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    BikkuriMy name as it should really appear 三島

    Jeers to:   Hiroshi Wada, 49, stands accused of molestation in violation of Kanagawa Prefecture ordinances.

    "Our bodies came close on a crowded train. So I felt a temptation (to touch her)," Wada was quoted as saying. He put his hand up the 16-year-old girl's skirt and touched her legs on a Sagami Testudo train in Yokohama at about 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday. First it was a Shinto priest and now its a police officer and both are from Kanagawa. Is there something in the Sake we don't know about.
    Cheers to:    A Japanese court for convicting two Marines of robbing a cab driver on a base in Okinawa. The official said Lance Cpl. Henry Morgan was given a three-year sentence and Lance Cpl. Reginald Lowery got 2.5 years.

    The two were accused of pulling a knife on a cab driver Jan. 7 in Okinawa's Camp Foster. They allegedly took about 5,000 yen, which equals $43 American. The driver wasn't hurt in the incident. People may think I'm wrong about this. However these types of incidents happen on a regular basis and its unusual for them to have been tried by a Japanese court.

    Jeers to: Doctors who go on strike: New Delhi, July 5: Sarvesh Kumar, 35, died after he was pushed out of an AIIMS emergency ward because resident doctors went on strike.

    Sarvesh, from Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, had been brought to the country’s top hospital around 12.30 PM complaining of severe stomach ache and fits. He was prescribed some medicines and given an injection but before he could be taken for further tests, at 1 pm, the doctors stopped work and the man was sent out on a wheelchair.  Call me a fool but isn't there something in the oath about "First do no harm." Once this gentleman was at the hospital you might think that the staff would perform their duties. Of course they didn't because it was much more important to keep on striking.

    North Korea has announced that they will launch more missiles and has acknowledged that they have indeed launched missiles and that it was done because America has imposed economic sanctions and refuses to  be a part of the Six Parties talks.

    Here are some excerpts from South Korean newspapers on North Korea's missile launches
                                              Chosun Ilbo  
     It was timed to coincide with the U.S.’ launch of the space shuttle Discovery in commemoration of Independence Day, and the range of the three types of missile make them capable of reaching the U.S., Japan and South Korea: it was tantamount to throwing down the gauntlet to the international community. It also put paid to this government’s North Korea policy and Pyongyang’s one-nation rhetoric in one fell swoop.

    Why the slap in the face for our government? It is the natural consequence of Seoul’s arbitrary interpretation of the North's intentions. When other countries said North Korea was preparing to launch missiles, the government opined it was more likely to be a satellite. In military strategy, it is a fatal mistake to assume good intentions in an opponent without convincing reason. The basic idea of our North Korea policy is that the North will somehow change if only it is given enough aid. That has been proved wrong. Despite enormous economic aid every season, the administration failed utterly to influence Pyongyang as it prepared to launch the missiles since early May.
    As far as missiles and the nuclear standoff are concerned, South Korea's hand is not strong enough to prop up North Korea. If North Korea thinks it can still gain something from its anachronistic brinkmanship with a South Korea cajoled and bullied into standing by its side, it is making a serious miscalculation. That sort of strategy will no longer work.
                              Donga  Ilbo
    This situation shows that there is a serious problem in the government’s policy on North Korea and the crisis management system. When North Korea showed signs of firing a missile, the current government showed easy responsiveness, which was quite different from the U.S. and Japan. The government officials showed no signs of being urgent by saying, “We are not sure if it is a missile or not. It might be a satellite. Even though it is a missile, it might not be aimed at South Korea since North Korea has rocket-assisted projectiles.

     The Korea Times The reckless move by Pyongyang has made it clear that it is impossible for Seoul to defend the North under any circumstances. Our government has no choice but to fundamentally reevaluate its North Korean policy. Concerned authorities are asked to consult closely with the U.S. and Japan for relevant countermeasures, including the level of sanctions to be slapped on the North for the launching.

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