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ka_chanMar. 31, 2015 - 06:04AM JST
What lessons? Japan has not learned any lessons. They don't have a true regulatory agency in charge of the Nuclear Safety, they are political appointees. Still don't know if any power company has implemented the 1978 recommendation from 3 Mile Island. If they had, Fukushima would not be this bad. It is still ongoing. And the fact that TEPCO is still in charge is just insane. They proved they can't manage it and the government is letting and others manage it. It is also crazy that Japan 2 electrical systems.
Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis
ka_chanMar. 31, 2015 - 05:36AM JST
I never had a problem driving through security, they usually just waved me through. Haneda used only do domestic flights but now it ls like before Narita but without the security. The Olympics should increase security not decrease it. Don't see how camera's help if you don't know what the terrorist look like. It may be good after the face but then it's too late. I suppose it not possible to defend Narita or any of the airports, especially Kansai. All you need is a surface to air missile and Haneda is a better target since you ware more likely to have the plane crash in a populated area and you can do from a boat. Japan isn't secure on it's shores so anything can come in and out. When security checks passports and id they are also looking at the person more than the id. Is there something suspicious. But now there will be no checks and we will see how good Japanese security is in the coming years and especially during the Olympics.
Posted in: Narita airport ends ID security checks for non-passengers
ka_chanMar. 27, 2015 - 08:29AM JST
Above ground poles are dangerous on narrow streets. Although they would have to redo all the infrastructure. The should have separate underground runs with manholes for power, cable/telephone, and the water and gas are separate issues but it may be time to upgrade them. Now a days, there are ways to take account for movement with some conduits being flexible. May be a good for the Japanese to infrastructure industry to upgrade or create something new. At least some parts of Japan may be entering the 20th century of infrastructure.
Posted in: Tokyo considers removing overhead power lines in run-up to 2020 Olympics
ka_chanMar. 25, 2015 - 06:02AM JST
I thought you can get windows 10 now in the US. From what I heard, MS is going to that idiotic database model, Oracle subscription model. So they will give you the upgrade for free, you pay later. BTW, windows 7 service pack 1 support ended January 13th. I have windows 8.1 but haven't done much with it, probably since at work, we still use 7. I prefer linux anyway. But then I like a secure PC.
Posted in: Windows 10 coming to 190 countries, 111 languages
ka_chanMar. 25, 2015 - 05:47AM JST
Okinawans had a chance back in the 1970s when they could have become an independent country again but they voted to rejoin Japan, a country that always treated them as second class citizens. If you talk with old time Japanese, Okinawans are not seen as Japanese. Okinawa was an independent country until the last 1800s when Japan took them over. So by rejoining Japan in the 1970s, Okinawans have lost all right to Japan. So if you don't like the base, you only have yourself to blame.
Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation
ka_chanMar. 25, 2015 - 05:20AM JST
I learned English is less than an year. Of course, I was 5 at the time but by Junior High, I graduated with an award in English. I found the grammar rather simple. In High School, the English classes were repeating what I had already learned. I did teach English conversation in College. I think children need to learn a language in the way children learn. They learn how to talk first and learn grammar more formally. In High School and College, I took German. I only did it initially because it was a requirement. But I was fun latter. Of course, now I forgot most of what I learned and can't write German script any more. I also took Japanese in college to re-learn what I forgot. I hate kanji, I always thought it was stupid for Japanese to use foreign, Chinese, characters when it has nothing to do with the language. After taking Japanese linguistics, because of kanji, Japanese lost some sounds, "we" type. It also made Japanese have more homonyms. Language was not a subject I really liked, I preferred Math and Science. Didn't much care for history or social studies but now I appreciate history after seeing how the Japanese government are tying to falsify even though there are plenty of evidence. It is similar to the stock market, most people are followers and will lose money since when they decide to get in is after a run up and time to get out. The housing crisis in the US in 2008 were seen by some as early as 2006. When a friend in 2004 asked me about buying a house for investment, I told him that if he did, he should sell in 2007. Everything you study can be used. Information is power. The more languages you understand the better. Computer languages are not that different than human language, the format or grammar is very similar. What complicates human language is the cultural rules around them, not the language itself. Of course if your teacher can not speak the language properly, it is a lost cause.
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
ka_chanMar. 06, 2015 - 08:32AM JST
Seijin no Hi and the age of majority will be 18? So Japan will no longer call 18 year old a child? And they can get driver licenses? They can drink too?
Posted in: Bill submitted to lower voting age to 18
ka_chanMar. 06, 2015 - 08:18AM JST
I major flaws in Japanese aircraft was the lack of armor plate and self sealing wings. It killed more Japanese pilots than should have so Japan lost too many skilled pilots. Also the US didn't really concentrate on the pacific war until after 1942 and concentrated on the European front. The Japanese Naval codes were broken before the war began so 2 US aircraft carriers could sink 4 Japanese carriers. It didn't help that Japan didn't use any of their planes to cover the fleet. Japan knew the industrial strength of the US and still attacked which probably lead to the defeat of Germany. Japan should have attacked Russia which had better odds for the Axis power to have won the war. The US was neutral and would probably not have entered the war if Japan didn't attack. England also knew about the Pearl Harbor attack but did not inform the US since they wanted the US to enter the war. As for the Yamato class ships. It seems that the armor plate did not go below the water line and since no plans exists, it is hard to sat how good the ships really were.
Posted in: Sunken WWII battleship Musashi found in Philippines
ka_chanMar. 05, 2015 - 09:40AM JST
I don't think that the US being in Korea has anything to do with a reunification problem; US troops are still in Germany and they unified. It may have more to do with Koreans than anybody else.
Posted in: U.S. ambassador to S Korea slashed while giving lecture
ka_chanMar. 05, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
Born during Meiji, married in Taisho, husband died in early Showa, and still living in Heisei, She lived through some amazing and terrifying times. A lot of history happened, the end of Samurai, Russian war, anything may be possible Taisho, military Japan, first and second Sino-Japanese war. WW I and WW II, post war Japan, the amazing 60's and 70's, the bubble bust, and Abenomics.
Posted in: World's oldest person turns 117
ka_chanMar. 05, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
That is too late Sony. I think you need fire you board of directors. And I thought Sony sold the rights to OLED to Samsung?
Posted in: Sony plans to launch virtual-reality headset in 2016
ka_chanMar. 05, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
I doubt that a Yamato class ship can be raised with a displacement of over 69,000 tons. Only 2 were built and a third converted to an aircraft carrier. The were basically white elephants since they were really useless by the the time of commission and Adm Yamamoto didn't want them but those in charge of the Imperial Navy still was in the old world. The third was converted to an aircraft carrier but on the way to Kure for final fitting it was sunk. Once the Musashi was sunk, the Yamato was laid up at Kure until it was decided to have it go on a suicide mission to Okinawa with no escorts. It was sunk on the way. Yamato and Musashi were sunk by aircraft, and the Shinano was sunk by a US submarine. Adm Yamamoto probably knew that battleships were out dated since he studied at the US Naval War College in 1924, 3 years after Billy Mitchell proved the superiority of aircraft over ships which in a way got him court martial-led. So stupidity was not limited to just to the Imperial Japanese Navy adminalty but included US Navy Adminalty as well.
ka_chanMar. 03, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
Basically they still don't know why so why is the replacement any safer?
Posted in: Takata to double output of replacement airbags
ka_chanFeb. 28, 2015 - 09:59AM JST
You think the shooters could have done this in from of the Kremlin without Putin's OK? The only people that can get guns are the gangsters and the government. That makes 3 critics down.
Posted in: Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead
ka_chanFeb. 28, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
I wish they would just fix all the recall because of Takata, first.
Posted in: 3 Japanese automakers to jointly work on self-driving car technology
ka_chanFeb. 28, 2015 - 09:50AM JST
I don't understand the shock? A few years ago a very young boy decapitated a friend and left his head at the entrance to a girls HS. He told police he wanted to know what it felt like to kill some one. So I'm not sure you can blame it on a ISIS video.
Posted in: Abe expresses shock at murder of Kawasaki boy
ka_chanFeb. 27, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
I just think there are more violent images in movies and video games. Take Azumi for example or Samurai shows. As for parents, sometimes they are more like to mess up the educational system than help it. You can not hide from what is happening in the world and sooner or later it will be on your shores if you ignore it. The German Jews didn't think the increasing violence would affect them until it was too late.
Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary
ka_chanFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:28AM JST
Would think the girls were faking it just to get out of class which worked. So if this documentary was so bad, what would happen if some of the WWII documentary were shown? The ones done by the BBC and US? I think the teacher should be commended, it may keeps some idiot Japanese from going to these areas and getting killed. The world is not a safe place and it really depends on where you go. You had those Japanese workers killed in Africa not that long ago. The world seems to be fall back to a world similar to the pre-WWII world where the Nazi are replace by IS but it may be worse since they target everyone who disagrees with them. Seen like we are declining into another middle ages where radical conservatives control things. Putin is more like Hitler than a Soviet.
ka_chanFeb. 27, 2015 - 05:48AM JST
The story tells much about SONY as it does about AIBO. Seems that SONY has no soul even if it's workers do. Sony also didn't/doesn't understand what it created. It a pure shame. If it tried to make Aibo more affordable, it may have had a hit but it considered a luxury with no purpose, like may of Sony's CEOs.
Some here don't seem to understand or care about Japanese culture. Lately it also seems that may Japanese don't know their own culture, and it's a shame. I see nothing wrong with treating objects with love, ie dolls, aibo, etc. Better that then to treat living things as soulless objects, as we now see in the middle east.
Posted in: In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death
ka_chanFeb. 20, 2015 - 01:13PM JST
It's not a strike. Port activity is just down 18,8%. If it was a strike, the US economy would loose $19 billion a day,
Posted in: Japanese automakers turn to airlifts as port strike hits U.S. production
Mar. 31, 2015 - 08:17PM JST
Exactly, and Hayashi has no business sticking his nose in Okinawan affairs
Posted in: Hayashi countermands Okinawa governor's halt order on base work
Development banks are. Not needed. Most projects are a failure.
More troublesome is, with these big…
Posted in: Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank
[ Jay Que at Mar. 31, 2015 - 08:00PM JST
"IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH…
This is ridiculous, Obama is no more a threat to the U.S. than the $17 trillion…
Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin
Mar. 31, 2015 - 08:09PM JST
Development banks are. Not needed. Most projects are a failure.