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    “Already, many Asia-based nations have made progress on strengthening the rights of intellectual property creators, but more work needs to be done,” he said.

    More RIAA/MPAA lies I see. The sad fact is that creators get practically no protections from RIAA/MPAA mafia thugs who steal things with impunity. Just look at the Viacom attempt to steal Christopher Knight's political campaign video! They violated his rights twice, first by mass copyright infringement, then by trying to usurp his exclusive copyright.

    Patents are slightly different though, as those have technical purposes. However, those too are abused by patent trolls.

    In general, IP should be left out of the discussion until laws that aren't a result of mafia lobbying are in place, and those laws protect the actual creators rather than companies that profit off of the creators.

    Posted in: Intellectual property a hurdle in Pacific trade talks

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    CanadianJapanMar. 14, 2013 - 02:36PM JST

    Access to Japan's farm markets with a lot of potential for exporting rice

    Not sure about that one because of the long grain/ short grain issue. Exports of wheat and soy as well as dairy and meat? Yes, they can stand to gain quite a bit there. And likewise, Japan gains by giving their children access to good sources of calcium and protein that aren't contaminated with heavy metals like mercury.

    Now where's my 5kg of U.S rice for 500 yen? (Japanese produced 5kg of rice goes for 2000 yen)

    Not in the US for sure! Short grain rice goes for $20 for a 5kg bag, and most long grain that is cheap comes from India!

    Posted in: TPP deal will require hard bargains

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    marcelitoMar. 14, 2013 - 01:50PM JST

    Precisely - thank you for re enforcing my point. No target worth striking here? The bad guys will go look in another neighbourhood.

    They would be looking at another place anyway. It's much easier to steal a few tubes of radio-medicine grade Cs137 or Co60 and blow it up in a stadium or train station. Much more panic from that, and very likely far more casualties. What's more frightening, a few mSv/yr and no immediate deaths in some low density area, or a few mSv/hr and dozens of deaths in downtown Tokyo? Terrorists always strike the easiest target with the most effectiveness. That's why aum picked the subways instead of the yamanote line, and why any successful future attacks will also be on people rather than buildings. The only people that will go after utilities in developed counties are militaries, since only they get any significant benefit.

    Posted in: Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures

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    basroil

    A surprisingly well balanced discussion on the possible needs of each country. I like Reuters. Wish they had explained more about the pharmaceuticals impact (Japan pretty much bans a lot of US drugs, including safe and effective ones like Tylenol) and financial sector (again, Japan has some crazy rules which keep a lot of the multinationals small and shrinking, with Citibank and HSBC being the largest, and HSBC recently dropped their consumer banking). Perhaps others here have information to add in regards to those two points?

    Posted in: TPP deal will require hard bargains

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    Sato said. “But I am worried the CITES debate may trigger a price collapse for shark fins.”

    For the price to collapse, it has to be a bubble now. If anything, reducing the number of legal options should increase the price of the fins, unless there's more to this story than just fishermen fining sharks.

    Posted in: Tsunami-hit town concerned over shark protection pact

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    nyunt_shweMar. 14, 2013 - 12:25PM JST

    Of course, Japan has duty to protect American citizens from any harm. This case, if even happen in one of the States in America could have awarded death sentence was now very lightly sentenced only funny 3 years for rape and murder by faithful judges of Japan.

    If this was the US, he would have been read his rights, had an attorney present at all times, released on bail with conditions met, protected against long term detention without being charged, been tried by a jury, and had a fair trial that would have given him a much longer sentence if the evidence proved his crime. Japan did not protect these two, and in fact likely violated their human rights due to archaic and arbitrary laws and application of those laws. If barbaric practices like forced confessions and indefinite detainment are Japan's valor and courage, I would be glad to see them lost.

    Posted in: American gets 3 years for sexually assaulting Irish student

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    25psotMar. 14, 2013 - 05:30AM JST

    This deposits may last only 0.1 of the century so better not use them now and keep it as spear tire in case of fuel emergencies caused by some unpredictable world events

    That's just in that one place, there's another five times that elsewhere in Japanese waters and nearby, and 80x that around the world. And of course, you forget that they still have contracts with other countries for gas shipments, so that bed could last much longer time wise, perhaps 20-30 years. Still doesn't make it the amazing energy source the Japanese media is touting it as.

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    Hinds was 19 and a minor under Japanese law when he was arrested, but is being tried in an adult court.

    That's interesting, considering the guy's name shouldn't have even been released as a minor. Sounds like a massive failure of civil rights and downright xenophobic judgement to try him as an adult. That isn't to say that the kid shouldn't be punished for aiding in rape, but the law is quite clear on how minors are to be treated, as well as the fact that not a single minor who commits a crime is known as anything but "shounen a".

    In addition, the ministry of justice adds "However, it is also ruled that detained juveniles over 14 years of age shall be treated differently from adult counterparts, taking into consideration juvenile-specific mentality. " http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/human/child/report2/definition.html. This is a clear violation of this kid's rights, both of right not to be named and right to not be tried as a full adult, and the only possible reasoning behind this is that they consider non-Japanese children to have no rights.

    Posted in: American gets 3 years for sexually assaulting Irish student

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    Open MindedMar. 14, 2013 - 12:08AM JST

    the point is to use energy efficiently.

    Didn't argue that. Just argued that even that wouldn't do enough to convince Japan to stop fossil fuels exploitation, especially this method that has not yet been tested. That and that a bad heat pump wouldn't be better than a good a/c unit, especially when you take into account the energy cost of getting to the ground source. Most places would benefit from better engineering, but the change over is just too slow and gains too small to help in this situation. It's a worthy long-term goal though.

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    Open MindedMar. 13, 2013 - 10:37PM JST

    heat pumps or using cold/warm water are energy efficient means. A heat pump for instance gives you 3-4 time energy output vs. input

    Refridgerators/ AC units are just as efficient actually(Energy Star rating requires 2.4). So what's the actual point?

    And actually, a good heat pump should be in the 6+ range, and even a minimally effective ground source heat pump should be 4+.

    But even if you were to put ground source heat pumps in every home and business, it still wouldn't do much against the need for gas and oil.

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    Open MindedMar. 13, 2013 - 09:31PM JST

    The solid white substance burns with a pale flame, leaving nothing but water.

    Water and CO2 obviously!

    Can't believe I skipped over that! Good eyes there

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    Open MindedMar. 13, 2013 - 09:11PM JST

    Bermuda triangle might be a myth, but the physical theory seems very valid. Hence I would not be on the drilling boat. Ridiculous or scientifically correct?

    It's certainly possible to reduce the density (and therefore buoyancy) of the above water, though it would require some extreme circumstances to sink a platform. Most likely any release would make a boat bob a bit but not sink it. Still wouldn't want to be on it though, the issue of methane being flammable is still there, as well as other health issues it can cause. Planes on the other hand are more sensitive to atmospheric conditions, but engine stall is the real threat (though falling out of the sky is because of engine failure rather than sinking). Not so ridiculous, but something you shouldn't really worry about considering the number of far more likely problems.

    http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/hohonu/documents/Vol07x10HowareMethaneHydratesFormed....pdf has a reasonable overview of methane hydrate, including some of the popular theories against the use of these deposits.

    Also, the one above wasn't explained well enough when describing an exposed bed, but the risks are still due to the same pressure change principle.

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    Open MindedMar. 13, 2013 - 08:38PM JST

    Just wondering if these drills and then potentially removing this solid/liquid fire ice might trigger earthquakes.

    The risk is non-negligible, but quite small. The 1.1 trillion cubic meters are about 1 trillion tons of mass, so if the entire thing detached it would most certainly reduce enough pressure to cause a major earthquake in the area (which would immediately trigger another two, maybe 3 quakes in Nankai with total magnitude in excess of 9.0). The biggest issue however, is global warming, since that mass released straight into the atmosphere would release the equivalent of 250 years of CO2 (at 2010 rates).

    Well, that and likely killing everyone in a hundred mile path downwind as well as raging infernos. Lets just say an instant release of all that gas would be catastrophic for not only Japan, but the earth.

    In terms of slower release, it is probably more likely that the fairly imminent Nankai earthquake would release any stress built up by draining the area before it could trigger a quake. It could increase the strength or frequency of the Nankai quake though.

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    BertieWoosterMar. 13, 2013 - 05:09PM JST

    Ah. I see.

    If they haven't hit a target that small in the past, they won't in the future either.

    By the time NK gets the capability of striking a target that small, they won't be a threat anymore.

    Posted in: Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures

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    DisillusionedMar. 13, 2013 - 11:28AM JST

    Murder suicide?

    Could be close. Just poison the bird and wait for the cat to attack it and die too.

    They really should do a screen for poisons, because if any are in the animals it could affect children that touch it too. And if it is poison, when they catch the person responsible they shouldn't let him off with a slap on the wrist.

    Posted in: Dead cat, bird found on department store escalator in Kashiwa

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    ElvensilvanMar. 13, 2013 - 09:19AM JST

    Now this is the alternative I was waiting for (instead of the full-height gates). Retrofitting existing trains and stations with full-height gates will require the train line to close for several days

    It can actually be done in a single night with good planning, at least one side of the platform.

    As for this approach... I expect a dozen injuries in the first year alone, including lost fingers. There's a reason why nobody else uses cables. Better than nothing, but they really should have stuck with standard platform gates.

    Posted in: New rising barrier system for train stations to be tested

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    Jason SantanaMar. 13, 2013 - 07:24PM JST

    What ever happened to geothermal energy? Why isn't anyone using it?

    In general:

    Pollutes the ground water

    Causes earthquakes

    Quickly exhausts the water supply

    Equipment tends to break down more often than other steam driven systems

    In Japan:

    All water released from it has illegally (but naturally) high concentrations of heavy metals, and thus can't be recirculated without expensive (in cost and energy) filtering.

    All water released from it is illegally hot, and would require a nearby stream of cold water to cool it to legal limits

    Closed systems are ineffective due to earthquakes

    CO2 cycle geothermal never worked out the kinks it had

    There's plenty more things where those came from, but those are some of the issues that are similar to those that would be applicable to methane hydrate.

    Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

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    marcelitoMar. 13, 2013 - 06:24PM JST

    All those arguing that chance of a terrorist attack is negligible or that the only terrorist act in Japan to date was perpetrated by homegrown Aum terrorists sound like they are using the Tepco manual

    Actually the statistics are available from the CIA, but people like to make things up. Simple fact is that most terrorism anywhere in the world is domestic. When terrorism is carried out in Japan, it is done against soft targets, with not a single significant terrorist attack having ever successfully used explosives to destroy a building. Japan is just too mono-ethnic to allow foreign terrorists to do their activities without raising a few flags, so if any terrorists do slip through the nets it will be domestic.

    A biological/chemical attack like those that have happened before, would do nothing to a nuclear plant, and the home-made explosives that could be made in Japan without catching the eye of every cop from okinawa to hokkaido would do nothing in the quantities that could be transported in one go.

    Unless you can get away with parking a 747 into a reactor building, you aren't going to do more than make a need to repaint the outside. Taking over control systems could do damage, but unless you managed to get a dozen terrorists trained in nuclear engineering, all you would do is get the reactors to SCRAM and safely shutdown. Any prevention efforts for that rest squarely on NISA and the cops.

    Posted in: Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures

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    BertieWoosterMar. 13, 2013 - 04:09PM JST

    We don't need to worry if NK drops a missle, sorry missile, bullseye-dead centre on a nuclear power station?

    You have constantly stated that such enemies are imagined, so why the change of heart now? Perhaps you should change your stance on certain other matters before you even consider this one.

    And no, given the NK's track record on missiles, you are more likely to see it hit anything else. Unlike a solar farm you can see from space, nuclear plants are small targets, and reactor buildings are even smaller. They haven't shown any ability to hit from that far in an area so small. If anything, they would attack Osaka with a dirty bomb, since it's much easier and far more effective. Even china has difficulty with targets that small without using russian and US technology. Not to mention china has enough Co60 to cause more damage than 20 fukushimas, all without hitting a single plant.

    Posted in: Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures

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    BertieWoosterMar. 13, 2013 - 09:10AM JST

    A rocket strike on a nuclear power station would be FAR WORSE than Fukushima or Chernobyl.

    You clearly have absolutely no clue as to a little something called scale. The Chernobyl blast was estimated at 10 tons of TNT equivalent, and Kyshtym was 100 tons. Chernobyl's blast was as large as the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the US inventory, which cannot be delivered by missile (and Kyshtym was larger than the largest conventional bomb ever, which is 44tons). A tomahawk missile can carry up to 500kg of explosive power, which falls very short of even Chernobyl, and likely not enough to even penetrate the containment building. To say that it would be worse is a show that no effort was put into checking the facts, as it would certainly be less energy released.

    Only possible way it could be worse is if they launched a barrage of a hundred large missles... but then that would mean some really poor response by JSDF and US forces, since you would be able to spot that an hour before it strikes. Not to mention that many missiles would kill a thousand times more people (and all of them within hours or days, rather than half century) if they just bombarded Tokyo instead, more if they attacked factories with chlorine tanks as well.

    Posted in: Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures

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