(日本経済新聞 2011年3月19日)
Driven by  falling land prices, the housing demand in Sapporo is showing signs of recovery after the recessionary trend caused by the financial crisis.
There is a buying spree for accessible apartment houses  such as the ones along subway trails.
– which shows a greater tendency among seniors to live in city centers. 
On the other hand, more and more young families choose affordable individual houses built in suburbs where land prices are cheaper.
In this way, the housing market here is evolving towards bipolar extremes.







1.the woman who broke the rules and the pay barriers for women in film. ルールをぶち破り、映画女優の報酬の上限をもぶち破った女性。

2.I’ve had a lot of tragedy in my life. I’ve had the lowest valleys, the highest highs. 私の人生、多くの悲劇があった。どん底も最高も経験した。

3.She was the first actress to earn a million dollars for a movie (一本の映画で百万ドルを稼ぎ出した最初の女優だった)

4.But Elizabeth,the actress was often eclipsed by Elizabeth, the woman.女優としてのエリザベスが、一人の女としてのエリザベスによって侵されることがしばしばあった。

5.She married eight times to seven men, 7人の男性と8度の結婚。(つまり2度結婚した男がいた。)




The last of the legendary superstars has died. A superstar from an era when American movies were so powerful, the whole globe feasted on our celluloid dreams and her face. Elizabeth Taylor died of heart failure today at 79 and every generation of Americans knew her and followed her turbulent life. The girl with the violet eyes, the woman who broke the rules and the pay barriers for women in film. And in some ways, she created this frenzy of tabloid celebrity we all live amidst still today. But she was also a woman who was never tougher than when looking at her own choices.


I’ve had a lot of tragedy in my life. I’ve had the lowest valleys, the highest highs. I’ve had extreme happiness. I’ve had addictions. I’m like a living example of what people can go through and survive.


Have you ever thought of what you wanted on your tombstone?  Here lies Elizabeth.

She hated being called Liz. But she lived.


And boy. Did Elizabeth Taylor live. The last icon and first global superstar. She once told me that she couldn’t remember a time when she wasn’t famous.

Famous for her acting, illnesses, jewelry, friends, marriages and divorces.

Above all, for her stunning beauty , whether glamorously thin, or later unhappily heavy, time never dimmed her legendary violet eyes. She was born with a double set of lashes.

And she was so rapturously beautiful little girl that you couldn’t believe it and full of composure.

 Every day, I pray to God to give me horses. Pushed by her mother, Elizabeth was a movie star at 12 years old.  How do you do?  Her career spanned 70 years of more than fifty films.  I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof.


Opposite the screen’s greatest leading men.

 I love you.

She was the first actress to earn a million dollars for a movie.  Elizabeth Taylor.

And won two oscars, her last for this sheering 1966  performance.,  Maybe George  Bowie  didn’t have the stuff. That maybe he didn’t have it in him.

But Elizabeth,the actress was often eclipsed by Elizabeth, the woman.

Married eight times to seven men, she married Richard Burton twice, the public and paparazzi  consumed her every romance. She said there were two great loves in her life.

Director Mike Todd, who tragically died after one year of marriage, and Richard Burton, who in 1962, she met on the set a Cleopatra.   We both tried very hard to resist, it was just like, boom!

And the rest, as they say is –  is  in  history. Both were married at the time.

And their very public affair, condemned by the Vatican, became an international scandal. Unquestionably, their torrid relationship was one of the last century’s great romances. Richard Burton was a great actor.

 And also a hunk.

Throughout the ’60s, The Burtons were the most celebrated couple on the planet , superstars before there was such a word.

Lovers and friends all showered her with jewelry, a collection considered one of the finest in the world.

 Don’t get your fingerprints on it. Look at that.

In later years, Taylor successfully transformed herself into a businesswoman, selling perfume.

But her humanitarian work may be her greatest legacy.

Using her fame, she raised millions for aids research, bravely standing by actor Rock Hudson, one of its first victims, when others shunned him.

To the public, she may have been the last great movie star.

But for those who knew her, she was also a loving mother and loyal friend.

 There have been so many lessons, life and death lessons, emotional lessons.  I don’t believe in regrets.

And I have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow, no one does.

 And Barbara Walters is here now.

We were saying earlier, we don’t think of her as a pioneer, but her sheer fearlessness about her own choices in life changed things in this country.


By the way, she never wrote her autobiography.

This, all the different clips that people will see, that’s her autobiography.

She was gutsy and salty and funny.

And look at the things we’ve talked about , married eight times. She wanted to get married, she married them. She wanted to divorce them, she divorced them.

She championed aids when nobody did.

She stood by people who were rejected.

Michael Jackson adored her. Rock Hudson.

And everything she did was bigger, maybe not better, but pronounced and different.





  I felt sad at the grocery store today. It’s about vegetables produced in Ibaraki and neighboring prefectures that are currently affected by the radiation. Cabbages, sweet potatoes, and all other greens were sold at clearance prices. This is strange. It’s only spinach and milk that have been banned. People are overreacting too much. …That’s why. 
I feel sorry for the farmers. They are innocent victims.




みずから志願した人が多くいたそうです。 また現場に入る前に、奥さんや子供に手紙を書いた人がいるそうです。二度と会えないかも知れないからと。 

海外のメディアが大きく報じています。 名も無きヒーロー、FUKUSHIMA 50という名で。

どうか、どうか全員無事に帰ってきてください。 世界中の人々が、皆さんを大歓声で迎えてくれます。



I want to tell you more about those heroes prepared to go back into the plants. JUJU Chang is here. Juju we’re calling them FUKUSHIMA 50. There’s actually a pool of a hundred and eighty workers and they are going in 50-person shifts.
Absolutely we first told you about their heroism  yesterday overnight. They were pulled back about five hundred yards from the plant after the latest spike in radiation. But remember everyone else is almost fifteen miles away in safety. This morning it appeared the crisis team is heading back in. The Fukushima 50 are like police officers and fire fighters, people who are literally willing to sacrifice their lives to protect others.
They’re the nameless brave souls who volunteered or perhaps have been asked to be the last line of defense because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. Five workers have already died, two are missing after the latest fire, and two dozen injured.
Nuclear experts say the skelton crew are not managers but probably technicians, men who have the schematics of the plant in their head, who can fix pipes and unclog vents. They’ve gone into battle, crawling at times through dark mazes, armed with flashlights, and radiation detectors, wearing those full-body hazmat suits, breathing through cumbersome oxygen masks..
All the while,  potentially deadly doses of radiation are all around them. Their suits are protecting their airway but doing precious little to prevent radiation from seeping into their bodies.
At this point, it’s not clear what radiation levels that they are being exposed to. I think they would put themselves at certain risk. Just like our military put themselves at risks to accomplish a mission.  They fought fires. One apparently sparked by fuel oil, when a worker had to walk away from a diesel generator. They are frantically trying to douse flames and pouring sea water  on the reactor through makeshift fire pump. In order to get radiation sickness, you need to be exposed to a thousand millisieverts at once.But the Fukushima 50 are likely facing levels up to eight times as high. That’s more radiation than U.S. workers would face in a career and what some experts consider lethal.
Their anonymous heroism is recognized by the world. People send tributes via tweets. One man wrote, whatever the closest equivalent to the medal of honor, nobel peace prize, the Fukushima 50 deserve that and more. These are likely men with wives, children, families, who are facing their own perils outside the evacuation zone. But like the rest of us, they wait, watch from afar, and worry.
Their  dedication to their country, to their work, to their fellow person,  has really demonstrated the willingness to work through  trying condition to help protect both the country and their fellow citizens.
Now this crew is not necessarily strong, young men. Emergency nuclear scenario suggests asking older retirees to volunteer not because they are expendable or even because they are more skilled, but because even if they are exposed to massive amount of radiation, history has shown that they would die of old age before they die of the radiation induced cancers that only develop over decades.


To all the victims and the families who lost loved one and who are injured
I’d like to express my sympathy for the enormous loss of life and devastation caused by the  latest earthquake that jolted northeast Japan.
May my prayer come true that all of the disaster areas will be rebuilt soon.