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RhinoJul. 09, 2014 - 08:49PM JST
I cannot say whether Japan only takes and doesn't give back. I read a lot about where and how Japan takes and not much about giving, that is true.
Now, that is a behaviour you would find in just about any country. Somehow it's always at the expense of animals. That can be said about some countries skinning dogs alive, about the American fast food industry's way of keeping their live stock, etc etc.
But I have to say, it seems that Japan is particularly stubborn in regards to taking from the oceans. It's unfortunately not only the whales. As someone pointed out above, maybe there are enough minkies in the world oceans to make the small number that Japan catches these days acceptable.
What should concern us all much more is the depletion of Tuna in world oceans, and again, it is Japan that seems to be the greediest. See below articles. I was particularly surprised to read several times meanwhile that Japan not only ate a great part of the Pacific Tuna. They also import about !!! 80% !!!! of Atlantic Bluefin. Now, the reason why this kind of got my attention is the fact that we are talking about ONE COUNTRY eating all that fish.
I understand that there is a tradition in Japan of eating fish, but does it really have to be that much??? Doesn't the rest of the world have a right to question that??? After all, when Tuna is gone, all countries will suffer the consequences. Nobody is going to bring them back, once they are gone!
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RhinoAug. 22, 2013 - 10:04PM JST
Isn't it terrible?
I feel so sorry for the people in Fukushima and surroundings.
The sea water is polluted. The ground water is polluted. The air is polluted.
Unfortunately, one can not eat the money Tepco was paying to the city before the accident.
Posted in: Workers checking 300 water tanks for more leaks at Fukushima plant
RhinoAug. 22, 2013 - 09:30PM JST
This is terrible!
RhinoAug. 22, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
RhinoAug. 20, 2013 - 08:38PM JST
Everyone's ocean, not just Japan's!
Brave New World.
Posted in: TEPCO says 300 tons of contaminated water leaking from Fukushima tank
RhinoAug. 01, 2013 - 09:10PM JST
It is good for the environment to raise rates to match the true cost to our planet of producing electricity, which have increased since Japan has left cleaner nuclear power.
That would be correct if the extra money was used to replace old and dirty energy sources with new, alternative ones. But that's not the case here. The money really either goes to the investors of power companies, or they are used to pay the victims of Fukushima (which indirectly, of course, is again helping the investors of Tepco, since they should really shoulder the costs).
P.S.: When I talk of "alternative" energy, I do not refer to nuclear power. As we all know by now, nuclear power is one of the dirtiest energy forms of all.
Posted in: Utility rates to hit all-time high from Sept
RhinoFeb. 22, 2013 - 03:11PM JST
" They live in a society that can't be changed."
Sounds a bit like Japan.
Posted in: Japan detects xenon in air after N Korean nuclear test
RhinoFeb. 19, 2013 - 09:50AM JST
@ Kimokekahuna Hawaii
Posted in: Activists accuse Japanese whalers of trying to crash into their ship
RhinoFeb. 18, 2013 - 10:29AM JST
I have seen a documentary on Japanese TV showing Japanese farmers successfully competing in and exporting to overseas markets - rice, that is. But they admitted that they had to change their ways.
Again, I think food independence is an important issue in any country, but I think the farmers have had it a bit too easy in the past. Every other industry has to innovate due to competition, why not Japanese rice farmers???
Posted in: TPP trade talks will be thorny issue at Obama-Abe talks
RhinoFeb. 18, 2013 - 10:25AM JST
As much as I understand that a country tries to preserve food independence, one has to be a little realistic. Nearly 800% import tax on a staple food product is a joke, full stop.
Also, Japan, think about it. Dont you think the American car industry would also prefer protection from cheap (and admittedly better) cars from Japan and Korea. You cant have it both ways if you want to be in this club.
t you think the American car industry would also prefer protection from cheap (and admittedly better) cars from Japan and Korea. You can
I have to agree with what was said above: the Japanese public (consumer) makes up 100% of the population and they should be the government`s first responsibility. Pharma, for instance: why am I paying 7 euros for a deodorant stick, more than 3 times what it costs in Europe??? (And is that why a lot of people here seem to have a BO problem in summer?)
You produce dirt cheap in China, then you wanna sell it for a lot of money without any tariffs to other countries, but charge other countries 800% import tax? Get real!
RhinoDec. 15, 2012 - 05:50PM JST
Good night and good luck!
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RhinoDec. 15, 2012 - 05:44PM JST
If the polling results are anything to go by:
Posted in: Candidates make final pitch ahead of Sunday's election
RhinoDec. 11, 2012 - 03:31PM JST
And more to the point of the article:
Yes Mr. Noda, you are right there and your party also started off well looking into wasteful spending. Then the Tsunami came and you completely lost the plot. If you had got back to what you originally set out to do, Japan would be better off now. Anyone who seriously wants to fix the ills of this country, needs to start with curbing the bureaucrats.
Posted in: Noda asks public to share burden; blames LDP for huge debt
RhinoDec. 11, 2012 - 03:26PM JST
many graduates who are unable to find jobs
many graduates who are unable to find jobs
The graduates cant find work? You might want to investigate what kind of skills they have to offer their potential employers and whether something went wrong during their time in school? You have to start teaching them about independent thinking and innovation. Thats what Japanese companies, like everyone in a globalized world, will need to survive.
t find work? You might want to investigate what kind of skills they have to offer their potential employers and whether something went wrong during their time in school? You have to start teaching them about independent thinking and innovation. That
RhinoDec. 11, 2012 - 03:19PM JST
What I would like to know is why they have robots playing the violin or riding a bike, but none that could be sent into an NPP to clean up?
Posted in: TEPCO admits to shady hiring practices at Fukushima nuclear plant
RhinoDec. 11, 2012 - 03:10PM JST
The good news is that it seems politicians and power companies (i.e. the nuclear village) don`t get away with murder anymore.
The two big questions:
1. How could a nuclear power plant end up on top of an active fault line in the first place???
2. What will it be like regarding nuclear power and their safety once the LDP is back in the driver`s seat again???
Posted in: Shares in power companies dive on Tsuruga faultline report
RhinoNov. 30, 2012 - 10:45AM JST
It doesn`t really matter, I think. If anyone is affected by what "other people" think, their judgement would have to be questioned anyway.
At the end of the day, one should listen carefully to what the various parties have to say and choose the one thats BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.
(Lets hope the party will after the election do what they promised!!!)
s BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.
Posted in: Opposition LDP remains election favorite - poll
RhinoNov. 28, 2012 - 11:21AM JST
Do you have to hit them all over the head with a baseball bat before they wake up? What is wrong with these people??? Do they never look at how things are done in other countries?
What this country needs is a "coalition of grown-ups"!!!!!!!
Posted in: Ozawa's People's Life First party disbands to join Shiga governor's new party
RhinoNov. 28, 2012 - 11:11AM JST
@smithinjapan: I hate to say it but I am afraid you are right.
This really hurts me because their ideas are the better ones and if the opposition was acting more in the interest of the people of Japan, they wouldn`t say no to everything.
It also has to be said in the DPJ`s defense that they had to deal with a disaster (brought about by the LDP) which, sort of, had to distract them a little from what they initially set out to do.
Posted in: DPJ manifesto pledges 'cool-headed' diplomacy, end to nuclear power
RhinoNov. 28, 2012 - 11:04AM JST
Does anyone know how the universal healthcare system of Japan would be affected by joining TPP?
One thing is for sure, I dont want the kind of system the US had for so long, or even what they have now. Japans healthcare system is indeed something to be proud of and worth protecting. If this means we have to pay a few cents more, I am happy to do that.
t want the kind of system the US had for so long, or even what they have now. Japan
Proper healthcare is humanity pure.
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