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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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    @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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    @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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    @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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    hokkaidoguy

    @Sfjp330

    Seriously? The Pescadores are to the southwest of Taiwan. Formosa is the island otherwise known as Taiwan. The Senkakus are otherwise known as the Pinnacle Islands, and in 1945 were internationally known by either of those two names.

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    hokkaidoguy

    Sfjp330

    The ultimate peace settlement was concluded SF Peace Treaty in 1951. By that treaty, Japan renounced all right, title, and claim to ‘Formosa and the Pescadores

    True, but the Senkakus are neither Formosa or the Pescadores.

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    hokkaidoguy

    sfjp330

    Then were the Chinese or other countries notified of Japan's facts on "terra nullius" in 1895? List the countries Japan notified of terra nulliius. I know the answer.

    Why would they have done? There was no obligation to under international law. The islands were surveyed, no evidence of past occupation or ownership was found. The islands were then mapped, markers placed, the land was incorporated and from then on land use permits were issued via Okinawa. International maritime charts were amended, international cartography associations made their changes, and the world moved on as though they were sovereign Japanese territory. There wasn't even a hint of protest until 70 years later.

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    @sfjp330

    What is the distance from Beijing to the Senkakus? You keep bringing up how far Tokyo is, but never mention that Beijing is almost exactly as far away.

    And second: knowledge of a thing does not indicate possession. Could Chinese fishermen have known about the islands? Probably. Japanese fishermen knew about Russia and Alaska, after all. That knowledge - even if it is represented on maps - doesn't translate to ownership. Does this really need to be explained?

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    hokkaidoguy

    Probably being shipped to Australia and the US. It's a car culture thing. Most people here will just buy one from Autobacs or whatever for a few hundred yen, but there is a market overseas for the real deal.

    Google "subway strap" and "JDM" (Japanese domestic model) if you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about.

    Posted in: Police investigate theft of over 330 hand straps from Tokyo trains

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    hokkaidoguy

    Apparently this was worldwide today. England, France, Australia all had a lot of school evacuations. A group called " the evacuation squad" is claiming most of them. Odd.

    Posted in: 1,200 evacuated after British School in Tokyo gets bomb threat

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