20,000 "AIDS" deaths added in China Lists

The total number of reported AIDS deaths in China has increased by nearly 20,000 since an official estimate last year, state media said.

Deaths linked to acquired AIDS since it's emergence in China in the 1980's reached 68,315 by the end of October, state television said, citing figures from the Health Ministry.

That compares with the total of $9,845 reported deaths released by the ministry at the end of October, 2009

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Google says China disrupting e-mail service - Yes, they are at it Again!!


Google has blamed the Chinese government for problems accessing its e-mail service in the country.

Internet users have complained that the authorities have stepped up disruption of its Gmail service in recent weeks.

Google said it had found no technical issues, and blamed "a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail".

Users say the interference coincided with an internet campaign calling for protests like those in the Middle East.

Last year, Google said it suffered cyber-attacks from China-based organisations intent on hacking into the Gmail accounts of Chinese rights activists.

The incident caused tensions between China and the United States, and led to Google reducing its presence in the Chinese market.

Beijing has always denied any state involvement in the cyber-attacks, and has in the past called such accusations "groundless".

But problems resurfaced this month with Google writing in its official blog about hackers exploiting a vulnerability in Internet Explorer to attack some Gmail users.

Source: BBC News

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Tepco Faked Fukushima Nuclear Plant Repairs - This could be serious Sh*t!

Days before the earthquake and tsunami knocked out power at the Fukushima plant, it's operator admiited faking repairs records.
This revelation raises fresh questions about Tokyo Electric Power Co's scandal tainted past and that the government regulation of the industry is soft.
Tepco submitted a report about the No 1 plant to the Japan's nuclear watchdog 10 days before the quake hit, admitting they failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment in it's six reactors.
A power board that distributes electricity to temperature control valves at one reactor was not checked for 11 years, and inspectors faked records by pretending to make thorough inspections, when in fact they were only cursory ones, Tepco said.
 They also said that the inspections-which are voluntary, did not cover devices related to the cooling systems, including water pump motors and diesel generators.

The Safety agency ordered Tepco to draw up a corrective plan by June 2, but on march 11 the earthquake knocked out the back-up generators connected to the plants cooling system.
The generators are supposed to keep the fuel rods from over heating and releasing radiation when mains power balks.

A nuclear official, who declined to be named said: "We can't say that the lapses listed in the Feb 28 report did not have an influence on the chain of events leading to the crisis"

Furthermore, in 2002,Tepco admitted to falsifying safety reports that lead to all 17 of it's boiling-water reactors shutting down.

And in an eerily familiar event, a 2007 earthquake paralyzed Tepco's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant - the world's biggest - And more radiation leaked than Tepco initially acknowledged.

"People don't trust Tepco, they don't expect them to tell the truth" said Peter White of
CNIC : http://www.cnic.jp/english/   The problem is one of a culture of denial - denial that this could occur. Denial that Japan could be subject to a big quake and the scale of the tsunami wave could come"

Source: J/Times

Comment: Isn't amazing, companies like Tepco have money saving practices which compromise safety. Yet by doing this, in the long run, it can cost many lives, cost a lot of more money to fix and wiped $24 billion off the value of the company. 

If all the accusations are true, the pricks from the board of directors down to all levels of management that made safety decisions should be sacked and charged for criminal negligence - but before imprisonment, they should be paraded outside and infront of the companies lush corporate office for the public to question them, abuse them and maybe be even allowed to throw stones at them!

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Japan: The floodgate that didn't work to stop the tsunami

This is a very good story, please watch it to the end!

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New Medical Research Results - Chicken Blood may help humans!

Please remember this the next time you have major surgery and need a blood transfusion!

This is good to know:

Australian Medical Association researchers have found that patients needing blood transfusionsmay benefit from receiving chicken blood
rather than human blood.

It tends to make the men cocky and the women lay better....

Just thought you'd like to know!


OK, I'll be going to my room now. 

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Japan Earthquake Video Footage: The moment the tsunami hit Miyako City

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Tsunami Wave That Hit Northern Japan - New Footage from a ship at sea!

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Nuclear Plant Technicans s Risk Their Lives - SHAME ON YOU NHK TV!

 Apparently it's been a well known fact that NHK controls and censors about 80% of all TV media content

 Well if you watch this the below story, it proves that NHK does not properly inform viewers of what is really happening.

After viewing the story, have the thought of how would you feel if you were related to one of the 50 hero's that have AND still are putting their lives on the line.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but to date, NHK have not reported any information that is in this report.


And to think that NHK asks everyone for about $150.00 per year for a TV reception license - Guess what I'm going to tell the representative when he or she knocks on the door asking for more money?

To finish on a positive note - Hey, how about those workers?

Please advise all the ways we can make these 50 worjers famous please!


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China seeks big earthquake payment - Hmmm, is this right?

Beijing has asked New Zealand yesterday to pay extra compensation to the chinese parents who lost their children in the earthquake!
Cheng Lei, from the Chinese embassy  in Wellington, told Radio New Zealand that the one-child policy means that the Chinese parents whose children died in the quake had not only lost a loved one, but also "lost the major source of economic assistance after retirement"

Under New Zealand law, families of disaster victims, regardless of nationality, receive payments from a government fund called the Accident Compensation Commission.

Cheng also said many Chinese families believe the standard payment is not enough "to lead a sound or serene life"
Source: AFP-JIJI


  1. Would or has the Chinese paid any form of compensation to families of foreigners that have been killed in previous catastrophes? - I doubt it?
  2. I'm no physiologist, but how would an extra payment of money  lead "to a sound or serene life" ? - No amount of money can replace a "Loved One"
  3. Does all or most Chinese children fund their parents retirement? - I doubt it, especially in these days.
  4. Is it part of Chinese bereavement is to make such a request so quickly? 
  5. Does the "One Child Policy" have any relevance, if so maybe they should be paid more compensation?

But What Do I Know, I'm Only A Gaijin ....

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Can You Trust Japanese Tradesman ? - 1st Story

 Let me take you through what happened when my loving caring wife discovered that the bathroom basin had a water leak:

  1. Ok-san noticed the leak in the cabinet below the basin - Bad enough to damaged the cabinet base.
  2. Yours Truly, (YT) discovered that the leak was coming from the Plug & Waste, (P & W) fitting underneath the basin.
  3. YT dismantled the plumbing and found that the flange, (the face of the Waste; the bit that you see at the bottom of the basin) had split and come apart from the rest of the fitting.  NO DRAMA I thought, lets just go and purchase another P & W from 'Kahma' or from 'Jumbo Encho' Home Improvement Stores and ALL will be fixed in a couple of hours including 1 hour travelling time.
  4. Arrive at Karmah, tried looking around the large plumbing section - No luck at finding a new P & W
  5. Ask staff with the help of Ok-San  translating what a P & W is - Still no luck - Left store empty handed.
  6. Do exactly same procedure at Jumbo Encho - No Luck
  7. YT asks Ok-San to ask neighbors if they know of a locally based plumber that does not charge like a wounded bull - to perhaps buy a new P & W.
  8. Ok-San gets the phone number of the recommended plumber, calls him and gets advised that he does not sell "Any parts without looking at the problem" YT reluctantly agrees and thinks that the Call Out Fee will not be that much as is should only take about 5 minutes to see the problem.
  9. Plumber arrives 1 hour early than advised the next day, wreaking of cigarette smoke, has a look at the problem and advises YT & Ok-San that the type of P & W is very rare and he will have to take it back with him to try and find one. YT knows that is Bullshit but still politely agrees for the seach to start and pays Call Out Fee - 7,000 yen ( about $70.00)
  10. YT & Ok-san makes the necessary arrangements to use the basin without the plumbing - Bowl under the hole in the basin, etc.
  11. One week later, Mr Plumber arrives without any notice and tell us the "Bad News"  "A new P & W  is not available , as it was made only to suit that Brand of bathroom unit, (Basin & Cabinet with a light), and it is no longer available " and therefore - WAIT For It " You have to buy a new bathroom unit at a cost of about 80,000 yen, ($800.00) + installation. YT quickly concludes that Mr Plumber thinks that we a just a couple of naive idiots that he can fleece easliy and quickly.
  12. Ok-San naively agrees with Mr Plumber about maybe having the complete unit replaced, YT after quickly coming to the above conclusion and also the fact of that an "Inch & Quarter P & W" can be easily found and purchased,  (this is known by YT working in the home improvement/hardware industry for many years) says to Ok-San in english  and also not caring if Mr Plumber understands english or not "Piss him Off, what he is saying in crap and thank him for delivering the broken P & W back to us. 
  13. Ok-San, just thanks him with my third remark.
  14. Mr Plumber departs smiling, probably thinking "Yeah, I reckon they believed that Bullshit and I should get the $800.00 job.
  15. YT phones good loyal farmer friend in Australia and confirms that a 1" & 1/4 P & W can be easily purchased and he will get one and post it to YT in the next few days.
  16. In the meantime, YT purchases some silicone, applies it to the broken P & W and refits to the basin - NO Leaks
  17. 7 days later, new P & W arrives in the post - Perfect fit to the basin but YT decides that since the silicone is doing a good job, not to use the new one.
  18. ONE MONTH LATER - While looking for tap washers, YT finds a P & W kit complete with "S" Trap and hose at Karmah for 3,200 yen, ($35.00)  + Silicone still holding the old P & W effectively
As all the Crows say "Faark"

Summary: Like in Australia, be very wary of what tradesman say to you on what is needed and / or what has to be done, Many of them think that most customers are very niave and therefore can be ripped off easily - And also provide bad quality work - Check the internet, go on forums and ask as many people you know before and get as many quotes as you can put up with.

Please let me know if you have any good or bad experiences with tradesman - I have a CLASSIC story to tell about the timber deck that I recently had installed WHAT A SHOCKER!

But What Do I Know, I'm Only A Gaijin

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Home Improvement Contest - Bunnings Hardware, Australia VS Karmah, Japan

Customer Service:

  • Bunnings - Have staff talk among themselves at the end of the isles and wait for the customer to come to them. 
  • Kahma - Place Red customer button alarms at the end of each section for the customer to get the staff to come to them for some help.
  • Bunnings, Be very polite to the staff in asking them where the required product might be - Please remember that the staff have the attitude that "they are doing you a favour and you need them, Not the other way. Note:be also prepared to be told that they don't carry that item - even though they do - Galv Clothesline wire is a good example
  • Kahma - Have the staff take you to the section where the product might be and wait until they try their hardest to find it.
  • Bunnings - Listen very carefully to the staff's direction to where the item might be, as the chances are they will not take to the area, (they will still stay in the same position talking to the other sales staff)
The Purchase Of Large or Heavy Items:

Bunnings - Phone the store and advise them what you will purchase, get put on hold for 5 minutes + and then hangup. Upon arrival to the store, ask the staff where such item will be and watch them scatter - In my case, heavy kitchen unit flat packs. Load the heavy items on trolley that has it's on plan to go in a different direction - Proceed to the sales counter to get looked up and down by a young "upstart with attitude" teenage female staffer who does not even grunt to acknowledge you.

Karmah - Phone the store and advise them what you will purchase - In my case 20 only 6ft timber Lattice Frames. Accept the offer from the very polite staff that they can load the product in one of their vehicles - ready for you to take back home. Arrive at the store in about an hour and yes the company ute is loaded ready for you to drive away.

Product Knowledge:
  • Bunnings -  Most of the staff think they know what they are being asked but most of the time it's an act. If they get confused or don't know, you will be advised to wait for "The Tradesman" to help you
  • Kahma: Most of the staff don't know what they are asked about and seek information from the product or from a 'Store Specialist' If all else fails, they will apologize profusely.
  • Bunnings -  Very good range, (Compared to Karmah) with a few locally made products + many Products made in China that are poor quality
  • Kahma - Not so good range of Hardware items - Many Japanese products and Chinese products that are of reasonable quality. For those wanting to buy paint, it  is sold by weight - HUH - I thought you work out how paint you need by measuring the area you wish to paint - You DON'T weigh the area! 
  • Bunnings: They can charge what they want as they mostly control the hardware/homeimprovement sector
  • Kahma - Very price compeditive with  real specials - this is due to having serious opposition who are  "Jumbo Encho" and "Cainz" Home Improvement warehouses
But Visiting them is another story..........

But What Do I Know, I'm Only A Gaijin

Incredible Story...

This is an Incredible story!


 In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in   Kenya after graduating from   Northwestern   University ..    
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.
  The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.
  He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it..

As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife,
after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot..
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments.
Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.     

Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
  Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son.

As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and
walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing.    

The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down.

The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.    
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant.
Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure.

He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.   
The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs    
and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same f**king elephant..
    This is for everyone who sends me those heart-warming bullsh*t stories.

Green Tea Catechins and Theanine May Ward Off Influenza Infection

Source: http://www.shizuoka-echo.net/

Experimental studies have revealed that green tea catechins and theanine prevent influenza infection, while the clinical evidence has been inconclusive. Keiji Matsumoto, of the Department of Drug Evaluation & Informatics at the University of Shizuoka in Japan, and colleagues undertook a study to determine whether taking green tea catechins and theanine can clinically prevent influenza infection.
The researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 200 healthcare workers for five months from Nov. 9, 2009 through April 8, 2010 in three healthcare facilities for the elderly in Higashimurayama, Japan. The catechin/theanine group received capsules including green tea catechins (378 mg/day) and theanine (210 mg/day). The control group received placebo. The primary outcome was the incidence of clinically defined influenza infection. Secondary outcomes were laboratory-confirmed influenza with viral antigen measured by immunochromatographic assay and the time for which the patient was free from clinically defined influenza infection, meaning the period between the start of intervention and the first diagnosis of influenza infection, based on clinically defined influenza infection.
Matsumoto, et al. report that eligible healthcare workers (n = 197) were enrolled and randomly assigned to an intervention; 98 were allocated to receive catechin/theanine capsules and 99 to placebo. The incidence of clinically defined influenza infection was significantly lower in the catechin/theanine group (4 participants; 4.1%) compared with the placebo group (13 participants; 13.1%) (adjusted OR, 0.25; 95% CI, 0.07 to 0.76, P = 0.022). The incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection was also lower in the catechin/theanine group (1 participant; 1.0%) than in the placebo group (five participants; 5.1%), but this difference was not significant (adjusted OR, 0.17; 95% CI, 0.01 to 1.10; P = 0.112). The time for which the patient was free from clinically defined influenza infection was significantly different between the two groups (adjusted HR, 0.27; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.84; P = 0.023).
The researchers conclude that among healthcare workers for the elderly, taking green tea catechins and theanine may be effective prophylaxis for influenza infection. Their research was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Reference: Matsumoto K, Yamada H, Takuma N, Niino H and Sagesaka YM. Effects of Green Tea Catechins and Theanine on Preventing Influenza Infection among Healthcare Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:15doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-15

But What Do I Know, I'm Only A Gaijin

Japan National Tourism Organization

This is just amazing, in the country that usually offers the best customer service:

The National Tourism Organization does not list any contact details for the Japan Based Offices- Only a Tokyo Telephone Number. No email details or even a fax number - Are things that tough or is it another Government Department that does not like to be bothered with customer enquiries?


Hello!  Has the department management and staff,(who with no doubt will provide an excellent face to face service at their offices), thought about how many english speaking foreigners that might use the website just to ask simple questions about destinations or events that are not listed?

Like I am in trying to get any information about the Shizuoka Festival starting on April one!

But What Do I Know, I'm Only A Gaijin

Visit To The Home Improvement Centre

 Went to Karmah today, impressed with the great wall of washing powder and all the toilet paper on sale, but not impressed with the staff's product knowledge and application. It seems the system is:
  1. Press the Help button at the end of the isles
  2. A staff member or two comes running to you, presses the Help button again to cancel alarm
  3. They introduce themselves then take you to where the products might be.
  4. The staff read the instructions of some related products in hope to find the right one for you.
  5. Apologise profusely if they can't help
Summary, 10 out 10 for customer service, 3/10 for product knowledge - I wonder why doesn't management get the some of the product suppliers to help train the staff with product knowledge?

Also, apparently, the staff only get paid about 900 yen an hour and can only work a max of 5 hours at a time to prevent 'Burn Out' (probably from running around looking after customers that also don't have a clue what they want)

For those in the KNOW, please advise where I can purchase some Mineral Turpentine, Methylated Spirits and / or Shellite AND a normal type Wood Saw!

But What Do I Know, I'm Only A Gaijin