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    bogva -

    I said the same to my wife.

    Now super shinzo mario can use his skills to fix that plumbing hellhole known as Fukushima dai-ichi.

    Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan

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    Mike O -

    Yes the ice wall is working - but to what extent.

    A recent Asahi article the other day said -

    " Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the utility needs a new plan to address the problem, experts said.

    An expert panel with the Nuclear Regulation Authority received a report from TEPCO on the current state of the project on Aug. 18. The experts said the ice wall project, almost in its fifth month, has shown little or no success.

    “The plan to block groundwater with a frozen wall of earth is failing,” said panel member Yoshinori Kitsutaka, a professor of engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University. “They need to come up with another solution, even if they keep going forward with the plan.”

    Doesn't sound "fail-safe" to me, but then I'm no expert. In the case of radioactive leaks, I can only assume 100% success = no fail.

    Posted in: 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches

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    5speed - very good points you made. Just about nothing there I disagree with.

    But nothing to do with me and my comments.

    You jumped onto your soapbox and slighted me with presumption.

    And obviously you took my comment on the power of nature as a whine against nature. Now that's a disturbing fail.

    Good luck with the garden.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

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    Nice ending ceremony. A lot of fun and colour.

    But - as some will know - I'm not a great Abe fan - and knew his decision to go to Rio could only be about image making.

    And it was. But if he had to be there - surely he could have added a little pizzazz to the role. The dour stunned mullet gig lacked all the energy of the character of Mario. Talk about mis-casting. My wife almost choked on her grilled Saba tonight when she watched the news.

    Sure it's politics - grab the limelight when you can - but at least play the part. Unfortunately Abe thinks coolness can be decided by a committee's consensus - not.

    Actually I think the 2020 Olympics stand a good chance of being Great - weather dependent - just needs the politicians to not use it for their own aggrandizement.

    Posted in: Rio throws final Olympic party; Tokyo governor accepts flag, Abe turns into Mario

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    5speedracer - thanks for your response.

    Re Japan & water - You said,

    " I would say that Japan as a whole would have to have a dry winter, a dry rainy season, and a dry typhoon season for about two years running before "trouble" arises. Offhand, I would say that is equivalent to rolling doubles with dice 6 times in a row. "

    As I read that it says Japan and unless you say parts of Japan I can only assume you mean the whole country as in .... you know... Japan.

    And why the condescension? You seem to think you know it all, you seem to think people need to get a life (like yours) - in fact you seem to be the expert on water logistics in Japan. But please don't preach to me about my personal situation. You have no idea about my house, garden, water conservation habits etc.

    If you read my post carefully, all you would note is my explanation about the current situation in my city. No grizzles, whining, holier-than-thous . Just a fact about an ongoing situation that people have been asking govts for ages to look into seriously.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

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    5speed racer - your post is not correct for all Japan.

    Where I live, every year the question is asked - will there be enough water to last over summer ~ autumn?

    Most years there is - but 5 of the last 20 years (25%) have been very iffy. It is normal for water reductions to be initiated, in the first instances by pressure cuts, volume supply and then moving on to designated hours in a day for usage leading to the severe bans / restrictions on watering, car washing, pool use, bathing etc. Many school / municipal pools have not opened in some summers due to water shortages.

    Currently we are in the 2nd stage of water pressure cuts in this city of half a million. At current rates, dam holdings with no significant rain in 2~ 3 weeks, will see very real and severe rationing.

    Nature doeesn't always favour all - something that should never be forgotten anywhere - let alone Japan.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

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    Klausdorth's comments are spot on.

    It's not about "well how much are other countries are spending" , it's about how much money is being spent in this country that could well be put forward to alleviating some of societies severe problems.

    Education? Taking a cut - Good Move that one.

    Decentralization? Ha, Ha.

    Tohoku? What?

    Olympics? You Betcha.

    Pensions? Heh, Heh.

    Wage reforms? ¥20/hr. for permanents - others - you didn't study hard enuff.

    Social safety nets? What?

    Military Industry Inc funelling? Way-To-Go.

    The list of dos and don'ts has no end, but rest assured we'll be hearing how valuable all this military expenditure is for the safety of our citizens again and again and again - but we don't want a pacifist constitution.

    Eat cake.

    Posted in: Defense Ministry to seek record-high budget

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    CH3CHO- what Rusk of America thought re Takeshima on the eve of the Korean War is of little consequence.

    He had no power to ascertain ownership of the territory or not.

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    Bullfighter thanks.

    Your comments -

    " Because it is convenient for your purposes to take him in isolation and bash him, Japan, and the Japanese"

    The infidelity of the statement says it all. My purpose????

    ".... Abe is a fascist baby eater anti-Christ type of postings that are so common in this venue ........"

    Please link me to some.

    And black & white. You previous statement was exactly that. You said there was free speech and there was China, NK.

    No in betweens.

    Again I reiterate the article is about the prime minister of Japan in Japan and I as a long term resident in Japan with Japanese family and friends, feel I can comment about Abe as he and his associates have a direct impact on the quality of my, my family and my friends lives.

    If Abe wants the support of the WHOLE populace re war sentiments he'll have to try much harder as many of my Japanese family and friends also disgaree toatally with his cunningness.

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    Bullfighter - thank you.

    I see you're still obsessed with dragging USA & Chinas not perfect history into the discussion as if it somehow legitimizes "something". Or dragging of all people - Trump - into the debate as a comparison to show how "really good" Abe is. I know scarecrow season is upon us, but we seem to be over-enriched with straw.

    And I simply stated the focus is on Abe. That's all.

    And obviously you didn't see the full colour spectrum - still in black & white.

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    Yes and No I guess.

    The characters are not "real" as such, so banning the game seems to be quite "un-democratic", although the actions of the human players is very real.

    Logistically completely different, but is playing Super Mario an irreverent act in a solemn place? Or is the actual practice of using a digital device in toy mode the disrespectful act? Or is the use of any similar device in such surroundings not appropriate? Maybe better to ban all devices as some one could be looking at porn while visiting a sacred site - a highly impolite act some might say.

    And about this statement from the article -

    " In Saudi Arabia, the top clerical body has meanwhile re-issued a 15-year-old fatwa banning Pokemon in response to the new smartphone version, saying it is too much like gambling and appears to be based on the theory of evolution, which is rejected by Islam. "

    Other countries like China, Russia etc are often demonized by democratic nations govts and or media, but Saudi Arabia rarely, if ever gets strongly criticized - just the occasional "naughty boy" tap - with "Boy" being the operative word.

    Can only be oil.

    Posted in: Pokemon No: Can a place declare the game off-limits?

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    Bullfighter - hello again.

    Again I don't see what USA's often deplorable military actions have to do with this. And the same goes for China.

    The focus is on Abe and his words & actions. Most people know he is between a rock and a hard place - he has to appease the rightist Nippon-Kaigi multitude (of which he is a senior member) while at the same time appearing to be penitent to the "others". It is this ambiguous situation which creates doubt over the value of his words. Constant back-pedalling, contradictory or diverging statements over the at least past decade, leaves Abe (govt) open for attack.

    And re your statement ;

    "We have relatively free speech in Japan. People including politicians can say just about any dumb thing they want to say. What you are asking for is a communist Chinese or North Korean style system where if the government says X everyone says X or they go to jail or get shot."

    Who on earth is asking for a tyrannical despotic system of rule as the alternative to free speech???

    Talk about painting the world in Jet Black and Pure White!!!! There's a whole rainbow of opinions, ideas and concepts out there.

    Unfortunately this ongoing annual debate will never cease until the ambiguities of Abe Inc statements take a clear path. Otherwise, it's just giving fuel to others to keep the fire burning.

    Concilliatory acts take greater true strength than belligerent ones.

    Be the stronger.

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    As Sensato said - merely tit for tat response to Japanese politicians (esp. cabinet ministers) Yasukuni visits.

    The Japanese side say "We have every right" and the SK side say "We have every right".

    Too much right.

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    Smithy - interesting point re the number of available events available to Bolt to win gold in.

    I think Bolts dynamism certainly is suited to a few other disciplines such as long jump (a la Carl Lewis), triple jump and perhaps hurdles. Hell, maybe with training he'd push the envelope in the decathlon.

    Possibly the greatest sprinter of all time, but the afore mentioned Lewis was no slouch.

    Posted in: Bolt wins third consecutive Olympic 100-meter gold

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    Timtak - that explains it.

    Now I've become one with Shiraz.

    Posted in: Why do Olympic medalists bite their medals when they are on the podium?

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    Star viking - thanks for the read. As you said - quite credible explanations.

    And as I initially posted in reply to Malcolm's assertion that there was no earthquake damge, there is no possibility for a 100% fail-safe mechanism. The NRA report also confirms this - albeit with little highlighting. I'm a great believer in science, but science and science reporting are not necessarily compatibly objective with each other and may or may not be compatible with first-hand accounts of the happenings.

    I guess I take a neutral stance on this - unwilling to accept 100% the reported accounts from all sides. I however do give credible credence to eyewitness statements taken at that time and hardly ever reported by the machinations of mainstream media et al.

    And as I stated earlier, I find the seperating of earthquake & tsunami as problematic. The knife used by the killer didn't cause death, it was the massive loss of blood. Mmmmm!

    As I - a very lay person in the field of earthquakes and related tectonic forces sciences - understand that Japan is a geologically very unstable archipelago, historically over eons subject to the devastating whims of nature. This KNOWN science was ignored in Fukushima. No argument about it. They refuted credible scientific reports before the earthquake and then tried to play the "Oh - who'd expect a once in 100s of years event to happen here & now" card. Amateurs.

    And I'm still not convinced by many of the "but we've changed" bloated blurtings of Nuclear Inc.

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    Every poster here has a right to comment as has been pointed out multiple times, - regardless of their ethnicity!!! Some make poorer examples than others and some make better examples than others - all in all it's subjective in the least. So posters on this public forum have a right to say if they agree with their Japanese friends - as I do - and decry the use of Yasukuni as a tool for those of right-ist political bents. My Japanese father-in-law thinks this way and I'm proud to support his views as does my Japanese wife and Japanese daughter.

    And re Japanese politicians mealy mouthed comments re Yasukuni - if they wanted to "cool it down" as you suggest, then I think they'd have no open association with the shrine. It appears to me that they are buttering both sides- you know - showing obeisance, when you're not showing obeisance. If it truly was in their hearts and minds, why do they need all of the cameras, media and buddy-support? Why not quietly be at peace and pay respects to the deceased? I suspect buttering is the answer - and acknowledgement of such.

    And Chinese communists position concerning Yasukuni, bears no relation to my personal opinion re Yasukuni and I dare-say many other posters. Belittling opposers to Yasukuni's overtly nationalistic demeanor, has nought to do with China's great leap forward, cultural revolution ot whatever. It's weak argument.

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    albaleo - thanks for the link. very informative.

    There are however many other observations describing what happened in the the immediate aftermath of the quake in the 30 mins before the tsunami. Verification may be difficult for all - but the number suggests something was seriously amiss. Here's just a snippet -

    .........Throughout the months of lies and misinformation, one story has stuck: “The earthquake knocked out the plant’s electric power, halting cooling to its reactors,” as the government spokesman Yukio Edano said at a March 15 press conference in Tokyo. The story, which has been repeated again and again, boils down to this: “after the earthquake, the tsunami – a unique, unforeseeable [the Japanese word is soteigai] event - then washed out the plant’s back-up generators, shutting down all cooling and starting the chain of events that would cause the world’s first triple meltdown to occur.” But what if recirculation pipes and cooling pipes, burst, snapped, leaked, and broke completely after the earthquake -- long before the tidal wave reached the facilities, long before the electricity went out? This would surprise few people familiar with the 40-year-old Unit 1, the grandfather of the nuclear reactors still operating in Japan. The authors have spoken to several workers at the plant who recite the same story: Serious damage to piping and at least one of the reactors before the tsunami hit. All have requested anonymity because they are still working at the plant or are connected with TEPCO. One worker, a maintenance engineer in his late twenties who was at the Fukushima complex on March 11, recalls hissing and leaking pipes. “I personally saw pipes that came apart and I assume that there were many more that had been broken throughout the plant. There’s no doubt that the earthquake did a lot of damage inside the plant," he said. "There were definitely leaking pipes, but we don’t know which pipes – that has to be investigated. I also saw that part of the wall of the turbine building for Unit 1 had come away. That crack might have affected the reactor.” The reactor walls of the reactor are quite fragile, he notes. “If the walls are too rigid, they can crack under the slightest pressure from inside so they have to be breakable because if the pressure is kept inside and there is a buildup of pressure, it can damage the equipment inside the walls so it needs to be allowed to escape. It’s designed to give during a crisis, if not it could be worse – that might be shocking to others, but to us it’s common sense.” A second worker, a technician in his late 30s, who was also on site at the time of the earthquake, narrated what happened. “It felt like the earthquake hit in two waves, the first impact was so intense you could see the building shaking, the pipes buckling, and within minutes, I saw pipes bursting. Some fell off the wall. Others snapped. I was pretty sure that some of the oxygen tanks stored on site had exploded but I didn’t see for myself. Someone yelled that we all needed to evacuate and I was good with that. But I was severely alarmed because as I was leaving I was told and I could see that several pipes had cracked open, including what I believe were cold water supply pipes. That would mean that coolant couldn’t get to the reactor core. If you can’t sufficiently get the coolant to the core, it melts down. You don’t have to have to be a nuclear scientist to figure that out.” As he was heading to his car, he could see the walls of the reactor one building itself had already started to collapse. “There were holes in them. In the first few minutes, no one was thinking about a tsunami. We were thinking about survival.” A third worker was coming into work late when the earthquake hit. “I was in a building nearby when the earthquake shook. After the second shockwave hit, I heard a loud explosion that was almost deafening. I looked out the window and I could see white smoke coming from reactor one. I thought to myself, ‘this is the end.’” When the worker got to the office five to 15 minutes later the supervisor ordered them all to evacuate, explaining, “there’s been an explosion of some gas tanks in reactor one, probably the oxygen tanks. In addition to this there has been some structural damage, pipes have burst, meltdown is possible. Please take shelter immediately.” (It should be noted that there have been several explosions at Daiichi even after the March 11 earthquake, one of which TEPCO stated, “was probably due to a gas tank left behind in the debris”.) However, while the employees prepared to leave, the tsunami warning came. Many of them fled to the top floor of a building near the site and waited to be rescued. The reason for official reluctance to admit that the earthquake did direct structural damage to reactor one is obvious. Katsunobu Onda, author of TEPCO: The Dark Empire (東京電力・暗黒の帝国), who sounded the alarm about the firm in his 2007 book explains it this way: “If TEPCO and the government of Japan admit an earthquake can do direct damage to the reactor, this raises suspicions about the safety of every reactor they run.......

    Plenty of first hand accounts like this. I'll leave it up to individuals to believe what they want, but I'm sceptical on accepting ad infinitum the incestuous N-industries/ministries reports.

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    Inspector Gadget is right.

    Biting gold was a common way of assaying it.

    The added nuance with the Olympic gold is "Am I dreaming? Oh my god! I've won gold. Can this be real?.Better check."

    And I guess over time the act carried over to the silver & bronze winners, emulating the gold medalists.

    Posted in: Why do Olympic medalists bite their medals when they are on the podium?

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    Many Japanese people also reject the modern concept of Yasukuni Shrine.

    I've posted on this forum before about my elderly doctor friend and his family who despise the place and everything it stands for. His mother tried unsuccessfully for years to have her husband's enshrinement there nullified. He ( the husband & father) rotted to death in New Guinea and the family and succeeding generations have never forgiven the IJA and the govt of that era. Another older friends father in law is enshrined there much to their strong opposition. That family has been christian for generations and they hate the fact that they were never consulted about his enshrinement.

    Other people I've spoken to feel it's natural to want to pay respect to the dead, but resent the sneaky way so called class abc war criminals were enshrined, primarily as a political appeasing act for the right wing.

    And as Katsu78 said - if there's nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide, nothing wrong with what the shrine encapsulates - then why are politicians so mealy-mouthed in their statements - Oh my visit is as a private citizen (no such thing as a public leader), I'm just sending an offering instead, I will visit at another time ad nauseum. Too weak to stand by their convictions - just playing fox vs hen.

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