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Since graduating from college, I have worked at a travel company that specializes in handling trips to Korea. Sometimes I can’t help feeling that we are too sensitive to the news from the media such as television.

On one hand, a lot of Japanese aunts have taken trips to South Korea to see the film locations of Korean dramas such as “Fuyu no Sonata (Winter Song).” Many people have also wanted to go shopping to take advantage of the yen’s appreciation. Yet, many people recently have decided to cancel their trips because of the fear of A-type H1N1 influenza, despite the fact that few people in Korea have been infected with the illness.

I can’t stop thinking how necessary it is for us not to swallow excess media information. We must do a better job of judging it correctly and choosing what is necessary from it.

hiroshi ando

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