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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi

    An earthquake in LA produces less collapsed buildings than the same strength quake here in Japan.

    Rubbish, the 94 quake in LA was a 6.7 and they had 20 billion in damage. 57 deaths, 5000 injured.

    I've been in stronger ones here that had no damage beyond supermarket restocking.

    Posted in: M 6.0 quake hits off Aomori; no tsunami alert

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    hokkaidoguy

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tohoku-university-evicts-entire-dormitory-for-rampant-drinking

    Must be summer, JT has gone to re-runs.

    Posted in: University evicts over 100 students for breaching no-drinking rules

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    hokkaidoguy

    Kurisupisu

    How about subsidies for solar power???? Where are they?

    Start here; http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/energy_environment/renewable/

    Your solar panel supplier should have more info for you.

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    hokkaidoguy

    @sangetsu03

    Not sure why you think batteries and fuel cells are competing technologies - most fuel cell vehicles are effectively hybrids.

    Better battery tech means better range all around.

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    hokkaidoguy

    JeffLee

    Affluent/rich people will be subsidized by the government so that they drive cars that most of us can't afford. Great idea. I hope the government can find more groups of rich consumers to throw money at.

    Well, you could always head down and buy yourself a Leaf or one of those Mitsubishi plug-ins. Those Toyota Aqua hybrids are worth a look, word is there will be a plug-in hybrid version along shortly. I rented a Fit Hybrid a while back, not bad for the price. Speaking of, still no word on the Honda Hydrogen car pricetag.

    You'll get a government subsidy when you buy any one of those - not just in Japan, either.

    If you buy the Tesla S (whenever it hits the market here) you'll get 85man back plus reduced taxes (a better deal than in the USA). Should they scrap that as well, just because it's an upscale car?

    Personally I'm holding out to see what the Nissan/Ford/Renault team come up with on their Fuel Cell venture. Last I heard they were shooting for a 2017 reveal, but it looks like Abe's plans have shaken the market up a bit. Maybe we'll get a glimpse around 2016 - be some nice timing with the Hybrid GTR release.

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    hokkaidoguy

    Strangerland:

    I stand partially corrected. Apparently a standing prime minister has apologized. But the other half of my statement still stands - the cabinet has never voted to make an official apology on behalf of the nation.

    The Asian women's fund was proposed by the cabinet, and overseen by the cabinet throughout its existence. If there was no cabinet support, it certainly wouldn't have received budget funds - which it did, starting in FY 95.

    Every PM from 95 to the dissolution of the fund penned letters similar to the one I posted, by the way.

    If you want more info on the government stance the Ministry of Foreign Affairs still maintains an archive on their website.

    Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'

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    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland

    On top of this, the cabinet has never formally ratified an apology, and nor has an acting prime minister ever apologized.

    Dear Madam,

    On the occasion that the Asian Women's Fund, in cooperation with the Government and the people of Japan, offers atonement from the Japanese people to the former wartime comfort women, I wish to express my feelings as well.

    The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women.

    As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.

    We must not evade the weight of the past, nor should we evade our responsibilities for the future.

    I believe that our country, painfully aware of its moral responsibilities, with feelings of apology and remorse, should face up squarely to its past history and accurately convey it to future generations.

    Furthermore, Japan also should take an active part in dealing with violence and other forms of injustice to the honor and dignity of women.

    Finally, I pray from the bottom of my heart that each of you will find peace for the rest of your lives.

    Respectfully yours,

    Junichiro Koizumi Prime Minister of Japan

    Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'

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    hokkaidoguy

    @samuraiblue:

    All of those companies have hydrogen vehicles ready to go. Honda has been leasing theirs for a few years. Mazda's looks the best though - the rotary engine is well suited to hydrogen applications because if the power to weight ratio. They should do really well in the market, especially if they opt for a hydrogen powered sports coupe. You might see some licensing of fuel cell tech, but I don't see anyone going under in the short term.

    @Frungy:

    True, hydrogen needs electricity. Currently that's natural gas or coal. Hopefully we can get nuclear back to offset things there. But there are other options on the drawing board; I know of three companies who have production ready solar powered home hydrogen generators. Fill up at home essentially for the cost of the machine plus water.

    No one is willing to buy because you can't buy cars to use them, and you can't buy cars because there's nowhere to fill them. Kind of an odd catch 22.

    Fortunately there is finally both the corporations and government here are starting to get the ball rolling. There's a lot of potential here - it just needs that first push to get things going.

    As for me, I look forward to the day when enough people are on the road with hydrogen to drive down the gas prices. I've got a 1972 Chrysler imperial in storage back home that I plan to import someday. If demand drops the price of gas to 50¥/L I might be able to drive it...

    Posted in: What do you think of hydrogen fuel cell cars?

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    hokkaidoguy

    Cleo

    No it isn't. I've lived here nearly 4 decades, and not once - not once - have I ever had deer meat put on a plate in front of me, or been offered deer meat, or seen anyone else preparing or eating deer meat...

    My freezer hasn't been venison-less for more than a week in the last 15 or so years.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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    hokkaidoguy

    JeffLee

    I think corporate welfare is a problem. Especially when everyone is hysterical about the government's unprecedented debt level, while the same govt hands massive amounts of public funds money to a wealthy corporation that's fully capable of standing on its own feet, just so upscale consumers can drive their expensive cars that most of us can't afford

    "Corporate Welfare" is a pretty broad term these days. Once upon a time, it meant money given to corporations with no benefit to society - usually companies who laid off US workers and sent jobs to Mexico.

    I'm not sure it's fair to call this subsidy corporate welfare mainly because it doesn't apply to one corporation, but also because there is substantial economic return available.

    First, the subsidy applies to any Hydrogen vehicles. Honda has a model ready to launch, GM has had one in the works for a while, Ford has the hydrogen Focus platform, Benz and BMW.. honestly it's hard to think of a major auto maker who hasn't toyed with hydrogen over the last decade.

    IF there is a subsidy, this could be the turning point for this segment of the auto industry. If there are cars, there will be sales. Made in Japan vehicles are made by Japanese workers. People will need to be hired for production, supply chains will need to be created. All of that equates to (a) income tax revenue and (b) car tax/sales tax revenue in the short term.

    Toyota is also talking about finally creating a hydrogen filling network. If that infrastructure exists, there is another new revenue stream for the government (hydrogen sales tax, fuel tax) - not to mention the fact that hydrogen fuel is essentially a new industry, which means supply chains and jobs and spin offs and so on. Lots of government revenue to be had there as well.

    And finally there's the other tech that has been sitting idle because of the lack of hydrogen fuel: home fuel cells. Panasonic and Toshiba have had these sitting around for a couple of years, pretty sure Hitachi has one as well. About the size of a domestic heating oil tank, they supply all the power needs of a house. All they need is hydrogen, which is currently hard to come by. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if they were available.

    So what all that means is this: A subsidy to get the hydrogen cars selling is a lot bigger than just Toyota. This is a push to create a new industry entirely. The potential for thousands of jobs exists - and with them comes tax revenue and pension contributions and so on.

    Gotta look at the big picture, Jeff.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    Tmarie:

    I haven't seen this. And why only in the country? Why not home owners in the city? We certainly didn't get any subsidy - though will have my husband check it out since you mentioned there might be one.

    It's more obvious in the country because it's easier to set up a hectare of solar on open ground than on a rooftop. Small scale solar farms have been cropping up all over Hokkaido like mushrooms.

    There is a feed in tariff of somewhere around 40 yen/kWh for homeowners nationwide. Check with your local utility.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    Presto345

    A cost effective method to store surplus solar electricity has not been found yet.

    Check the METI website, they have a subsidy program for storage batteries. Up to ¥1M for homeowners, substantially more for business.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    tmarie:

    So why doesn't the government do this with solar power and get rid of the idea of starting up the nuclear power plants?? If clean is good for cars, why not power??

    Have you taken a drive in the country lately? There are solar installations going up everywhere thanks to government support. Back in March they freed up ¥10 billion in subsidies for batteries alone.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    Nah, I read something about the volt subsidies on jalopnik or oppo a couple of years back.

    Maybe anti green to a point, but generally apolitical.

    Frankly I don't think there should be a problem with government subsidies of r&d or large scale projects like this one that require significant infrastructure development. At the end of the day they benefit both the industry as a whole and the economy.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    JeffLee

    This is the secret of Japanese automotive success: pro-active and intensive gov't support. Unlike GM, Japanese carmakers don't need gov't bailouts, because their govt is constantly throwing piles of taxpayer money at them every day.

    How much did GM get for the Volt development again?

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    What are the current and forecast costs of refuelling? Will that 700km cost more than that of unleaded?

    It varies, but currently its in the (US) $5/kg range. The Toyota has a 5kg capacity according to consumer reports, so $25 for 700km.

    That's based on production using natural gas. I imagine that as the infrastructure and tech grows the costs will come down.

    If Toyota decides to roll this out by installing filling stations at every dealership nationwide and using solar in the process, my guess is that the price should be in the 400 yen/kg range.

    Posted in: After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

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    hokkaidoguy

    The cost of the cleanup of the Nukes of Hazard, and these figures don't include the cost of compensation to the nuclear victims,

    Yes it does. Scroll down the first page to the table. It's right there. Income compensation: 0.63 (Trillion).

    Both of these papers are from 2011. A lot has changed since then as far as the information we have on the state of the reactors. For example, we know that construction of a sarcophagus will not be necessary - and that's an important point because the entire basis of their 20 trillion claim hinges on the construction of a Chernobyl-style sarcophagus. It's right there at the top of page 2.

    They make the point quite clearly that the cost of decommissioning will only skyrocket to 20 trillion (from 5 trillion) if construction of a sarcophagus is necessary. That was briefly an option in mid 2011 when the paper was written, but it hasn't been seriously considered by anyone since then.

    Oh, and even if their worst case scenario HAD come to pass, we STILL wouldn't be at your 50 trillion figure.

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi-

    Well aware of the decontamination cost estimates. Those numbers add up to about ¥5.5 trillion.

    That leaves a gap of ¥44.5 trillion, and I've never understood where you were getting that figure.

    Prior to nationalisation TEPCO had liabilities of ¥25 trillion and owed ¥8 trillion to bondholders. Since the nationalisation TEPCO have received about ¥10 trillion

    Where are you getting these figures? They make no sense. 10 trillion in loans and 8 trillion in bonds are liabilities. You seem to be presenting these figures as separate from the 25 trillion in liabilities.

    TEPCOs ledgers are available here: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/corpinfo/overview/facts-e.html

    2009 liabilities: 10.4 Trillion. 2013 liabilities: 14.7 Trillion.

    These figures include bond holders and the 1 trillion in loans from the Japanese government (not 10 trillion).

    Yes, a lot of money - but only if you have no revenue or fixed assets.

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi

    Sorry but I'm not here to back track and track down links for people and your request was the second on this post.

    A google search on "Fukushima 50 trillion" brings up two things:

    1) unsourced stories and comments on conspiracy websites 2) comments on japantoday. Guess who makes them. Starts with "z".

    You are the only person I see on a regular basis making this claim.

    Give me a hint then. Was this figure in a government report? Was it in a study by the IMF? world bank? Another international body? A university?

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi,

    Again, do you have a source for this ¥50 trillion - $1 trillion figure?

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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