Monthly Archives: November 2015

Japan’s First Commercial Passenger Jet Takes to the Air

There was a time when Japan seemed an unstoppable industrial giant, effortlessly conquering every new field it entered, and vanquishing established US companies in the process. These days, that role increasingly seems to belong to other Asian nations.

In particular, Japan has been surprisingly slow to enter the aircraft manufacturing business, with its first passenger jet being a modestly sized competitor to Embraer and Bombardier planes, rather than to Airbus and Boeing. The Mitsubishi MRJ90 will hold up to 90 passengers and is intended for shorter range operations.

There is a problem with the plane that might limit its use in the US. Per typical US airline/union agreements, the plane’s weight puts it into a larger category of plane, increasing the labor costs to operate it. The plane weighs up to a maximum of 87,300 lbs, the ‘Scope Clause‘ limits planes to 86.000 lbs. It is also five years behind schedule, with the first commercial flight expected in just under two years from now rather than three years ago.

About 200 planes have been sold so far (this is not many). A smaller MRJ70 is also anticipated.

On the other hand, the Japanese are known for their ability to learn from their mistakes and to improve, improve and improve. Who knows what any future MRJ91 or 92 or subsequent models might not offer.

Details here.

Mitsubishi is not without former airplane building experience. It built the very successful Zero fighter in WW2, and in the early stages of the war was winning dogfights with a 12:1 kill ratio.


Reproduced by permission from Source Article copyright ITIJ.

Americans Invest in Travel Protection

flag-weaving American

The latest survey from the USIiA has revealed growth of 17.5 per cent in the nation’s travel insurance market in the last two years

Americans remain strongly interested in the coverage and protection offered by travel insurance products, with more than 152 million Americans covered by travel policies in in 2014 through a variety of travel-related protection and emergency service plans, according to a recently released survey conducted for the US Travel Insurance Association (UStiA).

The survey took in coverage of many types, such as that offered through credit cards and affinity groups, and included annual products, per-trip travel protection, travel medical products, and various other insurance plans sold by UStiA member companies. The 2072-2014 Travel Insurance Market Survey revealed that Americans spent over $2.2 billion in 2014 on all types of travel protection, representing an increase of 1 7,5 per cent from 2012. The survey also showed that in 2014, approximately 33.4 million people were protected by more than 24.5 million plans provided by UStiA members.

Consumers purchased these plans through a variety of distribution channels that included travel suppliers. travel agents, direct from travel insurance providers, internet aggregators, and brokers. The number of plans sold increased by 15.2 per cent, compared to 2012.

Programmes that include trip cancellation/interruption benefits accounted for more than 85 per cent of the travel protection products purchased in 2014, while travel and medical evacuation products accounted for seven percent of the programmes sold.

Reproduced by permission from Source Article copyright ITIJ.

Medicines That Are in Fact: Travel Medicine

medicine tablets

Here is a list where you will find information about the different types of vaccines, plus medicines for common travellers’ problems such as sickness and diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome. Please do not forget this is only a guide – talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about treatment.


  • Avloclor (chloroquine)
  • Doxylar (doxycycline)
  • Lariam (mefloquine)
  • Malarone (proguanil, atovaquone)
  • Malarone paediatric (proguanil, atovaquone)
  • Paludrine (proguanil)
  • Paludrine/Avloclor (proguanil, chloroquine)
  • Primaquine
  • Quinine sulphate
  • Riamet (artemether, lumefantrine)
  • Vibramycin-D (doxycycline)

Travel health


  • Codeine phosphate syrup
  • Codeine phosphate tablets
  • Diafix (loperamide)
  • Diah-limit (loperamide)
  • Diaquitte (loperamide)
  • Diocalm (morphine, attapulgite)
  • Diocalm complete (loperamide, rehydration salts)
  • Diocalm ultra (loperamide)
  • Entrocalm (kaolin, calcium carbonate)
  • Entrocalm diarrhoea relief (loperamide)
  • Imodium (loperamide)
  • Imodium plus (loperamide, dimeticone)
  • J Collis Browne’s mixture (morphine, peppermint oil)
  • J Collis Browne’s tablets (morphine, kaolin, calcium carbonate)
  • Kaolin and morphine mixture (kaolin, morphine)
  • Lomotil (Co-phenotrope)
  • Norimode (loperamide)
  • Normaloe (loperamide)
  • Pepto-bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)
  • Xifaxanta (rifaximin)


  • Dioralyte (rehydration salts)
  • Dioralyte relief (rehydration salts)
  • Electrolade (rehydration salts)

Bites and stings

  • Anthisan bite and sting cream (mepyramine)
  • Anthisan cream (mepyramine)
  • Benadryl skin allergy relief cream (diphenydramine, zinc oxide, camphor)
  • Eurax HC cream (crotamiton, hydrocortisone)
  • Hc45 hydrocortisone cream (hydrocortisone)
  • Hydrocortisone cream and ointment
  • Piriton (chlorphenamine)
  • Pollenase antihistamine tablets (chlorphenamine)
  • Stingose spray (aluminium sulphate)

Sun burn

  • Calamine cream and lotion
  • E45 cream
  • Eurax cream (crotamiton)
  • Eurax lotion (crotamiton)

Travel sickness

  • Avomine (promethazine theoclate)
  • Cyclizine tablets
  • Joy-Rides (hyoscine hydrobromide)
  • Kwells (hyoscine hydrobromide)
  • Kwells kids (hyoscine hydrobromide)
  • Phenergan (promethazine)
  • Scopoderm (hyoscine hydrobromide)
  • Sea-Legs (meclozine)
  • Stugeron (cinnarizine)
  • Traveleeze (meclozine)


  • Avaxim (hepatitis A vaccine)
  • BCG vaccine SSI (BCG vaccine)
  • Dukoral (cholera vaccine)
  • Epaxal (hepatitis A vaccine)
  • Havrix junior monodose (hepatitis A vaccine)
  • Havrix monodose (hepatitis A vaccine)
  • Hepatyrix (hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine)
  • Ixiaro (Japanese encephalitis vaccine)
  • Menveo (meningitis A,C,W,Y vaccine)
  • Nimenrix (meningitis A,C,W,Y vaccine)
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Revaxis (diphtheria, tetanus, polio vaccine)
  • Stamaril (yellow fever vaccine)
  • TicoVac (tick-bourne encephalitis vaccine)
  • Typherix (typhoid vaccine)
  • Typhim vi (typhoid vaccine)
  • Vaqta paediatric (hepatitis A vaccine)
  • Vivotif (typhoid vaccine)