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Last month The Japan Times reported that landowners in Ome are reluctant to harvest cedars when they net only ¥1,000 per tree (“Sniffle, sneeze — and why’s all that cedar pollen still in the air?” March 15). Could the Tokyo Metropolitan Government sponsor a program to cut significant numbers of branches, thereby leaving the trees to continue to grow while reducing significantly the volume of pollen in the air and creating work?

eric w. sedlak

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