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Regarding C.W. Nicol’s Nov. 4 column: “Breaking new ground with our Tohoku school in the woods“: Nicol must really be fed up with Japan’s infrastructure ministry and the lapdog politicians who will do anything to win a public works bid, and then pass on the higher construction costs to the hapless taxpayer.

Nicol is most eloquent when he writes: [Our opponents are] mostly die-hard construction officials who love concrete, and a few politicians reared on a diet of kickbacks, who, like the wild raccoon dogs in the hills, always seem to crap in the same places.”

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