July 25 article “Gundam statue draws attention to environment” is ridiculous. Why would anyone wanting to raise awareness of the environment choose a mammoth fighting robot as a symbol?! Regardless of the animation’s plot, wouldn’t it be far better to venerate a simple tree, or how about a whale?

The Japanese government’s rapacious “pave and build” strategy continues apace with little end in sight, and at last count, more than 60 percent of Japan’s entire coastline has been lined with concrete barriers. It seems that the otaku of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (cosponsor of the Gundam event) still haven’t learned a thing.

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