ATOMIC BOMBING by the US

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    I'm a member of Matsuyama Century Lions Club.

Battleships Yamato & Prince of Wales

Canada 2012

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    Ski Tour to Canada and Accidental Tour to Korea

Josei Touring 2011 Summer

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    城西自動車学校のツーリングクラブの写真です。2011年7月17日行き先は面河。

Rio

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Birthday Party

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    50th Birthday Party 50歳の誕生日をネットの仲間が祝ってくれました。我が家でバーベキューをしています。

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South Korea 2009

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    http://kumo.typepad.jp/weblog/2008/05/my-garden-won-t.html

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Mar 20, 2011

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Hi, YL

Yes, my German friends are friendly and are really concerned about Japan.

My statement might be too fierce against Germany. I'd like to add several words. I still like Germany, especially German people and I'll visit the country many times in the future.

The condition of Japan is not so bad as it is reported worldwide. I don't understand what the present Japanese Government wants to do.

Charles de Gaulle's famous statement - Les hommes peuvent avoir des amis, pas les hommes d'Etat (Men can have friends, statesmen cannot) - is even more true for governments. The German government, like all other governments, acts according to its perceived interests. The perception of a government may be wise, may be shortsighted, may be totally mistaken but never based on friendship or, sadly, even on ethics. Equally importantly, government policies seldom reflect the true sentiments of their own countrymen. If the German people itself had turned a cold shoulder to Japan, that would have been really disappointing—but that does not seem to be the case. Just visiting the German blogosphere gave me the opposite impression: I saw an outpouring of calls for support, to help, to donate. You might wish to peek in at a few German bulletin boards discussing Japan and I think you will feel a bit more warmly about Germans.

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