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sf2kApr. 20, 2015 - 01:13AM JST
Japan should either leave the TPP talks or be kicked out. If they're not there to play ball then that's that. Ironically that would be the best thing for Japan because the TPP is all about reducing government policy on the environment and copyright laws. Everyone else in the TPP is selling out their populations to unaccountable corporations. It's not an agreement worth supporting to begin with
Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.
sf2kApr. 19, 2015 - 04:31AM JST
In other ironic news, China demanded an end to pirated movies and wanted free elections around the world
Posted in: China complains Japan's air, sea surveillance raises safety risks
sf2kApr. 19, 2015 - 04:16AM JST
Does xenophobia threaten the existence of Japan or would its population reduce to a lower stable level?
Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year
sf2kApr. 19, 2015 - 01:14AM JST
Two errors in one sentence, not 1984 and not possible to have not lost luggage. How can that be possible given statistical curves in general.
Baggage is mislabeled and sent elsewhere all the time. They would have to ask every passenger who arrived from KIX at another airport or arrived at KIX for this to be true. You can't ask departing passengers!
Posted in: Kansai International: The airport that’s never lost a passenger’s bag
sf2kApr. 18, 2015 - 12:03PM JST
LOL, uh sure. Nobody knows why Japan is even in the TPP, least of all Japan
Posted in: Japan, U.S. trying to seal trade deal before summit
sf2kApr. 16, 2015 - 12:55PM JST
if pumped storage and geothermal etc etc were attempted in regions where an alternative energy were the most viable it would reduce the demand for nuclear without needing imports of fossil fuels. It wouldn't solve everything, but it would be a step forward. It would also make those regions more resilient to events far away from them.
Tokyo is basically a loss though. It's too large and concentrated so it needs nuclear to run, or coal or some large system. Other areas could try alternatives. The needs of Tokyo shouldn't be the only viewpoint of design for national energy.
Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction
sf2kApr. 16, 2015 - 12:38PM JST
it's okay to have taxes, it means you have things of value. Giving away value for free just subsidizes companies. Companies will always chase the freebies and marks any unrealistic industry. Like automotive or oil. If for example the oil subsidies were dropped then the companies would have to work harder for the same dollar, and alternatives would get the time of day if the public had choice. The public is always subsidizing somebody, but at their loss or their community's
California not subsidizing the industry to the same extent as other states should be commended, not condemned.
Posted in: Hollywhere? Los Angeles unable to halt film exodus
sf2kApr. 16, 2015 - 09:05AM JST
great way to show the impartial actions of a nuclear watchdog is in no way in the pocket of the industry /sarcasm
sf2kApr. 15, 2015 - 12:14AM JST
I'd like to see more geothermal at a local scale (~5-20m) solar and hydro thermal (it's an island nation yo) and of course solar panels with molten salt storage. Oh, combined heat and power is useful too. So many things. Japan can also use its mountains for pumped storage, which can be quite reliable. Lots to do if they want to do it. But as long as their employers tell them no, the oyajis will continue to bring Japan down. You should know there are lots of Japanese scientists and engineers young and old completely capable of helping Japan enter a new energy era. Quite ready really. Sadly are held back by the wall of brown paper bags from the nuclear industry who own government policy.
Posted in: Court issues injunction to halt restart of Takahama reactors
sf2kApr. 10, 2015 - 01:30PM JST
I voted yes, but in such a hypothetical situation wouldn't families spouses, sons, daughters just then run as well? Seems to happen anyway. In the end, nothing is the best antidote to good democracy other than well informed and eager voters. Preferential ballots + mandatory voting. Those go together and reward voters, not parties
Posted in: Are you in favor of term limits for elected politicians?
sf2kApr. 09, 2015 - 07:34AM JST
uh, we've already done that. And not the Lucas sticky fingered ones either.
Posted in: 'Star Wars' movies to be released online
sf2kMar. 30, 2015 - 02:40AM JST
how do you learn lessons then restart the reactors? That doesn't make sense
Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis
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
Apr. 21, 2015 - 11:53AM JST
Abe, have some decency! In the long run, you are just isolating Japan, hurting its own…
Posted in: Abe offers ritual gift to Yasukuni shrine
@Strangerland Robot or android or whatever you want to call it. Doesn't matter. The creators of…
Posted in: Robot receptionist
Apr. 21, 2015 - 11:52AM JST
No one is actually foggy on the history of the GOP-Tea, except those who rely on…
Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world
Apr. 21, 2015 - 11:50AM JST
Ruined by your cheap political shot that makes me wonder if you were really sincere about…
Posted in: Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy
Apr. 21, 2015 - 11:48AM JST
It's a beautiful shrine worth visiting. There are over two million war dead being remembered, including…