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Jewish Woman Who Sealed WW2 with a Kiss Dead at 92

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in a nurse’s uniform whose kiss with sailor George Mendonsa on V-J Day, shot by Life Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, marked the end of World War 2, died on Saturday, September 10, in Richmond, Virginia, at age 92.

Friedman’s account of the most memorable day in her life is part of the collection of The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. She recalled: “On August 14th, 1945, I was working as a dental assistant in the office of two brothers: Dr. J. L. and Dr. J. D. Berk on Lexington Ave. about 35th St. in Manhattan. Dental assistants then, as now, dress like nurses. The uniform was a white dress, white stockings and shoes, and a little white nurses cap. The cap was usually left off if you left the office for lunch etc. The job is still the same to assist the dentist and make the patient comfortable.

“On the morning of August 14th, 1945, patients came in and said that the war with Japan may be over soon. At 1 PM it was my turn to go to lunch. I immediately headed for Times Square to check on the electric sign on the times building, which reports the latest news. As I stood watching the sign with the message ‘VJ,’ ‘VJ’ going around the building, I was grabbed by a tall strong sailor and kissed. As soon as he let go, I went back to work. I told my bosses what I had seen. They instructed me to cancel the rest of the day’s appointments and close the office.

“On the way home, another sailor kissed me, just one on the cheek and went on his way. The sailors were especially happy. They had seen enough of war in the Pacific. George Mendonsa, the kissing sailor from Times Square, appreciated nurses especially. They had provided comfort and care for the wounded sailors in the Pacific where he had served.

“I was not aware that a photograph had been taken until I saw it in a book called ‘The Eyes of Eisenstaedt.’ I immediately wrote to LIFE and asked for a copy of the photograph since I was the girl in the picture. They did send me the picture and a short letter saying that the woman had been identified. I did not believe that. The girl in the picture looked too much like me, the same hairdo, the same figure, the same uniform and, the same little purse.

“In 1980 LIFE contacted George and me and invited us to come to Times Square for the 35th anniversary of V.J. Day. The famous photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt was there and he took more photographs. On the Times building, the electric sign said ‘IT HAD TO BE YOU’ Mr. Eisenstaed also autographed the original picture and apologized.”


North Korea Launches 3 Mid-Range Ballistic Missiles at Sea of Japan

Monday, September 5th, 2016

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles Monday morning in its latest banned series of military weapons testing, according to South Korea. The moves comes just barely two weeks after North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM) from a submarine.

North Korean equipment was discovered at the site of a nuclear plant under development in Syria that was destroyed in an air strike nearly a decade ago, allegedly by the Israeli Air Force. Israel never formally acknowledged its role in the attack, in accordance with state policy that prohibits comment on such attacks.

The southeastern Asian nation has been actively engaged in sharing nuclear technology with Iran, which has declared its intention to annihilate Israel.

The North Korean IBM launched two weeks ago penetrated Japanese air defense space, as did Monday’s missiles, which entered the defense zone in the Sea of Japan without warning.

The missiles were fired from the country’s Hwangju province on the western coast, towards the east and landed in the sea.

It is believed they were mid-range Rodong missiles and reached approximately 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told CNN it appears North Korea is quickly mastering the learning curve.

“Looking at the fact that the three missiles have landed on almost the same spot at almost the same time, I think their missile technology has substantially improved,” she said.

North Korea’s sole ally, China, is currently hosting the G20 summit in Hangzhou, where the issue was raised immediately and where China attempted to pour oil on troubled waters.

“The situation on the [Korean] peninsula is quite complex and sensitive,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. “We hope all relevant parties can avoid taking actions that may escalate tensions and can make joint efforts to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula.”

The United States “strongly condemned” the multiple launches, calling the move “reckless” and noting the threat to civil aviation and maritime commerce in the region. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend the summit.

Hana Levi Julian

19 Dead, 45 Wounded in Stabbing Attack in Japan [video]

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A man in his twenties stabbed and murdered 19 people and wounded up to 45 more in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, according to Japanese news reports.

The attacker used a knife and apparently stabbed the victims in a facility for handicapped people.

The stabber is reported to be a former staff member of the facility. He was arrested by police after he turned himself in, following his attack.

Sagamihara is around 20 miles west of Tokyo.

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Israel Among Top Five Countries on WHO 2015 Life Expectancy Chart

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Only 22 countries around the globe have reached an average life expectancy at birth greater than 80 years, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, which would suggest that if one is planning to retire abroad, one should consider those countries most seriously.

Life expectancy at birth reflects the overall mortality level of a population. It summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year – children and adolescents, adults and the elderly. Global life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), ranging from 60.0 years in the WHO African Region to 76.8 years in the WHO European Region, giving a ratio of 1.3 between the two regions. Women live longer than men all around the world. The gap in life expectancy between the sexes was 4.5 years in 1990 and had remained almost the same by 2015 (4.6).

Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic, and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 2000-2015 increase was greatest in the WHO African Region, where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.

As to the friendly global race of whose citizens get to live longer, the top countries are, in descending order: Japan – 83.7, Switzerland – 83.4, Singapore – 83.1, Italy – 82.7, and Israel – 82.5. The US did not make the 80+ club in 2015, with only 79.3 years’ life expectancy. Neither did the Russian Federation – 70.5.

Israel’s neighbors are definitely not ideal locations for retirement: Egypt – 70.9, Jordan – 74.1, Lebanon – 74.9, and Syria – 64.5 (if you’re lucky). Nigeria stands out with 54.5 life expectancy, along with Angola – 52.4, Burkina Faso – 59.9, Burundi – 59.6, Cameroon – 57.3, Central African Republic – 52.5, Chad – 53.1, Guinea – 59, and Guinea-Bissau – 58.9.

So, here is the list of world countries where you’ll get to grow older than 80, barring unexpected circumstances:

Japan – 83.7
Switzerland – 83.4
Singapore – 83.1
Italy – 82.7
Israel – 82.5
France – 82.4
Sweden – 82.4
Canada – 82.2
Luxembourg – 82
Netherlands – 81.9
Norway – 81.8
Malta – 81.7
New Zealand – 81.6
Austria – 81.5
Belgium – 81.1
Finland – 81.1
Germany – 81
Denmark – 80.6
Chile – 80.5
Cyprus – 80.5


Israeli Nursery Penetrates Japanese Market with Basil Bonsai

Friday, October 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) The strength and durability of the bonsai tree is admired in Japanese culture, and now an Israeli strain of the bonsai has managed to penetrate the usually protective Japanese market, with the development of Basil Bonsai, featuring increased strength and durability and a treat to the olfactory system.

Eyal Inbar, director of ornamental plants exports at Hishtil, the largest herb manufacturer in the world, says this penetration of the Japanese market with the Basil Bonsai is a badge of honor to the Israeli landscaping industry. Japanese consumers are renowned for being uncompromising when it comes to the quality and appearance of their plants.

The grafted basil endows the bonsai tree with greater resistance to cold conditions, high leaf yield, a stronger plant, faster re-growth after harvest, and disease tolerance for soil born diseases.

Basil is perennial in tropical climates. Its high sensitivity to unfavorable (cold) conditions, however, means that the amateur gardener is only able to enjoy it for a short period. The grafted basil increases the survival rate and life expectancy for years, especially if brought indoors once winter arrives.

This development of Hishtil gets its strength from grafting the basil plant onto the strong root system of the bonsai tree. The process improves the durability of the Basil Bonsai against diseases and climate disasters, requiring less use of pesticides to repulse disease.

The Basil Bonsai appeals to the minimalist Japanese gardens and living spaces. It allows consumers to enjoy the visual beauty of the bonsai and the aroma of the basil, which is particularly suitable for enriching salads.

The Israeli Basil Bonsai has also been successful in South Korea, where it is being sold in leading flower shops across Seoul.

Hishtil is a world leader in plant propagation and grafting of vegetable plants. Its main product lines are seedlings and young plants of vegetables, ornamental plants and herbs. The company is renowned for being at the forefront of knowledge based plant propagation. Its innovative approach that combines horticulture expertise and industry awareness with the benefits of cutting-edge technology results in production of the healthiest possible plant material.


Israeli Anti-Nuclear Activist Arrested in Japan

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The grandson of Israel’s former ambassador to Japan, an anti-nuclear activist, has been arrested in connection with a series of suspected arson attacks in Tokyo.

Israeli-Japanese musician Izaya Noda, 42, is the grandson of Moshe Barter, who served as Israel ambassador to Tokyo from 1966 to 1972.

Noda, a resident of Musashino, has been a participant at anti-nuclear rallies in front of the Diet (Japanese parliament), his father told media. He apparently became a major critic of nuclear power plant operators following the meltdown at the Fukushima reactors in 2011.

Noda was charged by Tokyo police with setting seven fires along the city’s train lines, disrupting line functions and affecting some 150,000 passengers.

Noda has confessed to involvement in setting a fire on August 23, but denied involvement in any other case. He allegedly told investigators he “could not tolerate Japan Railways for consuming massive amounts of electricity,” Tokyo Police told media.

His father, who is Japanese, said he could not believe his son would commit such a crime. Noda’s is Israeli. Japanese media published a photo of Noda’s teudat zehut (Israeli ID card.)

Israel’s foreign ministry has declined to comment on the matter.

Hana Levi Julian

Shoguns and Shekels

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


Israeli-Japanese Jew Dr. Kenichi Hartman talks with Yishai about the similarities — and economic ties — between Japan and Israel.

Dr. Hartman, who converted to Judaism at the age of 12, has a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard and is today a patent agent. He writes about Japan-Israel economic cooperation for the Times of Israel and is a mentor at Samurai House Israel, a Japanese investment fund. He shares the story of his remarkable life, as he crisscrossed continents, got in touch with his Jewish father’s heritage and ultimately ended up in Israel. He offers his unique perspective on the religious, cultural and philosophical similarities between the states of Japan and Israel.

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