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Just as we were preparing the May/June edition of our Habri site, we heard the news on television of a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit the area northeast of Japan's second largest city, Osaka in the early morning of June 18. So far, 4 dead have been reported, and over 300 injured.

The last time that Osaka was hit by a major earthquake was in 1596, by a magnitude 7.5 tremor. When I, Hans Brinckmann, was transferred in 1954 from the Kobe branch of the Dutch bank I was working for to the Tokyo branch, my Japanese colleagues commiserated with me, as - in their opinion - the food in Tokyo was second-rate, and earthquakes were part of the capital's DNA. Well, I experienced no earthquakes in Tokyo at the time, but in 1995, the city of Kobe - about 30 km west of central Osaka and 50 km from today's epicentre - was hit by a 7.3 magnitude quake that caused massive damage and huge loss of life, with over 6,400 deaths. So it seems no part of Japan is really safe.

This edition of Habri features articles about the Trump-Kim summit as seen from Japan, the excessive amounts of cash in circulation in Japan, and the nuisance caused by the uncontrolled influx of tourists in Amsterdam, and Hans' recent presentation in Tokyo about his experiences in Japan in the 1950s to the 1970s. See Habri Diary and Attention!