revisionist viewpoints

Prince William laid a floral tribute at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama on Friday morning.

Meanwhile the majority of the panel of experts to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII on Aug 15 are THE REVISIONISTS whom Mr Abe chosed.

Masashi Nishihara, who heads a national security think tank, wrote in the conservative Sankei newspaper in 2013 that charges of Japan's forcible use of Asian women as sex slaves in wartime military brothels are "fabricated in South Korea." He said a 1993 apology should be revised, though he cautioned Abe against full denial. He said Japan should fight back against criticisms that single out Japan over its wartime past.

Terumasa Nakanishi, a Kyoto University international politics professor, wrote in a conservative magazine that the war-renouncing Constitution "imposed" by the allies after World War II deprives Japan of its sovereignty and military. He added that China and South Korea use history issues to intimidate Japan and block any constitutional revision.

Businessman Yoshito Hori says Japan fought a war of self-defense: "Don't easily call it a `war of aggression,'" he tweeted in 2012. He has said Abe's statement should be forward-looking and "totally different" from the past apologies.

...Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement
By Mari Yamaguchi\
Associated Press, Feb 26, 3:52 AM EST

However even in Penang the Japanese Army gave local peoples the following aggression and its ferocity:


This Form 2 classroom at the Convent Light Street must be the most notorious class in the entire Convent as it served as the internment camp for a group of prisoners of war who were captured by the Japanese after the USS Grenadier was sunk in the Straits of Malacca. I wonder whether the present girls who use the classroom are fully aware of the history that their classroom carries.

During their incarceration, the prisoners scratched their names with their belt buckles, on various parts of the classroom walls.

The survivors sent various mementos to the Convent with a request they be permanently displayed in the classroom so that this piece of history will not be forgotten.


Dawn on 22 April proved to be little better than the same time the day before when the crew spotted two enemy vessels heading straight for them. With few options left, the men began burning confidential documents and preparing to scuttle the ship. As they did so, the part of the crew that remained topside contended with a Japanese plane that appeared in the sky overhead. They managed to hit the aircraft with fire from the deck gun, but as the injured plane veered away it dropped a torpedo that exploded just a few hundred yard from the stricken sub.

Moments later, GRENADIER’s crew opened all the boat’s vents, then abandoned ship and watched her sink beneath the waves. A Japanese merchant vessel picked up all 76 crewmembers. The men spent the rest of the war in prison camps along the Malay Peninsula and then in Japan, suffering starvation and torture but refusing to provide their captors with any information. After two long years, the 72 surviving crewmembers were released at war’s end.

...The Loss of USS GRENADIER (SS-210)
By Education Specialist on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 9:44 am
(The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut)

The CONVENT LIGHT STREET is the school where Hacchan spent her school days period from 6 years old to 17 years old. So her alumna shccol.

The under is the story by the testimony of prion warder:

Hashim Ali noted Murakami "interrogating a women. He had stripped her and was beating her with stick... After a few minutes I saw the MP (Militaru Police, or kenpeitai) take a stick and poke it into her private parts. After that the women was tied from the waist behind to a motorcycle and then the MP started the motorcycle going round the prison ground.. she was naked ... she was a Malay woman... after about 5 or 6 rounds he stopped. After that the women was unconscious and later she was put back in her cell. .. 3 other MPs watched."
After the war, British military administration (BMA) investigators were told by locals of killing areas on Penang Hill with the bones of victims being left and picked over by wild animals.

...Abdrew Barber "Penang at War, A history of Penang during and between the First and Second Wars 1914-1945" (AB&A, 2010) p.95

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Good luck, sweet prince

BEIJING: Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings, amid international criticism that rapidly-growing Chinese demand could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation.

The move, which took effect Thursday, was announced by China’s State Forestry Administration in a statement posted on its website.

It comes days ahead of a visit to China by Britain’s Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking. He is expected to speak on the issue during a stop in southwestern Yunnan province next Wednesday.

China is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but regulated sales of ivory carvings are legal in the country.

It is the world’s largest consumer of illegal ivory, with skyrocketing demand leading to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants each year, conservationists say.

Ivory carving has a long tradition in China and items are popular with Chinese collectors who see them as a valuable investment.

The raw material is often intricately carved to depict anything from devotional Buddhist scenes to wildlife and bizarre fantasies, and is also turned into more mundane household objects such as chopsticks.

Between 800 to 900 smuggling cases are detected in China every year, according to customs statistics cited by the state-run Beijing Youth Daily, and more than half of businesses dealing in legal ivory are also involved in illegal trade.

A joint report in December from the Save the Elephants and The Aspinall Foundation campaign groups found that more than 100,000 wild elephants were killed from 2010 to 2012, with their slaughter largely fuelled by the “out of control” illegal ivory trade in China.

China is making efforts to stem the trade, including closing down at least 10 officially designated factories and jailing hundreds of dealers, but the measures were not going far enough, the report’s authors said.

Researchers said prices for raw ivory in China had risen from US$750 (RM2,708) per kilo in 2010 to US$2,100 (RM7,583) in 2014.

The one-year timeframe for the new ban on carvings “is designed to assess the effects”, Xinhua reported.

(One-year ban on import of ivory carvings)
...The Star, Published: Saturday February 28, 2015

In Africa a blood drenched war on wildlife is raging and next month Prince William is going behind enemy lines. This is a man with a passionate mastery of a bleak situation. While others understandably genuflect to China’s tumescent economic power, with tongues out for crumbs, his is a higher purpose.

There are at most 500,000 elephants left in Africa and the prince will be taking their desperate plight to the political elite, which by an egregious sin of omission is complicit in the slaughter and foreseeable demise of Loxodonta africana.

Chinese investment in Africa has transformed economies, lifted millions out of poverty and provided hope for nations ravaged by war, corruption or sheer destitution, but there is a quid pro quo. The continent’s forests are being emptied and the savannahs cleared of wildlife. For too many, an encounter with majestic beauty isn’t a precious moment; it’s a precious ornament.

(Prince William will take plight of Africa's elephants 'behind enemy lines' in China)
By Nicky Campbell
...The Guardian, Published: Friday 27 February 2015

Before China, Prince William is now in Japan:

TOKYO (AP): Until Japan's defeat at the end of World War II in 1945, the emperor was seen as divine. No one believes that today, but that hasn't changed the deeply rooted view they aren't really regular folks.

Ingrid Seward, editor in chief for Majesty Magazine, a London-based monthly that covers European royalty, said the Japanese Emperor and his family could become more of a plus for the country's image by "modernizing" and becoming more visible.

William wins praise for his views on the environment and symbolizes "hope for the monarchy of the future," she said.

"They should take a look at Prince William and how he responds to the people he meets and how he is able to talk to the crowd, like his mother did before him," she said, referring to Diana.

(Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince)
By Yuri Kageyama
...Associated Press Feb. 27, 2015 8:52 AM ET

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unfit at work

Mr Yahho opened today's newspaper "The Star" and found the following figures in the front page:

308,039: employees checked
36.94% : overweight
17.63% : obesity
13.14% : hypertension
8.45% : diabetes
61.76% : high cholesterol

- The figures aren't healthy for Malyasian employees.
- More than half of these who underwent Socso's free health screening programme (*) are at risk for a host of non-communicable diseases (NCD).
- Health experts blame lifestyle and culture for this.

Page 6:
PETALING JAYA: Socso’s programme to screen employees for non-communicable diseases (NCD) has uncovered some worrying finds.

More than half of the employees who underwent its free health screening program (HSP) from 2013 were found to be at risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

While health experts have pointed to lifestyle and eating habits as the root of the problem, Socso is renewing its call for more Malaysians to undergo the free health screening to detect problems before they get too serious.

Employers who are alarmed with the high numbers have also expressed concern over the costs they have to bear for their sick employees.

Socso's deputy chief executive officer (Operation) Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman said Socso had also distributed an additional 210,000 vouchers for workers who will turn 40-years-old this year.

"workers who recieved the HSP vouchers in 2013 and 2014 and have yet to undergo the health screening can still do so this year. Soco hopes that extension would encourage more members to take the opportunity and proceed to undergo the health screeninhg." he said.

...Half found with health risks

PETALING JAYA: Employers need to fork out three times their usual cost whenever an employee falls sick, said Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan.

He said this was to cover the cost of daily wages, medical fees and the cost of paying another employee to finish the work of a sick worker.

He added that generally, the cost of Malaysian workers taking medical certificates (MCs) and the loss to the employers could be quite staggering.

“Wages and bonuses are paid based on company profits so if the cost for the employers is escalating through MCs and other means, then obviously the benefits will be lower for the employees,” he told The Star.

Shamsuddin said employers are also worried as the Employment Act 1955 provides that employees with longer years of service are entitled to more sick leave.

He said this adds to the companies’ cost of managing hospitalisation and non-hospitalisation claims.

“Companies normally purchase hospitalisation insurance but for non-hospitalisation claims, taking insurance may not be too cost effective as the premiums are high.

“Also, if there are a high number of claims made by a particular company in a year, there is a tendency for the insurance premium to cost more the following year,” he said.

Realising this, Shamsuddin said that some companies have introduced incentive schemes by rewarding employees who do not utilise their sick leave.

“Since introducing it, the number of annual sick leave fell from 4% to 0.01% so the companies got a lot more man-hour days.

“I also know of some companies that actually use the number of days of sick leave, among other factors, taken to determine the bonus paid to the employee.

“Some employees may say that they are entitled to their sick leave and it should not be used as a yardstick but employers can also say the same – they are entitled to see if an employee is productive or otherwise,” he said.

Shamsuddin said the number of employees who were at risk for non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol based on the survey by Socso was alarming.

...MEF: Sick employees triple cost for bosses

PETALING JAYA: In 2006, Abu Hassan Johari was told that something was wrong with his kidney but he did not think much of it.

“I was not put on any medication then and I forgot about it, I did not go for further checks because I was too caught up with work,” Abu Hassan told The Star.

Three years later, a fever transformed the life of the 47 year-old when doctors diagnosed him with chronic kidney disease.

Abu Hassan never expected his doctor to inform him that his kidneys had shrunk and he had to start dialysis treatment immediately.

He had learnt the hard way the importance of going for regular health screenings and of paying attention to the warning signs.

The father of five who previously worked for the Government in a contractual position now runs a small business selling nasi lemak and does occasional tailoring at his sister’s shop.
Azrul Abd Manap, 55 was at home when he suffered a stroke three years ago. The attack left the linen operator at a private hospital weak on his right hand.

Azrul who has three grown children now goes for physiotherapy twice a month to regain his strength for his hand.

“When I had the stroke, my hands were weak and shivered. “Now I am much better but my right hand is weak so it takes some time when I use my hand,” he said.

He said after the stroke, he is more careful with his food and does exercise whenever he can.

“People must eat right and go for regular medical check ups. It is important,” advised Azrul.

...Too caught up with work to save kidney from disease

The Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) of Malaysia was established in 1971 under the Ministry of Human Resources (formerly known as Ministry of Labour) with the aim to administer, enforce and implement the Employees’ Social Security Act, 1969.

SOCSO provides benefits through its Employment Injury Insurance Scheme and the Invalidity Pension Scheme. Among the many functions undertaken by SOCSO is registering employer/employees, collection of employers/employee contributions, processing and disbursing claims made by salaried employees and their dependants. In addition SOCSO also provides physical and vocational rehabilitation benefits to claimants and promotes occupational safety and health awareness.
(About SOCSO)

The SOCSO Health Screening Programme (HSP) was announce during the 2013 Budget by YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak on 28 September 2012.The HSP is a health screening programme which will be offered to all active workers contributing to SOCSO who attain 40 years of age.

The HSP will screen Non Communicable Diseases such cardiovasculas diseases, diabetes and cancer (cervical cancer and breast cancer) as these diseases are found to be factors affecting the productivity of Malaysian workers.
(About HSP)

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a profound statement

Mr Yahho would like to end today's Diary as Appendix for his Diary of 24/02/15 under the title of "remember history correctly". Because today he read the letter from the reader in The Star as follows:

On MARCH 31, 2011, The Star published a poignant photograph showing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in a kneeling position on the floor talking to an elderly woman seated on the floor with her husband kneeling beside her.

This was not long after the devastating tsunami. The royal couple was on a visit to an evacuation shelter and thoughtfully put aside palace protocol.

Their genuine concern for the victims raised the status of the Chrysanthemum throne up by several notches.

A few days ago, Crown Prince Naruhito turned 55 and released a profound statement that sent ripples across Japan and its neighbours.

He said: “Today when memories of war are set to fade, I reckon it is important to look back to our past with modesty and pass down correctly the miserable experience and the historic path Japan took from the generation who know the war to the generation who don’t.”

His words ran counter to nationalist politicians who continue to anger Korea and China by downplaying Japan’s war crimes.

Politicians must remain popular to cling on to power and most have no qualms going against their own conscience.

Constitutional monarchies are found in many countries and those with royalties that display great human spirit are truly blessed.

Naruhito’s message is likely to speed up the healing of past wounds and generate goodwill in East Asia.

Constitutional monarchies are also found in many countries and in times of grave crisis, they can lift their nations out of the quagmire brought about by nationalistic politicians stoking the flames.

...A timely reminder not to forget the past
Kuala Lumpur

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Penang Sakura Blossom

Mr Yahho has had a great emotion to meet 'Cherry Blossoms of Penang Botanic Garden'. Now is a season of flower in full bloom!

During most of the year, Lagerstroemia loudonii is an inconspicuous tree with rather drab foliage and small dried-up fruits.

Around Christmas time, it starts to lose its leaves before bursting into a spectacular display of bright pink flowers which cover the entire crown in an iridescent frothy mass.

The petals are bright purplish-pink when they open but fade to pale pink or whitish after two to three days, each cluster with flowers of several different shades at the same time.

There are several trees dotted around the Botanic Guarden, particularly in the formal garden.

They lend a festive atmosphere to the gardens around Chinese New Year reminiscent of sakura, the Japanese cherry tree.

Lagerstroemia loudonii is native to deciduous forests in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

It was first described in 1863 and was brought to Penang in the early 1900s.

It needs a distinct dry period to flower but seems to have adapted itself to the wetter conditions in Penang.

...Simon Gardner, Pindar Sidisunthorn and Lai Ee May "Heritage Trees of Penang"(Areca Books, 2011)

The Tabebuia Rosea, Pink Tecoma, Rosy Trumpet Tree or what Penangites fondly know as the Penang Sakura will be in full bloom again throughout the month of March.

Planted along the stretch of Bayan Baru as well as in Bukit Mertajam, each tree bears a majestic canopy of white, pink or pastel purple flowers every year, attracting all sorts of visitors to revel in its beauty. During this month, many will travel to this part of the island to capture beautiful photographs or maybe enjoy romantic moments with a loved one under its pretty pink shade.

Although many may call these the Cherry Blossoms of Penang, they are not to be confused with the actual Japanese Cherry Blossom or Sakura as the locals only call them that because of its colour and resemblance. Now, every Penangite will be able to experience the glory of such beautiful blossoms without having to travel all the way to Japan...

(Penang Sakura Blossom)

GEORGE TOWN: While Japan has sakura, Penang and Kedah too have their own cherry blossom that makes a picturesque scene.

The fallen withered flowers turn the pavements into a bright and colourful carpet, prompting some motorists to stop their vehicles to take photographs.

(Awestruck by picturesque bloom)
The Star published: Friday April 4, 2014

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Encik Hashim

Hacchan showed Mr Yahho the newspapre clipping about her father, Encik M M Hashim(*) with his photo as follows:

"It's a relief to share problems"
Parents usually ask why there is resentment between themselves and teenagers of the seventies.

What's wrong with thses teenagers?

Why do they dress outrageously, wear their hair long. conduct free sex or seemingly go against elders?

To all these questions, Encik M M Hashim, a successful businessman and father of seven, said:
"I advise parents to stop torturing themselves about these issues but to stand up and be responsible now, which means doing the best they can for their children.

"Don't use physical punishment. Too muchi of it would make them immune. At times, as every parent knows, the temptation can be strong. When a youngster seems endlessly hostile, sullen or unresponsible, it is easy -and very human- to react with anger and withdrawal.

"But the difficult child is often the one who needs your patience and understanding the most"

Encik Hashim feels that parents should read, listen, talk with other adults, verbalize their thoughts, expose themselves to probing, then shift things through.

"First," he added, "Its' a relief to share your problems to say it out loud. It's a tremendous comfort to learn that your fears are not unique, that other parents who battle with their kids are often filled with despair. Talking out thoughts and feelings helps to unearth the feeling behind the feeling."

"It's amazing to find that you'll get better results when adults talk frankly together." said Encik Hashim.

(Encik M M Hashim...not advisable to use physical punishment)
Straits Echo published: Wednesday, May 19, 1976

Mr Yahho wants to search the history about Penang-based English nespapers:

There were also other firsts – the state’s first independent English newspaper, The Pinang Argus, was published from 1867 to 1873. According to Khoo Su Nin’s Streets of Georgetown, it was at Argus House located at Argus Lane that the newspaper came into being, hence its name.

This was where the state’s earliest Eurasian Catholic settlement was set up.

Despite its historical significance, there are no indications of the building today.

Argus Lane is located off Love Lane near where the 160-year-old Cathedral of the Assumption, which is the oldest church in Penang, is located.
Within walking distance from Argus Lane is 120, Armenian Street – the birthplace of the world’s oldest surviving Chinese newspaper, the Kwong Wah Yit Poh, since 1910.

The daily was founded on Dec 20, 1910 and masthead in use today was a calligraphy personally written by Dr Sun.

It was during his exile in Penang, as a Penang tourism website rightly puts it, “that history was shaped here – right in the humble rooms of this double-storey shop house where China’s first elected provisional president, Dr Sun Yat Sen held important meetings that helped change the face of China’s political and social structure.

“It was here − the Nanyang headquarters of the South-East Asia T’ung Meng Hui (a revolutionary party led by Dr Sun before China became a republic) that the great leader of the Chinese nationalist revolution held the momentous “Penang Meeting”.
Any article on Penang newspapers would be incomplete without the mention of The Straits Echo, which was one of the oldest newspapers in Malaysia.

The Echo, which began in 1903, had a most illustrious history until it officially closed down in 1986.

Some of my colleagues actually cut their teeth in journalism at this newspaper, which was renamed The National Echo when it became a tabloid and went national in the early 1980s.
And of course, we have The Star, which was founded in Penang by KS Choong, which hit the streets on Sept 9, 1971, from its original seafront office in Weld Quay, it moved on to Pitt Street or Jalan Kapitan Keling where it grew from strength to strength to what it is today − the country’s biggest English daily.
(Penang is home to many of Malaysia's earliest English newspapers)
By Wong Chun Wai (**)
The Star published: Saturday December 7, 2013

Please refer to Mr Yahho's Diary in this Blog dated on September 27, 2014 under the title of "Little Bird".

Therefore his father in law was 62 years old at that year, in 1976 when he received the interview with English newspaper, The Echo.

Also please refer the book: "Penang's History, My Story" (Wong Chun Wai and Friends, Star Publications (M) Bhd, 2014), pp 257-261.
(All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to charity!!)

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remember history correctly

In the morning of 24 February 2015, Mr Yahho is deeply compassionated by the article of today's The Star (*):

Japan's crown prince has warned in a rare public statement that his country must remember World War II 'correctly'.

The unusual intervention comes as politicians fight to downplay the country's historic war crimes, which include sex slavery, torture and mass killings.

Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, believes Japan should tell twentieth-century history more sympathetically.

But Naruhito, who released the comments on his 55th birthday, said they must remember the miserable experience.

He said: 'Today when memories of war are set to fade, I reckon it is important to look back on our past with modesty and pass down correctly the miserable experience and the historic path Japan took from the generation who know the war to the generation who don't.

'It was very painful that many precious lives were lost, many people suffered and felt deep sorrow in the world including in Japan.

'It is important that we never forget people who died in the war... (and we must) deepen our appreciation for our past so as not to repeat the horrors of war and to foster a love of peace.'
Prime Minister Abe's controversial views have already roiled relations with China and South Korea, as well as causing unease in America.

He recently appointed a 16-member panel to advise him on a statement he is set to make later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender.

Abe has said he will largely stand by Tokyo's previous apologies but speculation is mounting that he will seek to downplay the country's involvement in sexual slavery.

Known as the 'comfort women' system, mainstream historians agree that up to 200,000 women, predominantly from Korea, were forced into sexual slavery during WWII.

Right-wing Japanese insist there is no documentary proof that the Japanese state or its military were involved in the system and reject official guilt.

That position angers South Korea and China and both countries will be carefully watching any official pronouncement on the war.

While Japan's newspapers remained staid in their coverage of Naruhito's comments, social media users leapt on them.

One user, named @Kirokuro, tweeted: 'This definitely contains a warning against Shinzo Abe, doesn't it?'

Another, @kazu_w50, wrote: 'It is a regular recognition (of history), but these comments by the crown prince stand out because Prime Minister Abe's views on the constitution and history are outrageous.'

(Tokyo, AFP: Japan crown prince Naruhito in rare comments to WWII)

Please refer Mr.Yahho's Diary, Note 2, in this Blog dated on January 4, 2015 under the title of "Pencil Rocket".

Furthermore the following article is also related to the above: "China lambasts Japan's wartime aggression during German chancellor's visit" in The Star published: Monday July 7, 2014 MYT 4:15:24 PM:
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which frequently praises Germany for its contrition over World War Two, pointedly emphasised Japanese wartime aggression on Monday during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Premier Li Keqiang's comments come as China intensifies an anti-Japan propaganda campaign focused on wartime atrocities after Tokyo ended a ban on its military fighting abroad last week.

In remarks to mostly German and Chinese reporters, as well as Merkel, Li pointed out that Monday was the 77th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident, a skirmish in 1937 that sparked an all-out Sino-Japanese war. Li said the day was one "the Chinese people must always bear firmly in mind".

"Facing an all-encompassing war started by Japanese militarists against China, the Chinese people rose up with all their strength to resist," Li said. "They resisted in the blood-soaked war for eight years before finally achieving victory.

"We must always remember history to correctly face up to the past," he added.

China has often contrasted Germany with Japan, which it says has sought to rewrite history by whitewashing military aggression.
Chinese President Xi Jinping made a lengthy speech, aired on state television, in commemorating the Marco Polo anniversary.

"The Chinese people, who have paid a heavy sacrifice, will unswervingly defend with their blood and lives the history that has been written," Xi said.

"It is regrettable that ... there is still a small portion on people who ignore reality, move against the tide of history, and repeatedly deny or even beautify a history of aggression, harming international trust, creating regional tensions and sparking censure from the Chinese people as well as all the peace-loving people of the world."

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Is nuclear power cheap, clean and safe?

THE Bernama (*) report that the United States has offered to help Malaysia build a nuclear power plant has caught the attention of Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility. We have been working to convince the government that such a project is not a wise or viable energy option since it carries inherent risks and is not affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound...

Fukushima brought Japan to its knees. Massive quantities of water are being pumped daily into the three destroyed reactors to cool radioactive fuel rods. The contaminated radioactive water is then stored in tanks which have started to leak. Experts say the Japanese government will soon be left with no choice but to release the water into the Pacific Ocean.

The most dangerous and unacceptable feature of a nuclear power plant is that it produces lethal waste, which remains radioactive for thousands of years. For instance, plutonium has a half-life of 24,400 years. There is still
absolutely no way to safely and permanently dispose of the waste. In practical and human terms, there will be no end to the dangers of radiation. If our forefathers had resorted to nuclear power, we in the 21st century today would still be burdened and endangered by the waste.

If the Malaysian government builds a nuclear power plant, it will bequeath unmanageable lethal waste to future generations. It would be unethical and immoral to leave them such a toxic legacy, when there are safer alternative energy sources, such as renewables.

Where is the evidence that nuclear power is cheap, clean and safe? Where is the community support? Where is the process of genuine dialogue, open debate and proper consultation with the people here? Can the government feel confident that our safety and maintenance culture will prevent a Chernobyl or a Fukushima catastrophe? Most critically, how is the government going to manage the safe and permanent disposal of long-lived radioactive waste? Lastly, is there no ethical and moral responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of future generations?

NST published: 30 October 2014 8:05 AM
Cost of nuclear power too high
By Dr Ronald McCoy (**), Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility (***)

The Malaysian National News Agency or BERNAMA, a statutory body, was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and began operations in May 1968.

There is a very good medical principle, that is, preventive medicine. So the only way to prevent nuclear war is by eliminating and abolishing nuclear weapons. I remember reading about Hiroshima in 1945. All we were told then was that this was a very destructive bomb which demolished and devastated a city in a few seconds. Of course, it had brought an end to the war. At that time it was a great relief that the war was over and the Japanese Occupation had come to an end.

But two or three years later, when I began to read about the devastation of the atomic bomb, the fact that you were able to kill hundreds of thousands of civilians in order to end the war seemed to me to be unacceptable. I remember saying this in Tokyo where I had a meeting in 1955. I had gone to the Woods seminar and had first seen Hiroshima then. There were still areas of devastation at that time, and they are present even today. I had felt then that there was little that I could do as a doctor in a small country in Malaysia.

So when I heard about the IPPNW I decided to join it. I also joined the UK affiliate as an overseas member. They kept giving me literature and publications on the different issues of nuclear weapons. I thought, why don't we form one here in Malaysia? The following year, in 1987, at an MMA AGM in Malacca at breakfast, I spoke to the group about this and sent a paper around and got 32 signatories and so formed the Malaysian affiliate - MPPNW.
(An Interview with Dato' Dr. Ronald S. McCoy)

The Society was formerly known as the Malaysian Chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (MPPNW). However, it was felt that there were other issues which should engage the attention of the medical fraternity in this country apart from striving for peace and the abolishment of nuclear weapons. As a result it was decided that the previous society should give rise to a new society with more inclusive social, medical, legal and ethical issues on its agenda, and thus the Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibilty or PPSR was born.

The inaugural meeting was held on 24 September 2005 at the University of Malaya, under the auspices of the former Prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad who gave the Inaugural Address.

The Society was formally registered on 05 March 2007.

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Not This Way!

Japan, almost 70 years after the end of World War II, could become a “normal country” like Germany.

Normal? At first the idea sounds humble, understandable. But “normal” is a tricky concept: No country is truly “normal,” even boring old Germany. And this desire comes at a time when being normal − including the right to militarize − may contribute to the spiral of mistrust underway among the major players in East Asia...

Nobody expects Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to kneel before the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in atonement, the way Chancellor Willy Brandt of Germany did before the Ghetto Uprising Memorial in Warsaw. But as Germany learned in its coming to terms with the past, the famed “Vergangenheitsbewältigung,” strong symbols are sometimes more helpful than facts...

Another lesson from Germany: Withstand the temptation to blame others, even if you see good grounds for it. When I asked a Japanese official why his government didn’t react to the proposal of President Park Geun-hye of South Korea to set up a committee for jointly developing history schoolbooks, after the Franco-German model, he said Tokyo had “not received any proposal from the Korean government in relation to this issue.” If Germany had waited for a written invitation for reconciliation from France or Poland, my generation would probably still believe that we were surrounded by hereditary enemies.

NYT published: APRIL 16, 2014
What Germany Can Teach Japan
by Jochen Bittner(*)

Reports on contemporary Japanese diplomacy usually mention and often focus on the large role that the history of World War II plays in Japan’s relations with its Asian neighbors. Japan’s murderous past keeps making headlines, often through comments from politicians, public officials, lobbying groups, or historians. U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement, during his recent Korea visit, that Japan’s use of South Korean comfort women during the war was an egregious violation of human rights is but one of many examples.

In trying to understand why Japan’s past casts such a long shadow onto its present, one promising approach is to compare the country to its erstwhile World War II ally, Germany. That country’s targeted campaign of genocide still plays an important role in shaping the country’s national identity, but Germany’s past still does not weigh as heavily on its relations with its neighbors as Japan’s does. Through a difficult and arduous process of confronting, remembering, and on occasion apologizing for its Nazi past, Germany has come to terms with its history and reconciled with the victims of its past aggression. Faced with this evidence, it is tempting to conclude that the more strained, sometimes poisoned relations that Japan has with its Asian neighbors are a direct product of the way in which it dealt – or failed to deal – with its wartime history.

The most recent instance of this line of argument can be found in Jochen Bittner’s New York Times op-ed, “What Germany Can Teach Japan” published last month. Bittner argues that postwar Germany has become “normal” – defined as “earning and enjoying the trust of its neighbors” – because it dealt properly with its history of genocidal mass murder. If Japan also wants to become normal, he recommends, it should simply follow the German example.

But it is not that simple. The fact that Germany has achieved “normalcy” cannot be reduced to the way it dealt and deals with its history. Factors beyond Germany’s control, including fortunate circumstances and cooperative neighbors, played a far more important role and make Germany’s recipe for normalcy impossible for Japan. A brief glance at Japan’s postwar history reveals at least five factors which explain why, almost 70 years after the war, Germany is surrounded by friendly allies and Japan is not.

First, as unity among the Allies who had vanquished Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War Two after 1945 gave way to the competition between capitalist democracies and communist autocracies, West Germany was integrated into NATO, while Japan found cover under America’s nuclear umbrella. German dependence on a multilateral treaty system, supported by three nuclear powers (United States, Great Britain and France) gave that country some room to negotiate, and on occasions exploit, differences between its three protectors. Differences between the U.S. and France were to become particularly important for Germany’s future. Japan, on the other hand, has been locked since 1945 into a bilateral relationship with the U.S. where the latter enjoys (and shows little inclination to relinquish) monopoly power in matters of protection, leaving Japan relatively little negotiating room.

Second, ...

The Diplomat published: May 09, 2014
What Japan Cannot Learn from Germany
Arguments that Japan need only adopt Germany’s attitude to its wartime past overlook a great deal of history.
by Stefano von Loë

The only candidate left, I believe, is Germany’s chancellor. Angela Merkel: leader of the free world? or, does someone expect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to be the leader of, at least, of Asia?

PARIS: The leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia agreed by telephone today to make a new push to impose a Feb 12 accord seeking to establish a ceasefire in Ukraine, President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement.
(NST Published: 19 FEBRUARY 2015 @ 6:21 PM)

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mixed-race family

Today the road direction to Hacchan's office is so congested by cars of which the direction is Kek Lok Si Temple, built since the year 1891.

Today's topic of Mr Yahho's Blog is about "Three celebrations ‘a crowd’" carried on Wednesday February 18, 2015 in The Star.

Malaysia, as you know, consists of a "plural society" which was formed by different races with various backgrounds, culture and customs (*).

The following article of "Triple occasion day involves compromises for mixed-race families" was written by Tashny Sukumaran:

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has always been a melting pot of cultures and faiths. Today underlines that fact with a triple celebration – Ash Wednesday, Maha Shivaratri and Chinese New Year eve.

For the many multi-cultural families in Malaysia, the triple celebration will involve some compromises, though.

While the reunion dinner is often a feast of various roast meats and fragrant dishes, Catholics traditionally fast during Ash Wednesday – which marks the start of Lent – until the evening mass.

For Shivaratri which began last night, Hindus traditionally fast while keeping an all-night prayer vigil in reverence of Lord Shiva. They break their fast with a vegetarian meal in the evening.

IT professional Emmanuel Joseph, 31, being of mixed Chinese and Indian parentage and a Catholic, will be holding off any Lent fasting for several days.

“Tomorrow, I will be fasting until 6pm, then after mass I’ll enjoy my reunion dinner,” he said yesterday.

“As for Thursday and Friday, there’s no way I can be vegetarian. I will start on Saturday,” he said.

Writer Jason S. Ganesan is also of mixed Chinese-Indian parentage and will be juggling two celebrations.

“Because I am observing Shivaratri this year, my family reunion dinner will be a vegetarian affair.

“Since the dinner will just be with my immediate family and a few aunts or uncles, they are quite understanding of the situation,” he said.

Pauline Wong may be skipping Ash Wednesday mass altogether this year to make way for reunion dinner preparations.

“My family initially planned to go out to dinner at a hotel, but then we decided to cook.

“This is the first time in a few years we are cooking for Chinese New Year eve so we may skip mass this year,” she said.

Churches reminded their congregations that Ash Wednesday was not a day of obligation.

The St Ignatius Church in Petaling Jaya confirmed on its website that while Ash Wednesday “is a day of universal fast and abstinence”, it is not obligatory, especially as it coincided with Chinese New Year eve. Parishioners who wish to postpone the fast can do so, it said.

The church will also not be holding a 6pm mass.

Jonathan Thong, who attends the church, said he would be attending afternoon mass and having his reunion dinner as in previous years.

KUALA LUMPUR: The future of Malaysia depends on the strong co-operation of its multi-racial society, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said that unity and good racial relations need to be preserved so that Malaysia could continue to grow and prosper.

“Let us usher the Chinese New Year with a renewed commitment to this beloved nation.

"Let us strengthen our resolve to improve relations between all races,” he after attending MCA’s Chinese New Year open house here on Thursday.

Najib said that according to Chinese belief, the Year of the Goat would bring success, happiness and prosperity.

“It is my fervent wish to see a peaceful and successful Malaysia which has the strong support of all its people, regardless of race,” he added.
(Najib: Preserve unity to ensure Malaysia prospers)
in The Star published: Thursday February 19, 2015

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Year of the Goat or Year of the Sheep?

They enjoy performance at celebration of Chinese New Year in Penang as well.

In the meantime do you know about the Big Yang Theory? It seems that in China there is a confusion about interpretation of zodiac ahead of the country’s biggest annual holiday; Is the year of the sheep or goat?

“Yang”, as it is in Chinese, translates as both “sheep” and “goat”, and also can be “ram” or “ewe”, so there is a certain amount of confusion about what kind of Lunar New Year we are facing into this week.

Whether the zodiac sign for the coming holiday, which starts on Thursday, is going to be the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Sheep, people are feeling sheepish ahead of the country’s biggest annual holiday, celebrated by Chinese people all over the world.

Despite the firecrackers, the red envelopes of money and the air of celebration, is this maybe the Year of the Sheepgoat?

There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, and most are fairly easy to interpret – the rat, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the rooster and the monkey especially, although ox is controversial (Ox? Bull? Cow?), as is the sheep. Or goat.

Goats may win, according to Han dynasty scholar Dong Zhongshu, because of the three virtues they have to teach: that people should learn from goats, that the goat doesn’t hurt people with its horns, that it never cries or howls, and its kids always bow down on front legs when drinking milk, symbolising filial piety.(*)

According to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People's Republic of China, Mr President Xi Jinping called on the populace to “keep a sober mind, avoid empty talk, make practical efforts and overcome all challenges.”

Is this sheep or goat behaviour? (**)

We should take note the following article from the Star of Wed. 18 Feb 2015 under the title of "Our very own goat in danger, Expert: Little being done to protect hunted serow" as follows:

PETALING JAYA: Amid the excitement of ushering in the Year of the Goat, environmentalists are bemoan-ing the fate of Malaysia’s only native goat – the heavily-hunted Sumatran serow.

Standing up to 1m at shoulder height, the serow is a shy and solitary animal that can be found in mountain forests, said Traffic Southeast Asia regional director Dr Chris Shepherd.

“It is very large, black, and has a mane like a horse. It has very sharp horns,” he said in an interview.

Dr Shepherd said that very little was known about Malaysia’s serow, its numbers or its effect on ecosystems.

Most people, he said, had never come across, much less seen, a serow except on dinner plates and in medicine shops here.

“The trade in them is extremely heavy. People eat them, use their horns (and use) them in traditional medicine,” he said...

He added that the only area in the whole country set up to protect the serow was in Klang Gates, Selangor.

However, he added that it was probably empty of serow today.

There are no serow in Sabah and Sarawak.

The IUCN (***) Red List – which tracks threatened species worldwide – lists the Sumatran serow as a “vulnerable” animal, although Dr Shepherd said it was probably a lot more threatened.

“I doubt that it’s in the thousands. We need to see these wild meat restaurants shut down, and people need to stop eating them,” he said.

A fable that can be traced back to more than 1,500 years ago depicts five goats carrying crops in their mouth to save people suffering from years of drought in Guangzhou.

The southern boom town, today the capital of Guangdong province and dubbed the City of Goats, has enjoyed timely wind and rain ever since, according to the story.
(The Sun Daily, Feb 19, 2015)

The symbol for the new year starting on Feb 19 is the "yang", which can refer to any member of the caprinae subfamily -- or even beyond -- depending on what additional Chinese character it is paired up with.

For example, a goat is a "mountain yang", a sheep is a "soft yang" and a Mongolian gazelle is a "yellow yang".

Both goats and sheep appear in Chinese new year paintings, paper-cuts and other festival decorations.

Folklorists say it does not matter which one is used since the zodiac sign was chosen for the Chinese character's auspicious connotation rather than the specific animal -- at least in the beginning.

"This 'yang' is fictional. It does not refer to any specific kind (of sheep or goat)," Zhao Shu, a researcher with the Beijing Research Institute of Culture and History.
(The Sun Daily, Feb 19, 2015)

(***) The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

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Mt Kinabalu

Mr Yahho has been so busy in Malaysia. Today he is sitting down in front of personal computer in Penang Library. However the Library will be closes again because the Chinese New Year will be Thursday, February 19, 2015, year of the Wood Goat. It's tomorrow. Shall we celebrate the good time at the eve with a festive meal, on today evening of the Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

In the meantime, he is reading the following article in New Straits Times of February 15, 2015 about Mt Kinabalu.

He is not in Kinabalu National Park but now in Penang Island. So the under is not his report after climbing the Mount Kinabalu but the news about Pos Malaysia Bhd, namely Mt Kinabalu postbox hits new high with touristsis as follows:

RANAU: AT 3,289m above sea level, the country's highest postbox at Mount Kinabalu's Pendant Hut here is the newest tourist attraction.

Pos Malaysia Bhd's 3,110th postbox was recently launched and entered the Malaysia Book of Records as the postbox at the highest altitude in the country.

With about 50,000 climbers scaling Mount Kinabalu annually, it is hoped the attraction will further promote and increase the popularity of the 4,095m-high peak among people from all over the world.

"Climbers can now commemorate their Mount Kinabalu climb by posting letters and postcards at the postbox.

"I have suggested to Pos Malaysia that it considers erecting postboxes as tourist attractions at interesting places like the mountains or islands such as Pulau Sipadan," said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari at a launch at Kinabalu National Park, the base entrance to the mountain.

Pos Malaysia group acting chief executive officer Azlan Shahrim said since the postbox was set up on Feb 8, hundreds of postcards posted by international climbers had been collected from it.

The post pox is reached after a four-to six-hour climb from Kinabalu National Park. Postmen from Pos Malaysia's licensed agent, Mountain Torq, are assigned to collect postal articles from the postbox at noon daily on weekdays.

The items are then sent to the Ranau Post Office the next morning for processing.

Mountain Torq's Podyfred Kaingan, who was assigned to collect the contents of the postbox when it was first erected, said the trips up and down Mount Kinabalu were not anything out of the ordinary for him as the mountain had been his "playground" since he was 9.

The 35-year-old from Kampung Kandawayon has been with the company for seven years. Mountain Torq manages rock climbing and via ferrata activities on Mount Kinabalu.

"While it might take other people a longer time, I can make the trip down to Kinabalu National Park in an hour and 15 minutes to send the postal articles to the Pos Malaysia shuttle van waiting at the park," he said.

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Kareem Salama

Today Mr Yahho took a bus to come to the main Library locates in the center of KL and updating his Blog through the following article carried on the Star, Thursday 12 February 2015:

KUALA LUMPUR: The United States’ first Muslim country music singer Kareem Salama has fallen in love with Malaysia on his first visit here.

He expressed his admiration for the peace and harmony in Malaysia that was clear to him during his time here.

Salama, 37, was born and raised in a town in Oklahama where there was only one other Muslim family in the area.

“We had lots of friends. There may have been Islamophobia elsewhere but I’ve never experienced it (growing up).

Look at Malaysia, people of different religions and races get along and they intermarry. America is very much like that,” he said after his performance at the City Hall auditorium yesterday.

The American-Egyptian said his guitarist, Michael Whitebread, planned to stay in Kuala Lumpur for a year. “I’m not kidding. He has spoken to his wife and she is interested. That is how much we like Malaysia,” he said.

He has released three albums namely Generous Peace (2006) This Life of Mine (2007) and City of Lights (2011).

Salama and his two accompanying band members had a stop in Kuala Lumpur in a programme called “Peacemaking – Journeying Between Cultures”, an initiative by the US Embassy here.

He dispelled the notion that Americans were generally hostile towards Muslims after the 9/11 attacks.

“There are many great examples that people treat Muslims well. There is a lot of cooperation and love. We live day to day with each other and work with each other.

“Just because one or two people did something (extreme), that does not define my experience,” he added.

Salama, who holds degrees in chemical engineering and law, also said he just had to try satay while in Malaysia.

“My college roommate was Indonesian and he introduced me to satay. I know Malaysia has satay too so I must try that too.”

“He also taught me simple Malay words like ‘apa khabar’ (How are you?)” Salama said.

A warning sign at the hotel he stayed in, however, made him wary of the durian.

“I saw the sign and I thought, ‘oh maybe we can’t eat this’. But now that you say it’s smelly, I might want to stay away from it because I like to smell good,” he said, laughing.

Salama will be in Kota Baru for another round of talk and performance today.

In addition to the above, the following article titled "Muslim Singer With a Country Twang" written by NEIL MacFARQUHAR shows very well his career. This article carried on the NYT dated November 13, 2007:

He was born about 95 miles northwest of Tulsa in Ponca City, Okla., a town with just one other Muslim family. “They are more redneck than I am, I mean good old boys,” he said, the twang unmistakable. “They go hunting every weekend and drive big old trucks.”

There was no mosque, but Mr. Salama’s parents, both American-educated engineers who immigrated from Egypt, ensured that Kareem, the second of four children, was schooled in the faith’s traditions.

“I consider myself pretty devout, I take it seriously,” Mr. Salama said, including never drinking or dating. He remains single. He remembers few incidents of overt prejudice growing up.

His mother, her hair veiled under a head scarf, took him to all manner of local rodeos and fairs − the childhood picture on his Web site, kareemsalama.com, shows him in a red cowboy hat and boots. (He still wears cowboy boots, and the hat is black on the cover of his second album, “This Life of Mine,” which he released himself in August.) Mr. Salama was drawn to the music.

“You can hear country music everywhere in Oklahoma, it’s something that reminds you of home,” he said.

In his last high school years and while attending the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in chemical engineering, he started studying classical Arab poetry, which is written with the musical rhythm of the words in mind. Mr. Salama wrote his own melody for John Donne’s “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” to help himself memorize it. Soon he was doing the same thing for other poems and then branched into songwriting.

Entering law school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Mr. Salama wanted to record, which led him to a local studio run by Aristotle Mihalopoulos, 31, the son of Greek immigrants. An appearance at an annual convention of the Islamic Society in North America led to further gigs, most of them on the Muslim concert circuit here and in England.

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Cyprus and Turkey

Today Mr Yahho is reading the interesting article in the Library, Perpus Takaan Cawangan Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (KL).

Through the Star dated Wednesday 11 Feb 2015, the article is titled as "Forget about differences, just say cheese - Cyprus and Turkey building bridges with dairy product":

NICOSIA // 40 years after Cyprus was divided by a bloody conflict, the island’s Greek and Turkish communities are trying to overcome their differences and find an unusual common cause: halloumi cheese.

Efforts to have the increasingly popular“squeaky”cheese granted a protected European Union status have raised fears that Turkish Cypriot producers will be excluded.

But cheese-makers on both sides are facing increasing competition from outside producers and are looking to set aside their differences to protect their business.

“If we collaborate, if we can come together and find a solution for this problem it will help to find a solution for the Cyprus problem also,” said Ali Cirali, the head of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry.

“This will bring the producers together from both communities, because both sides will win.”

Once a niche food, the rubbery halloumi has now become a staple in many kitchens outside Cyprus, especially in Britain and the United States.

The cheese has been made in Cyprus for centuries by both its Greek and Turkish communities, who have been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.

The country is split from west to east by a UN buffer zone known as the Green Line and peace talks have failed to bring both sides to a long-term settlement.

The internationally recognised government in the Greek-speaking southern half of Cyprus, which joined the European Union in 2004, last July asked the EU to grant halloumi its Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.

As with Italian mozzarella or Greek feta, this status means that only a product produced in a certain area and using certain methods can use the name.

“What we are expecting is more protection on the name so that other countries will not copy it – like in France they have Roquefort cheese, we will hopefully have halloumi,” said Yiannos Pittas, a Greek Cypriot whose family has produced the cheese since the 1930s.

Halloumi is already the second-largest export in Cyprus, bringing in 76 million euros to its economy in 2013, and producers hope that registering the name will lead to a major boost to foreign sales.

The initial request for a PDO was controversial.

Greek Cypriots first made the application without consulting their counterparts in the north and only later asked for the cheese to be registered under both its Greek and Turkish name – hellim.

Turkish Cypriots were sceptical and filed a series of lawsuits against the request, pointing out that experts commissioned by the Greek Cypriots would not be able to operate in the north.

But Mr Cirali from the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry said they would be willing to support a designation if a compromise can be reached.

With halloumi accounting for a quarter of exports in the north, the Turkish Cypriot economy is also feeling the crunch from increasing competition.

“We need as soon as possible to get this registration. It is for the benefit of the island, because ... every day new producers are coming up,” Mr Cirali said.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has called for the two sides to “build on the historic unifying nature of halloumi, which constitutes a common tradition and historic reality for Cyprus”.

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Peace means No War.

Mr Yahho is now studying in SIRIM Technical Library in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia.

He is reading the book titled "Peace Dividends, War Profits", Proceedings from the Perdana Global Peace Forum 2005 (15-17 December 2005 at the Putra World Trade Center) organized by Perdana Leadership Foundation and published by this organization in 2007.

He is so impressed by the following opening keynote address by Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia:

We gather here with only one thing in mind - to search for peace. We have no other agenda, hidden or otherwise, but to find ways and means to bring peace to this world, to stop the slaughter of innocent people.

It is going to to be a daunting task but we believe it is not beyond us. We have to put our heads together to plan, strategise and devise the methods we must adopt to achieve this honorable objective.

We have to start now for the horrors of war are getting worse. There is no more morality or ethical code. In war, the most brutal methods have become acceptable. Lies are being blatantly used to justify wars. And the new weapons that are being used can inflict massive casualties and are indiscriminate, in fact killing more non-combatants than combatants.

With new reasons and excuses, such as forcible regime change, rights for the big powers to interfere in the internal affairs of countries and pre-emptive strikes, the threats to peace have since become more serious. Unilateral actions, disregard for the United Nations and international opinions, coalitions of the willing, make wars more likely to break out than ever before.

With the massive build-up military forces and being equipped with new and more lethal weapons, wars may be started simply to test them. It then would be too late to prevent the wars that are already being planned to test such ne weapons and new strategies.

We must act now for peace. We who desire peace must raise our voice, to make it heard by all so that we will get the support and cooperation from all the right-thinking people where they will rally for all-out and sustained efforts on condemning wars as ignoble and inhuman and to promote the quest for peace.

This Forum is not about rhetoric. It is not about expressing anger and frustration. It is about launching and sustaining a worldwide campaign for peace and against war.

We must tell the world we want peace first, peace that is interpreted simply as the absence of war. We do not want to be deflected from the simple objective by qualifying peace. For us Peace means No War.

We call upon all participants in the Forum to fully dedicate themselves to this quest for peace, dedicate themselves to planning, strategising and campaingning so that world peace become a reality and mankind is relieved of fears of death and destruction, and of the primitive ideas that killing people is an acceptable way to settle disputes.

There is nothing noble or glorious about killing people. There is everything good and honourable in making peace the principal objective of human struggle in this 21st century.

Let all participants therefore dedicate themselves to this one quest - peace in the world.

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This morning I took the first departure train at 5;05 am at Kiyosumi Shirakwa to arrive at Narita Airport at 7:00 am, two hours before the departure of 9:10 am flight bound to Hong Kong. However at this time there was already a long and long cue in the departure hall with a group tour from China utilising the Nrw Year Holidays. I saw Kiyosu Bashi bridge on the Sumida river, Mt Fuji covered by snow from the window seat. Yes, the sky was very fine and it's sunny. In the airplane Mr Yahho could enjoy watching the Japanese movie called "Evening Cicada". His journey will be continued more. That's why he bought 3 books in a bookshop in transfer hall;

- China's war with Japan 1937-1945
- The Tragedy of Liberation, A history of the Chinese revolution 1945-1957
- Factory Girls, Voices from the heart of Nodern China\

Take care of yourself and bye for now.

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「神奈川県指定史跡しとどのいわや 土肥椙山巌窟(伝源頼朝隠潜地)」

…2002(平成14)年3月 神奈川県教育委員会





 しかし12 世紀の末、全国規模の内乱によって源氏に取って代わられます。





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 発売中のZAITEN(財界展望社)3月号に「すべてはこの日から始まった 朝日新聞木村社長・安倍首相『極秘会談』」という見出しが躍っていた。



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A Good Night's Sleep


The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to inculcate good sleeping habit as getting enough sleep is the key to good health.

According to a regional survey Malaysians get only 6.4 hours of sleep on average. This leads to a sleep gap of 1.6 hours short of the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Mobile devices and spending time online is one of the leading causes of this sleep deprivation.

The survey also indicates that internet addiction as a new threat to healthy living. Although internet penetration in Malaysia is not as high as in some of the other markets in the region, 73% of Malaysian adults interviewed agree that their online activities and social networking are becoming addictive.

81% of the respondents surveyed see spending time online as barrier that is preventing many adults from getting enough sleep. This addiction trend will be fuelled by children growing up with the internet as an integral part of their lives.

While sleeping less might seem to be just a lifestyle choice, studies have shown that a chronic lack of sleep can lead not only to poor performance and decreased productivity, but also significant health consequences.…


(2012(平成24)年9月26日総務省「平成23年社会生活基本調査 生活時間に関する結果 要約」)



(2011年8月21日グローブ第69号”A Good Night's Sleep”)






(からだクローズアップ vol.52「秋になると食欲がアップするのはなぜ?」)




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 夏に封切りとなる映画『ライアの祈り』は、縄文時代とリンクしながら時空を超えて描かれるラブストーリー。主演は、鈴木杏樹さんと宇梶剛士さんのお二人。それに藤田弓子さんや秋野太作さん等のベテラン俳優さんが脇を固めます。内容は是非に原作を読んでみませんか? 映画との表現の違いを感じるのも楽しいかも。また、八戸のあちらこちらでロケを敢行。改めて八戸の素晴らしさに目をみはるのでは? と思います。
 そんな中、エプロン姿だったり、帽子に眼鏡姿だったり… 娘の姿も見つけてみて下さい。この顔を探してみて下さいますか? 何回見つけられるかな? それとも全面カットだったらどうしよう(笑) いまからドキドキです。
 さらにさらに、当ヴィアノバビル全館でも応援しようと、衣装提供もしています。ですから、最後にはみなれたヴィアノバビのロゴがエンディングに流れるはずなんです。いや〜、気をつけて観ていただきたい所が沢山で、ごめんなさい️ ちょっと気が早いけど、是非夏、封切りになったら、劇場へと足を運んでやって頂けたら幸いです。







(2015年1月30日東京新聞・菅原洋「被災者の思い 100日かけ追う 小西さんが記録映画」)

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 三井不動産ストーリー TV CM「活気ある街で」篇:








(2014年3月18日付け毎日新聞地方版・井上志津「大型商業施設:日本橋開発第2弾 コレド室町2、3が20日オープン、来月4月6日までフェスティバル/東京」)

 その地に暮らす人びとよりは、一部の国内外の富裕層をターゲットにする利潤最大化 Profit maximization を目的としてますもんね(注1)。

(2014年5月18日付け日刊ゲンダイ「外資カジノが1兆円投資 ハゲタカ来襲にフジ《いいとも!》」)

(2012年1月29日付け東京新聞「苦境際立つ30代(No.391)賃金激減し借金は増 どう改善?)


(2015年1月17日付け毎日新聞朝刊、浜矩子「危機の真相:15年度予算・政府案 許されぬ公共財の私物化」)

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 ”Anyone who closes his eyes to the past is blind to the present.”













 そういうマイナスの問いかけを抱くことで、逆に、現代に生きるぼくたちの本当の幸せのカタチを浮き彫りにしていく… 平たくいうと、そんなポジティブな物語だと思います。

 思えば… 拙著『虹の岬の喫茶店』を原作にした映画『ふしぎな岬の物語』で主演をしてくださった吉永小百合さんもまた、核のない平和な世界を提唱して下さっていますよね。


(2015/1/30(金)午前3:30森沢明夫official blogあおぞら落書帳「『cafe アオギリ』を観劇してきました!」)

 そうなんです、舞台『cafe アオギリ』の作・演出、宇梶剛士(1962年東京都生まれ)だって:


(#202 よく遊び、よく学べ〜物事をより深く体得する方法)

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『(原語を)「心からの和解」と訳した。原語は訳注11の Suehne という語を含み、キリスト教の言葉としては神との和解、神による赦しを意味する。世俗、日常の「和解」では済まない』















Former president Richard von Weizsaecker, who challenged German attitudes about the Holocaust by arguing that the country had been liberated by the Nazi defeat in 1945, died on Saturday at the age of 94, the current president's office said.

A member of one of Germany's most distinguished aristocratic families, von Weizsaecker also presided over the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, 11 months after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

He was most remembered for a speech in May 1985 marking the 40th anniversary of the end of World War Two in which he urged Germans to come to terms with responsibility for the Holocaust. He stirred some controversy at home by saying Germany had been liberated by the Third Reich's downfall.

"All of us, whether guilty or not, whether young or old, must accept the past. We are all affected by its consequences and liable for it. Anyone who closes his eyes to the past is blind to the present. The 8th of May was a day of liberation. It freed us all from the system of National Socialist tyranny."

Von Weizsaecker, a conservative Christian Democrat (CDU) who had served as a Wehrmacht officer during World War Two, became West Germany's president in 1984 and left office a decade later.

He used the largely ceremonial post to serve as the "conscience of Germany" and spoke out about the country's special responsibility after World War Two.
"The death of Richard von Weizsaecker is a great loss for Germany," Chancellor Angela Merkel said. "He rendered a great service to our country. We won't forget him."

After a career in law and business, von Weizsaecker entered politics in 1969 and in 1981 became mayor of West Berlin. His statesmanlike speeches helped raise West Germany's standing in the eyes of the wartime allied powers, easing concerns about unification later.

He drew criticism for having served in Hitler's army, where he was promoted several times and in 1944 awarded the Iron Cross. The young lawyer also defended his father Ernst, who served in the Nazi foreign ministry from 1938 to 1943 and was a member of the SS, at the Nuremberg trials in 1948-49.

Defending himself, von Weizsaecker said: "Guilt, like innocence, is always a matter for the individual." As an officer, he said, he had acted according to his principles, and refused to instruct his troops to carry out orders which came from top Nazis if he found them "inhumane".

BERLIN Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:14pm EST

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Islamic State (Isis) has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and containing a warning that Japan is now a target for the militants.

Japan’s hostage crisis began almost two weeks ago after militants threatened to kill Goto and Yukawa in 72 hours unless Japan paid $200m – the same sum Abe had pledged to countries affected by the war against Isis.

Japan does not have any military involvement in the campaign against Isis and has stressed in recent days that the assistance was purely humanitarian.

Isis video purports to show beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto,

Apparent death of kidnapped journalist accompanied by warning that Japan is now a target for Islamic State militants

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

Saturday 31 January 2015 22.43 GMT



 朝日新聞、危険な新聞構成。一面「イスラム国、震える街」等全頁、二面「宗教の名を借りた蛮行だ」等全頁。三面「海外派遣 恒久法迫る自民」「邦人救出 自衛隊の活動どこまで拡大」「集団的自衛権武力行使どこでどんな場合」。朝日、第2次大戦誘導への責任甚大。イマまた自衛隊海外派遣に加担の積りか

 なぜ第一声を安倍首相から発せられなかったのか。しかし、それはまだいい。「激しい憤り」を覚えるなら、断固としてイスラム国と戦うべきだ。米国主導の有志連合に正式に参加表明してイスラム国を叩き潰さなければいけない。それを安倍首相は自らの口で言わなければいけない… 悪いことは言わない。追い込まれる前にはやく辞めたほうがいい。後藤氏の犠牲を活かす道はそれしかない。


 昨夜の寝酒は、この間、山歩クラブで歩いた寄居町の酒蔵「藤崎ハ兵衛商店」(埼玉県大里郡寄居町大字寄居925-2 Tel 048-581-1755)の「白扇」それに「氏邦」を一合づつ:





(2015年01月31日毎日新聞地方版、松山彦蔵・宮城裕也「火災:白神酒造が全焼 新酒10万リットル被害 早朝出火、けが人なし−弘前/青森)



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