Amazing how often Kyushu is hit with disasters. I hope more survivors can be found.
On a negative note....the photo above clearly shows the reason for the landslide.....mono-cropping of sugi. Its shallow roots cannot hold on when hit by heavy rains. I see these types of landslides often where I live in Miyazaki. Occasionally the authorities spot the danger early and then throw up a wall of concert on the entire mountain.
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I teach here in the elementary schools and this issue comes up every day. Especially as we're currently studying foreign countries. What I see is that a student's mind is often a mirror of their teacher's mind. In the many classes where the teacher fears traveling to other countries (and says so in my class) the students usually have the same idea. When the adults, teachers, leaders, etc. are scared of our world.....and the children develop these same fears....the future world looks to be a place of even less understanding and more violence.
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I am glad that I am living here in Japan where the level of self-righteousness and vitriol is kept to a minimum. The foundation of health-care, anywhere in the world, is based upon the healthy paying out more than they receive in benefits. I pay a lot of $$ into the health care system in Japan and receive very little in return. I did the same while living in the USA. And I would hope that when I am old and decrepit my premiums will go down with the assistance of the government and the general population. This is how all types of insurance work, not just health insurance. This isn't hard to understand, is it? The 'stupidity of the American voter'.....he's right on point with that.
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Unfortunately the internet speeds in my part of Japan are nowhere near the 1GBps that all the companies advertise. We were regularly receiving speeds of only 20Mbps so we had the NTT folks over to our house for a visit. They looked very nice in their suits but knew almost nothing about computers. They said only in the company office did people receive those 1GBps speeds. We switched backed over to BBIQ hoping for faster speeds and we got the same slow speeds. Just because a company advertises a fast speed doesn't mean that consumers receive it.
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Here's the best forecasting site to see when the pm2.5 is coming. http://sprintars.riam.kyushu-u.ac.jp/forecastj.html
Check this site to see the pm2.5 levels in China and then just follow the jetstream to see where it ends up. http://www.aqicn.info/?map You don't have to be a scientist to figure this stuff out. It is NOT coming from Japan.
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I'm finding it really difficult to believe the gov't is looking out for the public. I've been tracking pm2.5 down here in Kyushu for the past month using various websites. Since last Thursday the data has been mysteriously absent with occasional retroactive updates the following day. Prior to Thursday the data was updated every 2 hours. Yesterday a story was posted saying that the yellow sand would be high this weekend but that pm2.5 would not be a problem. Today they contradict themselves and admit the pm2.5 is high and then blame the data problem on overloaded websites. I've developed asthma and bronchitis since living here and I'm blaming it on the air quality. The public needs to pay attention to this issue and demand that the gov't try to protect its citizens. The air quality is only predicted to get worse over the next 5 years. Kyushu University has a forecast system, Sprintars, that has been accurate and reliable. Last week they predicted that this weekend's pollution would be the highest of the year - and then the gov't shuts off the data.
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It would appear that this person did not even spend the night in the hotel. Cell phone reception and convenience stores are available everywhere and would hardly be a concern for guests. I want to know how much that futon stinks, how thin the walls are, if there's electricity after 9pm, if it's even possible to fall asleep there at night, and if I'm gonna find someone sleeping on the kitchen floor in the morning.
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Star-Viking, Basroil, the issue that was brought up is Japan's food safety. The report I linked contained statistics from Japan's Fisheries Agency not a family physician. "Since a tsunami and earthquake destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant last March, radioactive cesium has consistently been found in 60 to 80 per cent of Japanese fishing catches each month tested by Japan’s Fisheries Agency." Luckily for Japan, Canada's radiation limits are 10x higher and allow most of these fish to enter the country. But after a year of contaminated foods entering the Japanese market it is no longer possible to believe the government when they tell us foods are safe. Although it must be nice to live in a bubble believing such things!!
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Basroil, you seem to be a bit misinformed. Japan does NOT have stringent food inspection. If they did we wouldn't have seen contaminated rice, beef, mushroom, tea, and most varieties of fruits and veggies for sale in the markets. I'd think it would be hard to live in Japan and not know these things.
Also, your comment on the impact of the radiation in the oceans is also way off the mark. If you are willing to change your mind then please read the article below. http://ukiahcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/fukushima-pacific-ocean-radiation-levels-up-45-million-times/
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If people don't speak up about this and stop it, then Japan will face some serious difficulties in the coming years. Health problems and loss of tourists would severely impact the nation's economy and cities like Tokyo (there will be others burning too) will see its population shrink. Pray for Japan.....to wake up!!!
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35 of Japan's prefectures agreed to this plan back in April. The only way to stop it is to speak out. Call your prefecture office, city hall, and let Hosono's office know how you feel. If this stuff is spread and burnt all over Japan then it will be the death of Japan, and time for many of us to go back home. Make your phone calls today!!
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