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    hokkaidoguy

    @gary Raynor

    I got PR years ago, it was simple. I lived here for 10 years on work visas, paid my taxes and didn't get arrested. It cost less than 10,000. No lawyer needed to fill out a couple of forms.

    Citizenship is way easier. Live here for 5 years. Cost a couple thousand yen for paperwork from city hall. Have an interview with immigration - that took 10 minutes, tops. The biggest cost I incurred was getting copies of things from overseas. All in all its still cost less than PR.

    Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

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    hokkaidoguy

    Wow, that's a lot of downvotes. Why are people so opposed to the idea of becoming a citizen and voting?

    Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

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    hokkaidoguy

    @redfender

    If you want to vote, citizenship is very easy to get - especially if you've bern here for 23 years.

    Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

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    hokkaidoguy

    @anotherexpat

    This story is simply re-assuring investors that the BOJ is ready to intervene if there's another panic. That's what every bank was doing on Friday. But you're right, there probably won't be reason to intervene until the UK gives the markets something to react to. People are still on edge, though - that's why everyone in the G7 is making these statements.

    Posted in: Abe instructs Finance Ministry to keep close eye on currency markets

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Alphaape

    London banks were doing well before the UK joined the EU. All that means is that now when they go to the airports, they have to follow the same procedures as someone from the USA going there. I doubt the banks will move, since like it or not, of all the EU countries, England is probably the most stable.

    Wow. ..er..

    I don't know how to break this to you, but "passporting rights" has nothing to do with the airport.

    It refers to the agreements that have allowed all of those foreign banks, insurance companies and investment houses in London to do business in the UK (and the EU and their respective home countries). Said rights also allow UK banks to do the same. It refers to the free movement of money and financial services across borders. Without those rights in place, London will no longer be a financial centre, and the UK will lose a very large portion of its GDP.

    Didn't you read about any of this before the vote?

    Posted in: UK will retain access to the EU single market, says Brexit leader Johnson

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    hokkaidoguy

    @gogogogo

    Translation, Abe can't break promise to G7 about currency manipulation but yes man Aso can.

    Everyone in the G7 has been pumping money into the markets since Friday. That's the only thing that stopped the free fall of the pound. It's what you might call an emergency.

    Posted in: Abe instructs Finance Ministry to keep close eye on currency markets

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    hokkaidoguy

    @garymalmgren

    Agreed, this article makes no sense at all. Optimum operating temp for a diesel is in the 85-90 degree Celsius range. I'll wait for the actual tech report.

    Posted in: South Korea to fine Nissan for alleged bogus emission data

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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    Well, looks like the media here and the wingers have ruined yet ANOTHER chance of possibly getting some of the islands from Russia. Well done again, guys.

    A Russian tabloid writes a speculative article in Russian on a Russian website for Russian consumption: Blame Japan.

    Well done. Try to work in a Hitler reference next time.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @fizzbit

    The proposed pipeline would be to the north of Hokkaido, connecting with Sakhalin island. The disputed islands are to the east of Hokkaido. Completely different area.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @fizzbit

    No oil or gas to speak of, and no mineral wealth worth extracting. There's a bit of fishing, but no one is getting rich off it.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Simon Foston

    Shutting up isn't necessary, bringing a contribution to the table is.

    When people throw around terms like fascism and nazi, accusations of worship (seriously?), and wild hyperbolic accusations of skullduggery it does absolutely nothing. Might as well put your fingers in your ears and shout " lalalala".

    When did the left become such drama queens? The prof in the article is claiming damages for having to change her curriculum, people are claiming that they now live in fear because Japan might lend a hand when the shelling starts in Seoul, and everyone is screaming about fascism and nazis. Get a grip. Abe isn't even right wing compared to the rest of the G7, let alone Mussolini.

    Drop the drama and bring something to the table beyond stonewalling and histrionics.

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    hokkaidoguy

    “Figuring out how to teach this interpretation of the Constitution, which is so different from those that preceded it, is causing confusion in the classroom,” Shida said.

    Might want to try a lesson on Frivolous Lawsuits.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @jefflee

    Farming makes up a lot of land, but not a lot of voters. Farmers are generally anti LDP (because of TPP), but anyone involved in the value added chain sees TPP as a positive.

    5th district is a lot of manufacturing and military families. Pretty sure Chitose Air Base is in there, and about a half dozen other SDF camps in the area.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    if you think that food rots in freezers, you might not be the person to comment on scientific merits...

    Posted in: Japanese whaling fleet returns from Antarctic hunt

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    hokkaidoguy

    @cleo

    ...To date there has been no practical need for final HLW repositories, as surface storage for 40-50 years is first required so that heat and radioactivity can decay to levels which make handling and storage easier....In other words, We (=the people making the decisions and the money) won't be here then so let's just leave the mess for our kids' kids to clean up.

    No.

    If the problem were being ignored, there would be no construction of deep storage sites. There are several under construction around the world (Norway has one scheduled to go into full operation by 2020), and about a dozen in the site selection and licensing phases. There is also significant research and development ongoing internationally regarding the engineering of these sites.

    Sealing radioactive waste in a tube under 450m of stable granite is as secure as anything is likely to get. The only way it's going to be exposed to the atmosphere is natural erosion - which is on the scale of tens of millions of years. Or a massive meteor strike, of the scale that created the moon. I suppose that could do it.

    Shall we compare that with the pollution and environmental destruction caused by petroleum? Elevated Mercury levels from hydroelectric flooding? What's the total environmental impact of the battery arrays used for solar and wind? Rare earth mining for solar cells? What's the industry solution for those issues?

    Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy?

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    hokkaidoguy

    @cleo

    Which makes more money for your "powerful people": petroleum or nuclear?

    Yeah. That's where that whole argument breaks down. No one is invading countries to secure access to uranium. Uranium ore prices aren't shown on the nightly news, and no one talks about uranium futures at the first sign of social unrest.

    The nuclear lobby exists. This is true. People make money from nuclear power. Also true. However, the size of the nuclear lobby and the profits that they generate are absolutely dwarfed in scale by coal and oil. Why ignore this truth?

    Who benefits when coal and oil are used as a stopgap over nuclear? You guessed it. The same ones that force countries to war, the same ones who led the climate-change denial charge, and the same ones that worked hard to kneecap nuclear generation in the 50s and 60s, using a lot of the same rhetoric unwittingly used in anti-nuclear tirades here on JT. You're being played.

    Nuclear - even with the risks involved - is less harmful than anything else we dig out of the ground. It's the only thing we have right now that will allow us to somewhat mitigate climate change while working towards alternatives.

    Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy?

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    hokkaidoguy

    Nuclear today.

    Pump the money not spent on coal and petroleum into R&D and installation of other renewables. Gradually phase out nuclear as alternatives take up their share of the power grid. That's the only green solution. Everything else is relying on coal and petroleum to bridge the gap.

    Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy?

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Sensato

    Sorry, but when people start engaging in speculation (mob involvement, cops on the take), I skip the rest of their comment.

    So your suggestion is simply increased policing of existing laws? I didn't expect you to be on the Abe government side, but that's fair. Anyone else?

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    hokkaidoguy

    What do Japan Today commenters suggest the government do? Any actual suggestions, or just more pearl-clutching?

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Moskollo

    1M yen? I think you're mistaken - or you're looking at a very high end private hospital. The government subsidizes 400,000 of the cost of childbirth, and most municipalities subsidize the monthly checkups during pregnancy. I think we were out of pocket about 20,000 yen when all was said and done. I can't imagine what kind of extra care my wife would have had if we were out 1,000,000.

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