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Leaked Video Shows Chinese Vessel Ramming Japanese Ship

Posted by Author on November 8, 2010


NTDTV.com, Nov. 8, 2010 –

A video apparently showing a Chinese fishing vessel ramming Japanese patrol boats in the South China Sea was leaked. It has re-ignited simmering diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

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China’s state security goon show: comedy or tragedy?

Posted by Author on October 26, 2010


By Peter Foster, The Telegraph, UK, October 26th, 2010 –

China is currently experiencing a series of anti-Japanese protests which have been popping up every other day or so in cities across the south.

Today it was the turn of Chongqing where 2,000 or so people marched calling for a boycott of Japanese goods and chanting “down with the Japanese devlis!” according to local news reports.

The Chinese government doesn’t normally tolerate protests but is making an exception for these which, according to the Foreign Ministry spokesman are “the spontaneous acts by some Chinese people to express indignation for Japan’s recent erroneous deeds and acts.”

The government is playing with fire, however, since the protests are also being used by some people to air internal grievances. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Anti-Japan Protests Stage-Managed by State

Posted by Author on September 20, 2010


By Michelle Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Sep. 20, 2010 –

Recent anti-Japan demonstrations organized by the Chinese regime have struck astute citizens as somewhat ironic, given that the Chinese seldom have the right to march for such causes on their own.

“Finally, in a country where we are not even allowed to type the word ‘demonstration’ in our blogs, we have a demonstration to march in,” wrote Han Han, one of China’s most popular writers, in a Sept. 18 blog post. The anti-Japan demonstrations were held on Sept. 18, the 79th anniversary of Japan’s invasion of China. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Shanghai Expo Pays $3.2 Million for Plagiarized Japanese Song

Posted by Author on May 23, 2010


NTD TV –

Japanese singer Maya Okamoto (photo from Internet)

The Shanghai World Expo will pay 300 million Japanese yen (approximately US$3.2 million) to Japanese singer Maya Okamoto for plagiarizing her song, according to a report published on Japanese news websites last week.

The song Right Here Waiting for You 2010 was used for the month of promotion leading up to the opening of the Shanghai World Expo and organizers had reportedly spent 10 million yuan (US$1.46 million) producing the song.

Soon after its premiere on Chinese television on April 1, Internet users pointed out that 95 percent of the melody was identical to Japanese pop singer Maya Okamoto’s Stay the Way You Are from 1997.

Japan’s major media outlets widely reported on the case. One TV commentator complained of the response to the plagiarism revelations: “This whole situation should be the other way around. First they should have gotten permission before using the song. Yet, they have neither apologized nor given a public statement. Generally, these cases should also involve reimbursement, shouldn’t they?”

From office stationery to international brand name cars, Hello Kitty plush toys to amusement parks, the impression of China being a “nation of plagiarists” and a “paradise of piracy” has become deeply rooted in the Japanese mind. The popular outcry in Japan was stronger this time, since the apparent pirate was a government agency rather than a private company.

36-year-old Maya Okamoto rose to fame in the 90s from a performance of her original song, Tomorrow.

Though Stay the Way You Are was not her most famous song, the scandal with the Shanghai Expo has turned things around for her career, which went downhill some years ago. She will soon be releasing a new album expected to top the charts.

A comparison of the original ballad with the Shanghai Expo version is available here

– Read the original Chinese report by NTD TV

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Japan University President: Shen Yun Demonstrates Inner Beauty

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


FUKUOKA, Japan— On March 15, President Fujimoto Jun of Nakamura Gakuen University, a well-known private university in Fukuoka, watched the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts performance in the Fukuoka Sunpalace Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, along with his wife. Mr. Fujimoto, also an expert in anatomy, praised Shen Yun for presenting the magnificence and glory of China’s five-millennia-old culture, which enables audiences to perceive the distinctive characteristic of the universality of traditional culture, as well as the profound inner beauty behind the presentation of outer beauty.

Mr. Fujimoto said that the performance of Shen Yun encompasses various forms of art, including music, dance, and painting.

He said that he sensed beauty presented through all the programs and dancing movements. He quoted the founder of his university as saying, “The exterior appearance is the reflection of the inner world.” The performance of Shen Yun enabled him to have a deeper understanding of this quotation. The external beauty of Shen Yun’s dance is the realistic reflection of performers’ inner beauty; only those with beautiful hearts are capable of demonstrating such a beautiful presentation, he said.

Stunned by the lively rhythm of the Shen Yun music, Mr. Fujimoto said, “This is the first time I have come in contact with this kind of music with lively rhythm. I am amazed and touched.” …… (more details from The Epochtimes)

Related:
Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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(video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 12, 2010


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Vice President of Japan Kimono Institute: The Colors in Shen Yun Shows are Perfect

Posted by Author on March 4, 2010


SAITAMA, Japan— The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts presented its second show in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture on March 4, 2010. Ms. Takahashi Etsuko, vice president of the Institute of Kimono, came to see the show dressed in beautiful kimono. She exclaimed during the intermission: “This is the very first time for me to see Shen Yun show, and I was very much touched. Dancers’ hand and arm movements were very delicate, which is a feature of Chinese dance. In addition, the colors were marvelous and unique.”

Ms. Watanabe Tatuko, chief instructor from the Kimono institute, was among the several ladies who accompanied Ms. Takahashi to see the show. She said that it was her second time to see the show, and that she was overwhelmed by the spectacular colors in the performance when she watched the show for the first time. “I think the colors in the show were perfect.” she added.

Ms. Watanabe also said that the dancers’ movements were very outstanding and changed in a amazing speed; In addition, the backdrops were indeed very impressive. Since Shen Yun offers different programs every year, she was anxious to see the new programs this year……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Events around the world in March 2010: Shen Yun Performing Arts Show (Video)

Posted by Author on February 25, 2010


Shen Yun, the state of arts classical Chinese dance and music show is traveling in about 100 cities around the world and will go to USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and many European cities in March 2010. Here’s a  brief schedule:

Daegu, Korea
Feb 25 – Mar 1
Saitama, Japan
Mar 4
Tokyo, Japan
Mar 5 – 7
Amsterdam, Holland
Mar 5 – 7
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Mar 6
Louisville, KY, USA
Mar 7
Yokohama, Japan
Mar 9
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Mar 9 – 10
Bruges, Belgium
Mar 9 – 10
Hiroshima, Japan
Mar 12
Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 12 – 14
Kansas City, KS, USA
Mar 13 – 14
Fukuoka, Japan
Mar 15
Ogden, UT, USA
Mar 16 – 18
Nishinomiya, Japan
Mar 17
Lausanne, Switzerland
Mar 18
Taipei, Taiwan
Mar 19 – 25
Portland, OR, USA
Mar 20 – 21
Lyon, France
Mar 20 – 21
Seattle, WA, USA
Mar 23 – 24
Bregenz, Austria
Mar 23 – 24
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mar 25 – 28
Chiayi, Taiwan
Mar 27 – 28
Dublin, Ireland
Mar 28
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Mar 30 – 31
Calgary, AB, Canada
Mar 30 – Apr 1

For details please check Shen Yun Performing Arts’ official website.

Following is a highligh HD video for Shen Yun 2010 show

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Schedule: Shen Yun World-wide Show in February, 2010- Asia & USA

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Shang Hai activist home safe from Japan after eight times denied entry by China authorities

Posted by Author on February 13, 2010


By Madeline Earp/Asia Research Associate, CPJ.org, Feb. 12, 2010-

Journalists, friends, and supporters of Feng Zhenghu, who I interviewed in Tokyo on Monday as he was about to end his involuntary exile in Japan, have been making full use of the Internet to document his arrival home in Shanghai’s Pudong Airport this afternoon.

Twitter users have been sharing updates using the tag #fzhenghu.

Chinese blogger Isaac Mao has posted photos to his Flickr page that capture the mood at the airport.

Feng is a pro-democracy activist who every month prints and distributes a bulletin on local rights abuses called Ducha Jianbao (“Supervision Report”). His muckraking didn’t please Chinese authorities, it would seem: Eight times since June Feng has tried to fly home to China, but was denied entry each time.

Radio Free Asia reporter Yushin Chen posted audio of an interview with Feng after he safely today landed and made his first stop—a visit to his sick mother. Perhaps it was the crowds, but everything went smoothly, Feng said in the clip. Chinese security officials, instead of throwing him out of the country, invited him to sit down for a bite to eat.

CPJ

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Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010

Posted by Author on February 5, 2010


Shen Yun, a show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, ”first class”, “the best”, “the top”,  “perfection”,  “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.

Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/

Shen Yun show featuring:
– strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
– stunning costumes
– 3D digital backdrops
– live orchestra

More Shen Yun videos
http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/multimedia/video

Related:
Video highlight (1): Shen Yun show 2010
Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)

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Video highlight (1): Shen Yun show 2010

Posted by Author on February 5, 2010


Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, “first class”, “the best”, “the top”,  “perfection”,  “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.

Shen Yun Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/

 

Shen Yun show featuring:
– strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
– stunning costumes
– 3D digital backdrops
– live orchestra

More Shen Yun videos
http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/multimedia/video

Related:
Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010
Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)
Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
Shen Yun Review, by Senior Manager for the Grammy Awards, Feb 5, 2010

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Stranded in Japan airport for 3 months by China authority, rights activist preparing to go back home

Posted by Author on February 1, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Feb. 1, 2010 –

HONG KONG— A Chinese rights activist stranded in Tokyo’s airport for three months is giving up his protest and hopes to return home to Shanghai, apparently after receiving Chinese assurances that he will be allowed back into the country.

Feng Zhenghu, a 55-year-old economist, has been questioned and detained on many occasions for his human rights activism. He said in an interview Monday that he plans to arrive in Shanghai before the Chinese New Year, Feb. 14.

Chinese immigration authorities repeatedly refused to allow him back into the country, most recently bundling him onto a flight back to Toyo in November—after which he simply refused to pass through immigration and camped for three months in the immigration area of Narita airport.

“I will leave the airport on this coming Wednesday,” Feng said, without giving details of his third visit in the airport on Saturday with Chinese officials.

“Now I am still not sure of the particular date on which I will go back to China—I need to deal with many things, including the air ticket, and I am working on them hastily,” he said

“We Chinese always wish to celebrate New Year with family members at home, and this is why I set up the press conference for tomorrow. I will finish all relevant things in the airport and leave like a normal person,” Feng said.

He will enter Japan briefly to visit his sister, he said.

Feng’s self-imposed ordeal reprises elements of the Hollywood film The Terminal, in which a stateless man lives for years in an American airport.

Global attention

Monday marked 90 days since Feng launched his protest in the Tokyo airport—drawing international attention through his blogs and Twitter postings, and prompting three visits by Chinese embassy officials.

As of Monday, he had some 14,000 Twitter followers.

On Sunday, Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng told reporters that anyone entering China would be dealt with according to China’s border control law—suggesting a deal had been reached.

Feng initially traveled to Japan on April 1 for medical treatment, but was denied entry back into China, which deported him back to Japan on June 7. Three subsequent attempts at re-entry also failed.

He was also barred from boarding Shanghai-bound aircraft from Japan on four occasions after airport security staff told the airlines he was barred from China.

Feng, who has advocated for petitioners in recent years, has filed several lawsuits against Air China International and Northwest Airlines of the United States……. (Radio Free Asia)

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10 China Myths for the New Decade- Myth #3: China’s economy

Posted by Author on February 1, 2010


Derek Scissors, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Asia Economic Policy in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, via http://www.heritage.org, January 28, 2010 –

<< Previous

Myth #3: China will surpass Japan as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010.

Truth: China probably surpassed Japan several years ago.

As soon as February, the media could report that China has finally surpassed Japan. If not in February, then certainly over the course of 2010.

Every discussion of the Chinese economy, including this one, should be taken with a truck’s worth of salt. The officially stated unemployment rate is acknowledged to have little to do with true unemployment, announced sales volumes include millions of items never sold, and much announced foreign direct investment (FDI) is not foreign. The central government does not agree with the provinces and the provinces do not agree with their counties concerning GDP, FDI, and many other indicators.[5]

Evidence for many economic statements is weak; but what there is suggests the PRC surpassed Japan several years ago.

In 2004, China conducted a nationwide census and discovered its economy was almost 17 percent larger than previously stated. The service sector was found to be larger than previously thought, as was also the case in the 1993 census. In fact, the 2004 census discovered an even larger gap than found in 1993. At the end of 2009, China revised its 2008 GDP upward by 4.5 percent, again citing a larger service sector, and indicated GDP growth from earlier in 2009 would also be revised upward.[6]

There is little reason to believe the PRC has its numbers right now. More likely, it is still undercounting–services are especially hard to measure due to pervasive state activity that elevates some economic exchange and drives some into the shadows. A proper census would show that China’s economy has been larger than announced at the time for every single year in the reform period. That suggests the PRC passed Japan no later than 2007.

Finally, using a concept known as purchasing power parity, which tries to even out price differences in different economies, China passed Japan inthe 1990s. As media headlines reflect, China has been number two for a while.(to be cont’d)

Original from The Heritage Foundation

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U.S.- China ties weaken Japan alliances

Posted by Author on November 25, 2008


The Japan Times, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 –

As the United States works harder than ever to strengthen relations with China, there are signs its alliances with Japan and Taiwan are weakening. A conspicuous sign of change in Japan-U.S. ties came early Oct. 12 when President George W. Bush telephoned Prime Minister Taro Aso to inform the latter of the decision to remove North Korea from Washington’s list of terrorism-supporting nations.

Officials of Japan’s Foreign Ministry had suspected that Washington would take this action despite Tokyo’s repeated pleas not to appear conciliatory toward North Korea before the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang in the 1970s and ’80s was resolved. The phone call came only half an hour before the State Department announced its decision.

Other signs indicate that Washington is more interested in promoting ties with Beijing than in maintaining existing military alliances with Japan or Taiwan. For one thing, Washington has refused to provide Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force with the next-generation F-22 Raptor fighter. For another, the U.S. has declined Taiwan’s request for attack helicopters and diesel-powered submarines.

To make matters worse, a Chinese diplomat hints that North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il has regretted pursuing “mea culpa” diplomacy with Japan since admitting to then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2002 that his followers were responsible for the abductions. A handful of abductees were returned to Japan; Pyongyang has not made known the whereabouts of others.

Ever since the end of the Cold War, the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Strait have been hot spots for American military operations in Asia. The Bush administration, however, has shifted its diplomatic strategy toward building a stronger cooperative relationship with China, as Washington has been beset with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and annual military expenditures of $200 billion.

Even though Russia has developed Su-35 fighters and China has come up with Jian-10 fighters, to compete with the F-22 Raptor, the U.S. has refused to provide the ASDF with its most advanced fighter apparently because Washington attaches greater importance to easing tension with Beijing than to strengthening the military alliance with Tokyo……. (more details from The Japan Times)

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Police to question Japanese broker of human organs from China

Posted by Author on November 13, 2008


The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Nov. 12, 2008-

Police plan by the end of this week to question a Japanese man who brokered more than 100 organ transplants in China for Japanese recipients, according to sources.

Hiroyuki Nagase, 52, headed the China International Organ Transplant Center in Shenyang in China’s Liaoning Province, the activities of which police strongly suspect violated the Organ Transplant Law, which prohibits brokering of organs for profit.

The National Police Agency also is planning to ask China’s public security authorities for their cooperation in investigating the case, which might lead to criminal charges being pursued against an organ brokerage business involving Japan and China.

In 2004, the center started offering on its Web site kidney transplant opportunities to Japanese. The center found Chinese donors for those applying for an organ transplant operation. The operations were carried out by Chinese doctors at hospitals in Shanghai, Shenyang and other Chinese cities. According to the Web site, kidney transplants cost at least \7.8 million, and liver transplants cost at least \13 million, both including operation expenses.

In September last year, Nagase was arrested by Shenyang’s Public Security Bureau on suspicion that the center’s activities had exceeded the business activities for which he had registered his company and that they violated Chinese Health Ministry provisions banning the selling and buying of organs. However, when Nagase was subsequently indicted, charges against him were changed to false advertisement of his organ transplant business.

On Oct. 30, the Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court, a district court, sentenced Nagase to 14 months in prison followed by deportation, and fined him 100,000 yuan (about \1.45 million).

The prison term, which included time he spent detained, ended Monday, and Nagase arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday evening. Immediately after his arrival, Nagase told The Yomiuri Shimbun that he had brokered 108 organ transplants.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

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Melamine Detected First Time In Egg Powder From China in Japan

Posted by Author on October 17, 2008


The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Oct. 17, 2008-

Melamine was found in powdered dried whole eggs imported from China, Mitsui & Co. announced Thursday, marking the first time the toxic chemical has been found in Chinese egg products in Japan.

The Tokyo-based trading company said that it found 2.8 to 4.6 parts per million of melamine in the product. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry instructed importers of Chinese eggs to conduct thorough voluntary tests because the amount of melamine detected is above 2.5 ppm, the threshold for a voluntary recall.

No health problems have been reported, the ministry said.

According to Mitsui & Co., the powdered dried whole eggs were produced by Dalian Hanovo Foods Co. in Dalian, Liaoning Province. The trading company imported about 20 tons of the product on Sept. 1 and later sold the entire amount to Q.P. Egg Corp, a subsidiary of the major food company Q.P. Corp.

About 400 kilograms of the product were then sold to a bakery, and has likely already been used to make sweet buns.

Mitsui & Co. said it was informed by the Chinese company on Oct. 6 that melamine had been detected in feed for its chickens. The trading company then found melamine in all the three samples from eggs powder it imported from the company.

Q.P. Egg tested four types of sweet bun products at the bakery, but the toxic substance was not detected in them.

Dalian Hanovo Foods is one of the largest makers of egg products in China and has a farm with about 3 million chickens and production facilities in the city.

“We’re aware of melamine problems, but didn’t think about [possible contamination in] feed for chickens,” a Mitsui & Co. representative said. “Our risk judgment was insufficient.”

Dried whole eggs, which are made from powdered dried yolks and egg whites, are used in making bread and noodles. They also are used to flavor and color confectionary. The product can be stored longer than raw eggs. Almost all powdered egg distributed in the Japanese market is imported. In fiscal 2007, 3,368 tons were imported to Japan–2,303 tons from the United States, the largest supplier, and 265 tons from China, the third-largest.

Thursday’s announcement of the detection of the toxic substance in the powdered eggs stunned the importer, foodmakers and consumers, only two days after extremely high contaminations of pesticide were found in a packet of Chinese frozen green beans.

Mitsui & Co. and Q.P. Egg said they “trusted” the maker, while one consumer was shocked at spreading of melamine contamination in foods, saying, “Even eggs, which we eat everyday [have been contaminated].”

“We believed that safety has been assured, but this assumption was lenient,” Kenji Kawasaki, chief of Mitsui & Co.’s food and retail risk management section, said at a press conference held in Tokyo on Thursday evening. “We’re sorry.”

– The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Oct. 17, 2008

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Pesticide-tainted rice from China sold for human consumption in Japan

Posted by Author on September 6, 2008


Mainichi Daily News, Japan, Sep. 6, 2008-

OSAKA — Wholesale rice processing firm Mikasa Foods sold around 300 tons of rice that was not supposed to be used as food due to problems such as excessive chemical levels, allowing it to be used for human consumption, it has been learned.

The rice came from about 1,800 tons that Mikasa Foods bought from the government starting in fiscal 2003. Included was Chinese rice that contained excessive levels of the pesticide methamidophos.

The rice was processed at a factory in Fukuoka Prefecture, and part of it is believed to have been used to produce shochu liquor.

So far no known health problems have resulted from consumption of the rice, but the company is recalling products. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ordered the company Friday to recall the rice. In the near future, the ministry plans to report the company to Osaka and Fukuoka prefectural police on suspicion of violating the Food Sanitation Law.

Ministry officials said that between fiscal 2003 and the current financial year, Mikasa Foods bought 1,779 tons of inedible rice from the government, ostensibly to be ground up and used in industrial glue and other products. However, in actual fact some of the rice was sold to intermediary dealers and shochu manufacturers in Saga and Kagoshima Prefectures.

The sold rice included about 295 tons produced in China that contained the pesticide methamidophos, and three tons from Vietnam and other areas tainted with the natural carcinogen aflatoxin B1. Japan had bought the rice under World Trade Organization minimum-access regulations, which set a minimum level for imports.

At the end of August, the ministry received an anonymous report that inedible rice was illicitly circulating in Japan, and the ministry launched an investigation. It found that in fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2007, Mikasa Foods bought about 800 tons of rice from China that was found to contain 0.05 parts per million of methamidophos, exceeding the safety standard of 0.01 parts per million. Of this, 295 tons was confirmed to have been sold for consumption.

In addition, about three tons of Vietnamese rice with an aflatoxin B1 level of 0.02 parts per million was bought in fiscal 2004. This was sold to three shochu manufacturers, including one in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The ministry is still investigating what kind of processing firms the rice was passed on to besides those producing shochu.

Methamidophos was confirmed to exist in Chinese-made frozen dumplings sold in Japan in a recent poisoning case, with the level in one case 100,000 times the accepted standard. Aflatoxin B1 is produced from a type of Aspergillus mold, and said to be the strongest natural carcinogen.

– Original: Mainichi Daily News

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Photoshopped Fake Image of China Leader Published In News By State-run Agency Xinhua

Posted by Author on July 28, 2008


By Xue Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Jul 27, 2008-

Mainland China Internet surfers have always suspected China’s state-run media of extensively using the popular graphic editing tool Adobe Photoshop, but they did not expect the artificial contrivance to be so noticeable.

Recently, the Chinese regime’s state-run media agency Xinhua News published a photo of regime leader Hu Jintao visiting Qingdao, which shows two identical faces in the crowd. Upon careful examination, the pavement in front of and behind Hu is different, and the Caucasian man on the far left is not really looking at Hu [see left]. The image is actually a compilation of two photos.

(Photo: “Twins” found in Xinhua News Agency photos; discrepancies highlighted / Screenshot of web page/ The Epochtimes)

The ‘Photoshopped’ image was published in the Xinhua article “Chinese President Inspects Preparatory Work for Olympics Sailing Event.” The article implied that the algae bloom in the Qingdao Olympic regatta venue was very serious since Hu did not go to the seaside, but a photo of a sail (right of image) is added by Xinhua to prove the “good news” of his so-called visit.

More than 3 million posts have appeared in online Chinese forums and message boards regarding the photo. Later, Xinhua ordered other media not to use the photo without any explanation or apology.

It is not the first time that Xinhua has allegedly ‘Photoshopped’ news photos. In May, during Hu and his wife’s farewell meeting with the emperor of Japan, Mrs. Hu was sitting too close to her interpreter and the interpreter was blocked, making for an awkward and confusing photo. Xinhua News was dissatisfied with the photo and decided to remove the interpreter from the photo, only leaving her chair. However, they forgot to remove her feet, which appeared under the chair [see right]. This photo was published in the Chinese newspaper Jiefang Daily and was jokingly called “Two people with six legs” by the public.

(Photo at right:

The unedited (top) and edited (bottom) versions of Xinhua’s photos with Hu Jintao and his wife’s visit to Japan. (Xinhuanet (top) / Internet screenshot (bottom))

– Original report: Who Photoshopped Hu? , The Epochtimes

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Japan: Buddhist Temple Refuses To Host China Olympic Torch, Event Starting Venue Forced To Change

Posted by Author on April 19, 2008


AFP, Apr. 18, 2008-Zenkoji Temple, Japan

TOKYO (AFP) — Monks at an ancient Japanese Buddhist temple on Friday pulled out of hosting a ceremony for the protest-marred Olympic torch relay because of China’s crackdown in Tibet.

Organisers of the Japanese leg of the global tour have been forced to change the starting point after Zenkoji Temple said it would no longer welcome the torch, which has been dogged by protests since it was lit in Greece last month.

(Photo: Zenkoji Temple, Japan/ AFP)

“Tibetan religious leaders stood up but (China) is cracking down on them,” Shinsho Wakaomi, a senior official at the temple, told a press conference in the city of Nagano, host of the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said the temple’s decision was “unfortunate because it is something for everyone to enjoy.

“I want the (relay) organisers to make sure there will be few problems,” he added.

The temple, which rang bells for the opening ceremonies for the 1998 Nagano Games as well as for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, had “fondly accepted” an invitation last year to host the ceremony on April 26, another temple official told AFP.

“But the situation has changed,” the official said. “Monks here are very concerned” about what happened in Tibet.

Zenkoji, which was built in the seventh century and draws six million visitors every year, said it had received many phone calls urging it not to host the ceremony.

Local government official Kunihiko Shinohara said he was “shocked” by the temple’s move.

But he added: “We respect the decision by Zenkoji and will change the starting venue.”

Japan, which has said it opposes letting China send guards to protect the Olympic flame when it arrives, has already cancelled a public celebration linked to the relay due to security concerns.

The government indicated that it would not get involved in the relay route, saying it was an issue for the Nagano authorities and the International Olympic Committee.

“It is not a matter in which the government would intervene,” top government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura told reporters.

The torch, whose journey before the Beijing Games in August has turned into a public relations headache for China’s leaders, arrived in Thailand on Friday from India, where many protesters were arrested.

A crackdown on demonstrations in Tibet has put the spotlight on China’s heavily criticised record on human rights and triggered demonstrations at many of the torch’s stops, notably London and Paris.

The three corporate sponsors of the Japanese leg — the local arms of Coca-Cola, Lenovo and Samsung — said Friday they would not send advertising vehicles to accompany the relay although they denied any link to Tibet.

Coca-Cola had intended to send a sales promotion car with its red corporate logo but has now abandoned the plan, a company spokesman said.

“We were told that the motorcade will be very long due to security reasons, which will reduce the effectiveness of our promotion activity,” he said, adding that the decision was “nothing to do” with Tibet.

Lenovo said its decision not to mobilise a promotion vehicle was made in March “due to budgetary reasons.”

Tibetan exiles in India say more than 150 Tibetans have been killed in China’s crackdown on the protests against its rule of the Himalayan region. Beijing says Tibetan “rioters” have killed 20 people.

The temple’s decision to refuse the Olympic flame came during a visit to Japan by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who on Thursday rebuffed Japanese pressure over Tibet, reiterating that Beijing sees it as an internal matter.

Original report from AFP: Japanese temple refuses to host Olympic torch

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China’s Defame Propaganda On Tibet A Verbal Blast From The Past

Posted by Author on April 17, 2008


AFP, Apr. 17, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — As it fights back against foreign criticism of its Tibet policies, China has at times appeared to have dusted off one of its propaganda manuals from the Cultural Revolution.

Through its state-controlled media, China has called US Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi “disgusting” and “detested”, while the Dalai Lama has been branded a lying “wolf with the face of a human and the heart of a beast”.

China’s communist rulers have in recent years been at pains to portray themselves as responsible and moderate, overseeing the nation’s peaceful rise on the world stage as it prepares to host the Beijing Olympics this year.

But China’s fierce push-back over criticism of its Tibet crackdown and human rights record illustrates that decades-old Communist propaganda habits are hard to break, experts said.

“I believe the Chinese people and leaders had been hoping so much for a successful Olympics that they are frustrated and angry at the foreign responses,” said Ezra Vogel, an Asia expert at Harvard University.

Vogel said that although those in the foreign ministry would be aware of the problems of using such fiery language, the propaganda and other arms of the Chinese government still had no qualms with using old-style rhetoric.

“The response does not reflect the advice that would have been given by the cosmopolitan, wise leaders in (the foreign ministry) and elsewhere who have a subtle understanding of what is needed to get foreign understanding,” he said.

It has been years since China has employed such strong language, and recalls over-the-top political invective of the past.

During the upheaval of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, purged political leaders such as Deng Xiaoping were reviled as “traitors”, “scabs” and “running dogs of capitalism.”

When Hong Kong’s former British colonial governor Chris Patten introduced democratic reforms before the territory’s return to China in 1997, he was derided as “the whore of the East” and a “criminal who would be condemned for a thousand generations.”

Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui, who infuriated China with moves seen as leaning towards independence for the China-claimed island, was branded the “No.1 scum” and a “deformed test-tube baby conceived in the political laboratory of hostile anti-China forces.”

Although not quite as colourful, the official Xinhua news agency and other state-controlled media have in recent weeks put out near daily verbal attacks that, true to Cultural Revolution norms, have singled out targets for scorn.

Foremost is the Dalai Lama, whom China claims orchestrated widespread rioting across the Tibetan Plateau last month, despite his denials.

The state-controlled Tibet Daily has called him “a wolf who has the face of a human but the heart of a beast”, and quoted leaders calling for a “people’s war” against his sympathisers.

Over the weekend, Xinhua called US House Speaker Pelosi, an outspoken critic of the Tibet crackdown, “disgusting.”

“How can such an irresponsible political figure not be detested by all the Chinese people?” Xinhua asked.

Meanwhile, those seen as opposing the Chinese government — whether they be Tibetans, the Western media or Taiwanese hoping for independence — are almost inevitably told they are “doomed to fail”.

Overseas protests against China’s policies in Tibet have provoked the official vitriol by meddling in an issue certain to inflame Chinese nationalism, said Hu Xingdou, a lecturer at Beijing Institute of Technology.

“But the Chinese government has its faults, too. Had we allowed (foreign) journalists into Tibet in the first place, they wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that we have something to hide,” Hu said.

“And Chinese media should be more rational, polite, and reasonable.”

Although the rhetoric may play well to a domestic audience, Vogel said such harsh language could impact on China’s reputation overseas.

“(China) risks further responses over the Olympics and a general rise in foreign concern about the peaceful rise of China,” he said.

Originla report from AFP: China’s propaganda on Tibet a verbal blast from the past

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China’s Killer “Yellow Dust” Hits Korea, Japan, Schools Closed

Posted by Author on March 4, 2008


By Jon Herskovitz, Reuters, March 3, 2008-

SEOUL, March 3 (Reuters) – South Korea closed schools on Monday and its factories producing memory chips stepped up safeguards, as a choking pall of sand mixed with toxic dust from China covered most of the country and other parts of Asia.

The annual “yellow dust” spring storms, which originate in China’s Gobi Desert before sweeping south to envelop the Korean peninsula and parts of Japan, are blamed for scores of deaths and billions of dollars in damage every year in South Korea.

It issued a yellow dust warning at the weekend. On Monday, school districts in southeastern regions urged parents to keep kindergarten and elementary school children at home.

“We advised the closure because kindergarten, primary school students have weaker immune systems,” said Min Eyu-gi, an education official in Busan.

An official with the Meteorological Administration said the first major storm of the season, which has also hit parts of Japan, was dissipating.

But forecasts from China said cold air and little rainfall would lead to more storms from Wednesday through March 11, Xinhua news agency reported.

Taiwan mostly avoids the toxic clouds but skies in Taipei on Monday were overcast, with the government telling people to wear surgical masks and avoid exercising outdoors.

In Japan, car drivers and train operators were asked to be on alert because the sandstorms had greatly reduced visibility.

The sand storms have been increasing in frequency and toxicity over the years because of China’s rapid economic growth and have added to increased tensions with neighbours South Korea and Japan over recent years.

The dust picks up heavy metals and carcinogens such as dioxin as it passes over Chinese industrial regions, before hitting North and South Korea and Japan, meteorologists say.

Dry weather and seasonal winds in China hurl millions of tonnes of sand at the Korean peninsula and Japan from late February through April or May, turning the skies to a jaundiced hue.

The state-sponsored Korea Environment Institute said the dust kills up to 165 South Koreans a year, mostly the elderly or those with respiratory ailments, and makes as many as 1.8 million ill.

Annual economic damage to South Korea from the storms is estimated at up to 5.5 trillion won ($5.82 billion), according to the institute.

Hynix Semiconductor Inc, the world’s second-biggest maker of memory chips, said it has had to step up its filtration systems and make employees take longer air showers to make sure the dust does not contaminate its production lines and damage chips, made using technology that operates on a microscopic level.

South Korean retailers, however, have spotted an opportunity, offering special scarves, hats and other accessories for the yellow dust season. ($1=944.5 won)

Original report from  Reuters

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Citing Weather Information As State Secrets, China Refuses Asia Countries To Release Data On Yellow Sand

Posted by Author on February 19, 2008


The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Feb. 18, 2008-

A plan for Japan, China, South Korea and Mongolia to observe and forecast airborne desert sand has been hampered as China has withdrawn from the scheme, citing weather information as state secrets.

The Environment Ministry’s Web site, which is to release forecasts on so-called yellow sand to the public, will start the service later this month as planned, but without the cooperation of the country where most of the sand originates.

According to ministry sources, with China reneging on its promise of cooperation by refusing to provide data, the system’s observation and forecast accuracy will be insufficient.

Between March and May every year, large quantities of yellow sand are sent airborne from the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts, with much of it catching westerly winds that carry it toward Japan, causing numerous problems in places the sand passes over.

In China and South Korea, many residents suffer from respiratory problems due to the sand. In Japan, mainly in Kyushu, laundry is often tinged yellow by the sand and the percentage of faulty products made by precision machinery factories has increased.

According to the Fukuoka Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, when the sand was observed in the prefecture early last April, the concentration of dust in the air exceeded normal levels across the prefecture and the air took on a brownish tint.

The Meteorological Agency currently releases data on airborne yellow sand obtained from observations at 85 sites across the nation. But these observations are done visually, meaning airborne sand is only noted when it reaches the nation. These observations alone cannot accurately forecast the level of yellow sand approaching Japan.

The ministry began testing yellow sand forecasts on its Web site last spring.

Starting later this month, the ministry had planned to release more detailed sand forecasts based on data from one observation site in China, one in South Korea, three in Mongolia and 10 in Japan.

The information to be released by the ministry was to include actual quantities of airborne sand from near ground level up to six kilometers up. It also was to model how the sand is spread.

The Chinese observation site was to be in Beijing, which is right on the main path of yellow sand headed to Japan, making a Beijing observation post essential.

But in April, just before the start of a test run of the international system, Beijing suddenly notified Tokyo of its refusal to provide the data. China had enacted a law prohibiting bringing any weather observation data to be provided overseas, saying weather observation information as a state secret that affects national security and interests.

The situation has remained unchanged since then, forcing the ministry to forecast yellow sand quantities starting later this month without information on how much sand has been stirred up in China.

China also canceled in May a plan to improve its observation network with seven more facilities to be built with official development assistance from Japan.

Japan canceled a 250 million yen worth of grants in aid earmarked in fiscal 2006 for the cooperation.

In January, Japan, China and South Korea started joint research on yellow sand, but as the situation currently stands, data on the origin of the sand is only available from Mongolia. The limited data is expected to hamper future research.

An official of the ministry’s Global Environmental Issues Division said, “We heard from the Chinese side that it would be difficult to allow the information to be publicized on the Internet, even if data could be provided for joint research being done for the Beijing Olympics being held this year.”

Since 2000, the number of days when yellow sand was observed has rapidly increased. Increased deforestation and desertification caused by excessive livestock breeding has been cited as a cause.

Original report from The Yomiuri Shimbun

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Chinese Splendor Ends Big 15-show in New York, Heading to Asia and Europe

Posted by Author on February 11, 2008


By John Nania, Epoch Times New York Staff, Feb 10, 2008-15-show conclusion of Chinese Splendor in New York

NEW YORK—The full house at Radio City Music Hall gave a standing ovation to the Chinese New Year Splendor on Saturday, Feb. 9.

It was a fitting conclusion to a 15-show run over 11 days that presented, through dance and music, traditional Chinese culture to a diverse and appreciative audience.

(photo: 15-show Conclusion of Chinese Splendor in Radio City Music Hall, New York/ by Epochtimes)

Jerry Ames, a choreographer and tap dancing master, gave his assessment of the performance aspects of the show. “The talent is very, very lovely, and the music and the setting is just gorgeous,” he said.

“With the color schemes and the way the costumes blend with the setting is very impressive. It’s very elegant, very successful,” Mr. Ames continued. “We’re very impressed, it’s just beautiful … We’re very happy to be here.”

The show, as the hosts mentioned, presents traditional Chinese culture as it cannot be seen elsewhere— especially inside China, where the Chinese communist regime has actively suppressed or destroyed the artifacts and the conduct of traditional culture during its rule.

“Culture is meant to promote peace and harmony with our neighbors. This harmony includes truth, compassion, and tolerance,” said Daniel Lee, a real estate investor with Speed Investment Group in New York City.

Lee was referring to the principles of Falun Gong, the traditional Chinese meditation practice that was portrayed in a couple of the dance pieces. The Chinese communist regime has persecuted Falun Gong practitioners since 1999.

An article critical of the show and of Falun Gong appeared in the well-known New York Times on February 6. The article was mentioned by many audience members who were interviewed.

In a common reaction, Mr. O’Meara said, “We read the article in the [New York] Times yesterday saying the Chinese government didn’t want people to come to this show. We’re rebels.”

Some gave more pointed responses to the article, such as banker Ron Sablosky.

“It certainly did not dissuade us from coming, and I don’t think it should dissuade anyone, because it really is highly unfair. And it might even be construed as unethical.”

Attendance at the shows after the article ran was not diminished by the critical review. If anything, attendance was boosted according to NTDTV, the show’s producers.

Penny Cohn, an account executive and building manager, had read the New York Times article and noted, “In fact, it piqued my curiosity.”

“And not only that, it had a lot of space, too. I was quite intrigued with the amount of space it was given, I have to confess that.”

The two pieces that depict the persecution of Falun Gong, “The Risen Lotus Flower” and “The Power of Awareness” were mentioned by many audience members as their favorites.

Amerigo Fabbri, Dean of Pierson College and professor of modernist literature at Yale University, talked about “The Risen Lotus Flower.”

“You have the three women in prison and how one of them gives her life for the other two, these are great, great elements of the culture that are certainly conveyed by the show,” he said.

On his overall impression, Fabbri said, “The show is spectacular, I mean amazing. They’re doing a great job bringing together the history of Chinese culture. The sound effects, the visual effects, the special effects, the singing, and the dancing is just amazing.”

Audiences outside North America will soon be treated to this unique window on traditional Chinese culture through dance and music, including the telling of stories both ancient and modern. Two companies, Divine Performing Arts of New York and Divine Performing Arts on Tour, combined to present the big Radio City production. The companies will take different routes, as one goes to Asia and Oceania, while the other goes to Europe.

The Divine Performing Arts international touring companies land next in Germany and Japan.

For information on all upcoming shows, please visit: www.DivinePerformingArts.org

Original report from the Epochtimes

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