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10 2011

My Thoughts Go Out to Mao and Her Family


This weekend, I’m watching ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final - it’s like a festival rather than a competition - held in Quebec City, Canada on a live pay-TV through the Net (no commentator and announcer, just skaters and music!). It costs about 1,000 yen ($13) including live coverage and VoD streaming of the senior event. It’s inexpensive because this way, I don't have to check up channels and their broadcast schedules.

Generally, however, people living in Japan cannot access the Net-TV because of geographical limitations, so I access it via one of Asian countries. The limitation is for protecting the broadcast right of the Japanese TV I call “harassment”. I think Japanese commercial stations are lagging behind the most in terms of live broadcast on the Net. Figure skating fans are always struggling for watching competitions live (not only women’s and men’s singles but also pairs’ and dancing). If we can watch those on the stations sites, we’d gladly pay some money. Basically, we are different form viewers of a prime-time taped show who are just interesting in Mao Asada (Well, paradoxically, the stations made such viewers). Furthermore, most of us also review performances on the taped show even if they watched them live. There is no harm for them to send it live on the Net.

I want to mention some more points about the sport telecasting, but I’d stop that today.

I was also one who had a long day yesterday. During figure skating season, maniacs work hard weekday and are waiting every event like a child who counts the days until Christmas. Friday, which is opening of most competitions, is the most exciting time for us. However, my Friday was a bitter day: it started with the shocking news of Mao’s withdrawing and ended with the sad news of her mother’s death.

I felt disconcerted and gave sighs all day long firstly because I well understood Mao’s situation (of course, not as a famous skater, but as a young woman). I lost my mother in my 20s. She passed away after 7-year battle with cancer. When I was the same age as Mao, I received word about her condition while traveling and rushed home. She wasn’t in critical condition, and I was in a resort town near Tokyo, not in a far place like Canada. So, it took about only 3 hours to our home, but I was seriously alarmed and couldn’t bear the thought of her.

I sympathize with s Asada Family in their sad bereavement. We were also bereft husband and two daughters.

I offer my sincerest condolences for Kyoko Asada and the family.


I wrote, “I’m going to give up the flipping optical fiber networks” in the last post, but…. NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) dispatched field examiners to our home last Monday, and they proposed a setup plan using MDF (Main Distributing Frame) at hour house and called a construction unit on the spot. There was a way!

Now I can watch smoothly flowing videos with new laptop through the optical fiber.


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