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donkusaiApr. 20, 2014 - 09:15PM JST
I'm sure I read somewhere that one of the big issues with hydrogen is the extracting of the gas from the atmosphere (or wherever they get it from) in the first place. Does the fuel-cell car just move the environmental damage to an earlier step in the supply chain? It would be nice to know this so it can all be put in better perspective. Still, with Japan being a fairly resource poor country, its great that they do so much to push innovation.
Posted in: In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch
donkusaiApr. 20, 2014 - 02:27AM JST
I have a non-smartphone phone... I have no intention of giving it up. I like it. I guess that I'm slowly becoming as extinct as my phone is... Well, been nice knowing you. I'll leave some crude paintings on cave walls so you'll remember me...
Posted in: Android gains in U.S.; basic phones almost extinct
donkusaiApr. 17, 2014 - 02:01PM JST
I spent many a new year's eve at Ise Grand Shrine. It's a beautiful place to visit and the areas south through Shima and down to eastern Wakayama are rarely visited but breathtaking.
Posted in: Kennedy visits Ise Grand Shrine
donkusaiApr. 15, 2014 - 08:46PM JST
Great metal parody band. Had a great laugh. It's unusual to see such subtlety in Japanese humour, but these girls have nailed it. For a moment there it almost seemed as if they were actually believed they were a real band.
Posted in: BABYMETAL invasion of the West marches on
donkusaiApr. 08, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
I think this deal is good for both countries, but it can hardly be called a "free trade" deal. It is a lowering of tariffs, but they still remain in place, and there are restrictions on the sale amounts for some goods. As an "economic" deal, it should see benefits for both countries.
Posted in: Australia, Japan agree on free trade deal
donkusaiMar. 31, 2014 - 07:02PM JST
Despite the ruling, this a great chance for Japan to reposition itself and refocus on what it really wants to do. It had backed itself into a corner with the whole "culture" argument, meaning there was no way to back away from whaling without the government appearing to not support Japanese culture, which was never going to happen. This is a great chance for Japan to move their whaling aspirations to become more inline with traditional whaling... using traditional methods in local waters. This way, they turn a loss into a win for everyone.
Posted in: World court rules Japan's Antarctic whaling not scientific
donkusaiMar. 31, 2014 - 06:54PM JST
The international court has just ruled 12-4 against Japan, declare that Japanese whaling is not scientific research. No appeals are allowed.
Posted in: Biggest threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites
donkusaiMar. 29, 2014 - 02:13AM JST
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that 5 separate search planes have now spotted debris in the new search area (based on the Thai satellite info). Seems they're now closing in on the crash site. 6 hours ago there'd been no plane sitings. Nothing can be confirmed until ships arrive and recover debris, but things seem to be advancing quite quickly now.
Posted in: Search for lost Malaysian jet shifts significantly after new lead
donkusaiMar. 28, 2014 - 11:06PM JST
A New Zealand orion plane has finally spotted some debris. Closest ship is a Chinese one. This is the first actual sighting (other than satellite) that we've had. Everything else has been just speculation. I hope the New Zealand discovery leads the ships currently closing in on the area to recover identifiable debris to bring certainty to the families of the victims.
donkusaiMar. 20, 2014 - 09:59PM JST
RyokaiMar: Russia has always been ruled by bully-boys...
I don't think that's right. Take that Stalin guy as an example. He... oh. Maybe you have a point.
Posted in: Ukraine severs key ties with Russia over Crimea
donkusaiMar. 20, 2014 - 02:59PM JST
Taj, I read that hypothesis too, but according to that, the plane would have ended up heading out over The Maldives. If this is indeed the plane, then it seems that it headed off on the southern route of the 2 possible routes that the Malaysian governments said it may have possibly gone rather than straight out toward The Maldives. We'll have to wait and see, but if this is the plane, then its location doesn't really answer any questions other than hint that the course was possibly deliberate.
Posted in: Australia searches ocean site for possible plane debris
donkusaiMar. 20, 2014 - 02:52PM JST
While I'll be cheering for the Waratahs on Friday, it's great to hear of Japanese players getting the chance to play in the big leagues. I played rugby in Japan for 4 years and, even though rugby isn't the most popular sport, Japanese rugby fans know the sport well and are very passionate. Best of luck to Horie and Sau.
Posted in: Super Rugby first as Japan test duo make Melbourne Rebels squad
donkusaiMar. 17, 2014 - 02:17PM JST
This result is very strange and I'm having trouble believing it. The ethnic Tatars make up, what, 20% of the population and they hate Russia after Stalin's deportation. If they are the 20% who boycotted the vote, then that means 90% plus of Ukrainians vote to leave Ukraine for Russia. Sound very weird in a state where Russia invaded illegally and then held a vote that could not be scrutinised.
To play the same situation the other way around... Imagine if Mexico sent in troops and seized Texas, then they held their own referendum and declared Texas a part of Mexico. Should we recognise the claim as valid? Doing so opens up way too many doors. Anyone seeing Georgia or Chechnya getting their own referendum to leave Russia in the near future? No. Not gonna happen.
Posted in: Crimea moves to join Russia as West prepares sanctions
donkusaiMar. 17, 2014 - 02:07PM JST
Kobayashi is famous for his kamakaze style of driving, though seeing this accident at the first corner of the first lap, it all looked a bit too kamakaze, even for Koba's liking. Glad they found it wasn't a stuff up. It's good to have him back racing again.
Posted in: Kobayashi cleared over F1 Australian Grand Prix crash
donkusaiMar. 17, 2014 - 01:59PM JST
I couldn't vote on this one. If I said yes, then it would mean that website owners would be criminally responsible if someone posts those things, even if the own removes it the moment they see it, which is stupid. But if I said no, it would mean owners who deliberately leave those things on their websites and just say 'hey, I didn't put it there" would get off scot-free.
Website owners should be criminally responsible only if they don't take the offending material down after being asked to by a relevant authority such as a court or law enforcement. By that I mean that there has to be a legal justification for the material's removal.
Posted in: Should operators of websites be held criminally responsible if users post death threats, notices of intent to commit crimes, instructions on how to build bombs, etc?
donkusaiFeb. 09, 2014 - 01:56PM JST
This will probably go down a treat in local Iranian politics, but internationally, they must surely realise that it makes them look like a joke.
Posted in: Iran says warships headed close to U.S. borders
donkusaiFeb. 08, 2014 - 06:55PM JST
If you're stupid enough to carry a substance that is illegal into another country, then you deserve the consequences. The only fascination has been the media trying to out-bid each other for exclusive interviews with various friends and family who are willing to cash in one the misfortune of one of their own. The sooner this media manufactured circus disappears from our screens the better. Pathetic.
Posted in: Australia welcomes Corby parole, urges privacy
donkusaiJan. 28, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
Why must stupid political and ideological battles always be fought out in the classroom? Why can't they just tell the kids the truth that the islands are disputed so that they'll know there's an issue to be resolved and not just to stick their heads in the sand. Who knows, some of these kids might view the problem with fresh minds and come up with an innovative solution.
Posted in: Japan revises teaching manuals, says disputed islands its territory
donkusaiJan. 25, 2014 - 12:50PM JST
My 1986 Mac Plus with the 20 Mb external hard drive still runs fine. I admit, it doesn't do much compared to today's computers, but it's still working. Hard to believe I used to do all my uni programming on that thing.
Posted in: Mac turns 30 in changing computer world
donkusaiJan. 20, 2014 - 05:27PM JST
While, I'm no supporter of pot - research has clearly showed that it accumulates over time in the body's fatty tissue, of which the brain is the biggest fatty organ in the body, and the links to mental health issues is clear - I kind of see the point being made. Alcohol is linked to violence, addiction and health problems such as with the liver, yet it is legal. We need to draw the line at what we think is acceptable for society in respect to the balance between private responsibility and public menace. Once that line is drawn, we accept everything on one side, and reject everything on the other. What we need now is honest debate over where the line falls.
Posted in: Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol
Apr. 25, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
You might be surprised to learn that the govt doesn't WANT investors buying so many…
Posted in: Inflation may have beat BOJ forecast: Kuroda
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:58AM JST
あっぱれ オバマ大統領！Freshly so or not, dead uncooked fish is pretty much dead uncooked fish. Japan may presume…
Posted in: Abe takes Obama to Jiro's in Ginza for sushi dinner
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:54AM JST
Posted in: Obama ate only half the sushi course: media
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:53AM JST
Obama was scared of having a Bush Senior re enactment.
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:50AM JST
They should try to burp the babysitter with her method.
Posted in: Babysitter arrested for abusing 5-month-old boy in Kawasaki