In the hills north of Kyoto, several companies that handle industrial waste mar an otherwise pristine forest and river.
The grounds of the company are surrounded by sheet metal fences and are monitored by security cameras.
Every now and then a dump truck will roll out, loaded with only God knows what.
Illegal dumping is rife in Japan, as a quick peek into the woods and rivers that line many rural roads will attest to.
The villagers in Kumogahata, near the company pictured above, picketed and protested and even enlisted the help of the Kyoto City Communist Party to prevent the companies from setting up on this river. All to no avail. The city government went ahead and gave approval.
Below the company logo - the odd looking man with a chainsaw and cigar - is its name and license number.
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Monday, November 08, 2010