Quote of the Day

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

Women can play a larger role at today’s more mechanized construction sites. In the near future, an increasing number of women raising young children will take up construction work.

Junko Tsuchiyama, an official in charge of the promotion of diversity at builder Kajima’s personnel affairs department. The government and construction industry organizations are trying to make construction sites more woman-friendly. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read

As long as the world was dependent on fossil and uranium fuels for energy supply, Japan was a resource-poor country. On the other hand, when technologies are economically available to harvest renewable energy, Japan can become one of the energy-rich countries in the world using the large resources of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energies available among the Japanese islands.

Tomas Kaberger, executive board chairman of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. (ScientificAmerican.com) Read

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