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Donate to Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

A massive earthquake, the seventh largest recorded in history, struck the east coast of Japan on Friday 11 March.

The earthquake, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami which hit the east coast of Japan with 7-metre-high waves, leaving a trail of destruction.

Reports say that more than 1,000 people have died in the disaster, with many more missing and many injured. The earthquake triggered fires and caused severe damage to buildings, leaving more than five million homes without electricity and a million without water.

The Japanese Red Cross has been working on the ground since the disaster began, mobilising 86 teams, made up of around 600 doctors, nurses and support staff, to provide first aid and healthcare and assess the damage and needs of the communities affected.

Nihonto Club has made a humble donation to British Red Cross. Please consider donating to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Appeal.

Kind regards,
Nihonto Club

Knives and swords banned on eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie

There's been the following announcement on eBay site:


From 10th March 2009, all knives and swords except cutlery will be banned from sale on eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie. The definition of cutlery includes those implements which can be used for eating, including cutlery sets, individual pieces of cutlery and antique cutlery.

All other items, including knives used in the preparation of food will be banned, including (but not limited to);

  • antique knives
  • bread knives
  • craft knives
  • Stanley knives
  • camping/ survival/ hunting knives
  • diving knives
  • kitchen knives
  • Swiss Army knives and Leathermans
  • all swords

Under the new policy buyers will be asked to enter credit card details if they attempt to bid on or buy any item of cutlery in the new cutlery category. These details will need to be provided again after six months if the buyer seeks to buy or bid again.

We will be able to determine if the buyer or bidder enters the details of a debit card, solo card or pre-paid card, the types of card most likely to be held by under-18s. If the details of any of these types of cards are entered, eBay will prevent the buyer or bidder from completing the transaction.

If the bidder or buyer enters valid credit card details they will then be given the option to pay using any approved method of payment.

We will be strict in the enforcement of these new policies and any seller who repeatedly attempts to break this policy will face strict sanctions, including possible suspension from the eBay site.


This means no more bargains for Irish and British collectors and researchers, thanks to Government's inability to fight crime.

Samurai-Sword Maker's Reactor Monopoly May Cool Nuclear Revival

BLOOMBERG: Japan Steel Works Ltd produces components for nuclear reactors from 600-ton ingots.


Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition in Dublin

On 29th March, as part of the ongoing commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, the 60th Jubilee Exhibition of the Shodo Geijutsu-In Foundation (the Association of Japanese Calligraphy), co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan, opened at the Atrium, Office of Public Works in Dublin.

Attackers And Survivors Reconcile At Pearl Harbor

I found another article about Pearl Harbor and particularly liked the way Japanese pilot expressed his view on the historical event:

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