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Japan gaat tienduizenden Japanners uit Zuid-Korea evacueren.

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September 5, 2017 4:43 am JST

Japan prepping for evacuation of tens of thousands in South Korea

Tokyo mulls ways of bringing stranded nationals to safety should war break out

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is reaching out to South Korea and the U.S. for cooperation in the event of an evacuation or shelter-in-place scenario.

TOKYO — As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.

“There is a possibility of further provocations,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. “We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people.”

In response to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, Japan and the U.S. seek to ratchet up economic pressure on the rogue state through an oil embargo and other measures. But U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday also said any threat to the U.S. or its allies “will be met with a massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming.”

Four-step plan

There are currently about 38,000 long-term Japanese residents in South Korea, as well as another 19,000 or so tourists and other short-term travelers. “If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public,” a Japanese government source said.

Tokyo is working on a four-tier emergency plan based on the severity of the situation: discouraging unessential travel to South Korea, discouraging all travel to South Korea, urging Japanese citizens there to evacuate, and finally, urging them to shelter in place.

Should skirmishes erupt between the two Koreas, for example, the Japanese government would discourage all new travel to South Korea. At the same time, it would urge citizens already there to evacuate using commercial flights. Although the Japanese Embassy would help secure airline reservations, the government’s role under this scenario would mainly be to provide information.

But Japan would need to coordinate with South Korean authorities under a shelter-in-place scenario. If Pyongyang launched a major military attack that leads to the closure of South Korean airports, the Japanese embassy would urge citizens still in the country to stay at home, or move to a safer area within the South.

Seoul has agreed to give Japanese citizens access to safe zones, such as designated subway stations, churches and shopping malls, according to a Japanese source. The Japanese government has already provided its citizens in South Korea with information on over 900 such facilities.

Bringing them home


New Study Confirms Where Cancer Really Comes From

Cancer is one of the most frightening realities that we as Americans are facing today. In fact, it’s not just Americans – people all over the world are receiving diagnoses that they have malignant cancer cells living inside of them.

However, the even more terrifying reality is that, up until now, consumers didn’t have much information as to what was causing it. All that many knew was that their friends, family, and coworkers were going to the doctor and coming back with grave news. And, up until now, it’s easy to believe this enemy is near unpreventable.

Luckily, it looks as though things may be turning around. According to Natural News:

A recently published study out of Canada showed that the total amount of cancer rates that can be linked to lifestyle and environmental factors is substantial, at almost 41 percent.

According to the researchers, “We estimated summary population attributable risk estimates for 24 risk factors (smoking [both passive and active], overweight and obesity, inadequate physical activity, diet [inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, inadequate fiber intake, excess red and processed meat consumption, salt consumption, inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake], alcohol, hormones [oral contraceptives and hormone therapy], infections [Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori], air pollution, natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation, radon and water disinfection by-products) by combining population attributable risk estimates for each of the 24 factors that had been previously estimated.”

The researchers found out that 40.8 percent of cancer cases can be attributed to the above-mentioned 24 factors. “Tobacco smoking was responsible for the greatest cancer burden, accounting for an estimated 15.7 percent of all incident cancer cases (2,485 cases), followed by physical inactivity and excess body weight, which were responsible for an estimated 7.2 percent and 4.3 percent of incident cancer cases, respectively.”

THE OTHER FACTORS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR LESS THAN FOUR PERCENT OF INCIDENT CANCER CASES EACH. THE RESEARCHERS CONCLUDED THAT COMBINED WITH EXERCISE AND THE CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO AVOID THE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS OF INCURRING CANCER, THE DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE. (RELATED: RESEARCHERS FIND ‘INTERACTIONS’ BETWEEN CANCER CELLS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT.)

Also embedded in the study is the added knowledge that a big part of what is considered as a bad diet is the inclusion of too many sugars, which is common in today’s society. Nowadays, 80 percent of all packaged products contain some form of fructose.

Too much fat intake is also not good for the body. As a matter of fact, a July 2017 study that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that saturated fat intake is related to a risk of lung cancer in smokers and those who have quit smoking for the past 10 years. Charred and barbecued meats, on the other hand, can increase the risks of pancreatic and breast cancers.

BUT WHAT TAKES THE CAKE ARE PROCESSED FOODS. ACCORDING TO HONG KONG DIETITIAN SALLY SHI-PO POON, “PROCESSED FOODS” CAN BE SAID TO REPRESENT ANY FOOD THAT HAS BEEN ALTERED FROM ITS NATURAL STATE IN SOME WAY, FOR CONVENIENCE’S SAKE.

COMMON PROCESSED FOODS INCLUDE BREAKFAST CEREALS, CANNED AND FROZEN VEGETABLES, BREAD, PASTA, SAVORY SNACKS SUCH AS CRISPS AND BISCUITS, MICROWAVE OR READ-TO-EAT MEALS, BREAD, OILS, PROCESSED MEATS SUCH AS LUNCHEON MEAT AND JERKY, AND DRINKS SUCH AS COFFEE, JUICE, AND MILK.

Now, it may be shocking to read this list and to realize all the processed foods that can cause cancer. This is especially surprising, as these foods and drinks make up a very large part of the average American diet.

However, it’s important to consider that not all processed foods are bad for you. For instance, milk needs to go through the process of pasteurization in order to remove the bacteria residing in it.

In addition, researchers state that minimally processed foods are OK to add into your diet. This is because they are almost as good as unprocessed foods, and that the difference between them is minimal.


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Pope Francis and Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, September 2017.(Photo by: L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO – SVF)
Jewish leadership, Vatican discuss collaboration on common interests
By JEREMY SHARON
09/03/2017
The Vatican and European Jewish leadership discussed their mutual interests in combating racism and what they perceive as a disappearing freedom of religion.
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, has said that the Jewish rabbinic leadership has several common causes with the Catholic Church and the Vatican and that improved relations will help improve collaboration on those issues.

The rabbi spoke to The Jerusalem Post after he led a delegation to Pope Francis on Thursday to present a Jewish perspective on Catholic Jewish Relations on the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, in which the Catholic Church repudiated the notion of the collective guilt of the Jewish people for Jesus’s death in 1965.

Alongside Goldschmidt and the CER were rabbis from the Rabbinical Council of America, a large modern-Orthodox rabbinical association in the US, and rabbis from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Goldschmidt and his delegation presented the pope with a document entitled ‘Between Jerusalem and Rome’ that sets out an approach for the two faiths to work together on issues of common concern, and commits to deepening dialogue and partnership with the Catholic Church in the future.

Speaking to the Post, the rabbi noted those common causes ranged from what he described as the curtailment of religious freedom in Europe, or the attempts to do so, racism, and radical Islam.

His comments regarding religious freedoms refer to the several attempts in various countries to restrict or ban circumcision and shechita, or religious slaughter.

Goldschmidt said that the Vatican has been working with the Conference of European Rabbis for several years on such matters.

The rabbi also emphasized the importance of both religious communities and leaders tackling the scourge of Islamist violence, saying that the two could help “counties and societies take the right decisions to make sure the future of Europe is safe without becoming racist or endangering human rights.”

The ‘Between Jerusalem and Rome’ document “calls upon the Church to join us (the Rabbinate) in deepening our combat against our generation’s new barbarism, namely the radical offshoots of Islam, which endanger our global society and does not spare the very numerous moderate Muslims It threatens world peace in general and the Christian and Jewish communities in particular. We call on all people of good will to join forces to fight this evil.”

Goldschmidt noted that the issue of Israel and Jerusalem remained a challenge for Jewish-Vatican relations, but said that he was certain Pope Francis is very cognizant of the fact that Christians in Israel are safer than anywhere else in the Middle East.

He also said that he felt the pontiff and the Vatican could help bring about “a fair solution to the conflict.”

In Pope Francis’ address to the assembled rabbis, he paid tribute to “a fruitful moment of dialogue” between the two religions, and noted that in the five decades since the Nostra Aetate the communities have been able to draw closer, “grown in mutual understanding and deepened our bonds of friendship.”

Continued the pontiff, “may the Eternal One bless and enlighten our cooperation, so that together we can accept and carry out ever better his plans, “plans for welfare and not for evil”, for “a future and a hope.”

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