countries in the Asian-Pacific region. While the media focused mainly on what has happened in the past, we're sure President Obama was also deeply considering the international waterway and territorial disputes currently causing grief for many.

In the spirit of  objective individuality, we thought we'd ask a group of people somehow connected with Hiroshima and the President's visit for their honest opinions about the momentous ceremony. Here are some of the viewpoints we found most compelling. Note: viewpoints have been edited for the sake of space.

Long-term international journalist residing in Hiroshima:
"It was a beautiful speech, filled with poetic phrases which made the speech very powerful, but caused problems for the translators as the meaning of the words is often unclear and left to individual interpretation.

Although the speech was well-received by the Hibakusha, critics argue that despite Obama's words of hope for a nuclear free future he has just pushed a trillion dollar bill through congress to increase the nuclear arms in the US over the next 30 years and in the end that will be his true legacy as actions speak louder than words."

Nuclear Specialist with extensive experience in Japan:
"My opinions on the issue revolve around the following aspects: the visit, the speech, the 'apology' and the responses. As for the visit, I think it is about time a sitting US president visited Hiroshima. It is definitely an indication of how far the US and Japan have come and offers hope to the fractured political relationships that remain throughout the world. Obama touched on this in his speech.

In the end, I wonder if we really learned from Hiroshima. It seems as if we as a people are still focused on individual agendas--whether they are our own or some societal group agenda--missing the most important lesson that we are all together in this world and will only survive in peace. It's the lesson I learned in Japan and as I said, it seems to be going backwards instead of forward."

Japanese corporate trainer from Hiroshima:
"It was a memorable event for Hiroshima people. Speech was moving and I was touched when President Obama hugged with survivor. My father was four when (the) atomic bomb (was) dropped. He lived within two kilometers from ground zero. He was lucky enough to survive, although he lost his youngest sister.

My dad and his friends who survived from the bomb, they said they are very happy to receive President Obama's speech and it happened while they alive."

Former US Marine and long-term resident of Japan:
"The recent visit by President Obama was a historical event, not only for our country but for Japan. I think he did a good job despite split opinion on to visit or not to visit Hiroshima. Overall, I think it is a good thing President visited Hiroshima and made amends in some ways even though he was treated very poorly by Prime Minister on his first day of arrival during the press conference. Now, it is time for the Prime Minister of Japan to visit the Pearl Harbor.

We used to teach the presidential protection for a third world country, and I know that it is such a tough job for the people who protect the president as well as the country who sponsors them. Not to mention that it is a very costly process, so Japan did a good job (regarding) security as well as putting a good agenda for the visiting dignitaries."

Japanese resident of Hiroshima:
"To be honest, I was not excited. I know someone should keep telling how A bomb was awful, and probably people who live in Hiroshima are to be a part of it. I respect the survivors who share their sad experience. At the same time, I saw "Hiroshima" is used for the political purpose - to get vote. So many times.

I was moved by President Obama's sincerity though. Maybe, it is the step forward to the world without nuclear weapon. But I cannot help feeling it was also the political attempt for the power balance in east Asia."

It's clear that President Obama's visit was historic, despite a huge disparity in opinions. Virtually every stakeholder has something different to say about the trip. In the end, however, the scene of President Obama hugging  79-year-old survivor, Shigeaki Mori, explains best how we feel this event should have been taken. That is to say, a step towards reconciliation in a compassionate, broad way. It was an event that sparked much conversation and allowed people to voice constructive ideas on how resolution can and should be handled, and how things can be moved forward.

At Jarman International, we hope this conversation will only deepen and that nations can become more interconnected, great trust can be had and true peace can someday prevail.
Special Gifts from Jarman International KK
(Please write directly to Ruth at to enter the drawing for these fun prizes. We don't have that many people receiving this newsletter, so there is a good chance you will win :)

1. Two pairs of free entrance passes for the Enoshima Island Spa.
Enjoy this amazing getaway about 70 minutes from Tokyo on us! The free pass includes entrance, use of the sauna, heated pools, natural hot springs (pumped up from 1500 meters below the ocean), lovely ocean and Mt. Fuji views on clear days and many happy smiles from staff. You can also order a treatment at the BengTeng Spa (inside the Enoshima Island Spa) at a separate rate to make your day even more special. This is the most recent press release we sent out. It is in Japanese but describes the "Medetainment" program Enospa offers. So much fun to enjoy staying healthy! 
Enoshima Spa
2. One free high-concentration Vitamin C IV dose at the Enoshima BengTeng Clinic.
Ruth (the JI CEO) and now Austin Auger takes the IV monthly. As the high concentration of vitamin C flows directly into your vein, you feel like your body is warming up and we notice increased energy and positive energy in the days that follow. It is also under intense research as a possible way to kill cancer cells in the body so Ruth, who has light skin cancer from so much beautiful sun exposure in Hawaii, hopes the vitamin C will take care of pre-cancers latent under the skin too. The Bengteng Clinic is dedicated to holistic and cutting edge solutions to stress management, pain care and much more so enjoy a day at the spa along with a treatment to help your inner health as well. English language assistance is also available now at the Spa and Clinic.

3. Special Lunch for two at Ginza Aster Honten.
Enjoy an amazing lunch on us at Ginza Aster in downtown Tokyo. Boasting a 90 year history in Japan, this traditional Chinese cuisine is unique in that it is prepared with the Japanese palate in mind. The culinary experience here will offer a new take on the unique Chinese fare available in Tokyo. 

Email to enter the drawing for these gifts. We will wait a few days until everyone has let us know they are interested, then we will select and contact the winner. Special gifts go fast so contact us asap :) Please take a moment to see the Ginza Aster Facebook Page we operate on their behalf. 
H&R Group

Our current focus for H&R Group is Construction. Being in the Real Estate business for the past 16 years, the construction industry is a natural fit for Jarman. Right now we are working with H&R Group's Staffing Japan to figure out how to find resources for contraction sites in Japan from overseas. One focus is in decommissioning for Nuclear Power Plants in Japan and the expertise in safety required for that and the other is for work people for the actual construction sites. It is an interesting challenge but we are up to the task with our expansive network among Japanese companies combined with H&R's long history of excellent relocation and staffing services. Look forward to next month's update. Things are heating up in the staffing realm in Japan!

If you are an international HR agent with access to expert personnel overseas, please contact us. With so many Japanese companies eager and more open to expert staff, we continuously look for great partners overseas to help with people-sourcing. 

From Japan Info Swap:
Bringing or Importing Medicines Into Japan

Caution is required when bringing any kind of medicine into Japan. Many products that are commonly available over the counter elsewhere in the world are not approved for sale in Japan (examples include medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) and their import is strictly prohibited.

In the case of prescription medicines, provided that the medicine in question is not one that is prohibited or strictly controlled, you are allowed to bring up to one month’s supply of medicine with you. It should be noted that the import of some medicines (some narcotics and stimulants, or medicines that contain precursors exceeding a certain concentration level) is totally prohibited and you will not be given permission to bring them into Japan under any circumstances.

Yakkan Shoumei

If you wish to import a larger quantity of prescription medicines, it is necessary to apply in advance of travel to the Inspection and Guidance Section of the Bureau of Health and Welfare under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for an import permit called a Yakkan Shoumei. With this permit, you will be able to bring as much medicine as you would need to last you the time you are planning to be in Japan.

Please be aware that breaches of the rules relating to importing medicines are taken very seriously, and you risk arrest and prosecution if you are found to have imported medicines that are illegal in Japan or even legal medicines in quantities that you do not have prior approval for.

Some recent examples:
American Teacher Arrested Adderall Medication in Japan (February, 2015)
Toyota Executive Is Arrested in Japan (June, 2015)

The best way to know if the medicine which you would like to bring to Japan is legal, or to find out if it or a suitable alternative is available in Japan, would be to contact a hospital with English-speaking staff directly for confirmation.

Our Entrepreneur of the Month: Annie Chang 

“The attitude to not be afraid drives me.
When the chance is there, I just grab it.”

Annie Chang thinks entrepreneurs should see themselves as rubber bands. When it comes to the ups and downs, hurdles and triumphs of starting a business, it’s that flexibility that helps a business owner survive and thrive. And she would know.
“I see myself like a rubber band, the more you stretch the more you get bigger,” says Chang, President of IT recruitment firm AC Global Solutions and our featured entrepreneur of the month.
For Taiwan-born Chang, the decision to come to Japan echoes another of her business philosophies: go for it. She left behind a career in education to move to Japan in 1981, not knowing how long she would stay or what she would do in a country where she didn’t speak the native language. More than 30 years later -- and with 27 in the IT recruitment business -- she’s proof following your gut and knowing when to take a risk pays off.

Read the full article here...

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