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  新書「鵜の目鷹の目」 https://peatix.com/event/1804945/view  新書「鵜の目鷹の目」の著者、マーティン・フリッドさんと対談します!マーティンさんは日本在住のスウェーデン人でずっと前からの仕事仲間です。はじめてマーティンさんと知り合ったのは、日本で開かれた食品安全の国際会議の通訳をしていた時です。マーティンは、日本消費者連盟で仕事をすることになりました。そして今月、同連盟で毎月書いているエッセーを本にまとめて出版しました。     このイベントでは、スウェーデン人のレーナ・リンダル(ホスト)と日本にお住まいのスウェーデン人のマーティン・フリッドさん(ゲスト)が日本語で対談をします。    話題の中心は新書「鵜の目鷹の目」、そしてその内容に関係した消費者のこと、日本の生活のこと、スウェーデンの生活のこと、などなどです。    マーティン・フリッド   (Martin Frid) 最後に質問をする機会もあります。 本の詳細、注文については出版社「社会評論社」のページへどうぞ。 https://www.shahyo.com/ (本の紹介ページはこれからです。) マーティンさんが活動している団体、日本消費者連盟を紹介するページへどうぞ。 日本消費者連盟 日本消費者連盟フェイスブックページ チャンネル日消連(YouTube) マーティンさんの2009年の本も参考に: 「ニッポン食安全ランキング555」 このイベントはオンラインで開催し、「ZOOM」を使います。 ご問い合わせ先:lena@linkandlearn.se https://linkandlearn.se/home/japanese Read more

World's First Protest Against a Genome-Edited GMO Tomato, GABA or not?

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  Japan's first genome-edited food item, a tomato, gets green light for distribution? Japan's first genome-edited food item has obtained a green light for domestic sales. This is the high- GABA accumulated tomato, the "Sicilian Rouge High GABA," developed by a team at Tsukuba University. The approval was obtained when, on 11 December 2020, Tsukuba University’s venture company Sanatech Seed notified and presented data to MAFF, and notified MHLW. Having these accepted by the two ministries completes the necessary procedure for commercialization of the novel tomato.   As genome-edited foods do not require an environmental impact assessment or safety screening as food or feed, the reality is that it is possible to distribute the food in this way, and that the food can appear on our dining tables without any labelling.  Red light is more what I would think is appropriate. I think this is rather premature. Already there are ads for GABA Tomato Juice. But GABA

Nobuyuki Tsujii improvised jazz at a restaurant in Iceland - Click on "Read More" to listen

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Nobuyuki Tsujii - Chopin - Click on "Read More" and listen

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The Atlantic: Atomic Veterans Were Silenced for 50 Years. Now, They're Talking. 29,594 views

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An account of experiences, that none of us can ever expect to have. Except, they were ordered to be there, close by, by their government, by their superiors. This happened back in the 1950s, just a few years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/590299/atomic-soldiers/ May 27, 2019 | Video by Morgan Knibbe Nearly everyone who’s seen it and lived to tell the tale describes it the same way: a horrifying, otherworldly thing of ghastly beauty that has haunted their life ever since. “The colors were beautiful,” remembers a man in Morgan Knibbe’s short documentary The Atomic Soldiers . “I hate to say that.” “It was completely daylight at midnight—brighter than the brightest day you ever saw,” says another. Many tales of the atomic bomb, however, weren’t told at a

OECD Report on Japan's Farming

Some interesting observations about the just released OECD report on Japan's "productivity and sustainability" when it comes to its farm sector. The focus on climate change shocks may be the most important message, but I would have liked more details how Japan could encourage its organic farmers: OSAKA -   With Japanese food products becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists, especially those from Asia, the country’s agricultural sector has a bright future if it can change its policies to embrace technological innovation and entrepreneurship, an OECD report on the country’s agricultural productivity and sustainability has concluded. “Our advice to Japan is: ‘You need to speed up the pace at which you move away from protection, invest more in sustainability, productivity, including research and development and other forms of innovation,’ ” said Ken Ash, director of trade and agriculture at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in an inter

My Ten Best Movies With An Environmental Theme

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Wow, this is not an easy post to write! With all the media attention on environmental issues, it struck me as odd that there are so few movies about the state of our planet. Our natural environment and issues like climate change, pollution, loss of biological diversity, loss of fertile top soil (erosion) and such... Hey, you may even think Hollywood and the other movie studios around the world were sponsored by investors that didn't give a sh$%&t. So, what do you think? Do add your favourite movie with an environmental theme in the comments. My Best Movies With An Environmental Theme:   Local Hero (1983) about an oil company representative sent to the Scottish village of Ferness to purchase the town and surrounding property for his company. Music by Mark Knopfler. (Thanks Tom for introducing)   Never Cry Wolf (1983) about a researcher assigned by his government to travel to the Canadian Arctic to study the wolves that are believed responsible for the reduction of the