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sf2kNov. 29, 2014 - 06:51AM JST
I truly wish Japan could find the notion unthinkable and decide instead to just change their lifestyles if they are unhappy. RIP
Posted in: Two police officers commit suicide in Osaka, Miyazaki
sf2kNov. 29, 2014 - 06:43AM JST
if the voters won't engage in running on issues that they care about then nothing can change.
Posted in: Low voter turnout could erode Abe's call for fresh mandate
sf2kNov. 25, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
Wait, hold on a second, so what you're saying is that a fatal shooting occurred in USA? But didn't that just occur now? And now? And now? And....
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
sf2kNov. 23, 2014 - 05:46AM JST
why not stick the Japanese-speaking kids with English-speaking kids, NO TEACHERS, and the kids will learn from each other? A cousin was in Europe and she learned French in a short time because she was playing with local kids. Formalize the gathering, not the methods. If you want results, that is
Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade
sf2kNov. 20, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
where isn't Sony a loser in every industry it's in?
Posted in: Sony takes hard look at streaming after Taylor Swift snub
sf2kNov. 19, 2014 - 08:09AM JST
Yeah I got the let's-be-friends-because-I-want-to-use-you-for-English-thing before, but then I mess them up by using my grade 9 French. It ends it quickly! Recommended
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
sf2kNov. 19, 2014 - 12:10AM JST
As long as Japan doesn't take this seriously and as the top consumer of the tuna that is endangered it really doesn't mean anything. Japan is going to have to curb its fish consumption before the fishery collapses. Y'know, plan ahead or something
Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna edges toward extinction
sf2kNov. 19, 2014 - 12:05AM JST
They sit on billions and if they want to run their games they are going to have to pay for it, not taxpayers. Cities will still ignore the IOC. No one can afford it. Security alone is already ridiculous.
I expect with climate change and world supplies of oil dwindling that future Olympics will wither and die off. It was from the 20th century and as long as it ignores the realities of today it won't last long in the 21st
Posted in: IOC changes Olympic bidding process
sf2kNov. 18, 2014 - 11:59PM JST
I loved his work in Mr Baseball and Black Rain. Sorry to read of his passing. RIP
Posted in: Actor Ken Takakura dies at 83
sf2kNov. 17, 2014 - 01:36AM JST
Darwin Awards, all
Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets
sf2kNov. 17, 2014 - 01:17AM JST
it's not a proper comparison. It assumes that nuclear is cheaper than oil and gas, but that's only true at its instantaneous use, not overall. With the taxes and subsidies poured into nuclear it is many times greater than any cost of oil and gas. Also the storage of toxic waste for the next 10,000 years is never costed for either. The question is a canard.
Geothermal can replace nuclear as a baseload, and solar thermal, panel and other means (look up molten salt reactor) can satisfy the intermittent daily load.
This is just a poll to ignore renewables, a conversation that not enough people have data about. But you do; you can use Google and get out of the mindset of puppetting the gov't lines.
Try these: Deep Lake Water Cooling, Molten Salt Reactor, Geothermal Japan, Geothermal Walkways.
Deny all you like but these are the future simply because our planetary pollution production levels are not. The question is, will Japan keep supporting the oyajis that are destroying the country or will a page be turned and a new direction sought? Currently the answer is no way, and not just in Japan. But given enough financial incentives over time that may change. I can only hope
Posted in: The Japanese gov’t says nuclear power remains essential, saying the economy cannot afford the mounting costs from importing gas and oil, resulting in utilities hiking rates. Do you agree?
sf2kNov. 15, 2014 - 05:40PM JST
I'll be happier when they have even fewer profits
Posted in: Japan megabanks post lackluster half-year profits
sf2kNov. 15, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
Ah yes, America, of pitforks and mobs. It's amazing they are even a country
Posted in: Obamacare 'stupidity'? New energy for repeal push
sf2kNov. 15, 2014 - 05:25PM JST
except the comfort women had nothing to do with this one man, so rather than make the limited correction about the man's statements this instead becomes fodder for the righties of Japan to denounce the issue. Yes indeed Japan's reputation is being besmirched, but it remains its right wingers and the denial of war that creates its continued uselessness
Posted in: Asahi Shimbun president to resign over inaccurate articles
sf2kNov. 09, 2014 - 10:58AM JST
How does that work if Marvel doesn't own the property rights to Spider-man, but Sony.
Posted in: Spider-Man vs. Attack on Titan? Marvel announces crossover with anime/manga megahit
sf2kNov. 09, 2014 - 10:54AM JST
large corporations want to get larger, at the expense of people and nations. TPP isn't worth it.
Posted in: Amari says TPP agreement difficult by year-end
sf2kNov. 08, 2014 - 02:40PM JST
Americans will have to quit the military if they are going to have any effect
Posted in: Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq
sf2kNov. 08, 2014 - 02:33PM JST
The reality was that they couldn't move the soil as then it just irradiates somewhere else. The spent fuel rods spread over a wider area accomplishes what exactly? Gov't inaction keeps making poison and doing nothing to stop it and it eventually spreads around.
Fukushima is the storage location, whether the gov't realizes it or not. The people should be moved, the families compensated by TEPCO and the nation should start taking these things seriously. Stop nuclear poison.
This requires Japan forging its own path though, not one told by the USA or the nuclear lobby. Japan needs a clean and green viable energy vision of the future that only they can make. Ignoring the problem is not a solution to anything. Otherwise it'll take another disaster, maybe two? before then something changes? It's crazy. The oyajis must be stopped
Posted in: Gov't says interim nuclear waste storage facilities delayed
sf2kNov. 07, 2014 - 11:39AM JST
man it's nuts; the rods are radioactive for 10,000 years and will need to be stored locally basically forever. It's like all batteries in our entire lives all turned into radioactive trash. Great for the workers to get it out of imminent harm's way,indeed, but it will be forever a problem.
Next time someone tries to sell you on nuclear mention the toxic trash that lasts longer than twice the age of the pyramids as a crime against humanity and the planet. A level of arrogance never before imagined. What an appalling legacy.
Given the hotspots already in Fukushima, I guess it will end up being the dumping ground for all the reactors in Japan? That this canard continues remains a sad day, especially when this doesn't need to be
Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima
sf2kNov. 03, 2014 - 05:48AM JST
it would seem that rather than pay out to panel-people, utilities are taking the subsidies from gov't instead to profit and squeeze them out, so they will go back to nuclear. If people cared about alternatives, the barriers would disappear.
Toronto and Sapporo have about the same latitude, so don't go crying that you can't have panels. It's about design not snow.
While the focus is on solar, note that Energy is never one type. The concept that solar has to replace everything is therefore false. Do what you can, try, but if other options are possible, use those too.
The point for most grids is what they call baseload. Nuclear and hydro are often the baseload, with other systems like gas as the variable load. Solar would need a lot more molten salt to be a baseload, but geothermal would not. Therefore geothermal is easily the future baseload, while wind/solar + molten salt our future variable load. It's not actually a different game, just different players.
Local energy production, making homes and commercial buildings increasingly more self reliant at the single building or neighbourhood level instead of the current regional level remain the key to opportunity, change, and jobs.
Posted in: After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom - and glut
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:20PM JST
This paper probably long ago lost its mission of reporting the truth.
Apologies if ambiguous. By…
Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition
..and mask sales just took off with gusto!
eat well (ie. real food, cut out the…
Posted in: Tokyo gov't issues influenza epidemic alert
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:19PM JST
A very thought-provoking comment of the Journalist Michael Yon.
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:18PM JST
None of 1) - 3) is convincing. What if the FIBA had other corrupt reasons…
Posted in: FIBA suspends Japan over failure to merge basketball leagues
Antony De Day
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:14PM JST
We see the problem and we understand it, now how do we deal with it?