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MiuraAnjinMay. 23, 2013 - 08:31AM JST
"Tsuruga’s operator, Japan Atomic Power Co, rejected the watchdog’s decision about the fault and said it would continue its own probe in hopes of overturning the assessment. It has commissioned experts from around the world to conduct a study to challenge the watchdog’s findings."
This word "commissioned"... it means PAID, right?
Posted in: Nuclear watchdog agrees Tsuruga nuclear plant sits atop active fault
MiuraAnjinMay. 15, 2013 - 07:44AM JST
Good luck Taku.
You deserve it.
Posted in: Sato sets IndyCar pace as 500 looms
MiuraAnjinMar. 20, 2013 - 05:19PM JST
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At your service
Posted in: Nakama plays teacher of troubled kids on remote island in new drama
MiuraAnjinMar. 20, 2013 - 05:11PM JST
Utterly circumstantial, but this is what the accomplice was up to days before murder:
Quite a character statement.
Posted in: American to serve 5-10 years for murder of Irish student
MiuraAnjinMar. 14, 2013 - 08:21AM JST
The TEPCO official who turned away the investigators must be prosecuted.
This is criminal.
Posted in: Panel says there was no cover-up at Fukushima nuclear plant
MiuraAnjinMar. 08, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Cold. Heartless perhaps. But I don't support attempts to reconstruct or relocate these towns. The simple fact is that Tohoku is littered with underpopulated towns and villages with empty houses up for grabs. These communities should be encouraged to move on.
Posted in: Tsunami-hit towns still barren
MiuraAnjinMar. 07, 2013 - 10:05AM JST
Why doesn't Japan scrap the punitive tax on cars with large capacity engines?
Perhaps, like EU member states, because they are committed to achieving the CO2 targets set at the Kyoto Summit. Instead of moaning about the tax, how about Detroit make some desirable cars with sub-2liter engines?
Just an idea.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. agree on auto exemption for TPP talks
MiuraAnjinMar. 07, 2013 - 08:43AM JST
Yes I can. For utterly selfish reasons Ford Japan elected to only sell US made SUVs through their official dealerships. Those dealers have been crying out for the UK spec Focus for 15 years, but Detroit would not let them have it - until this very month.
Those <100 Focuses per annum are all grey imports brought in unofficially, against Ford America's wishes.
Hope that clears things up for you.
MiuraAnjinMar. 07, 2013 - 07:51AM JST
Well said Nigelboy
Japan's big three have been designing and building models specifically for the American market for 40 years, and have reaped the benefits in their showrooms. Detroit, however, continues to just design vehicles for Texans.
MiuraAnjinMar. 07, 2013 - 07:47AM JST
Those "non-tariff barriers to US autos":
Japan's roads are much too small for American SUVs
Likewise for parking spaces
They insist on driving on the left, in right hand drive cars
Gasoline is far too expensive, making gas guzzlers unattractive
Japanese drivers are used to cars with reasonably pleasant interiors
They do not accept cars that are unreliable and fail the first shaken on safety issues
If Detroit addressed these barriers, perhaps Tokyo wouldn't have to?
MiuraAnjinFeb. 20, 2013 - 07:29AM JST
"When you come over here, or anyplace, and you get your eyes opened, you can never get them shut again."
- Donald Richie
Posted in: Japan expert, writer Donald Richie dies at 88
MiuraAnjinFeb. 19, 2013 - 08:12AM JST
"In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the promise of electricity as a clean, safe and non-polluting source of power vanished"
In the summer of 2011 Tepco's car parks were crammed full of the Mitsubishi iMiEVs that they'd bought for their electricity meter maids to use. Not only would it have been extremely crass to be seen burning electricity while announcing possible blackouts across the city, but it would have taken a very brave TEPCO employee to drive an EV with ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE emblazoned down the sides when everyone was watching the weather, praying that the wind wouldn't blow from the north.
Posted in: Osaka's great EV taxi experiment does a slow burnout
MiuraAnjinFeb. 17, 2013 - 11:11PM JST
In the 1970s I used to go to canoe school in the UK. We used what you call kayaks. What you call canoes, we called Indian Canoes. At that time, for us, a kayak was a type of canoe, not distinct from such. A quick web search proves that this is no longer the case and that they have become distinct species, but I reckon Japan had a similar understanding of the word.
Back on topic, how do you know that the sadly deceased were in kayaks? They could have been in (Indian) canoes, no?
Posted in: Bodies of two missing canoeists found in Chiba river
MiuraAnjinFeb. 13, 2013 - 08:18AM JST
"US QE is there to stimulate domestic consumption of domestically produced goods, while a weaker dollar drives up the price of imports."
Fixed that for you.
Posted in: G-7 seeks to defuse currency war fears over falling yen
MiuraAnjinJan. 24, 2013 - 08:09AM JST
“I have never seen a period where computers demonstrated as many skills and abilities as they have over the past seven years.” Well, duh.
The whole study and article is an absolute waste of research, time, effort, bytes and web space. But by making it the principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has ensured that he wouldn't be joining the ranks of the unemployed for a while.
Posted in: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs
MiuraAnjinJan. 24, 2013 - 07:35AM JST
Will the United Nations Security Council condemned this launch as a disguised ballistic missile test?
After all Japan does have a huge stockpile of fissile material, and the technology to turn it in to a bomb.
Posted in: Japan to launch spy satellite to monitor North Korea
MiuraAnjinJan. 22, 2013 - 07:58AM JST
"Japanese police, meanwhile, have started an investigation into the hostage crisis, said National Public Safety Commission chairman Keiji Furuya."
Uh oh. Following established procedure they'll arrest a dozen or so "Arab-looking-gaijin" on the streets of Shinjuku today. By this time next week, all will have confessed to the murders. Case closed.
Be careful out there.
Posted in: Japan confirms seven deaths in Algeria hostage crisis
MiuraAnjinJan. 08, 2013 - 07:55PM JST
Posted in: Indian guru blames Delhi rape victim, sparking outrage
MiuraAnjinJan. 06, 2013 - 03:54PM JST
There is one big reason why China will not piss off the USA.
Chinese goods would be banned from the USA, and would no longer be able to pass through the Suez or Panama canals. And so long as the USA has airfields in Okinawa, they would find it very hard to trade with anyone else either. Now, as written above, if they had an airfield a short hop from Okinawa, that would alter the balance of power considerably.
In short, the US will not allow the Senkakus to come under Chinese control. Perhaps Japan is about to get a good deal on a few (dozen?) Raptors? There must be some reason why "pacifist" Japan chose the offense-focused F22 weapons platform over the far more reasonable defensive Eurofighter...
Posted in: Japan likely to increase defense spending due to territorial disputes
MiuraAnjinJan. 05, 2013 - 04:40PM JST
You could buy ten houses for that price.
Posted in: Bluefin tuna sells for record Y155.4 mil in Tokyo
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:38PM JST
@Dog "The Confedaracy was initially about State rights verses Federal rights ..."
The confederacy, not just…
Posted in: Korean campaigns for removal of Japanese flag from French stores
Wait, was he 172 cm and had black hair also?
Wow, I'm pretty sure I know…
Posted in: Convenience store believed to have been robbed by same man twice
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:34PM JST
well tmarie: You are clearly not a lesbian!
Posted in: Norika Fujiwara says secret of beauty is love
Is this story real ? Where else can we read about it ?
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:32PM JST
Who knows what tomorrow will bring. We can only hope.
While someone with the charisma and…
Posted in: Hashimoto may resign if his party fares badly in Tokyo assembly election