Inoue Clinic in Minamiashigarashi

Doctors with English speaking staff in Odawara and Minamiashigarashi:

Inoue Clinic in Minamiashigarashi is near Sagaminumata Station on the Daiyuzan Line.

Gastroenterologist , Anus Surgery

Tel 0465-71-1311

Noriko is Dr. Inoue`s wife and speaks English as does Dr. Inoue.

Can do house calls.

Health Services:

- basic health checkup
– gastric cancer
-lung cancer
– colon cancer
-breast cancer
-Individual vaccination measles, rubella

-Influenza vaccine
-hepatitis B hepatitis A
-BCG Hib for cervical cancer

Check their homepage in Japanese for their Weekly Schedule:

Inoue Clinic Homepage

My Car Was Vandalized

My Car was Vandalized


I drive a nice Toyota 86 sports car and I think someone doesn`t like that fact.

I think my car has been vandalized. I used to park it well within our parking lot in an uncovered space deep in the lot with a light pole over it. But lately I park it under cover, but near a side street. We suspect some teenagers have purposely scratched it here and there over time. There are three scratches now. I have no witnesses and no proof so haven`t gone to the police. I think unfortunately someone is jealous of my car. So I will fix the scratches myself. They aren`t so bad, but I had better move the car so there aren`t any more done to it.

Letters to Terry

Dear Terry Allen, just this morning, I was shoveling snow, when a Japanese man of about 80, stopped his car and motioned me over to ask a question. “Fukabori kono chikaku ne sundeimasuka?” -was his question. Which means: Does Fukabori live around here? But being a Tsawwassen guy of course, I thought he was mouthing me off, and I only caught:
“Fuka-bori!” So I thought the 80 year old was trying to pick a fight with me! “Fuka-bori to you too buddy! And your mother too!!!” I wanted to say, but resisted the urge considering the guy`s age and the fact I mean, his mother was probably long gone! Sorry to say. He was an old coger! “The war`s over!” Was another one I thought of. Instead I referred him to my lovely natto eating wife Ikumi, and she promptly directed him to the fish store across the street. Terry if you have never lived across a narrow street from a fish store for 16 years, I`ll tell ya, the aroma is very interesting! It becomes that much more of a challenge to make friends as the smell permeates your clothes. But I have a lot of friends who enjoy sushi, so that is a definite plus! Terry if your wife doesn`t eat natto, you are missing something buddy! Natto is fermented; or I like to think, practically rotten soy beans.
They make a kind of long stinky string as you eat them. I think it could double as an industrial strength glue for airplane parts It makes for a romance made in Odawara, I`ll tell ya man. Take care! Sorry you lost your hockey team again! Maybe someone can scrounge up another hockey team for Atlanta. Or maybe it could be one of them Kickstarter projects. It`s always a thought! Your buddy in Nippon, Kevin R Burns

I Love People Smoking Next to Me!



I Love People Smoking Next to Me

Originally published in The Vancouver Sun

Tokyo:Japan Living (JL)

God I love people smoking next to me! Japan is a great country for a guy like me. I love the smell on my clothes and my hair. I don’t smoke myself, I don’t need to. I get enough when I go to any movie theatre lobby, restaurant or coffee shop here. It’s a great place for smoke inhalation.

I may become a fireman because of this Land of the Rising Smoke. I miss the Marlborough man–he died of lung cancer long ago; too bad. His young virile image is here though–on many billboards and blasting from Sony TV’s throughout the land. Don’t tell anyone he died of lung cancer eh! Many people don’t seem to know. And many famous stars from America make great cigarette ads here. I guess people like Charlie Sheen agree with me, that Japan is a great country and that everyone should smoke.

I don’t smoke, and I never had asthma in Canada, I developed it here in Japan. Silly Canadians and their non-smoking cities. How could I ever develop a challenging disease like asthma in a largely smoke free city like Vancouver! And how do they expect to attract any new smokers if they don’t let the big tobacco giants advertise! How ludicrous! No I’m glad I moved here!

I think those Canadians are too health conscious! No smoking in public, come on! What will they do next, make Canadian store clerks polite? Make them get off the phones with their friends and actually serve the customers?

It’s neat going to the hospital here. The one I go to specializes in asthma treatment! The doctor is very famous and he smokes in front of his patients–yes that’s right, right in the hospital lobby.

Oh it’s great, I don’t even have to move, I get smoke blown in my face by my own doctor! I don’t even pay extra! It’s a free service.

And thank God he never runs out of cigarettes, there are two cigarette vending machines right in the hospital!!!! You have to like that!

I confess, I was so distraught that all the airlines here have wimped out and banned smoking on all international flights. Something to do with foreign pressure.

Oh well, I can still smell the stench in the elevators, taxi cabs,and on my friend’s clothes too. It’s great that the Japanese government feels like I do. They think,

“The people need their cigarettes!” So they own the whole company.They are kind of like a Bill Gates of Tobacco. They stare down from the Diet Building and are happy in knowing that Japan Tobacco is making cigarettes for the Japanese masses.

There is no discrimination here about smoking. They are available to everyone! Even children can buy them, as there are vending machines all over the country. No one can supervise it so anyone with the Yen to smoke can do so! Konnichiwa Tobacco!I see students smoking everywhere. The people hack on the trains, and it isn’t just from colds you know; Japan Tobacco can be thanked for that. Plus JT is reducing the population here. Japan is pretty overpopulated anyway–one study said that over 100,000 Japanese died from tobacco related illnesses in 1995 alone! Wow! It’s strange as that seems to go against the whole plan. Japanese always worry about the declining population but don’t seem to do much to curb smoking. I am forever grateful that the Japanese aren’t that health conscious!

They even smoke while holding their babies! Yes, life is good here!

Oh smell my sweater…I think that aroma is Lucky Strike!

“I Love People Smoking next to me!” was originally published in The Vancouver Sun, on Wednesday, January 17th, 2001

“Do you mind if I smoke? No. Do you mind if I fart?”

–Steve Martin

JT Japan Toebacco


JT Japan Toebacco

JT Japan Toebacco Says it’s Diversifying

“Before we just killed ‘em! But now we try to cure ‘em too.”

–Yoshi Shindamoto, President of JT


Deep in the bowels of Japan’s capital city, Japan Toebacco or JT, plans its’ next strategic moves.

Hiroshi Nakunata, JT Marketing Chief, spends his days at the head office deciding on future products and forming the strategies that will bring success to JT:

“We decided in June that killing our customers didn’t make good business sense. Now we merely try to make them sick. Then with our recent tie up with U.S. biotech companies, we hope to cure them too. We plan on making as many Japanese ill as possible. This will generate millions of yen in tobacco sales. After this, we will attempt to cure them with our lung cancer vaccines, mu ha ha ha ha! We won the worldo so sorry!”

Many tobacco giants the world over have praised JT Japan Toebacco`s vision as one for the 21st century.

“Anyone can kill them, but to cure them too, wow that’s a marketing loop! Of course there is no danger in smoking cigarettes though, I didn’t mean to imply that. End of interview. No comment.”

–Tom Marlborough, of Kraven eh! The Canadian Toebacco Company

Okama Bin Laden the transvestite terrorist, in a rare interview, praised JT Japan Toebacco as being more successful at killing the masses than he was. In one year alone, over 500,000 Japanese died of tobacco related diseases.1

“That’s more than I’ve ever been able to mastermind. Do you like my dress? I’m not treated well here in Afghanistan, being dressed like a woman, but what can you do when you shave your legs and speak with this voice?”

Indeed JT’s record is astounding! Many of its’ customers have died or become ill.

“We are proud of our success,but we cannot sit on our raurels, is that how you plonounce dat word? Anway, we cannot shit around, we must continue progress towards the future. Killing is how you say? Become passe, we must cure our customers. We are a nicer, gentler JT now.”-

-Biyoki Suzuki, Head of Sales at JT

With many of JT’s customers now dead or dying, and sales going down, the move into curing customers was felt to be necessary according to press reports.

“We are so happy to have exclusive rights to lung cancervaccines in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. No one can make or sell them here without our approval.2

No it isn’t a conflict of interest to make products which kill people and others that cure them.

It does make good dinner conversation and smacks of a ‘Simpson’s,’ episode though.”

–Gun Hayakuatta, a JT staffer

God help us!

1. One study found that in 1995 alone, over 500,000 Japanese died of tobacco related illnesses.

2. This, according to a report in The Japan Times in November, 2001.

The Hot English Lesson

The Hot English Lesson

Ken Shimura

Ken Shimura is one of my favorite comedians in Japan.


It`s the water and a lot more!

Humor about Japan – Why do I luv livin in Japan?

It`s the water and a lot more!

I`m absolutely lovin` the tangy taste of the tap water these days.

by Kevin Burns

I don`t know what they are doin` to it,but keep it up eh! I love it! I got into an argument with a friend over it though. I think we were had been tagether too much eh. But anyway, he said about the water, “It`s the plutonium!””No I says, it`s the cesium112.”Then outta nowhere, a funky announcer comes on and says:”Hey you two, it`s the plutonium and the cesium.”So there ya have it! I`m as happy as my friend Geoff, who said, “I don`t need to eat vegetables.”Me neither! Now no one can scold me for not eatin` my greens.

“Eat your peas!”

“Screw off bucko!”

“Another helping of steak please.” Four steaks a night. I am on protein overload!!! Yarr!

Bring on Schwartzanegger! Arrghhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Home


I have to do some hard caulking, pardon the expression. For my American friends, “hard caulking,” is a Canadian term, really it is eh. I wouldn`t lie to you. I gotta redo the bathroom. It is amazing what can happen to a house after 16 years. There are things growing that I think scientists would get excited about, “My God, it`s a whole new species!!!!”

Time in Japan 2011

Time in Japan 2011

A Question from a Reader

Time in Japan, Kevin a question for you:

I keep reading in alternative news sources how the radiation leaks are worse than what the government is saying. I’ve also read that radiation is being detected on the west coast of North America. I know my Japanese friend says he is fed up with the lies and just wants to get out now. Are you concerned about all the radiation?

–Shane O`dell, Canada

August, 2011

Thanks for your question! Frankly I`d be careful of the alternative news sources. Some of them are pretty fanatical and not reliable.

About Japan, I think the truth lies somewhere in between.

There are a number of things happening and I am pretty disgusted with a lot of groups at the moment. On the one hand, you have the Japanese government and TEPCO not saying everything, or downplaying things.

Time in Japan – The Green Movement on the Offensive

On the other hand you have the anti-nuclear group playing up things and really going for the jugular with the nuclear power isdangerous argument. Not that they shouldn`t. We do need to go green much more. However, are Thorium reactors not a much safer alternative? What are the drawbacks of Green power?There is still some controversy over Wind Mills (like the ones near Palm Springs).

Being a father of three, I have done my best to try to get to the truth.

It is somewhere in the middle. I used to be anti-nuclear power but now I feel there must be some safer forms of it and in the right location it might be okay. Look up Thorium reactors if you are interested. From what I have read, they are much safer. China is bringing one online.

I am all for green power however. It is safe and gives us what we need. I believe in Gaia. I think we need to live in balance with nature, and if not, Mother Nature will correct the balance. It is already happening.

Time in Japan – What is Safe?

I`m not concerned about drinking our local water for example. We are basiclaly in Kelowna if Vancouver had a nuclear meltdown.I feel safe in regards to radiation in the air. The local pool was tested for radiation by the school authorities. I trust them. Radiation was negligible. Keep in mind there is always background radiation wherever you live. Some beer in fact will have more radiation in it depending upon where it was made. Not dangerous of course, it is just a fact.

Time in Japan, another fact of life here: Radio-phobia

Some people have an unreasonable fear, a phobia of radiation.Remember it is in the background wherever you are.

We are seeing that all around the world. People freaking out about this hidden danger. Something they can`t see.Japan is the center of Radiophobia having lived through 2 atomic bombings and now a huge nuclear meltdown. Japanese tend topanic over a number of things. This is not rare. I wonder if your friend is not a little radiophobic?

In the 1950s they were doing ABOVE GROUND testing of atomic bombs near Las Vegas. A friend of mine lived there at that time. He is in his 60s now, lives in Kanto, Japan and fit as a fiddle (as Mom would say). So are all his friends and relatives. Funny eh, no one talks about that now.I haven`t read one news story that has referred to that.

Why not? That doesn`t sell papers! Scaring the crap out of people does! So that`s what they do.

Not that I want anyone to return to above ground testing! I`m just saying that radiation doesn`t spread that well. Radiation in Tokyo has been negligible. There was concern for newborns drinking the water at one point, but that was whenradiation was still spewing out into the water supply a couple months back.

Time in Japan – Kanagawa

Some of the tea was tainted in Kanagawa, but those are leaves that just sit there and gather the particulate (radiation). There was some talk that if it was processed properly it might well be okay. But to be safe the government banned it.

Time in Japan – What can we eat? Drink?

I feel for your Japanese friend, where does he live? If he is in Tokyo he is very safe. The only concern I feel for the people of Tokyo or us we are 270kms south of the reactors and about 80 kms south of Tokyo –the food supply has been iffy.

I am very upset with the Japanese Government over a lack of leadership and a lack of food safety. And the problem is if they often don`t tell the truth it causes stress in the people as they don`t know whom to believe.

Honestly, had this meltdown gone down in Ontario, there would be no food being distributed from Ontario for years until they were sure it was safe. They have been selling food from Fukushima and some of it has reportedly reached N. America (not to scare you).

That was a huge mistake!!!

Time in Japan – A Canadian Comparison

In Canada, the farmers would be reimbursed and taken care of I feel. In Japan they were left on their own. The donations that have come inare still sitting there awaiting distribution. Some has been donated but much is still sitting as they can`t decide what to do. Some of the farmers committed suicide. It`s sad.

Time in Japan, Decisions, Decisions!

The National problem of Japan – Making decisions. HUGE WEAK POINT of Japan and one reason Japan copies car styles and tends to improve products as opposed to inventing them.

The education system here is based on rote memorization. BIG Mistake!

For all my criticism of the Canadian education system we went through, it is a big improvement on the Japanese one. If you are interested I have written on it extensively. at How to teach English in Japan.

Of course I am an educator in Japan and see the results of this education system everyday.

You have hit a sore point.

I love Greenpeace, used to donate to them. And I agree with most of what they do and say. Sea Shepherd Society- I have sympathy for what they do. Sometimes they have gone to far.(Iceland for example, blew up the whole whaling fleet there).

Time in Japan – The truth about Radiation

I think we need to get at the truth about the radiation situation in Japan, and how nuclear fallout unfolds from a nuclear meltdown. The only way I have found to get at it, is to read many sources and talk with many people.

The big concern I have is for my kids. I gather your friend has kids too. I`m 48. Radiation is slow going in terms of hurting you. But my kids are still developing. I`m concerned about the food they are getting at school. Is it safe? Is the milk safe? Is the juice safe?

Whom can I trust?

I just trust in God and hope we are safe. That is all I can do. And as you know while you are looking one way, you can get broadsided from the other side.

At my blog, I have written about the radiation issue a lot. Your friend might be interested.

I was interviewed by a Montreal radio station about all of this.They asked me on March 16th, five days after the earthquake:

“Do you trust the Japanese government in this case?”

I said at that time that I did. I want to recant that now!

The Benefits of this Huge Disaster?

I think in the end, this will benefit the green movement. I laughed when the Canadian authorities were quoted as saying that the reactors in Ontario were much safer and this couldn`t happen there.

That`s what the Japanese said after Chernobyl.

I think this scares everyone, as they know it could happen near them unfortunately. We need to come up with safer power and we need to stop screwing the planet. Or GAIA will come up and bite us on the rear end!

Mother nature will not be toyed with, for long. She isn`t vindictive, but she likes things in balance, and we have been messing with that balance for far too long!

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