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    sf2k

    That's three years of proof nuclear isn't needed or wanted. If renewables locally reduced oil and gas requirements then Japan would finally be free of nuclear and reduce its dependency on wingnut Middle East countries. Maybe have actual insulation of drafty paper mache walls in homes. Eliminating kerosene camping heetaas in homes alone would reduce much dependency.

    Posted in: Nuclear reactor restarts unlikely this year

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    Jerome from Utah; Dude, lot's of geothermal in Utah in use right now. utahgeothermal dot com. Thus if you don't use solar for heating then solar is fine to run the pumping electronics. Brick in basements then is used to store heat energy. Anyway, geothermal works everywhere there is land, and in some places better than others. It's just not sexy, but if it pays the bills then go for it

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    Molten salt is used to make intermittent renewables predictable and reliable. Google it. No one renewable method is a panacea and will depend on local conditions. I'm glad the utilities are being called out on their BS. Japan can reduce its reliance on home heating fuels as well.

    Distribution and production were split up in my neck of the woods here in Ontario, and in other places too. While it's a start, we still have aversion inertia from corporations not people. While renewables increase, utilities increasingly get in the way, not get on board. Only people who want to make a difference matter and in Japan case that can be towns and cities that help themselves. Toronto Hydro's Deep Lake Water Cooling was the result of local change, and not provincial involvement. That we remain the only city in Ontario with such a system speaks again to political footdragging and not about rational engaged feasibility. Deep Lake Water Cooling has been around since 2004 and celebrated 10 years of operation. 10 years of delay for everyone else. It's sad.

    I have no doubt that if Japan can push the oyagi's out of the way, it could be really successful in all kinds of renewables. As an island nation surrounded by hydrothermal resources, its geothermal resources, and a public appetite for solar, the future of energy in Japan is quite positive. I hope it increases to the point that local utilities are created, busting the regional monopolies.

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    the wealthy shut-ins are being disturbed by life around them. As the population drops people become more hostile towards children. It's self fulfilling

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

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    So go get a poodle, and don't procreate. Problem solved

    Posted in: 10 types of Japanese men, according to Japanese women

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    It's weird to call your spouse Mom or Dad. It's cute a couple of times in a situation but really that's it.

    Posted in: Mothers react to being called by their first names after years of just being 'Mama'

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    first reported in the Mainichi newspaper, the company said the promise to double the hazard allotment was 'aimed at improving pay for workers,'but that did not mean each worker would necessarily see a pay increase of that amount.

    When words don't mean anything, nothing does. Lies to the Japanese people. Lies to the IOC and the world. Japan has a lot of cleaning up to do, and it's not just Fukushima.

    My Japanese friends feel trapped by the oyagi network and they have no idea when real decisions will ever occur in their country. I can't say my country is any better. Accountability worldwide is in short supply.

    How does this not lead to more tragedy? Can anyone post positive news on the reduction of nuclear in Japan?

    Posted in: Nuclear workers kept in dark on Fukushima hazard pay

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    A friend saves the day!

    Posted in: Parents arrested for chaining 8-year-old son inside house

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    they'll fix it so you can't see and read reports about the rigging, not to stop it.

    Posted in: Construction of Olympic stadium delayed again over dubious bidding

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    Scrap the whole system and start over. It's just a joke. It takes at best two years of concentrated study to have language skills of a pre defined intermediate level or if you want to go real slow beginner level. After six years and Japanese are such colossal failures means the whole system is really a mess. You and I know this. You did your thing, I did tourist company English training, so I have some howlers but I can't post them here. My condolences to the eikaiwa marionettes, but you know you're a part of the problem. Perpetuation of failure for a paycheque is not success.

    IMHO it's about respect for a language and its proclivities. That English becomes warped into Engrish ensures that this will never happen.

    I once had a girl whose peer group had made up their own English, TPO, Time, Place, Opportunty to mean a kind of Valentine's romance. I had to let them know it meant in a court of law they were convicted and going to jail. It really is a kind of hopelessness to teach in Japan.

    Learn any language as it is, not as you want it to be. It's at the point now in Japan that English is the new kanji; replacing the character with something in English, but unless you know what it means then on its own it means nothing. Japanese-English-Patois is not English

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Just another simple mistake means there are more serious mistakes out there? Yikes and double Yikes

    Posted in: Doctors perform cataract surgery on patient's wrong eye

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    if the two groups were separated and nothing happened to each group, you could have had the same results. We don't know. Does the same rate of eczema uptake occur without the moisturizer? It's not as if 100% of babies develop eczema either. Given the study size and lack of comparisons this really doesn't mean anything. They found that kids playing in dirt inhibit allergies too. Maybe cover your baby in dirt then?

    Or not

    Posted in: Moisturising newborns prevents allergies: study

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    where was the manager? "Down Mongo... never kill a customer.."

    the article only says he's being questioned, not arrested?!?

    Posted in: Man kicked to death in argument over ramen shop seat

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    I'll probably make my next computer run Linux as the main operating system, as mostly everything is online now so you don't really need Windows anyway. It helps that I like the occasional command line. (I'm not affected by the bash bug). I'll then run Windows in a virtual machine, whatever version.

    For all the free office programs out there, MSOffice is still needed for 100% compatibility with sharing files but that and OneNote which is my fav are the only reasons to stay with Windows for me. This is a big downturn and if there is ever a worthy OneNote challenger made for Linux (Evernote isn't it) then I'll use Windows much much less.

    It's harder to justify upgrading now that the 2013 versions are terrible compared to 2010 (they messed up OneNote ugh) and that Microsoft is going to the Internet anyway as seen with Office365. They are still a force and can sometimes make really good products, but it seems they've jumped the sharknado and it's only a matter of time before I leave them completely.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    Good articles are always appreciated. I wonder though if a lot of this historical angst regardless of source is really economic myopia amid oil based systems. Taking that lesson to heart, getting free of nuclear and oil, and Japan will be set free. While hateful people are in any culture, without a target they become powerless. Rob them of their angst and I am hopeful for a future Japan

    Posted in: Former diplomat fears for future of Japan's democracy

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    Rather than speculate, I'll take the opportunity instead to ask readers to make sure they have their emergency survival kit updated and even consider adding to it.

    You can't speculate when a disaster hits but you have the choice to help yourselves and your neighbours.

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    So basically all the concerns of other countries are now fully realized and USA has egg on its face for shoehorning Japan into the talks.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. blame each other for snag in TPP talks

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    Many friends ended up emigrating to Canada. Europe is also more appreciative. We have in Canada 52 weeks maternity leave, for any spouse. You can split it up. 55% of it is paid. Sweden, Denmark, Croatia 100% paid also a year long. This creates contract jobs. Common search term here "temporary position covering a maternity leave" etc. Companies know they don't care, so if you get a temp replacement then no one is in the lurch and you have a nice break. The terms of the contract are that you get your job back after. Societies decide what is of value and what is not. Not enough value families.

    Employers and employees pay into a general insurance fund, which usually deals with a sudden job loss, but is also used to fund maternity leave

    Posted in: Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'

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    so when does his trial begin for committing such egregious fraud?

    Posted in: Crying lawmaker sparks pay cuts for assembly members

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    I guess the gift shop in Fukushima isn't working. And all the children there who now have thyroid cancer. Might as well celebrate cancer.

    Japan is so much better than this, can and has been off nuclear for years by using fossil fuels, but can get off or reduce the fossil fuels too. There is plenty to do, when you start doing it. I remain hopeful for a nuclear free Japan. For a country full of engineers I know it's possible

    Posted in: Industry minister tries to convince public on need for nuclear energy

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