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electric2004Jun. 25, 2014 - 09:38PM JST
I thought Nissan's Kei cars are actually OEM products from another company (Mitsubishi / Suzuki) with a new sticker.
Like Nissan Moco = Suzuki MR Wagon.
Actually some of the K-cars exist also in a slightly enlarged version with bigger engine and then sold in Europe.
For Example Suzuki Waggon R is not only available as K-car but also as normal sized car with an engine size in the order of 1.2 Liter.
Now this design is evolved to the Suzuki Splash which is made together with Opel (as Opel Agila) in Hungary.
This car sells quite well in Europe.
There are other co-operations between Japanese and European car makers, where the design of a K-car is the basis of a compact car for the European market.
Like Peugeot 108 equal Citroen C1 equal Toyota Aygo.
This tells us that the author of the original article should have done more research.
Posted in: Tiny cars leaving Japan?
electric2004May. 23, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
Maybe the Chinese politbuero wanted to catch 2 birds with one stone: providing heating and reducing the overpopulation problem.
Posted in: For polluted China, gas is a matter of life or death
electric2004May. 21, 2014 - 04:22PM JST
Windows 8.1 is OK?
Posted in: Microsoft to press China after Windows 8 ban
electric2004May. 13, 2014 - 06:02AM JST
And the Darwin award this month goes to ... drum roll ...
He was lucky he did not burn himself down.
Posted in: Man arrested for starting forest fire after barbecue in Hyogo
electric2004May. 06, 2014 - 04:38PM JST
A positive idea!
Posted in: Free highway bus for students connects Tokyo and Fukushima for business or pleasure
electric2004Mar. 31, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
Posted in: What if everyone was texting while walking at Shibuya Crossing?
electric2004Jan. 30, 2014 - 02:32AM JST
Might be easier to detect if the woman is getting wet.
Posted in: Innovative bra cannot be unhooked without true love, say makers
electric2004Jan. 06, 2014 - 05:27PM JST
At least for Nissan Moco: in the version with remote controlled ignition key, which does not need to be inserted into the lock while driving, it comes standard with an alarm system when the door is opened without key.
(e.g. not using the mechanical lock or the remote key).
Posted in: 40 parked cars vandalized in Ibaraki
electric2004Jan. 02, 2014 - 08:56PM JST
Seems the employees did not use the orange paint balls, which they keep near the cash register for just such purpose.
Posted in: Man robs Sukiya store of Y270,000 yen
electric2004Dec. 27, 2013 - 07:41PM JST
The corrected link is at
Posted in: Japan ranked 6th in quality of life for children
electric2004Dec. 19, 2013 - 05:48PM JST
It seems he was intelligent enough not to relieve himself from the overpass onto the high voltage power lines for the trains.
Posted in: Fukuoka man ordered to pay over Y1 mil for peeing in elevator…every day for half a year
electric2004Dec. 01, 2013 - 02:10AM JST
Do they have to fly over china?
Posted in: Safe trip
electric2004Nov. 13, 2013 - 05:04PM JST
Really, no surprise here.
Posted in: There were falsified discounts for 1,045 products of the 17 stores.
electric2004Nov. 13, 2013 - 05:02PM JST
She is definitely a good choice.
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan
electric2004Nov. 13, 2013 - 05:00PM JST
When there are nails, where is the man with the hammer?
Posted in: Nail Queens for 2013 announced
electric2004Nov. 12, 2013 - 08:52PM JST
This is a clearly biased article.
China is shown as the victim.
Sending out ship after ship to start disputes looks not passive, but aggressive to me.
Posted in: China’s passive wait-and-see strategy
electric2004May. 27, 2013 - 06:40AM JST
Thank you for your comments.
About access to the Hadron hall: it is necessary to have a radiation badge and it is also necessary to attend a lecture on the risk, when working in the Hadron hall area.
The badge is the access key.
Because the researcher affected were wearing badges, it was possible to find out the dose they were exposed to.
The other researchers on site were probably far enough away so that their dose should be negligible.
Still this event shows that the risk assessment was not complete.
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
electric2004May. 26, 2013 - 07:40PM JST
Now we learn the meaning of (m)oral integrity.
Posted in: Porn star Sora Aoi's calligraphy sparks art debate in China
electric2004May. 26, 2013 - 03:20PM JST
As you correctly stated, the problem happened in the beam line to the Hadron experiment hall.
What did happen?
Usually the proton beam from MR (Main Ring), which was cycling at a 6 second period, will be extracted by a
process called slow extraction over a 2 second period.
One quadrupole power supply, which controls this procedure had a problem, and for one cycle the beam was
extracted in a too short time. E.g. the beam went there, where it was expected, but too high peak intensity.
This gave some damage and the reported activation.
This is not at all related to a nuclear power plant.
This is related to basic research in nuclear physics to find out about the nature of matter.
There is no radioactive material installed. Just a thin foil made of gold. This becomes activated, e.g. by hitting with protons, some gold atoms are changed and can become instable isotopes.
Most of such activation goes down in short time (hours or days).
electric2004May. 04, 2013 - 05:16AM JST
As Squidbert correctly stated, the name of the agency is JAEA.
The name JAERI disappeared, after JAERI and the cycle laboratory were unified several years ago.
Posted in: Black smoke detected from Monju reactor during test operations
Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:50PM JST
yabits NEVER said (that violence was the key to Palestinian statehood),
But it is obvious that…
Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce
Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:49PM JST
Long overdue . . It BOggles the mind that too often Japanese tend to do things…
Posted in: Japan names islets in disputed area, around nation
Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:46PM JST
Japan is solving these problems. Its GDP per capita - a measure of living standards -…
Posted in: Japan is a developed nation with the numerous problems resulting from a mature society, including a stagnant birthrate, aging population and financial stringency. If Japan can be the first in the world to solve these problems, that would be extremely 'cool.' I believe Japan can provide new solutions for future generations in the world.
Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:43PM JST
I never knew they were called "vests". Where I'm from in the US in polite speech/newspapers…
Posted in: 43% of Japanese women don’t like guys wearing tank tops
Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:41PM JST
In the hours before the cease-fire took effect Friday, Gaza police reported heavy Israeli tank shelling…
Posted in: 3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect