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Registering trekking plans is an effective means of protecting oneself and preventing reckless climbing. If you climb a volcano, don’t forget to bring a helmet and a mask.

Gota Isono, director of the Japan Mountain Guides Association. Following the eruption of Mt Ontake, the governments of both Nagano and Gifu prefectures have announced their intention to consider obliging trekkers to submit their plans before heading into the mountains. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read

Though the best scenario is that DPJ candidates will win, the second-best is that other opposition parties will deprive the LDP and Komeito of their seats and end the current situation in which one force is dominant and all others are so weak.

Main opposition Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Yukio Edano. Four opposition parties — the DPJ, Ishin no To, the Party for Future Generations and Your Party — are considering coordinating their efforts in fielding… Read

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