Helping the Blind to "See"

Guidance systems for the visually impaired to traverse crowded city streets with ease and safety have been at work for many years in Japan. On the left side of the sidewalks are raised striped and dotted tiles, easily ‘read’ through the feet of those visually impaired as they walk on them. Other conventional facilities such…

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September 2012 Newsletter

                                                                          What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it.                                                Luke 5:13      Jesus used this parable to teach the hypocritical and self righteous Pharisees (verse 2) the value…

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Police dog Momo!

                In what is a first for Japan and perhaps the world, a long-haired Chihuahua named “Momo” — “Peach” — passed exams to become a police dog in the western Japanese prefecture of Nara. The brown-and-white, perky Momo was one of 32 successful candidates out of 70 dogs, passing a search and rescue test by…

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Clean-up starts with One Man!

  In 2006, Yuji Arakawa a young man of 20, decided to start picking up trash. His example launched what has since become a nationwide cleanup movement involving over 100,000 people. Arakawa regularly visits middle and high schools around the country, encouraging students to live boldly and positively. He has delivered this message to more…

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The Age of Wi-fi

   Need Wi-Fi? Find a Vending MachineBy Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PCWorld   Dec 30, 2011 Ah, Japan. The land of vending machines for, quite literally, everything. Now Japanese vending machines dispense one more item: free Wi-Fi! Asahi Soft Drinks has introduced a new vending machine that dispenses soft drinks as well as a wireless signal.…

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ASCENDING CURTAINS

A growing number of people are turning to nature to help them save electricity this summer, creating so-called green curtains of climbing plants. According to the Energy Conservation Center, Japan, a key element in power conservation is reducing the use of air conditioners, which consume the most electricity in homes. A green curtain helps block…

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