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Natural Disaster

Kobe quake gave lessons for future, but many have gone unlearned

The Kobe earthquake at 5.46am on January 17, 1995, gave Japan 16 years to prepare for the Tohoku earthquake at 2.46pm on March 11, 2011. The numbers 46 are eerily the same, and four is the number of death in Japan.

Monday, 28 March, 2011, 12:00am

Letters

Hongkongers must do more to protect planet

The letters page on March 22 covered topics including the horrors of shark finning, the unwelcome development proposal for Lamma, the apparent need for a new runway and the impending incinerator, among others.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Knee-walk mother offers to return cash

The mother who shuffled on her knees down a busy road in Guangzhou last week to raise money for her sick child has offered to return more than 280,000 yuan (HK$332,000) she received in donations after it was revealed the stunt was planned to tap people's sympathy and anger.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A visual treat in store

About 400 people, most of them teenagers, packed into a hall last week seeking tips from acclaimed photographers on how to take eye-catching pictures.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Sex tapes a new weapon to smear foes

In the old days of rough-and-tumble Southeast Asian politics, political players might attempt to smear their adversaries by calling them a communist, Western lackey, Vietnamese puppet or other such nasty labels. As wealth came to the region in the 1980s and 90s, it was just as effective to smear political rivals by accusing them of corruption.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

'Italian' fashion is from closer to home

The products are not designed or manufactured overseas and are little known outside the mainland- despite being promoted as foreign.

But to the growing ranks of fashion-conscious mainlanders, Gimo Renzi and Kaltendin were the embodiment of international high fashion until a China Central Television expose last week dismissed them as fake global fashion brands.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Forced by quake to return home early, young travellers seek help on visas from consulate

A group of young Hongkongers are to ask the Japanese consulate to extend special visa arrangements to them after their working holiday was cut short by the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

The 15 were in Japan under a special two-way scheme offering young Hongkongers and Japanese the chance to learn more about the two places by having an extended working holiday.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Responses to quake offer hope of understanding

It's in people's nature that in times of crisis, differences are set aside to lend a helping hand. The greater the hardships, the higher the likelihood that even the bitterest of enemies will pitch in.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Letters

Smokers are at risk from radioactive element in tobacco

There has been public concern that the contamination of the environment by the Fukushima nuclear power plants may extend to eastern and southern China, including Hong Kong.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

HK not covered if Daya Bay reactor leaks, insurer warns

Who will pick up the bill for the impact on families and businesses of a serious leak of radioactivity from the Daya Bay nuclear power complex? No one - not your insurer, and not the Hong Kong government. And that won't do, says a leading insurance executive.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am