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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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    hokkaidoguy

    JeffLee

    I think corporate welfare is a problem. Especially when everyone is hysterical about the government's unprecedented debt level, while the same govt hands massive amounts of public funds money to a wealthy corporation that's fully capable of standing on its own feet, just so upscale consumers can drive their expensive cars that most of us can't afford

    "Corporate Welfare" is a pretty broad term these days. Once upon a time, it meant money given to corporations with no benefit to society - usually companies who laid off US workers and sent jobs to Mexico.

    I'm not sure it's fair to call this subsidy corporate welfare mainly because it doesn't apply to one corporation, but also because there is substantial economic return available.

    First, the subsidy applies to any Hydrogen vehicles. Honda has a model ready to launch, GM has had one in the works for a while, Ford has the hydrogen Focus platform, Benz and BMW.. honestly it's hard to think of a major auto maker who hasn't toyed with hydrogen over the last decade.

    IF there is a subsidy, this could be the turning point for this segment of the auto industry. If there are cars, there will be sales. Made in Japan vehicles are made by Japanese workers. People will need to be hired for production, supply chains will need to be created. All of that equates to (a) income tax revenue and (b) car tax/sales tax revenue in the short term.

    Toyota is also talking about finally creating a hydrogen filling network. If that infrastructure exists, there is another new revenue stream for the government (hydrogen sales tax, fuel tax) - not to mention the fact that hydrogen fuel is essentially a new industry, which means supply chains and jobs and spin offs and so on. Lots of government revenue to be had there as well.

    And finally there's the other tech that has been sitting idle because of the lack of hydrogen fuel: home fuel cells. Panasonic and Toshiba have had these sitting around for a couple of years, pretty sure Hitachi has one as well. About the size of a domestic heating oil tank, they supply all the power needs of a house. All they need is hydrogen, which is currently hard to come by. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if they were available.

    So what all that means is this: A subsidy to get the hydrogen cars selling is a lot bigger than just Toyota. This is a push to create a new industry entirely. The potential for thousands of jobs exists - and with them comes tax revenue and pension contributions and so on.

    Gotta look at the big picture, Jeff.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    Tmarie:

    I haven't seen this. And why only in the country? Why not home owners in the city? We certainly didn't get any subsidy - though will have my husband check it out since you mentioned there might be one.

    It's more obvious in the country because it's easier to set up a hectare of solar on open ground than on a rooftop. Small scale solar farms have been cropping up all over Hokkaido like mushrooms.

    There is a feed in tariff of somewhere around 40 yen/kWh for homeowners nationwide. Check with your local utility.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    Presto345

    A cost effective method to store surplus solar electricity has not been found yet.

    Check the METI website, they have a subsidy program for storage batteries. Up to ¥1M for homeowners, substantially more for business.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    tmarie:

    So why doesn't the government do this with solar power and get rid of the idea of starting up the nuclear power plants?? If clean is good for cars, why not power??

    Have you taken a drive in the country lately? There are solar installations going up everywhere thanks to government support. Back in March they freed up ¥10 billion in subsidies for batteries alone.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    Nah, I read something about the volt subsidies on jalopnik or oppo a couple of years back.

    Maybe anti green to a point, but generally apolitical.

    Frankly I don't think there should be a problem with government subsidies of r&d or large scale projects like this one that require significant infrastructure development. At the end of the day they benefit both the industry as a whole and the economy.

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    JeffLee

    This is the secret of Japanese automotive success: pro-active and intensive gov't support. Unlike GM, Japanese carmakers don't need gov't bailouts, because their govt is constantly throwing piles of taxpayer money at them every day.

    How much did GM get for the Volt development again?

    Posted in: Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

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    hokkaidoguy

    What are the current and forecast costs of refuelling? Will that 700km cost more than that of unleaded?

    It varies, but currently its in the (US) $5/kg range. The Toyota has a 5kg capacity according to consumer reports, so $25 for 700km.

    That's based on production using natural gas. I imagine that as the infrastructure and tech grows the costs will come down.

    If Toyota decides to roll this out by installing filling stations at every dealership nationwide and using solar in the process, my guess is that the price should be in the 400 yen/kg range.

    Posted in: After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

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    hokkaidoguy

    The cost of the cleanup of the Nukes of Hazard, and these figures don't include the cost of compensation to the nuclear victims,

    Yes it does. Scroll down the first page to the table. It's right there. Income compensation: 0.63 (Trillion).

    Both of these papers are from 2011. A lot has changed since then as far as the information we have on the state of the reactors. For example, we know that construction of a sarcophagus will not be necessary - and that's an important point because the entire basis of their 20 trillion claim hinges on the construction of a Chernobyl-style sarcophagus. It's right there at the top of page 2.

    They make the point quite clearly that the cost of decommissioning will only skyrocket to 20 trillion (from 5 trillion) if construction of a sarcophagus is necessary. That was briefly an option in mid 2011 when the paper was written, but it hasn't been seriously considered by anyone since then.

    Oh, and even if their worst case scenario HAD come to pass, we STILL wouldn't be at your 50 trillion figure.

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi-

    Well aware of the decontamination cost estimates. Those numbers add up to about ¥5.5 trillion.

    That leaves a gap of ¥44.5 trillion, and I've never understood where you were getting that figure.

    Prior to nationalisation TEPCO had liabilities of ¥25 trillion and owed ¥8 trillion to bondholders. Since the nationalisation TEPCO have received about ¥10 trillion

    Where are you getting these figures? They make no sense. 10 trillion in loans and 8 trillion in bonds are liabilities. You seem to be presenting these figures as separate from the 25 trillion in liabilities.

    TEPCOs ledgers are available here: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/corpinfo/overview/facts-e.html

    2009 liabilities: 10.4 Trillion. 2013 liabilities: 14.7 Trillion.

    These figures include bond holders and the 1 trillion in loans from the Japanese government (not 10 trillion).

    Yes, a lot of money - but only if you have no revenue or fixed assets.

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi

    Sorry but I'm not here to back track and track down links for people and your request was the second on this post.

    A google search on "Fukushima 50 trillion" brings up two things:

    1) unsourced stories and comments on conspiracy websites 2) comments on japantoday. Guess who makes them. Starts with "z".

    You are the only person I see on a regular basis making this claim.

    Give me a hint then. Was this figure in a government report? Was it in a study by the IMF? world bank? Another international body? A university?

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi,

    Again, do you have a source for this ¥50 trillion - $1 trillion figure?

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Zichi- you keep quoting that 50 trillion figure, but I've never been able to find a source with a breakdown of what that number really means. Is that direct cleanup? Economic cost?

    Link to source I've you've got one handy, love to take a look at the numbers.

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Not a word about reducing energy use so "expensive fossil fuels" would be reduced.

    Turn on your tv once in a while, or better still ask your office manager why the aircon is set at 29.

    Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete

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    hokkaidoguy

    Can't see that happening. Political stability is the base of Abenomics, and even an election call will put some of the current economic gains at risk.

    Posted in: N Korea abductee probe stirs speculation of early Japan election

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    hokkaidoguy

    Highball7

    But those Aussie must be a liberal bunch even Abbott is supposedly to be a conservative. How little can they forget that over 100 sorties and bombing by Japan on Darwin and its allied troops stationed there bear so little memory. It was Pearl Harbor style attack but on an Australian naval base. Kudos to the technical skills of the Japanese sailors and soldiers. They are honorable and courageous indeed. What has Australia ever done to Japan to warrant such enthusiastic respond?

    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well. -Kamal Atatürk

    Posted in: China blasts Australian PM over comments during Abe's visit

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    hokkaidoguy

    China:

    Roamed by rascals

    I hope the Australian Tourism folks are paying attention, that sounds so much better than "shrimp on the barbie" or "where the bloody hell are you?" .

    Posted in: China blasts Australian PM over comments during Abe's visit

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    hokkaidoguy

    BertieWooster

    Hasn't Abe, in his infinite wisdom (sarcasm) altered the constitution so that Japan can come to the rescue of its allies (the only one being the USA)?

    No, he hasn't.

    He directed cabinet to make a policy change regarding the interpretation of the constitution.

    Every government on Japan for the last 60 years has done this with regard to the constitution in general and article 9 in particular. Every government in the world with a constitution and a parliamentary system routinely does this when they make law.

    At this point, it means absolutely NOTHING beyond a statement of intent. This is the beginning of the process - there are at least a dozen pieces of legislation that need to be proposed, amended, debated and eventually passed for the changes to become more than just an idea.

    If you're going to live in Japan, please take 30 minutes and educate yourself on how the government works.

    Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF

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    hokkaidoguy

    This event has already been paid for by the Japanese Embassy. What makes you think Lotte is losing profit by cancelling?

    Generally the venue provides a complete refund if they cancel for anything other than catastrophic weather or actual rioting. I can't see lotte not losing money on this - they will also be on the hook for event staff, catering, and paying anyone they've contracted out (unless they can fill a 500 seat hall on short notice)

    Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF

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