Four August typhoons will be designated as severe disasters

Sep 11, 2016

Four August typhoons will be designated as severe disasters

The government will designate four typhoons that hit Japan in August as extremely severe disasters so the affected municipalities will receive increased assistance, disaster management minister Jun Matsumoto said. The four typhoons are Chanthu, Mindulle, Lionrock and Kompasu. They were this year’s seventh, ninth, ...

Feb 27, 2011

Pawns of leading-edge 'research'

The front-page Feb. 22 article “Work starts at Shinjuku Unit 731” prompted me to make a few comments as a student of the Chinese language who visited the Biological Warfare Unit 731 site in the Pingfang district of Harbin, China. (The Shinjuku site in ...

Jan 6, 2011

No proof seniors drive less safely

The Jan. 3 Kyodo article “Traffic deaths down but not for seniors” reports that, for the first time, half of all victims of fatal traffic accidents in Japan during 2010 were 65 or older. The piece then opines that the imbalance in the distribution ...