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A Two-Week Old Abandoned Kitten Survives with Live Tips from Japan

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Our village is not new to the problems caused by stray cats. This is also a very common dilemma in many Filipino communities. The local government can only catch and liquidate these poor animals when they become a nuisance due to human negligence. Cat lovers can only wish that there are animal rights group that would spearhead in rescuing these lovely creatures. When criticisms abound in my area for feeding and nurturing these cats, connections from Japan allow this advocacy to continue. The goal is to manage stray cats by neutering them to limit their population. Then prepare them for a possible sustainable cat cafe project. z

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[VIDEO]: Stimulating the kitten to trigger peeing.

Cat Population Control

It costs around 50 to $100 for neutering just one cat. This is a substantial amount for most average Filipinos with only about $10 daily wage. This can be manageable for domestic pet cats. However, it would be very hard for the masses to draw money from their pockets for stray cats. Therefore it is crucial for the Stray Cats Management Project to build connections with animal welfare groups here and abroad.

Limited Beginning

The project maintains the feeding and garage-lodging arrangements with these animals at a minimal level for 3 years. As a normal practice, when a cat gives birth to numerous kittens, they are taken to homes that are willing to adopt them. This is not the best way because cats end up homeless again after a while. They are seen in the security house posts and abandoned lots – if not killed by people with different perspectives. They just frequent to our place when they need food. The span of time allows many learnings on how to take care of them in the most sustainable way. On the night of Feb 18, 2019, a cry was heard in the night. It was a two-year-old kitten with eyes still closed.

Stray Cat Care Straight from Japan

“Gift” as the new kitten is called arrives exactly on the night of the founder’s (yours truly) big 5-0 or 50th birthday. Like a baby, she cries when she needs something. The only difference is, she needs to be stimulated to be able to pee. This prompts my Japanese mentor to send a YouTube video showing how it should be done. On top of that, she also sends specialized milk and nutritious cat foods straight from Japan.

Life-long Commitment

I have known that caring for such helpless kittens needs a lifetime commitment. It is awe-inspiring that a Japanese cat rescuer becomes a role model. She also has limited space but very knowledgeable and well-connected. This prompts the allegiance of making this advocacy, not just a reality because it is already is – but to expand this campaign into greater heights.

The Sanctuary, Cafe and Hotel Dream for Stray Cats

The world’s ecosystem is composed not just of scavengers, predators, but also therapeutic beings. Nature can only be destroyed when men fail to consider the co-existence of other non-living and living elements. If people need to tolerate insects like termites to be in harmony with the natural balance of the earth, how much more with the compassionate creatures like stray cats? In today’s digital world when depression is rampant, cats can be a great help in therapies. That is why they need to be rescued first. Then everything would follow. Perhaps, not just to have cat cafes like in Japan but a cat hotel where people who are stressed out can help take care of them in a cozy cat hotel. That would be a very sane world when that happens.

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Did Some Media Stir Japan to Destabilize the Government as per Bongbong Marcos’ Speculation?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Misleading headlines by Anti-Du30 administration publications created a major stir in Japan when they were picked up by a foreign media. This deserved attention after Bongbong Marcos discloses his theory that there are groups who are trying hard to destabilize the government. Can they be a part of it? Here are some facts.

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[VIDEO]: DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano warns that the Philippines’ ‘long-term’ relationship with Japan is at stake. This is due to the existence of the World War II comfort woman or sex slave statue along Manila Bay.

Reuters Highlights Du30’s Alleged Inaction

Reuters is an international news agency with headquarters in London, United Kingdom. It stresses that President Rodrigo Du30’s spokesman said that the presidential palace has no action regarding the Comfort Women statue. Tokyo objects on it. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano announces a day after this statement that a panel looks into Japan’s request for it.

Misleading News Titles

Misleading Headlines defeat its own contents. Most Japanese people are not happy with what they read after the Philippine visit of Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communication Minister, Seiko Noda last January 9 – when the President only explains to Noda that in the country’s democratic Constitution, he cannot stop the freedom of expression of these war victims or their families. However, this is not a national policy.

Clarification on the Issue

Du30 nor the DFA Department did not give the permit to build the statue in the first place. The last thing he wants is to cause conflict with the country’s relationship with Japan. The Filipino leader just emphasizes that he alone cannot impose anything on the group following the rule of law. Since it affects foreign relations, the DFA Secretary’s intervention is necessary. There may be some truth to Marcos’ speculation on destabilization if these media intended to portray the Filipino leader as someone who doesn’t value Japan’s friendship to bring in further chaos to his administration. Otherwise, just a mere case of bad taste or unpatriotic sentiments.

Bongbong Marcos’ Destabilization Theory is Real – Local Remittance Surge is Clear Indication

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Japan expected Earthquake – Resistant Trains to contribute to Metro Manila’s Economic Sphere


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Japan’s P110-billion granting a loan to the Philippine for the Malolos-Tutuban railway which ‘is one of the biggest Japanese yen loans ever’ – will be utilized in replicating Japan’s train platform that when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck Japan, around 38 high-speed rail trains were still running in the northern part of the country until they were halted safely. Although it is up to the Duterte administration to decide if it will also implement Japan’s technology on the trains 100 percent.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed this project during the recent meeting. “The 38 trains actually came to a halt – safely. And nobody was hurt,” said Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary of the Japanese foreign ministry who attested to the trains’ reliability.

This North-South Commuter Railway Projec tis set to connect Tutuban in Manila and Malolos in Bulacan. The Japanese Embassy also said this railway project aims “to strengthen the transportation network and decongest Metro Manila.” This is seen “contributing to the expansion of Metro Manila’s economic sphere and alleviation of air pollution.”

Ohtaka further explained that the Philippines is “a very important partner” of his country, “and prosperity in the Philippines is very important.” He also stressed that the bulk of the Philippines’ economic activity “is concentrated in the greater Manila area.” He said he knows “how much problems transportation can create” if solutions are hampered and do not come in a “timely” manner. “We sympathize with the Filipinos, that this is a project that needs to be done very quickly,” he added.


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Pnoy’s credit: Rescue ship from Japan – new addition to Philippine Defense against China

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
‘BRP Tubbataha,’ which is is arriving on August 18 at the MAnila Port, is the first of 10 vessels that Japan is building for PH’s search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations now that the West Philippine Sea is under possible territory invasion by China. This is evident in their not honoring the Hague ruling that gives sovereignty of the areas involved to the Philippines.

The BRP Tubbataha, an MRRV-4401, is set to leave Yokohama on August 11, and arrival at the Port of Manila is calculated on August 18. The formal turn over by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to the Philippine government will be on September 1.

BRP Tubbataha’s special features include fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat, and the bullet-proof navigational bridge. It’s a 44-meter vessel that was built at the Japan Marine United Corporation Yokohama Shipyard. The following are the specifics:
Length: 44 meters
Breadth: 7.5 meters
Depth: 4 meters
Engine: MTU12V4000M93L
Output: 2,580 kw
Max Speed: Approximately 25 knots
Cruising range: 1,500 nautical miles
Complement: 25 persons
Japan continues to build 9 more MRRV’s for the Philippine Coast Guard as determined in the signed Declaration for a Strengthened Strategic Partnership and its Action Plan last June by the previous administration between the two countries that includes drills. Their names will signify the primary lighthouses locally to denote its importance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.”


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Former Employee of care centre in Sagamihara killed 19 in Japan’s worst knife attack

Sagamihara knife attack

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Threats must not be taken lightly because often, people with mental illness are telling the truth no matter how bizarre or exaggerated the intention may be. This is the fact the police learned from Japan’s worst knife attack at Sagamihara where 19 residents of the care centre died. Read the full story here:

BBC reported: Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara.
Such attacks are extremely rare in Japan – the incident is the worst mass killing in decades. Police have arrested a local man, said to be a former employee of the centre, who went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. He reportedly said he wanted people with disabilities to “disappear”. The attack has shocked Japan, one of the safest countries in the world. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was “a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims”.

Letter to politicians
The suspect was named in local media as 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu.
Local police have said he sent a handwritten letter to politicians in February in which he threatened to kill hundreds of disabled people. He was kept in hospital for almost two weeks before being released. Staff at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility, in a suburban area of Kanagawa prefecture about 50km (31 miles) from Tokyo, called police at 02:30 local time (17:30 GMT) to report a man with a knife inside the building.

It added: Local media reports say the suspect broke a window to get inside and then began stabbing people. One local resident, Chikara Inabayashi 68, told AFP he had been woken by the sound of sirens at about 03:00. “I was astonished, that’s the only thing I can say.” The facility, set in extensive grounds, had about 150 residents at the time of the attack, according to local officials. Eight staff members were on duty at the time. The victims were aged between 19 and 70, the Kyodo news agency, said citing the Sagamihara City Fire Department. Another 25 people were injured, 20 seriously. Both men and women were reported to be among the dead. One doctor told NHK: “The patients are very shocked mentally, and they cannot speak now.” It appears that the attacker then left the facility himself, and drove to the Tsukui police station where he turned himself in. Pictures have emerged of what is reported to be the steering wheel of his car, stained with blood. “When Uematsu turned himself in, he was found carrying kitchen knives and other types of knives stained with blood,” a Kanagawa official told reporters.

One woman who said she used to work at Tsukui Yamayuri-en told local media: “They are truly innocent people. What did they do?”
Officials have ruled out any link to terrorism.
Mass killings are extremely rare in Japan, in part because strict gun control laws means almost no-one has access to a firearm.
8 June 2008 – a man drove a truck into a packed shopping district at Akihabara in Tokyo, before climbing out and randomly stabbing people. Seven people died.

8 June 2001 – man with a history of mental illness stabbed eight children to death at an Osaka primary school in 2001.

20 March 1995 – 13 people die and thousands are made ill when members of a doomsday cult release sarin gas in the Tokyo subway.


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