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Regarding a recent article about trash on Mount Fuji: As a frequent visitor to Japan, which I love, I am appalled at the amount of consumption and disposal that goes on. Most citizens are quite scrupulous about putting the right materials into recycling bins, but the quantities are staggering. So many PET bottles, so many food wrappers and containers, so much plastic in its many (and nonbiodegradable) forms.

Wake up, Japan, and look at what you’re doing to your natural environment, Mount Fuji included. And don’t let me start on what you’ve done to your rivers.

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