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Help the Children of Pakistan!

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, October 23, 2005 Posted: 11:43 PM JST

Last night I returned from Pakistan. I had planned to post occasional reports, but was totally unable to do so. The devastation in the disaster area was unimaginable. In my ten years of covering natural disasters, never before did I see such total destruction. The people are truly destitute.

One day I saw this little girl in a wine red dress. The ice cold rain had just stopped falling. She came running out of a tent -one of the very few that were available- and went to a pile of thoroughly wet clothes. Thrown on the ground by volunteers from all over Pakistan. She grabbed one after the other looking for something warm. Then she stood up, that terrible look in her eyes, her tiny little fists clinched, and she gave up.

Help these kids, donate to the International Red Cross or other aid organizations!

Kjeld is in Pakistan

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, October 13, 2005 Posted: 12:22 AM JST

Dear readers,

I am in the disaster area in Pakistan at the moment reporting on the aftermath of the horrible earthquake here. I have covered many earthquakes in quite a few countries over the past 10 years, but this must be the worst one I have seen so far.

At the moment I am camping at Balakot, or what is left over of that city. I haven't seen a building yet that survived. Everything is flattened. It is impossible to know how many people died here. To give you an idea of the uncertainty, estimates vary from 20 percent to 90 percent of the inhabitants dead. Just looking at the devastation I find it impossible to imagine anybody could get out alive.

I will try to post some info about the South Asia Earthquake here once in a while. So do check out the site every so often.

Earthquake in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan

Kjeld Duits, Monday, October 10, 2005 Posted: 11:40 AM JST

A large earthquake hit Pakistan, India and Afghanistan last Saturday. Media report that more than 20,000 people have been killed. We send our sincerest sympathies and wish the survivors much strength. Donate at your local Red Cross office!

Japanese Dolphin Drive Hunts: Right or Wrong?

Kjeld Duits, Friday, October 7, 2005 Posted: 11:55 PM JST

On the coast of the small Japanese town of Taiji some ten fishing boats are bobbing quietly up and down on the quiet waves. Fishermen on the boats beat on long metal poles which are stuck into the water. At the end of each pipe is a metal disc which drives the noise into the water like a loudspeaker. About five dolphins flee away from the terrifying sound, in front of the bows of the boats. For hundreds of years this dolphin hunt has been taking place. Now it has to stop say nature activists.


Living Soldiers/Dying Soldiers: War and Decivilization in Ishikawa Tatsuzo’s Soldiers Alive

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Posted: 04:54 PM JST

(by David Askew) - Ikiteiru heitai (Living soldiers or Soldiers alive) by Ishikawa Tatsuzo (1905-1985) is arguably the best piece of war literature to emerge from the Sino-Japanese War of 1937 to 1945. In Japan, the novella has been published and republished throughout the postwar era, most recently as a Chuko Bunko in 1999, and is now available for the first time in English [1]. Providing a strong indictment not only of the conduct of the Japanese military in China but also of war itself, Ikiteiru heitai is a powerful, deeply disturbing work.


National Census in Doubt

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Posted: 11:21 AM JST

Census takers have much trouble reaching people this year, The Japan Times reports. One census taker "was able to meet only about 80 percent of the residents of the roughly 50 houses and apartment buildings he's assigned to survey."


Developing Strategies and Human Resources to Deal with Global Warming

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Posted: 10:37 AM JST

(by Kiyoshi Koshiba) - Japan's Ministry of the Environment issued its annual White Paper on the Environment in June 2005, marking the 37th in the series since publication of the 1969 White Paper on Environmental Pollution. The following article outlines the central theme of this latest white paper: Building a new era by developing strategies and human resources to deal with global warming.


Training Workers for Agriculture

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Posted: 10:21 AM JST

Following the complete lifting of bans on participation of private firms and NPOs in agriculture, PASONA, a leading temporary employment agency, and Wakayama Prefecture, among others, have announced that they will launch projects to train workers for agricultural jobs. These projects aim to contribute to supplying labor to private firms venturing into the agricultural sector by conducting full-fledged training on agriculture.


Miss Japan Contest 2005

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, October 1, 2005 Posted: 12:37 PM JST

Spanish born Tokyo based photographer Dave Coll Blanco covered the Miss Japan Contest this week. Some very beautiful images. Dave works freelance for Spanish News Agency EFE and publications like GEO Magazine. These images are available for purchase. Contact Dave directly at

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Dolphin Demonstrators Go Japanese

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, October 1, 2005 Posted: 11:42 AM JST

In an apparent attempt to reach Japanese media and the Japanese population, international demonstrators against the dolphin drive hunts in the Japanese city of Taiji have created a downloadable file with Japanese slogans.


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