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Post time 2013-3-6 15:34:48 |Display all floors
[From WSJ ]

Residents of Kumamoto Prefecture on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu were asked to voluntarily stay in their homes Tuesday, after air pollution levels surpassed government safety standards.

The request was the first since the environment ministry released new safety guidelines in February, and came as Japan grows increasingly worried about toxic air pollution spilling over from China and threatening Japanese coastal areas.

A spokesman for the prefecture said readings made at one of the prefecture’s 18 checkpoints, Arao-city in northern Kumamoto, indicated that levels of “PM 2.5″ were above 85 since early morning, “so we decided to issue the warning.”

PM 2.5 is particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less that can be inhaled causing asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and other illnesses.

The spokesman said that while studies on the contents of the PM 2.5 would be carried out, there was a strong likelihood it had come from China.

The ministry’s new guidelines advise local governments to warn residents when PM 2.5 levels exceed 70 micrograms per cubic meter on a daily average. The ministry’s normal environmental standard is 35 micrograms.

The government has said the concentration of PM 2.5 could surpass 70 micrograms per cubic meter on a given day if the average from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. exceeds 85 micrograms for that checkpoint.

As to whether the pollution is really coming from China, in a report released in February, the National Institute for Environmental Studies said the results of its observations and a simulation model indicated a “high probability” that “trans-boundary air pollution” has been responsible for high levels of PM 2.5, especially in southwestern Japan.

To help China reduce its pollution emissions--which threaten not only Japan but also other neighboring countries such as South Korea--Tokyo has been offering technological cooperation to help Beijing get its emissions under control.

But China has been reluctant to accept such aid, according to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara. At a press conference Saturday, he said such assistance could help improve ties between the two countries that have been strained by an ongoing territorial dispute, according to local media reports.

But if the Japanese are worried about what pollution from China is doing to them, consider the situation for the people who live there.

On Thursday last week, concentrations of PM 2.5 per cubic meter in Beijing breached 500 micrograms at one point, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.


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Post time 2013-3-6 15:36:07 |Display all floors
{:soso_e113:} Is this the last and best way to anti-Japan for its behaviors in history and about Diaoyu issues recently.

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Post time 2013-3-8 14:22:30 |Display all floors
This post was edited by incarnationabc at 2013-3-8 14:24
seneca Post time: 2013-3-8 13:50
Chinese citizens: Keep mum! If the air is thick with airborne particulates, eat them! Don't compla ...


Seneca,

I totally agree with you. I am glad you stay in China.

Your wife still prefers staying in China huh?

China is the best country in Seneca and his  wife's eyes, so that they keep staying in China, day after day, month after month, year after year.

If you believe Seneca's comment that how bad China is, you will be taken for a ride.  Why does Seneca never want to leave China?


There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.-Victor Hugo

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Post time 2013-3-8 14:26:32 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-3-8 13:50
Chinese citizens: Keep mum! If the air is thick with airborne particulates, eat them! Don't compla ...

I'm surprised you're still alive despite you eating so much airborne particulates in China,
and you're still in China, why ? You love eating these airborne particulates and refuse to leave
China ??
Please don't shoot, I'm just a babe.

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Post time 2013-3-8 14:31:48 |Display all floors
Japan should worry more about its own toxic nuclear radioactivity leaked from Fukushima nuclear power plant than any pollution coming from faraway china
Please don't shoot, I'm just a babe.

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Post time 2013-3-8 14:53:24 |Display all floors
correction Post time: 2013-3-8 14:26
I'm surprised you're still alive despite you eating so much airborne particulates in China,
and yo ...

In this world, China is the only haven for old poor Seneca, who stays in China day after day, month after month, year after year.
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.-Victor Hugo

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Post time 2013-3-8 14:54:55 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-3-8 13:50
Chinese citizens: Keep mum! If the air is thick with airborne particulates, eat them! Don't compla ...

Chinese citizens: Keep mum! If the air is thick with airborne particulates, eat them! Don't complain! Father State is feeding you. It may not be tasty - but it is economically healthy.  
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Expats: (i.e. Seneca) Keep mum! If the air is thick with airborne particulates, eat them! Don't complain! Adopted State is feeding you. It may not be tasty - but it is economically healthy.  
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.-Victor Hugo

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