It has been another good day. I finally got around to working out at the campus gym. I even bought a monthly membership.
I ran into some foreign language colleagues on campus. Most are preparing to leave to be in their home countries in the summer. M, one of the gang in our building, was working out when I arrived to the gym as he is an avid fitness fiend.
I have been looking into the best deals on flights to and from Japan. We are supposed to get more details of the itinerary later this evening, so that we will know the expected cost to participants and the methods of transportation and types of accommodations that the committee in Japan is arranging.
Today, the Japanese government of Prime Minister Abe passed a pivotal piece of legislation which changes the interpretation of the national Constitution. Basically, it means that Japan is officially ready to join a regional war when one of its allies is attacked or there is suspicion that another country is about to attack them or Japan. It only has the support of nine per cent of the general population, according to one news service (CCTV English online news). I am certain that our friends in Japan have been very busy joining in the protest against this bill for the past few weeks, as well as opposing the expansion and consolidation of US naval bases in Japan.
There is a hiccup with respect to the potential participation of our Korean friends who may be involved in our peace mission. One of the leaders was protesting in the streets on the subject of public safety in relation to the Seweol ferry disaster, and was arrested today. Hopefully, a couple of that group can make it and go on the tour.