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Steve McgrewApr. 26, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
IMO this is all tied into reducing costs and improving profit margins at not only TEPCO but also all sectors of the Japanese manufacturing industry....low cost nuclear energy production has allowed Japans industry sectors to compete survive on the world economic playing field. If you follow the money and you will always find the reason for any and all national political policy decisions,little weight is given to the will and opinion of the average middle class majority. Meet the new boss,same as the old boss!
Posted in: Some nuclear reactors may be restarted in fall, Motegi says
Steve McgrewApr. 24, 2013 - 03:17AM JST
If another massive earthquake and/or another giant tsunami strikes this plant there will be a huge release of radioactive waste water and probably a catastrophic fuel melt down event... Does anyone really think the low tech,rubber lined, underground storage tanks will not simply collapse and liquefy all the surrounding soil...Also any leakage, and apparently there have been hundreds of waste water leakage,is entering both the ground water system and seeping into the pacific ocean. There is no way that many several hundred metric tons of highly radio active waste water can be leaked in small area just meters from the shoreline and not make it into the seawater...You do not need to be a Nuclear Scientist to understand ......The chance of a much larger disaster occurring are very real and the odds are not good that this will EVER be cleaned up.
Steve McgrewApr. 20, 2013 - 08:56AM JST
Loans? Yeah right! This old guy received what he asked for and was more than willing to reward this woman with money! He obviously give her his coins in trade for sex ,companionship, to fulfill his granny bathing fetish, Only now, once his money has been spent he expects this woman to pay him????? Japan is a strange country indeed.
Posted in: Woman, 77, ordered to repay Y400 mil she got from 79-yr-old man for sex
Steve McgrewApr. 05, 2013 - 07:04AM JST
Increasing the amount of available paper yen is not going to help the middle class Japanese citizen,this just causes far more personal debt..sure those with huge cash reserves might spend a little more but not the average person..In the US the federal bank has been issued trillions of US dollars via the us treasury and all at very low or zero interest..As a result average household incomes have decrease by about 10 percent over the past 4 years and prices for energy,food and other staples has increased by 15 percent and more...Yes,this quantitative easing scam has caused the the middle class to spend more but it has nothing to do with the will of the population to spend more money and everything to do with increased consumer spending to cover basic survival needs..
Devaluing the Yen will not cause any improvement in the Japanese economy for one simple reason, and that reason is...Most all the raw material/resource that japan uses today for most all of its industrial output is imported.from other countries,.so while imported consumer goods will rise in cost, domestic prices also will increase,including food or anything else that must rely on imported oil/Ng/coal/metal ores/wood, even cotton for production to take place. Everything is relative in today's world economies and national monetary systems .One country can not out compete another simply by printing paper currency, that serves only to creat higher national debt and further increases poverty among the populace..only the very wealthy gain from such policy.
Posted in: BOJ to double money supply to get Japan out of slump
Steve McgrewMar. 30, 2013 - 07:52AM JST
Yawn..sigh...NK will not launch a Nuke and the US is not going to attack NK, it's all saber rattling,a political ploy. It's a well known fact should the US desire to destroy the NK military and their nuclear capabilities they could do so in a matter of hours.. Nk will never be so foolish as to kick the sleeping dog named USA, they fear and know our bite is much dangerous than our bark.. The US has so far remained tolerant of the Norths sable rattling but make no mistake, the US been using spy satellite technology to locate,keep tabs on,target,and plan for military intervention in NK for decades....We've got their number and we can take this country out of the game at anytime we feel the need to do so!
Posted in: North Korea puts rockets on standby for U.S. strike
Steve McgrewMar. 29, 2013 - 04:28AM JST
There are great amounts of fuel used to power Ge-thermal power plants,after all,these are in the simplest term,giant steam driven power plants. The water from deep geothermal wells must be pumped into the plants,heated to a point that create a hyper steam,cooled and condensed from vapor back to liquid and then pumped back into the ground..geothermal is only sightly less expensive than coal or NG as a way of producing high wattage,high voltage electricity..It takes allot of fossil fuel to fire a GTPP ,albeit, a bit less than a coal powered plant.
The truth is,either Japan excepts the risk and uses NPPs or excepts the fact that any alternative will result in higher utility bills...there isn't anyway around the fact that if the power companies must pay more out of pocket to produce the same amount of product that these companies,in order to be proffitable and exist,must rase consumer rates.
Posted in: Gov't presses 2 utilities to lower planned rate hikes
Steve McgrewMar. 29, 2013 - 03:59AM JST
The Japanese economy has been trying to recover for about 20 years...It is just not going to happen! It is more likely that the economy will just barely continue to limp along,propped up on it's crutch of Yen manipulation and the junk government bonds that so many patriotic Japanese citizens purchase...But these will not sustain nor grow the Japanese economy for much longer.
Times are tight for all global economies and there is no solid indication that anything has has occurred that any countries economy will be improving anytime soon.In japan there are many things that will stop meaningful improvements, the aging population, deep government debt, loss of exported products demand, the ever rising cost of producing energy, and the yet undetermined cost of cleaning up the NPP disaster. All of these will continue to hobble any meaningful growth in the Japanese economy,probably for many decades......And if you think these "Free trade agreements" with the US and EU are going to somehow stimulate growth then you are drinking some very bad KoolAide and smoking some wicked bad weed! But at least you will be able to afford the imported rice,beef,and apples...Even though you won't be able to afford the fuel to cook them.
Posted in: BOJ chief says Japan's economy likely to recover by mid-year
Steve McgrewMar. 23, 2013 - 12:10PM JST
Even with he much higher concentration of REE it will not be economically feasible to mine these deposits..how many Yen do you suppose it would cost, per ton of ore, to dig the ore out of the earth at 5800 meters and then bring that ore to a surface ship for transport or processing?? Heck ,there are some pretty awesome payloads of gold bearing ores in the depths of the ocean that have been proven via core sampling that are in far more shoal areas than this and refining on ships would be simple and of little cost but the cost of extraction is 10 times higher than the price of gold,,even at current gold prices.
Deep Sea REE mining is a just a pipe dream!
Posted in: Rich rare earth deposits found on seabed
Steve McgrewMar. 22, 2013 - 03:36AM JST
It's going to be several decades before these NPPs will be fully removed. and judging by the amount of near catastrophic incidents that have occurred over the first two years of the shut down it seems very likely that,TEPCO does not have the ability to oversee this problem safely. It is MHO that sooner or later TEPCO will screw up royally, and when they do??????? Signora NW Japan.
Isn't it strange that there does not seem to be much international press/media coverage of what is clearly an ongoing and very dangerous environmental disaster,the worst in the past few decades. Problems like loosing the power supply to cooling water pumps for nuclear waste rod storage tanks would be big time front page news but I have not seena word in US papers a report from our national media outlets.....Very strange indeed. One has to wonder how this situation is swept under the carpet internationally.
Posted in: Rat may have caused Fukushima outage
Steve McgrewMar. 20, 2013 - 09:58AM JST
@ USNin &cabadage.....I hate to be the one to burst your self proclaimed military knowledge expert bubbles but target lock happens many of times each year between opposing military air craft and marine ships. It is a way to comunicate to the other vessel or aircraft that they are being painted and need to operate in a manner that does not display any aggression. It is no different than swinging the 20mm cannons onto the target..Even the US Coast Guard will occasionally swings their patrol vessels guns onto targets such as non aggressive fishing boats and cargo ships Are the Japanese coast guard/armed/Military forces really so easily intimidated??? Sheesh Man upgrow a pair or the Chinese military void your man card?
Posted in: Chinese military officials admit ship radar lock on Japanese detroyer
Steve McgrewMar. 20, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
The chance of a disaster occurring due to these damaged reactors and spent fuel rod storage/cooling pools losing water pumping capacity will be something that will be haunting the people of Japan and around the globe for many more decades....I live just across the big pound (Pacific ocean)and I get nervous reading about these cooling water pump problems..Also there is a chance that a another large Quake and/or Tsunami could one day strike these same NPPs once more in the near future???? I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best but I do not have much faith that TEPCO has this situation any where near stable or controlled.
Posted in: TEPCO partially restores power to cooling systems at Fukushima plant
Steve McgrewMar. 18, 2013 - 08:19PM JST
Steve McgrewMar. 18, 2013 - 08:17PM JST
Yawn...So what is the big deal about radar lock??? getting a target lock on another vessel is nothing unheard of with military ships,both air and water. Now if a weapons launch would have occurred that would be another issue completely but Radar lock??? Don't get your panties in such a bunch Japan,after all China has ICMBs that are target locked on Tokyo and many other major cities and ports within Japan,that doesn't mean they are being aggressors . sheesh,chill out!
Steve McgrewMar. 17, 2013 - 12:40PM JST
I have seen quite a bit of debris from Japan floating into Cook inlet AK last summer and fall,mostly trash items like platic bottles and Styrofoam containers..I am going to travel by boat along the very remote outer coast this summer and do some beach combing..I am very curious as to just how badly our prestene shoreline will be impacted by this nasty junk.
Posted in: Gov't increases disaster debris estimate to reach North America
Steve McgrewMar. 14, 2013 - 12:52PM JST
This is just some more government insanity.....That one million dollars could/would/should be spent on those still living in shelters and the other displaced Japanese citizens.
Isn't it amazing how easily governments toss money to one another yet fail in the basic government function of serving their citizens..Some say it is only $1 million dollars and that in the grand scale of government spending is a pittance,that may be true but it is still money that has been miss appropriated by any degree of decency.
Posted in: Japan gives Canada $1 mil for tsunami debris cleanup
Steve McgrewMar. 12, 2013 - 01:42PM JST
Anyone with a lick of common sense knows that the only reason they are offering these wages to common laborers is because no body except those very desperate will want to willingly except the risk involved with working in a highly radioactive environment......where are all the TEPCO electricians,plumbers,maintenance persons,and plant operators that are currently idled since all the NPP shut downs?????? If TEPCO,s own prior and current employees are afraid to take these jobs then it is a (no brainer) that these jobs are far too hazardous to ones health for a measly 50,000 yen per day...Sounds like good money,but what price would you take for risking your health and perhaps your life?
Sadly there are people that will make this sacrifice out of a desperate need to put a roof over the heads and food on the tables of their families.....TEPCO exec's and those working in the government department that were overseeing this NPP should be inside and working side by side with the poor folks they feel are expendable or of some lower worth. The Big Daddy's made the mess and now they are asking there children to clean it up!
Posted in: Big money available for doing manual labor at Fukushima disaster site
Steve McgrewMar. 03, 2013 - 01:22PM JST
If I were living near this area I would move ASAP. The Japanese government ha a vested interest in not finding any negative health factors as it will cost trillions to compensate and relocate all those living in areas affected by radiation.. The one question everyone in Japan should be asking themselves is can you trust them to be honest about the danger. After all how truthful has the political powers and their partners been so far when it comes to revealing negative news about this disaster?? Get your children as far from this mess as you possibly can,as soon as you can.. the longer the Time/duration of exposure your children receive the larger the chance they may suffer ill effects.
Posted in: Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning
Steve McgrewMar. 03, 2013 - 12:51PM JST
Blue fin tuna stocks are down?? No worries my Japanese friends, Whale populations are at an all time high. When the last Blue Fin hits the dock you will still have plenty of whale flesh to consume!
Posted in: Tuna collapse fears fail to curb Japan's appetite
Steve McgrewFeb. 28, 2013 - 06:06AM JST
Watson and his crew/crews are Eco terrorist ,that much is certain..Obama should send out a Drone and end this crap today!
Posted in: U.S. court calls Sea Shepherd modern-day pirates
Steve McgrewFeb. 24, 2013 - 09:52AM JST
Japan should spend a little bit of money on cleaning up the mess that is floating in the pacific ocean and landing on foreign shores..We see it everyday here in Alaska,what a mess. Also,it would be nice to hear how Abe San can come up with trillions of yen for everything Japan does not need but for reasons un-kown there are still people living in temporary shelters and waiting patiently for some relief and very little being spent on the clean up efforts.
Posted in: Gov't plans to spend Y10 tril on public works in 15 months
May. 20, 2013 - 08:31AM JST
Okay, take all Senkaku discussions off the table, change Article 9, build up weaponry and enlarge…
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
May. 20, 2013 - 08:28AM JST
I wonder what Japanese law is in this case and what he was arrested for. I…
Posted in: Man arrested after taking Lexus for test drive to grandmother’s house 180 km away
May. 20, 2013 - 08:27AM JST
Ah yes, re-education has always been a guiding principle of China's one-party rule. No chance of…
Posted in: China cracks down on over-the-top anti-Japan dramas
May. 20, 2013 - 08:25AM JST
Vow to SEEK something, eh? Anyway, Abe's a fool if he thinks NK will engage in…
Posted in: Abe vows to seek talks with N Korea over abduction issue
May. 20, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Do they have any clue as to how silly they look in the eyes of the…