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sf2kMar. 29, 2015 - 12:38AM JST
mudslides are more common than earthquakes in Japan so this will have to be properly installed. Even so it's possible they would collapse, but if a mudslide occurs anyway it's a moot issue.
Lots of slopes to put these on. I wish they would put them on rooftops though. That way they are directly used with zero transmission losses. That's also the best energy plan for an earthquake country, so that there isn't 100% loss of power. But this idea of decentralizing power is clearly not accepted yet
Posted in: NTT Facilities tests installation of solar panels on slopes
sf2kMar. 29, 2015 - 12:33AM JST
Japan during WWII were Asian Nazi's. Japan today is not and bears no obligation to that era or its memes. No politician should feel the need to support that history regardless of who wants them to. This shouldn't even be a question to not support such an attitude. That it's even a debate highlights how sad the situation is and how trapped Japan remains by its oyajis. Let it go and Japan can finally grow
Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions
sf2kMar. 29, 2015 - 12:29AM JST
so this is the best Repubs can offer. hahahahahahaha
Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid
sf2kMar. 26, 2015 - 12:57AM JST
My line is usually "..they can't even use the metric system.." on any big issue of the day where the USA is involved and it still stands. It makes it hard to take the country seriously
Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?
sf2kMar. 26, 2015 - 12:53AM JST
it's regrettable (lots of bowing)... but it would be better if they sued all the contractors who sub contracted sub contractors and got their money back. It's all their buddies though so that's not going to happen. We all know this
Posted in: Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup
sf2kMar. 19, 2015 - 02:34AM JST
Probably because they "teach" it the most boring way possible. For 6 years! Yikes. Why isn't bowing and noting how regrettable it is unable to solve the problem? BTW can we get a study about how studies about studies never change from one year to the next and for how long?
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
sf2kMar. 15, 2015 - 11:50PM JST
Maybe learn Esperanto, a much easier language and then with that context go and learn English or whatever. Too often English isn't respected and by the time the kids will use it, no English speaker will have a clue what they're saying. Learn the language as it really is, not how they want it to be. Other countries don't have this problem to the extent of Japan. 6 years has been an utter waste of time. Start over
Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?
sf2kMar. 13, 2015 - 09:13PM JST
Posted in: N Korea fires seven missiles into sea
sf2kMar. 08, 2015 - 05:28AM JST
Finally, modern Japanese taking old 1950's Japan into the 21st century, kicking and screaming. 14 weeks maternity isn't much. Canada has 52 and other countries as well are even more. The irony is that the "bosses" out there would get a fully working temporary contract worker to cover the maternity leave, while the mother/father are guaranteed under maternity leave law to not lose their jobs. It works. Try it; use ca.indeed.com or another site and search for "maternity leave". Lots of 1 year contract jobs. That's how it works here but I'm sure others have upped the scale. I know France has a nurse that takes care of the family which is pretty cool. How about in your country? Maybe Japan could implement a best-of-world-practices on maternity leave and stop bullying their own mothers.
Posted in: Japanese activist wins U.S. Woman of Courage Award
sf2kMar. 05, 2015 - 12:29AM JST
the fact that taxi companies the world over have laws enforced on their industry means there were industry issues long before that were solved by these laws. Uber whatever their price structure can't just not follow these laws and say it's okay. They're being sued elsewhere I believe for not following regulations on hiring and operations. Put the same regulatory requirements upon them for the safety of the public and they won't bother, and that's probably good
Posted in: Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service
sf2kFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:48AM JST
Too bad it plays into the anti-Mongolian sentiments. But every human being can only take so much negatively for only so long. You only become frustrated when you care about something. It's the lack of any benefit of the doubt that irked him so. But Hakuho should have mentally prepared beforehand, realized that this milestone wouldn't go without problems. I don't think he thought about it enough even though this may even have been fairly predictable. I guess he thought he had earned respect finally. But apparently not. He'll remember this, not say anything, and continue his run of what everyday is a record that may never be surpassed. The naysayers will never be a part of history and they are the ones who should can it and enjoy the Historical Spectacle live, in the here and now.
Posted in: Hakuho denies breaching sumo protocol
sf2kFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:29AM JST
seems like a question wrongly asked. Why was there a need to increase accuracy from 30 million years to 16 billion years? Do something useful yo
Posted in: Two clocks keep time for 16 billion years
sf2kFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:25AM JST
as long as it was regrettable, and lots of bowing ensued
Posted in: Agriculture minister resigns amid political funds questions
sf2kFeb. 20, 2015 - 05:45AM JST
confirmation that passport control and fingerprinting is useless?
Posted in: American arrested for assaulting two people on train in Yokosuka
sf2kFeb. 18, 2015 - 01:08PM JST
You can't say Okinawa hasn't been clear and obvious when it elects an anti-base Governor.
Okinawa can hardly secede either since it would then need the US to stay to keep China at bay!
The only chance is for neighbouring prefectures to also pick up the slack, but that won't happen. Japan federation isn't much of a fraternity these days. The only option is within.
Posted in: Abe says Japan will stick to plan to relocate U.S. base to Henoko
sf2kFeb. 18, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
fix them up, cover them in solar panels / wind / add some geothermal pumps / new fangled tech = if you get enough houses going they could act as power stations cheaper than nuclear, all local.
could even be a requirement, that all vacated homes be converted into a neighbourhood station. Eventually Japan would reach an equalibrium? That'd be fun.
I'm just musing but it seems a waste of time to force people to pay up when they're not going to. I'd rather see the buildings, those can can be recovered at least, being put to good use, rather than just bulldozed.
Posted in: New law takes aim at Japan's glut of vacant houses
sf2kFeb. 17, 2015 - 10:15PM JST
Upkeep of a home is one thing, punishing people for a decreasing population is quite another. Weird.
sf2kFeb. 17, 2015 - 12:52AM JST
The sad reality whether accepted or not is that there's really no point in living in Japan if you're not from there. Come to Canada, we'd be happy to have you. It's a bit cold today though, that's our limiting factor haha, but the rest of the year is pleasant.
Other countries too I'm sure are also appealing and would be happy to have you. You have options!
As a global people we're moving away from nation states as identity and Japan refuses to move forward. Human rights are global. I love the country, it can be fun or even rewarding professionally, but at some point you have to realize acceptance is not there. People obviously can ignore that and keep it up but eventually it means something. Either with new family or when you're stuck in your job
What are you working there for? You deserve better. Or your could dress up like Tama the seal I suppose. Japan will never understand this irony. That's a sign you shouldn't stay for long.
Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control
sf2kFeb. 15, 2015 - 01:31PM JST
I can imagine all the huffing and puffing... meanwhile corporations who do nothing for the USA get their tax breaks
Posted in: Republican say Obama giving immigrants 'amnesty bonuses'
sf2kFeb. 12, 2015 - 09:43AM JST
I expect even sharper population decline as a result
Posted in: Japanese high school girls on mobiles 7 hours a day: survey
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
I often see some beautiful women here in Japan....until they light up. Yuck.
Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:43AM JST
You guys want to talk about suicide and depression and address the fact that there is…
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Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:41AM JST
It's been the same since the end of WW II. G. Bush flaunted it, but never…
Posted in: Obama's national security strategy follows Republican pattern
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:40AM JST
If someone stalks you, stalk him back!
Not really the best of advice there.…
Posted in: 10% of women surveyed say they have been victims of stalking