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ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
It is nice that they are talking about the grid but what about you house? They are implying that wires will carry current that will heat to 120 -200 degrees C. I don't think the average home wiring will be able to take that. Basically, you home will burn down. Also even with electrical wiring, water pipes will conduct the electricity. So they should at the very least burst. Not sure what would happen to cars. Generally they are a Faraday cage for the most part. No sewer, no water, no power, may have a massive fire, fun times.
Posted in: Time to be afraid - preparing for the next big solar storm
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
You can't blame America for this. After 3 Mile Island, there were recommendations to upgrade all nuclear plants and this was done in the US but not in Japan. Tepco never implemented the recommendations. TEPCO never ran a real disaster drill. IF they had, the workers would have know that when you add water into the system, the vents will roar with steam, not come out like a wist of mist. They would have fix the valve issue which should have been know. No power, the valve opens and most of the water the fire trucks pump into the reactor went into a holding tank and not the reactor core. A dedicated line was recommend because of this issue which was never done by TEPCO. It is like JAL never following changes maintenance recommendations after they bought the plane. TEPCO and the Japanese regulators were just incompetent. Now you have a new regulatory agency that is still a political hack.
Posted in: Fukushima offers key lesson for U.S. nuclear industry
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
So did his bride divorce him yet? Isn't it like a 5 hour flight? If had not done this stupid thing, it wouldn't have been much of a honeymoon that night. Guilty of assault and guilty of interfering with a flight attendant's duties, wonder if he is now on a "no fly" list?
Posted in: 3-month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
Would it have been easier to dig a trench around the plant and divert the water? You could almost make into an island. BTW, how are they doing with removing the nuclear fuel?
Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:59AM JST
Why? And why are they in white?
Posted in: At attention
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:57AM JST
Come on, this happens every year. I know Japan doesn't like aircon and the elderly tends to be one ones against it most. As the city grew there were less and less green areas, more and more concrete which traps heat. They paved over rivers, and reduced parks. So of course it is hotter than the old folks remember. Wonder how many people still go to Karuizawa? It might be interesting if the city sets up an old folks camp in the mountains for the summer but I doubt the old folks shut ins will come out of their homes.
Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:44AM JST
This is ridiculous. Civilians die in war. The worst casualties in any war are civilians. It is an illusion for the UN to try and setup "safe area". Things happen. Was is a errant Hamas rocket or Israeli fire? Does it really matter? Unless one side or the other kills off the other side, nothing is going to change. That not going to happen but it is more possible that some day they will kill off the other side and themselves with some WMD.
Posted in: Hamas, Israel blame each other for deaths of 9 children
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:22AM JST
Seems to me that Japan showed to the world that they are incapable of running nuclear plants safely.
Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan?
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:19AM JST
This is boring. Every 3 years or so, the same thing. Nothing changes. Isn't it a mark of insanity to do something over and over again and expect different results? Which side is insane? Both are doing the same thing they did before, and before, and before.....
Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
I thought these buses are supposed to have mirrors so there is no blind spot around the bus?
Posted in: 1-year-old girl hit and killed by kindergarten bus
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 05:50AM JST
I don't know why people are blaming the parents. Psychopaths are born not created. Your boss may be a psychopath, just not criminal. This girl showed every sign of going the criminal route. The 6th grade incident should have set alarm bells. What normal kid poisons her class. But psychopaths are charming, smart, and manipulative. They are like small kids that use a magnifying glass to burn ants but as adults, they can do that to people. The system failed here since she tried to poison her 6 grad classmates and attack her father with a baseball bat, these should have been enough but nothing seemed to have been done or even noticed. She crossed the barrier in 6th grade. Here is an interesting article on the subject of psychopaths.
Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 07:01AM JST
Jeff, you are wrong, 2 acres = 8094 Sq Meters. look at a conversion site. But it doesn't matter the size. Something this old and nice should not be developed to put cash in someone pockets. It is just wrong. The greens space is more valuable and it the build is also that old, then it should be maintained for future generations to know how some one of Ikeda's class used to live. There are small shines all over Japan, some no bigger than an alley way. I don't see developers going after them. Probably it is not a good idea to mess with Kamis.
Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
I just don't see what is in it for Putin. Eastern Ukraine is a basket case. I understand why he would want the Crimea but eastern Ukraine? These separatists can't do anything right without a Russian adviser. They are loosing against Ukraine. But it seems that Russia as learned from MH17. They are doing direct artillery support from the Russian side of the boarder. It may be separatists but can't see Russia allowing that. Still can not see what Russia has to gain, this part of Ukraine is just a financial drain. The militia seems to be idiots, so why is Putin pushing so hard. Probably he just wanted to stick it to Ukraine but now it seems a little out of control.
Posted in: First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands; 2 Ukraine warplanes shot down
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 06:22AM JST
Isn't 1/2 of a 1/2 a quarter? As long as a term like Haafu is used, Japan as a long, long way to go. Nothing has changed.
Posted in: Rola changing DNA of Japanese pop culture
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
Life span of fleas have nothing to do with it. But the Bubonic Plague been around and a long time and still pops up from time to time. Some people have a genetic immunity. Since the plague is spread by fleas, it doesn't have to be rats, it can be your cat.
Posted in: Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
There is no way any will ask Japan for help related to MH17. Japan is not an interested party. The carrier is Malaysia, the manufacturer is US, most of the victims are Dutch(193)/US (1 dual),Malaysian (43), Australian (27), Indonesian (12), British (10)/SA dual (1), German (4), Belgium (4), Filipino (3), Canadian (1), and New Zealand-er (1). Ukraine is the country were this happened. Japan has no part of this. So to offer help is a useless gesture. The Dutch and UK are taking the lead. Do not see anything that Japan can offer that these two countries can't do. This is not a weather event, this is a crime. There is no way that you can get 100% evidence since the crime seen was contaminated, possibly deliberately. Even with proof that the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK with a Soviet 9M38 or 9M317, it will be impossible to know who ordered it or who fired it. Japan can't offer anything that can clear this up. The only thing Japan can offer is to go along with more sanction on Russia as Europe seems about to do.
Posted in: Abe says Japan willing to help in Malaysia jet crash probe
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
The world is no more and no less dangerous than it's ever been. An the has been wars in some part or multiple parts of the world for centuries. No different now. You don't get a civilian airline shoot down often but there has been several. You go into a war zone, the odds of getting kill will go up. And in any war zone, civilians are the most to die. It is a bit mind boggling when you look at all the wars for the past 2 centuries. Look it up on wiki.
Posted in: Do you think the world is more dangerous today than, say, 10 years ago?
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 05:41AM JST
I never will understand why Japanese houses are neither properly insulated nor centrally heated and cooled. I read in a health article that you should sleep with a room temperature below 65 F or 18 C not that I do that but I can. My home stays at 78 F or 18 C even when the outside temperature is 112 F or 44 C. It does cost but it's only for a few months. Never understood the slow adoption of A/C in Japan. But then Japan doesn't have grounding of electricity nor is there a uniform electric supply. It is insane that 1/2 of Japan is on 100 V / 60 Hz and the other half is on 100 V / 50 Hz. I would love to build a modular home from Norway and power with wind, solar, and maybe geo and live off the grid. With geo, I can even have my own onsen.
Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20
ka_chanJul. 23, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
He made something like 60 movies including, "The Great Escape", "Hour of the Gun", "Pink Jungle", "Support your local Sheriff","Support you local Gunfighter", "Victor Victoria", "The Americanization of Emily", to name a few. He also was the voice of Shazam. He served in Korea in 1951 and served as a "scrounger" for his company and received two Purple Hearts. In both the Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily, he played a scrounger. RIP
Posted in: 'Maverick,' 'Rockford Files' star James Garner dies at 86
ka_chanJul. 23, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
It is sad to lose history especially for a Condo. The city father have no sense. Ikeda must be spinning in his grave.
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:34AM JST
Yeah my father in law is rice farmer in Hokkaido. What the US wants could hurt…
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:27AM JST
It must be all (100 %) tofu as tofu is just bean curd. Fried tofu is…
Posted in: McDonald's Japan unveils 'tofu nuggets' after China meat scandal
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:25AM JST
Dealing with a Japanese company is like doing a dance with a partner that doesn't want…
Posted in: Airbus says no room for more talks in cancelled Japan jet deal
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:13AM JST
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Posted in: 43% of Japanese women don’t like guys wearing tank tops
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:11AM JST
@tideofiron...Nobody is buying A380's,Airbus can't sell them...And you can have China...it will never be Japan..