hokkaidoguy's past comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    Star-Viking

    I think I shall have to panic... If the Sendai Plant is miraculously transported to the top of Ioyama.

    I hope that when Ioyama goes off without any warning at all, spewing Pyroclastic flows 100km in every direction and plunging the earth into a decades long volcanic winter that reduces the human race to a few thousand breeding pairs scavenging the grey barren wastes of what was once civilization you think back on this joke and feel properly ashamed of yourself for adding radiation to the list of humanity's worries.

    Posted in: Agency warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zorken

    I'm pretty sure the situation you describe would be called Insider Trading. Given his position, he would almost certainly receive jail time.

    My question to all the inevitable down voters: given his position, any decision he makes will affect every stock traded in Japan. Why are we concentrating on tepco exclusively?

    All or nothing, guys. Either politicians are allowed to retain their investments while in office or they're not. When the DPJ downvotes legislation it impacts the market as well. We as a society have taken politicians at their word where investment trusts are concerned until now, and prosecuted them when they're dishonest.

    Is it the investments in general or tepco in particular that is the issue here?

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    hokkaidoguy

    Senseiman

    Mind you, from a guy whose staff literally uses public money to inflict physical pain on women

    Nope.

    It's a bar where the customer of on the receiving end.

    Consenting adults, all legal.

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    hokkaidoguy

    @bertiewooster

    Time for him to step down and let someone who can do the job take the reins.

    Ah, but who? DPJ? The people who signed us up for the sales tax? Led by Kaieda, who famously broke down in tears when confronted with his failures in handling Fukushima? Perhaps he could step aside and let the retired pin-up girl take over. Shall we return to Noda, who nationalized the Senkakus? Or how about Ozawa? He seemed like an honest, level sort, didn't he?

    Yeah. Face it, Abe is no worse than the alternatives.

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    hokkaidoguy

    @craighicks

    You appear to be correct that it is not illegal, however that does not mean that it is not in the public's interest to know about Miyazawa's investments. Transparent government makes for solid democracy.

    That's why he disclosed them.

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    hokkaidoguy

    And the witch hunt continues.

    Putting stocks into a trust to remove conflict of interest is a perfectly normal procedure when someone lands a cabinet position, anywhere in the world.

    Unless the DPJ wants to prohibit all elected officials from owning stocks, that's going to have to do.

    Be interesting to know how many of the anti-nuclear DPJ have been cleaning up on oil and gas by blocking the nuclear plants...

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    hokkaidoguy

    Jerseyboy

    Amazing. Nearly 60 posts and not one from any of the notable Japanophile's rushing to Japan's defense. Maybe its because even they know that politics in Japan has NOTHING to do with civil service, and 100% to do with entitlement. And they also know the citizens have no one to blame but themselves for allowing such lunacy.

    did you even bother to read the story?

    How do you get from a staffer taking someone to a bar and charging it as entertainment to the ministerial position being based on entitlement?

    That's a pretty massive leap.

    Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal

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    hokkaidoguy

    Fiscal responsibility.

    Seriously, 18000 yen for two people at an S&M club? That must have taken some shopping around, that's quite cheap. I've taken clients to regular old hostess bars and wound up with significantly higher bar tabs than that.

    Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal

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    @smithinjapan

    Miyazawa has an MPA from Harvard, roughly two decades experience in the Ministry of Finance and another decade and a half spent on economics and trade related policy bodies within the LPJ.

    Kamikawa also has a Harvard MPA, and about two decades worth of policy experience relevant to the portfolio. Plus private sector work.

    If that's not enough to satisfy your requirements, what will?

    Posted in: Abe names replacements for trade, justice ministers

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    hokkaidoguy

    just more of the god ol boys bashing the women, Japan will never change

    Renho - who has led this absurd fight - is female.

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    hokkaidoguy

    @haroldbloodaxe

    My wife reckons Renho is guilty of precisely the same infraction as Matsushima. I suspect she's got this from one of her patriotic housewives websites. Can any readers shed any light on this for me?

    yep. A quick google image search shows a few things that could be Renho fans, also something that looks like a mousepad. I'm sure this will pick up over the next couple of days as the media devolves further into frenzy, scrutinizing everything handed out to voters by every politician in the last six election cycles.

    fangate2014

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    hokkaidoguy

    The decision to force a resignation might come back to haunt a few people.

    I know I've received tissue packets with political advertising on a number of occasions, and at least one fan. There is no way she is the only elected official guilty of this.

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zurcronium

    The difference is that the WWE still tries to promote itself as a sport, which it is not. If it was the results would not be scripted as they are. It is a show just as you state. Nothing more. But still many fans think each match is real. What the WWE is really is a soap opera using sports for the storyline.

    So, sports entertainment?

    Oh wait, that's what they've been calling it for decades now.

    Do people get equally offended by the Harlem Globetrotters?

    Posted in: Herculean effort

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    hokkaidoguy

    It's all "pretending to fight" in wrestling.

    I've never really been a fan, but I've got to ask:

    So what?

    Magicians pretend to do magic. Actors pretend to be other people. Rock stars pretend to be rebellious youth, and on and on. Everyone knows this. Do you think that wrestling fans are somehow less able to draw the line between fact and fiction than fans of James Bond movies?

    Posted in: Herculean effort

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    hokkaidoguy

    Jerome from Utah:

    There are 23 geothermal plants in varying stages of completion around Japan, all if which hit the drawing board in 2011-12. The first one came online earlier this year down in Kumamoto. Not a lot of press for some reason, though.

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    hokkaidoguy

    Michael Grant

    Hitachi has developed technology to control the fluctuations on the grid when feeding in electricity from solar energy sources, so the utilities' claim is largely B.S. Where there is a will, there is a way.

    Are you talking about their Static VAR Compensator (SVC)?

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    hokkaidoguy

    @craighicks

    Actually, the uniquely German solution involved sending all the surge surplus to Poland, overwhelming their aging grid. No joke.

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    hokkaidoguy

    Germany is a prime example of how solar power works. To say Germany et-al is having a problem with it, is pure nonsense!

    A simple google search shows otherwise:

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-05/europe-faces-green-power-curbs-after-fivefold-expansion-energy.html

    http://mobile.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-25/windmills-overload-east-europe-s-grid-risking-blackout-energy

    http://m.ibtimes.com/solar-power-growing-pains-how-will-hawaii-germany-cope-boom-alternative-energy-1518702

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    hokkaidoguy

    I have yet to hear a PROPER explanation of why they supposedly present a possible threat to grids...

    Have you looked for one?

    This isn't a uniquely Japanese problem. Hawaii is currently having the sane issue, as are Germany and Spain.

    Solar and wind are intermittent power sources. They feed into the grid when they can. If it's night, or cloudy, or foggy, solar doesn't generate. Likewise if the wind is too low or too high, wind turbines don't work.

    That leads to surges of electricity or drops in electricity being sent to the grid. The grid was never designed to handle that kind of fluctuating load - not here, not in Germany, not anywhere.

    The grid here was designed to send power from generating stations to customers. We have been inserting random generating stations throughout the grid to throw in a megawatt whenever they can. This causes problems.

    If there is a fog bank on the coast, solar isn't working. As soon as that fog lifts, solar comes online regardless of demand. That causes a surge in the system. Depending on the size of the surge, this can lead to a blackout.

    If that fog bank rolls back in, it drops the power output - but demand remains the same. You can replicate that situation at home pretty easily - turn on all your kitchen appliances, hair dryer and vacuum. You do know where your breaker box is, right?

    This situation is not unique to Japan, but Japan's problem is unique. The Germans and Spanish have the luxury of the European grid to balance loads. Hawaii is similar, but they have nowhere near the power needs of japan. Japan is currently testing large-scale batteries that will be a massive help, but they're still about a year out. In the meantime, the grid needs control upgrades. This is a real problem, not a tepco conspiracy.

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    hokkaidoguy

    He said at best an eruption can be predicted only a matter of hours or days.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but catastrophic eruptions capable of 40km+ Pyroclastic flows show warning signs a bit more in advance than a few hours. Mt St Helens had flows of less than half that, and there was significantly more than a couple of days.

    This is important because there are a hell of a lot lf people living in the area. Is it an unacceptable risk to have Kagoshima where it is? How about the other couple of dozen cities and towns in a 40km radius? Why aren't we talking about relocating those cities?

    Posted in: Expert says 2 Sendai reactors in danger from active volcano

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