hokkaidoguy's past comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    @marcelito

    Do it in your own waters

    Funny, Japan proposed this again this year. I think it's the 12th time now.

    Every year it gets voted down by the anti-whaling bloc.

    Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution

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    hokkaidoguy

    The press has twisted the ICJ ruling to the point where these stories seem to be coming from an alternate reality.

    NZ got a resolution passed saying that scientific permits must be reviewed by the scientific committee to ensure compliance with the ICJ ruling.

    Japan stated that they will submit their proposal for the 2015-2016 season to the scientific committee in the next couple of months, in accordance with the resolution AND the ICJ ruling.

    How is this defiance?

    Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution

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    hokkaidoguy

    disillusioned

    I can support aboriginal hunting and subsistence hunting, but only if it is monitored and not done for commercial purposes to profit from the exploitation of whale stocks.

    Why should aboriginal communities be forbidden from profiting? After all, in every community where whaling is allowed by aboriginal exemption, trade in whale meat and bone is as much a part of the tradition as the hunt itself.

    Are you against them trying to better the economic state of their communities on their own terms?

    Posted in: IWC meeting set for fiery debate over whaling

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    hokkaidoguy

    gogogo

    If you're not tall you wont understand, once the person in front reclines, the seat is jammed up against your knees, you can't see the TV anymore, you can't use the tray table, you can't use a laptop, you can't even read a magazine anymore because there isn't enough space.

    Change airlines.

    Use this next time you book a flight. It's a bit out of date but gives seat pitch and recline values for most of the major carriers. http://www.smarttravelasia.com/economy.htm

    Posted in: 'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped

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    hokkaidoguy

    Again, Zichi:

    How many years does it take? What's the magic number?

    Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi:

    Since the post is about Japanese whaling in the Antarctic I would question that you think that's a tradition/culture when in fact it started less than 100 years when in the 1930's and only became possible with the construction of the whaling factory ships.

    I've asked this many times and I don't think I've ever had a straight answer:

    How many years does it take for something to become tradition/culture?

    Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban

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    hokkaidoguy

    YuriOtani

    Of course they short a ship thanks to Russia.

    Russia cleared them on the 26th of August.

    Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban

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    hokkaidoguy

    gogogo

    How does giving it a more scientific approach make it any different?

    It allows Japan to comply with the ICJ ruling.

    Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban

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    hokkaidoguy

    Sighclops:

    1) Malcolm plays rhythm guitar for acdc. 2) I caught babymetal recently. If they were lip-synching, they did a great job. They even managed to simulate miscues.

    Posted in: Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock

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    hokkaidoguy

    I caught their set at Heavy Montreal earlier this month. For those that don't know, Heavy Montreal (formerly Heavy MTL) is pretty much the biggest metal festival in North America. Apparently they had 70,000+ over two days.

    It was still early in the day (and not the main stage) but Babymetal managed about 5,000 people by the look of it. I don't remember seeing anyone sulking and moaning that it wasn't "true" metal. Yes, like most vocalists, they don't play instruments. Fortunately, they have a backing band with serious chops.

    As for their image being carefully manufactured... sorry, but everyone's image is as manufactured as Pro Wrestling. Er... unless you're in Norway, those people are nuts.

    Not the highlight of the day - but they had a more positive reaction than Three Days Grace, going by the general chatter of people around me at the end of both.

    As for them not knowing what metal was 4 years ago: they were 11 at the time. it doesn't matter. They know what it is now. I hope they stick around, I'd really like to hear what kind of musical influence they have on the scene.

    Posted in: Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock

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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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