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praackApr. 17, 2015 - 08:07PM JST
japan4life - you have hit the correct nail on the head- the USA is the driver hear- not Japan- and the US will not do anything to anger China - who owns the US Debt load, supplies the Apple Products to the faithful and is always pointed to as being the next Big Sales Audience.
at least until the next industry is hit with fines and driven from the country for not giving up all their industrial secrets to China....
Posted in: Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years
praackApr. 16, 2015 - 10:51AM JST
"It might be reasonable to expect guarantees" oh that is rich, where in the world can a natural disaster be guaranteed not to happen?
as for power in this century- we are at a breaking point, all alternative methods are either not able to scale up- or are not cost effective to do so.
without nuclear you are left with fossil fuels, which increase air pollution and global warming.- all of the projected decreases in air pollution were based on the heavy use of nuclear energy.
you may malign it as much as you want- but the only options are- to increase fossil fuel and kill the planet - or decrease our use of energy by 50-60 percent to start getting us in the range of current energy plants and alternative e-sources.
and even that number may be too small- we might have to cut to 70 percent of today's energy
Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction
praackApr. 14, 2015 - 12:45PM JST
in reality if the decision of the commission is to discontinue all whaling then they should just say it.
Arguing if a scientific plan is "good enough" in the court of public opinion is just that- collecting public opinion that was set from some movies years ago.
in this case - if they keep pushing Japan- Japan may leave the IWC and just start whaling again- as there is no real world wide law that everyone needs to be part of the IWC or follow it's rule
Posted in: IWC panel: Japan's Antarctic whale hunt still not convincing
praackApr. 07, 2015 - 02:12AM JST
not really a big airport, 41 flights a day and that's with the military sharing the field- newark has 402,000. the last time it was close to 41 was in 1957 - then it was only a measly 61 per day in 1939
the pilot was well trained, the maintenance staff had checked in, yes the tower made a mistake- but as someone else said- that's why you practice touch and go
Posted in: JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport
praackApr. 03, 2015 - 10:30PM JST
In the USA the standard age is 32-40 years and most of the plants have another 40 years to go on the license. the idea that 40 is the optimum time period for operation is incorrect- the question is how good the control systems are, the containment vessel is and whether the plant received regular updates.
you should also do the same with fossil plants- however most stay untouched from the time of installation till the time they are mothballed, there is a new attempt at a :"Clean coal fired solution" however there are inherent safety solutions there- as the CO2 buildup along with the mercury removed from the atmosphere (coal still remains 66% responsible for acid rain and mercury) are normally stored on site initially and there is a large potential to leaks.
however when people start talking nuclear and safety all real numbers tumble out the window- no one wants to look at safety numbers of nuclear energy vs the other big energy sectors, and no one wants to look at the polution numbers as well
Posted in: Nuclear Regulation Authority inspects 3 aging reactors
praackApr. 02, 2015 - 01:08PM JST
nice haiku, appropriate, always sad - but nice that they are finding their way home at last
Posted in: Bodies of Japanese WWII soldiers found in Palau cave
praackMar. 30, 2015 - 07:03PM JST
it is clearly stupid when you do not understand that the enemy is one of religion and not of country boundaries that were set during colonial rules.
when reporters are out they here from the troops how they will smash the opposing Sunni's or the opposing Shia's - none of this garbage about fighting Iraq, Syria or any other country.
to them it is a religious war, so when IS rolled into an area that was controlled by people of the same religion- well the main troops melted away leaving the material- or joining forces (do you really think someone picks up driving an Abrams using a a YouTube video?)
the US is acting just like a colonial power, while the countries surrounding IS are clearly staying out of the conflict- as it depends on the religion if they contribute to the cause or not - Islam is made up of more than one branch to us infidels you know.....
Posted in: Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy
praackMar. 30, 2015 - 12:34PM JST
tinawatanabe has some valid points, since the war Japan has remained a scapegoat to the US for many trade reasons- i remember the infamous Steel embargo to try to keep out "Cheap:" Japanese steel. it was actually made much better than ours and came wrapped.
now the push is to have japan remove safety]'s for rice - so that the US can trash the Japanese rice farmers with cheap US rice
the F2 fighter is another sore point- the US wanted to ensure the Japanese would help with funding and buying the first ones (the most expensive ones that pay off research costs) so the F2 (Japan's ) could not go forward- enough pressure was put on Japan that they stopped development in the 1980's.
the demonization of Japan by the US during the pacific war was so vast that it is easy to use it for political means - so i expect when Abe goes there will be a list of politicians bowing to veterans groups and not showing - the same veteran's groups who would meet their enemy now in peace if they had the chance.
Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress
praackMar. 29, 2015 - 09:03PM JST
vin diesel is only 47, michelle rodriguez is only 36, Jason Statham is only 47
nope not that old at all pal,.....
Posted in: After actor's death, 'Furious 7' director drives film to finish
praackMar. 29, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
i fear the future: where dinosuars like us will have to turn on flashing lights, and sensors warning others if we are driving - staying in certain lanes where we are controlled at safe speeds below 30mph.
while numbnuts who cannot be bothered and want to watch the latest youtube highlights zip by unable to stop when the software hiccups
Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars
praackMar. 29, 2015 - 01:17AM JST
oh freaking god, what am i ? i work all day in a research plant making things that make people better, i take photo's, can make and fix computers but yeah i love anime and people look at me strange because in their eyes Ghost in the Shell or Knights of Sidonia is the same as Micky Mouse
No you won't see me at a conference like this - but that is something for the younger set- leave them be - they are having fun and have an escape outlet that is not hanging out on a street-corner mugging people
Posted in: World's first 'otaku' summit opens in Japan
praackMar. 25, 2015 - 10:18AM JST
scipantheist - no not five, but the actions that reflect a country that does not go to war, and a country that is -even today- light years from becoming a partner in war.
The Pacific war ended up with the death of almost a full generation, the dismantling of an Empire, the redefinition of a people by a foreign government.
If there is one thing the Japanese learned was Peace, anything dealing with war is problematic- if these companies were US based they would have less than 10% in items not war based much like Northrup Grumman maintaining MedDRA for the Pharmaceuticals Industry.
this is a country that pursues peace and if it was not for the expansionism of it's neighbors and remaining obligation to the US would have declared itself neutral a long time ago.
Posted in: Japanese firms to be a surprise no-show at Australian submarine event
praackMar. 21, 2015 - 11:56AM JST
to some the wars of the fathers are never over and the debt should be paid over and over again by the sons and daughters to the bitter end.
such a shame- so sad to stay so bitter when the people became so peaceful
what would go far would be a meeting with the veteran's group, perhaps pave the way of veterans from both sides to meet in the states. perhaps that would allow some of the memories to fade.
As for the comfort women issue- Abe is trying to stand on history- but it was the beginning of the war - when the Prostitutes volunteered to move out with the troops- some of this continued as time went by - but most faded to people being forced into it.
would they have been better off? in a war environment- probably not- but it should have been their choice. - so put out a clear statement - no speech but a statement, if reparations have truly been paid fine- but think - if someone was forced in to this job- was the amount of reparation enough to remove those memories and allow them a peaceful rest when they die?
Posted in: Former U.S. POWs, Koreans seek conditions for Abe's address to Congress
praackMar. 18, 2015 - 08:26PM JST
well that should satisfy anyone from the UK because that type of sentence is called Life in that country
and there won't be any howls of derision about a death sentence from Amnesty International now because hey -being encased in concrete and tossed in the sea is not really much of a murder now is it.....
Posted in: Man linked to several deaths in extended family jailed for 17 years
praackMar. 15, 2015 - 09:34PM JST
yup gotta agree with smithinjapan on this one- you guys are off base- read the article.
what good are a line of standups when you have 60 % females and children? what good are racks of cots in one open air spot for guys and girls when they are all of child bearing age in a crisis.
you don;t put people in place like that and tell them to strip normally - don;t think of doing that during a crisis
oh and as for your comments...- i am unsure you would be going to a destroyed crisis center in the middle of town to honor all the dead if there were enough women on the group- i think they would have said- You know this is not too smart building this here.......
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praackMar. 15, 2015 - 09:24PM JST
ohh a test, i guess the proper way to answer the test is give up the islands and Okinawa to Chinese authority, write a treaty giving up all authority to the East China Sea and Sea of Japan to China and start paying a yearly tribute and remove the Defense Force in return to having the Peoples Army stationed on the main islands (for "Protection")
i like tests- they are sooo reasonable....
Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
praackMar. 11, 2015 - 09:20PM JST
this has actually gone too far, in fact the only thing that should have occurred here was a apology and money payment. instead you have had continued public humiliation, careers lost, prison sentences and now what will probably be a massive money payout.
Posted in: Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air, former exec
praackFeb. 28, 2015 - 12:40PM JST
star trek was a big event as till then you had outer limits and the twilight zone - both showing individual short stories with varying casts.
but even then Nimoy already had a name - having appeared in many TV shows since the mid 50's and he had supporting parts in movies. i remember seeing him in reruns of Zombies of the Stratosphere at the movies (when they still had saturday matinees - 2 movies and a filler)
great actor, will be missed, but i am glad they found someone he was happy to pass the torch to
Posted in: Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at 83
praackFeb. 27, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
interesting response here, a country where the norms are set decades in the past- i guess that is why so many western writers are pining for those "good old days"....
however- there is no place for those comments in today's society, as for the comments from Peacetrain- well he must be TV material- since i never had the same attention given to me that he apparently had to him.
but I have seen the constant harassment in the workplace given to the ladies
Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments
praackFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:03PM JST
i am still amazed by people making comments about Iraq who did not go, would not go and would never defend the country anyway.
i am equally amazed by people who label soldiers murderers when they just do their job; for their job entails taking life.
as for this poor soul- i am hopeful that upon appeal that a better sentence with treatment is found- however as someone pointed out- he will not face death and he will not be on the streets roaming free.
Posted in: Killer of 'American Sniper' Kyle jailed for life
Apr. 22, 2015 - 08:21AM JST
Money is a never-ending problem. Unfortunately the Japanese government has been too tolerant towards these groups…
Posted in: U.S. Treasury freezes assets of Kodo-kai yakuza group
So, producing more methane.
The animals will be producing the same amount of methane whether they're…
Posted in: Weeding test begins with sheep, goats at solar plant
Apr. 22, 2015 - 08:17AM JST
Wait, everything you earn has to be reported and deducted from welfare? Not what I would…
Posted in: Family branded welfare cheats because daughter gets part-time job
So, producing more methane. Hey, 'that's' smart.
Apr. 22, 2015 - 08:12AM JST
I just stopped taking the train during rush hours. Not an option for most people though.
Posted in: 9 tips for surviving Japan’s crowded trains