I used to often wonder why I saw so many shoes on the road in Japan when I first started driving here. Then one day I was waiting at the lights and watched some workers leaving a construction site at the end of the day. They all took their work shoes off, and put their casual shoes on and jumped into theirs cars and trucks and headed off home. On the top of one of the trucks was a pair of sneakers, and about 50m down the road I watched the sneakers fall off and bounce on the road as the car poolers drove off into the distance. I now know why there are so many shoes on the sides of the road in Japan.
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Posted in: What do you think of the work overalls that Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, State Minister for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety Renho and other cabinet ministers wear wh See in context
Kan and Edano should auction them.
The overalls are appropriate, makes eveyone watching in Japan realise the severity of the situation, who cares what people overseas think. Back in Christchurch, the Prime Minister and the Mayor also wore bright orange jackets (just as bad looking as overalls). 3 weeks after the quake, the PM auctioned his, money went to quake fund. Kan should do the same, auction it internationally, would bring in a lot of money.
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Posted in: Because China under President Xi Jinping is likely to create its own sphere to achieve the China Dream of restoring its former glory and becoming hegemonic in the region and beyond, Japan has to work together with the U.S., Australia, India and ASEAN countries to keep the Indo-Pacific region free and open.