Bare Naked China: China - a country with little honesty or integrity...

Bare Naked China: China - a country with little honesty or integrity...: Australian dairy and wine brands targeted by 'trademark squatters' in China Photo: Farmer Brown's log...

Jetstar Airlines Quick Review - 2 Stars at most!

Train passengers arriving to the Narita terminal will now have to endure an up hill walk of 600 metres from terminal 2 with their luggage to get to terminal 3 OR try and get a shuttle bus that departs every 15 minutes.

The above photo was taken at Narita, Tokyo Airport - the long queue of people were the passengers waiting for hours to check in to travel to the Gold Coast on JQ 12

The queue length was about half the length of the terminal and was caused by not enough staff at the check in counters.

There was also another long queue for the Jetstar flight that was travelling to Cairns.

Then travellers were then confronted with the news that Jetstar has a new strict weight limit for carry on baggage on ONLY 7 kgs - Travellers that were over the weight allowance were charged AU$160.00

Needless to say, I like many other travellers I over heard say to each other - I will be looking to travel on another airline before choosing Jetstar!

Other Observations:
  • Only one check in staff member at the counter for 45 mins after opening.
  • Checking in early will result in that your checked in baggage will come out last!
  • Terminal 3 has very little passenger seating - some were just sitting on the floor.
  • There are  constant passenger queues for the toilets as there are less of them compared to the previous aircraft used - 330 Airbus
  • There is a loud tone/alarm that sounds every time a toilet becomes vacant or engaged - this is very annoying if you are trying to sleep during the 8 hour overnight flight!
  • No free bottled water
  • The food prices were very expensive. $5.00 for a tub of supermarket noodles that only cost 80 cents
  • The hot meals included in $25.00 package is tasteless and horrible - Note: Meals charges are NOT refundable, even when making a booking online.
  • The use of other media via the USB connection did not work.
  • The air-conditioning filter system blows dirty air in to the cabin - Say hello to the spread of virus and cold germs to all the passengers?

  • The window leaked water upon landing - the aircraft was a brand new Boeing 787-8
  • Customer Service via a claim form..... What customer service? Claims are responded via email with the message;"We have received your request and one of our dedicated analysts will contact you as soon as possible (within 15 business days)."
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愛犬元気 ペットフード Aiken Genki Pet Food Notice

愛犬元気 ペットフード

Warning - This pet food now has ingredients from China - It's OFF my shopping list!

Purchased from Cainz Home Improvement store

Japan - Solar Plant Usage Sunlight Shared to Grow Fruit....

Tomatolandiwaki Co Ltd, an agricultural production corporation in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, realized the stable production of high-quality agricultural produce in glass green houses, incorporating cultivation technologies from the Netherlands, which is a leading agricultural country. 

The corporation produces 900t of fresh tomatoes, 30t of fresh figs, 20t of paprika and 20t of strawberries per year. It is focusing on developing its own distribution route, not relying solely on sales to the market, and roughly half of the products are currently sold through direct sales including over the Internet.

When you enter the glass greenhouse, you will see tomato plants lined up neatly at a uniform level (Fig. 2). The environment inside the greenhouse, including the temperature, humidity, solar radiation and CO2 concentration, is centrally controlled and automatically adjusted by a computer. Responding to an outbreak of pests causing damage to crops, agricultural chemicals are sprayed by a self-propelled robot.

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used as a fuel for heating, and the exhaust gas generated by combustion of LPG is introduced to the greenhouse to utilize high concentration CO2contained in the exhaust gas to accelerate the growth of the crops.

In addition to the introduction of the advanced automation and technologies for the increase in the yield, the corporation also introduced the solar power sharing system in June 2012. Silicon crystal solar panels (18.375kW in total) were installed on seven sun tracking systems

North Korea threatens to blow up balloons carrying DVDs of The Interview

North Korea's military has threatened to blow up balloons that South Korean activists plan to send over the heavily-militarised border carrying 10,000 DVDs of the satirical Hollywood film The Interview.

Activists plan to launch copies of the film — a comedy about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un — as well as 500,000 propaganda leaflets across the border on or around March 26.

Chinese Fake Tesla - has a fish tank in the back seat!

The Tesla Model X will be terrific and Google’s autonomous egg car will change the world.

But neither can match the awesomeness of China’s GAC WitStar that was introduced this week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Not only does China’s Model X lookalike feature a range-extended electric powertrain and autonomous drive capabilities — it’s also equipped with a fish tank!

Vietnam - Ladies you can get a haircut, a manicure and an eyeful at this saucy salon...

You generally don’t have to look too hard to find a business capitalizing on the appeal of scantily clad women, but recently there seem to be more and more places using half-naked dudes too. Hooray for gender equality, I guess?

This hair and nail salon in Da Nang, where your beauty comes with a side of beefcake.

According to a post on a Vietnamese blog, the salon, which is only open to women clients (sorry, gay dudes), is staffed entirely with men between the ages of 20 and 25. The official uniform is a pair of black briefs and nothing else. The better to see those lovely pecs, of course.

While Japan is usually the reigning king of weird, sexy businesses, the half-naked stylist hasn’t reached these shores yet. But judging by the comments on our Japanese sister site, it’s a market just waiting to be tapped.

“What amazing service!”
“Please, please, come to Japan too!”
“Hubba hubba.”

Anybody thinking of starting a new business? You’re welcome.

Photo: Noi Hay

China Warns U.S. to Stop Its Ukrainian Proxy War Against Russia...

A much-ignored huge news report from Reuters on Friday, February 27th, was headlined “Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia’s security concerns over Ukraine.”

China’s Ambassador to Belgium (which has the capital of the EU) said that the “nature and root cause” of the Ukrainian conflict is “the West,” and that “The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration.”

By “real security concerns,” he is clearly referring to NATO’s expansion right up to Russia’s border, and America’s surrounding Russia with U.S. military bases, now increasingly including the most strategic of Russia’s bordering countries: Ukraine.

In other words, this diplomat says: “the West” has a “zero-sum” attitude toward Russia, instead of seeking to move forward with an approach in which neither side among the nuclear superpowers benefits at the other’s expense — the entire world moves forward together.

This is a direct criticism of Barack Obama, and of all of the pro-Obama, anti-Putin, EU leaders.

It’s also an implicit repudiation of Obama’s having repeatedly referred to the U.S. as “the one indispensable nation.” (Another example of that phrase is here.) Obama keeps saying: every other nation, except the U.S., is “dispensable.” He clearly thinks that Russia is.

That’s not merely an insult: it’s an act of provocation; it is virtually asking for a fight. And all for what? For whose nuclear char?

This criticism of the aggressive nationalist Obama does not come from China’s top leadership, but it would not have come at all if they had not approved of it in advance.

China thus now tells Obama: Stop it. Stop it in word, and in deed.

Implicitly, China is also telling Obama: China is not dispensable, either. In fact, the entire mentality, which Obama embodies, is not just callous and insulting; it’s dangerous.

Chinese truck driver hauling huge boat on highway attracts police, $32 fine and a lot of laughs..

When you don’t have access to the right equipment, sometimes you just have to get creative and find a way to get the job done. But a Chinese truck driver who was caughthauling a massive 30-meter-long (98 feet) boat that weighs 100 tons found out that you might want to stay off the highway, since police frown on endangering the lives of the rest of the driving public. 

The driver of the truck was hauling the gigantic boat, which was nearly twice the length of his truck when police stopped him in Anqing, about 530 kilometers (335 miles) west of Shanghai, on March 8. The police didn’t appreciate the trucker taking the dangerous load on the highway and gave him a RMB 200 (US$32) fine. The trucker was apparently heading to Shanghai, where we sincerely hope the city doesn’t have any highway eccentricities like Osaka.


As if that driver’s ambitious boat-hauling wasn’t enough, another Chinese trucker was caught in March of last year in the southeastern Chinese province of Jiangxi with an even more ridiculous-looking load. Somehow this driver of managed to strap a 35-meter-long (114-foot) boat to the top of his 6-meter-long truck. Unsurprisingly, police stopped the driver and put the kibbosh on the precarious balancing act.

▼ A boat being transported illegally on the highway or a see-saw for giants?


▼That poor, poor truck

 Toychan Net

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Danish Prime Minister flayed for breach of Dalai Lama promise...

Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. (Photo courtesy:
Another Chinese Government 'Lap Dog" with two faces!

(, Feb11, 2015) – 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been severely criticized Feb 9 by both the opposition and a coalition partner for declining a meeting with the visiting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. 

They have pointed out that before coming to power, Thorning-Schmidt had said she would “of course” meet with the Dalai Lama as prime minister.

She had made that remark in a 2007 book written by her current spin doctor Noa Redington, pointed out Feb 9. Later, in 2009, she had criticized the then PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen for describing his meeting with the visiting Tibetan leader as “private”.

The Dalai Lama is visiting the Danish Capital Copenhagen over Feb 10-13 for a series of events which include religious teachings, public talks, and a meeting with lawmakers. Seven organizations and companies are hosting his visit.

Political figures on both the right and left have criticized Thorning-Schmidt’s about-turn on the issue of meeting with the Dalai Lama. Venstre’s Søren Pind called the failure to meet “a broken promise” while Nikolaj Villumsen from the left-wing Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) called her decision “deeply embarrassing and hypocritical”, noted the report.

And Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard has also been criticised for failing to meet with the Tibetan leader by members of his own political party, calling it “reprehensible” and “frustrating”, the report added.

Before 2009, two more Danish prime ministers had met with the Dalai Lama: Poul Nyrup Rasmussen in 2000 and Anders Fogh Rasmuseen in 2003.

The current Danish government is working hard to strengthen economic and cultural ties with China. Thorning-Schmidt visited China in Sep 2014 to promote business relations between the two countries, while Culture Minister Marianne Jelved visited it in Nov 2014 as part of the “largest Danish cultural effort in China to date”.

Guess what these Chinese students are lining up for!

When you see these students in China lining up, we bet your guess is that they are getting $1 TVs…or concert tickets for the latest K-pop star…or perhaps a free iPhone. The answer, however, is none of the above; these students are in fact lining up to…

get into the library! What you see are students from the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics queuing up, not for free food or a sale, but to get a spot in the library so they can study for their finals!

The pictures were taken at about 7:40 AM and the diligent crowd has formed into long, snaking lines leading to the doors of the library. Note that in Nanjing the temperature drops to 2℃ (35°F) and the grass and leaves around the building were all covered in frost.

Japan - Tokyo cops bust Kabukicho Xeno hostess club for overcharging; Drinks $50.00 each consumed by Hotesses

Nobuaki Muroi

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Monday the arrest of an employee of a hostess club for overcharging customers last month, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 1).

On November 29, officers took Nobuaki Muroi, a 33-year-old employee at club Xeno, located in the Kabukichoentertainment area, and one other staff member into custody for allegedly demanding 280,000 yen from three male customers at the club four days before.

According to Fuji News Network (Dec. 1), the total bill included 30 drinks, priced at 5,000 yen each, that were consumed by hostesses.

In escorting the victim to an automatic-teller machine, the suspects threatened to inflict violence if payment of 80 percent of the total (or 230,000 yen) was not made. The suspects then photocopied the driver’s license of one victim and had him sign a promissory note in an effort to collect the remaining 50,000 yen in the future.

Both suspects, who have been charged with violating a metropolitan ordinance that prohibits bottakuri, or overcharging, have reportedly denied the allegations, saying that the total bill was justified.

According to TBS News (Dec. 1), police have received many complaints this year from customers at Xeno about overcharging.

Chinese Man Tries To Smuggle His Pet Turtle Disguised as a Hamburger...

Turtle Burger
This is not the actual smuggled pet, in fact this is a tortoise, not a turtle.

A curious story comes out of China this week, as the South China Morning Post News reports that a man tried to smuggle his “beloved” pet turtle inside of a KFC hamburger. As the boxed hamburger/turtle went through X-ray screening at the airport, security noticed “odd protrusions” poking out of the burger. 
The man is quoted as saying, “There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” and furthered, “There’s nothing special to see inside.” You know, except a turtle.

3.34 billion Yen in lost cash + 400,000 umbrellas handed in to police in 2014


The Tokyo Metropolitan Police says that 3.34 billion yen, (US$28 million) in lost cash was handed in at police stations in the city during 2014, the highest such amount in five years.

Of the total, 2.74 billion yen—74% of the total—was returned to the owners, Sports Nippon reported Monday.

The police also said that 3.56 million lost items found their way to its lost-and-found center. These included 560,000 items of clothing, 400,000 umbrellas and 900 pets such as rabbits and parrots.

The most expensive item restored to its owner was a bag containing 18.4 million yen in cash. In some cases, the owners of cash could not be found. Under Japanese law, if something is not claimed after three months, the person who handed it in is allowed to keep it.

But astonishingly, 390 million yen in cash went into Tokyo’s city coffers after finders relinquished that right.

Local media played up the story as further proof of how safe Japan is, a point Tokyo hammered home during its successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

The country’s relative security—something many Japanese are proud of—is often remarked upon by visiting foreigners, who tell tales of wallets accidentally abandoned in bars, taxis or trains, that invariably get returned.

Sources: Japan Today/AFP

Australia - Chinese coal ship captain arrested for sailing through Great Barrier Reef without pilot

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.

The ABC understands the captain — a Taiwanese national by the name of Lu — will plead guilty to a charge of being the master of a ship without a pilot in the marine park, an offence that carries a maximum fine of $85,000.

Captain Lu's matter was in a Newcastle court today but was adjourned until tomorrow after a request by his defence solicitor.

It is alleged the bulk carrier, the China Steel Developer, left the port of Mackay on New Year's Day and sailed through Hydrographers Passage, a deep water channel near Creal Reef off Mackay, without a pilot as required under law.

The ship is believed to have transported a load of coal to China before returning to Australia and anchoring off Newcastle last week.

AFP officers arrested Captain Lu on Saturday.

In 2010 a Chinese bulk coal carrier, the Shen Neng 1, ran aground on a reef off central Queensland after veering more than 10 kilometres outside the shipping lane.

The grounding damaged one of the ship's fuel tanks, resulting in a four-kilometre-long slick of heavy fuel oil.

It also carved a three-kilometre-long, 400,000-square-metre scar in and around Douglas Shoal, the largest known damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by a ship.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has said coral regrowth at the site has been hampered by toxic anti-fouling paint used on the hull of the Shen Neng 1.

The ship's first mate served three months in prison over the incident, while the vessel's master was convicted and fined $25,000.

About 4,500 ships travel through the Great Barrier Reef to Queensland ports every year.

Pet treats from China pulled from shelves, suspected in the illness/death of thousands of dogs…

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Any pet owner will tell you that pets are undeniably a part of the family. Everyone wants the best for their furry four-legged friend, and it is emotionally painful to watch them when they get sick or when their lives end. Even worse is when their already too-short lives are cut even shorter due to illness caused by something that was believed to be good for them. So, in response to consumer concerns that jerky treats manufactured in China have been the cause of thousands of pet illnesses and deaths, pet-supply chain Petco has decided to stop all sales of Chinese-produced dog and cat treats.
The FDA targeted the treats after receiving more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses, including the deaths, after pets ate chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats from China. Meanwhile the number of cases continued to climb, with illness reported in more than 5,600 dogs, 25 cats and 3 humans as of October.
On January 7, Petco announced that it has discontinued sales of pet treats from China at its 1,300 stores nationwide because of speculations that the treats may be linked to over 1,000 dog deaths in the U.S. since 2007.
Despite testing, the FDA has not yet been able to determine the cause of illnesses, and still no definitive link has been found between the illnesses/deaths and the treats. Still, the treats were targeted after more than 4,800 complaints of illnesses and death after pets were fed the jerky treats from China. Investigations are still ongoing.
Even though there have been no definitive links yet made, with consumers growing more wary about what they give their four-legged family members, Petco made the decision for the pull and has been replacing them with treats manufactured in the U.S. or other countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
With multiple pet food recalls each year due to salmonella, mold, and more, there has recently been a growing movement of pet parents who have ditched canned and bagged pet food all together, and have either started cooking for their fur babies (a growing number of pet food cookbooks are available online and in bookstores), or have even started their pets on raw food diets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says initial tests have not connected the Chinese jerky and rawhide treats to the illnesses, but the San Diego-based company and its rival PetSmart both vowed in May to ban the snacks.
Petco is the first national pet retailer to pull the treats from its 1,300 stores. Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. said Monday that it plans to have them off shelves at its roughly 1,300 stores by March.
John Sturm, Petco’s vice president of pet nutrition and merchandising, told CBS News in an email that the company has been “actively reducing our China-made assortment and expanding our American-made offerings for several years now.”
He also noted that, “while there is no direct, definitive link identified by the FDA between the reported illnesses in cats and dogs and China-made treats, as a trusted source to our customers, we decided pet parents’ concerns about the safety of China treats was significant enough to pull these products from our shelves.”
Symptoms may occur within hours or days after eating the treats, the FDA warned, and can include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. In severe cases, pets may be diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney failure.
The FDA said it has tested for a wide range of contaminants including Salmonella, pesticides, rodenticides, mold, arsenic, led, antibiotics and other chemicals, but has so far been unable to determine the cause of the illnesses.
Sturm said Petco treats are now made in the U.S. or places such as the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and South America. The company risked tens of millions of dollars by changing treat vendors, he said.