Regular smokers in Japan are about to experience a serious hike in the cost of cigarettes. The tax hikes are not intended to be temporary either; if Health Minister Yoko Komiyama is successful the hikes will annually increase by 100 yen ($1.30). The new average for a pack of cigarettes in Japan is 700 yen ($9.13). The assumed intention behind this price increase is to act as a deterrent to smokers, smokers in 2005 cost Japan 4.3 trillion ($56 billion) in medical costs and economic loss. For many Japanese citizens higher cost for such a dangerous habit should act as a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle.
Photo Credit: “Fukushima children get to play outside for the first time in 5 months” by CBI Polymers, Inc.
Japan is now facing ever increasing fear and concern due to the Tsunami ravaged Daiichi nuclear plant. The amount of radiation released within 5 months is equivalent to more than 29 “Hiroshima-type atomic bombs’ and the amount of uranium released is “equivalent to 20” Hiroshima bombs. Continue reading →
Here are some photos from the Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival 2011 held at the College Park Community Garden in the Bronx, NY. There was live painting, Japanese Hip Hop dancers, vendors, Hip Hop performances and more. The event was a fundraiser for the victims of Japan recent earthquake with proceeds going to the Japan Society. You can donate and stay informed with Continue reading →