hokkaidoguy's past comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    @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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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithjnjapan

    What you seem to be saying is this:

    South Korea restricts freedom of the press so Japan should restrict freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom if assembly. And if they don't, they're hypocrites, because ww2.

    Got it.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    hokkaidoguy

    @cleo

    I don't see what all the fuss is about.

    For some reason, a lot of people have an irrational hatred of Apple.

    For some other reason, a lot of other people really hate Bono.

    Apple and Bono did something. Together.

    To a certain segment of the population, this is the perfect storm. Giving away a free CD allows people to be outraged at Apple's violation of privacy AND rail against Bono for being a hypocrite.

    It's a scandal. An outrage. A conspiracy.

    It's like Hitler dressing up as Santa and stealing money from orphans to give to the Church of Satan.

    Why aren't you outraged, Cleo? Can't you see how you've been violated?

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

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    hokkaidoguy

    U2 and Apple could have sent everyone a crisp new $20 bill and the same group would still be complaining.

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

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    hokkaidoguy

    @disillusioned

    I am yet to see any sort of push by the government to conserve electricity.

    Yes, aside from warm biz, cool biz, subsidies for homeowners and businesses to upgrade inefficient appliances, subsidies for solar panels for home and business, research and development funding for all manner of energy efficient products and alternate fuels and commercial messages in all media reminding us all to conserve, upgrade and put on a sweater, what has the government really done?

    Nothing. Lazy buggers.

    Posted in: Gov't approves Hokkaido Electric rate hike

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    hokkaidoguy

    Ichikikushikino, a town less than 5 km from the plant,

    Wait, what?

    That isn't right. The plant is 15-20km from the town. Maybe 5km from the municipal border?

    Posted in: Japan pitches nuclear restart in tightly controlled town hall meetings

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    hokkaidoguy

    So why should I have to tolerate my clothes smelling like smoke?

    Because it masks the smell of exhaust fumes, deep-fryer oil, BBQ exhaust and other wonderful smells you're bombarded with on a daily basis that are all a part of city life.

    Posted in: Butt out

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    hokkaidoguy

    Patricia Yarrow

    . In a restaurant, ask them not to smoke.

    Alternately, you can go find a non smoking establishment.

    Posted in: Butt out

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    hokkaidoguy

    Imagine what would happen if a journalist defamed Japan's head of state, i.e. the emperor.

    No need to imagine. The law is quite clear.

    Defaming the emperor has not been a special crime since the end of the war. A defamation case would be handled the same as it would against a regular citizen. Politicians and royalty do not have special rights under the law where defamation is concerned.

    Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in S Korea for defaming president

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