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Welcome to the September/October issue of our Habri site.

Mother Nature has been showing her ugly side during the past month or so in many parts of the world, with many lives lost. The calamitous rainfall in some parts of Japan, the monster typhoon that hit the Osaka-Kobe region and beyond, and most recently, the intensity-7 earthquake in Hokkaido, has revealed once again - as it has many times before - the country's vulnerability to the quirks of nature and the chronic instability of its geological foundation.

Habri Diary comments on one important consequence of Britain's decision to leave the European Union: the intention of many international corporations to abandon Britain as the location of their European headquarters, Panasonic being one of them.

We also commemorate the passing of two men with ties to your Habri team, the former diplomat and president of The Japan Society in London Sir Hugh Cortazzi, and the famous Dutch "King of Farce", John Lanting.

Finally, we comment, once again, on the ongoing serious aftermath of the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011, with sadly no solution in sight.

Our wish is for a quieter, more peaceful autumn, so we can all enjoy the spectacle of the changing colours of bushes and trees. Your Habri team hopes to have that experience in Otaru, Hokkaido, when we attend - and give papers at - this year's Japan Writers Conference there on October 13th and 14th. The conference is open to the public, and is free of charge. See here for details: http://www.japanwritersconference.org

Also, see this article in The Japan News: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004711957