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Aussie icon takes up residence in Japan

25 Nov

You’d think I would be commenting on the extraordinary behaviour of the Liberal Party in Canberra, wouldn’t you? But no, I was attracted instead by this – though perhaps Wilson Bloody Tuckey has something in common with it.

There are fears in Japan that a potentially deadly Australian invader is beginning to close in on some of the country’s most crowded urban areas.

It is believed redback spiders originally hitched a ride in a container ship, possibly one carrying woodchips.

A few months ago a six-year-old boy from Osaka was bitten by a redback in the first case where anti-venom was used in Japan.

His case is just one of a dozen this year in which Japanese have been nipped by this Australian arachnid, which is spinning its silk web from Nagoya to Fukuoka, to Osaka.

In fact the Environment Ministry says redbacks have now been reported in 16 of Japan’s 47 prefectures. And in Osaka prefecture alone this year, 12 people have been bitten.

The managing director of the Aichi Prefecture Pest Control Association, Takesada Ohashi, is concerned by the trend.

"If redback numbers keep increasing and they spread throughout Osaka city, then I’ll be very worried that more people could be bitten," he said.

He says the big fear is they may even be bitten without knowing…

Wait until the funnel-webs hear of this!

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4 Comments

Posted by on November 25, 2009 in amazing

 

4 responses to “Aussie icon takes up residence in Japan

  1. Kevin

    November 26, 2009 at 7:16 am

    “You’d think I would be commenting on the extraordinary behaviour[behavior] of the Liberal Party in Canberra, wouldn’t you?”

    Hehe, no, I kind of thought you’d be mentioning the death of AGW belief by now :). Why so silent on the fact that the IPCC guys fudge data to make it look like doom and gloom is just around the corner? AGW is how I found your site three years ago on Nov 1, 2006, when you admonished the great (and prescient, it appears) Tim Blair for making jokes about global warming believers.

    I’m still waiting all these years later for you to admit that it’s just a scam to siphon money from producers to give to the government. Are we getting close to the day when that happens yet?

     
  2. Neil

    November 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Tomorrow, Kevin.

     
  3. Kevin

    November 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Darnit! I’m going to be away for a while. Happy Thanksgiving! I know you’re an Aussie, but you can celebrate it too. All you have to do is:

    1) Tell someone (friend or family member) what you are grateful for having in your life this year
    2) Eat too much food

    Read you soon!

     
  4. Neil

    November 26, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kevin.

     

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