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    They already know where to find you. The government already knows where to find you unless you are an unregistered illegal immigrant. If you lived in Japan, you would know that. Most people in Japan already have several numbers given out by the government that they could complain about in similar ways. Passport numbers, driver's license numbers, and resident cards.

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    Papi2013SEP. 03, 2015 - 02:01PM JSTJapan exports to Korea is no more than $42 billion in 2014,

    Can you give me a link on your $42 billion.

    Japan export to South Korea $62 billion.

    https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/jpn/

    Posted in: S Korea says summit with China, Japan may happen in late Oct

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    TriringSEP. 03, 2015 - 01:47PM JST Well tell that to PRC since they don't seem to consider SK as a important trade partner. Look at Samsung phones their market share is dropping like a rock in mainland China.

    Huh? China and South Korea has $228 billion in bilateral trade. That by itself tells you something.

    Posted in: S Korea says summit with China, Japan may happen in late Oct

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    Noble713 SEP. 03, 2015 - 01:58PM JST Yanosuke Hirai, who stressed the importance of a higher seawall at Onaga Nuclear Plant, sure seemed to predict higher tsunamis and force appropriate safety measures.

    Problem was not the seawalls. The real problem was that Fukushima-Daiichi was built at an elevation of 10 meters by reducing ground which initially stood at 35 meters above sea level to facilitate the transportation of equipment to the construction site and the pumping of seawater for the reactor’s cooling systems.

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    @Triring

    South Korea annual GDP went from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $1.4 trillion in 2014. For country that is so small, South Korea is about 50 percent of total Russian GDP or 75 percent of India GDP..

    Posted in: S Korea says summit with China, Japan may happen in late Oct

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    TriringSEP. 03, 2015 - 01:30PM JST It's all about SK economy in which Japanese are passing all together.

    It's other way around. In Reality, South Korea no longer sees significant importance to Japan. So for South Korea, good relations with Japan is not a priority. The bilateral trade has reduced significantly. In the last ten years, Japan had fifty percent reduction in import from South Korea. Currently Japan exports $60 billion to SK, while SK exports $25 billion to Japan. It's a one way trade for Japan. Even Hyundai no longer sells cars in Japan. Do you see many Samsung phones? South Korea sees China as a future growth, and they will focus on increasing trade and improve their bilateral relations and cooperations. South Korea only wants to improve tourism from Japan.

    Posted in: S Korea says summit with China, Japan may happen in late Oct

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    Triring SEP. 03, 2015 - 01:14PM JST I believe it's too late for that since export amount towards Japan has dropped below the amount SK exports to Vietnam. Basically Japan has completely passed SK as an import source.

    South Korea doesn't care about the manufactured goods. South Korea's main trade partner is China. What they care about is the number of Japanese visitors to South Korea that is down by 25 percent from few year ago. What South Korean government wants to do is to reverse the downward trend. Tourism can play an extremely important role in overcoming difficult political situations

    Posted in: S Korea says summit with China, Japan may happen in late Oct

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    President Park has every reason to improve the Japan–South Korea relationship. Park’s approval rating fell sharply below 30 percent, the lowest since she assumed the office two and a half years ago. Almost 60 percent of South Koreans see Park's performances as poor. If Park's government wants to improve the relations with Japan, they need to disconnect governmental relations from historical issues. President Park is facing growing domestic pressure to improve economic ties with Japan. The biggest factor for the worsening business environment is the strained political relations between Korea and Japan, especially in non-manufacturing areas such as tourism, transportation and service. Japan and South Korea needs to promote healing and reconciliation over historical issues and to strengthen their relations.

    Posted in: S Korea says summit with China, Japan may happen in late Oct

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    lincolnmanSEP. 03, 2015 - 11:25AM JST And how’s that relevant to the Russian Finance Minister saying that Russian GDP will contract 3%, inflation will run up to 12% and Russian bonds are now classified as junk - all impacting the already difficult daily life for the Russian people?

    If you read carefully, Russian FM also said that they will be back to normal by 2016-17. The volume of trade has not decreased. The only reason for the contraction of GDP is the oil and natural gas price which accounts for two-thirds of their revenue.

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    ZombieNemesis SEP. 03, 2015 - 10:08AM JST Consider the difficulty building an earthquake proof dam in a region susceptible to devastating earthquakes and you'll soon realize why its so difficult for Japan to fully leverage hydro-electic dams.

    Japan has ocean on all sides. The J-government can invest more into R&D with ​wave power. The ocean current power has largely remained untapped largely because building, deploying, and maintaining power-generating equipment underwater, in the middle of a major current, would be costly. Still, the potential is huge, largely because ocean currents are predictable, stable, and carry a lot of energy. Ocean currents are relatively constant and flow in one direction, in contrast to tidal currents along the shore. The ocean currents carry a great deal of energy because of the density of water. Water is more than 800 times denser than air.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

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    GuyJeanDailleultSEP. 03, 2015 - 09:36AM JSTBy what logic does anybody say "I believe this technology is safe, so I'm not going to bother protecting it from natural disasters"?

    It's been safe for over 40 years. How many experts (domestic or international experts) predicted 16 meter tsunami? Nobody.

    Posted in: Misguided safety assumptions key factor at Fukushima: IAEA

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    The U.S. has 23 reactors with the same kind of safety systems—and the same risky placement of pools for spent nuclear fuel, namely, alongside the main reactor in the top of the reactor building. Would U.S. reactors perform any better than Japan's in a crisis? And what lessons does Fukushima hold for reactor safety worldwide?

    Posted in: Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

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    No doubt that the Chinese will acknowledge the assistance they received from the U.S. and allies. The Chinese are not ungrateful....nor are they completely forthcoming as to how their own failures of development in the political sphere set them up to be repeatedly humiliated for several centuries.

    Posted in: China to hold big military parade, but ordinary folks can't go see it

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    Disillusioned SEP. 03, 2015 - 07:58AM JST Yes, electricity tariffs have increased by a little over 10%, but do you actually believe that, when the reactors are back online the tariffs will be reduced? Of course they won't be! The money will be used to prop up the already failing nuclear power industry.

    How many people died in Fukushima? Let me guess, zero? How many people died in coal mining accident that Germans are converting their power to? 6,000 per year? In the three years following Fukushima, Japan spent $270 billion on coal, oil, and LNG imports and close to 60 percent increase over what it otherwise would have spent had its nuclear fleet remained online. That forced Japan to run a trade deficit. It takes a long-term commitment to get the scale necessary in renewables or hydro to produce meaningful amounts of the power. There are physical limits on renewable and hydro energy, with wind power it's reliant on onshore winds and with solar it's space and sunlight. As you go down the list of clean fuels, those energy sources take up too much space, rely on intermittent power sources or are simply too expensive to produce, what you end up with is nuclear and natural gas.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

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    Sure the people remain skeptical of nuclear energy, but they themselves haven't likely experienced the full economic impacts of living without nuclear. With consumer household rates rising by roughly 12-15%, its been big industry, government and utilities who have been experiencing blow after blow. For a country so reliant on energy imports and with renewable generation still unreliable, having nuclear a part of the mix is crucial for a country like Japan.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

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    Compare to the West, the Japanese education system's focus on collective thinking is at the root cause of the problem. In Japan, you have to fall in line with other people. And if you cannot do that, you're either ignored or bullied. You are required to have a unified opinion, and it crushes the uniqueness every person has. But that uniqueness is not something to destroy. Schools prioritize on collective action. Children who do not get along in a group will suffer.The Japanese school system in still in the 1960's mentality. Don't expect Japan to change.

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    So how many were killed? Oh, none. Three Mile Island? None. Chernobyl? Low hundreds, ultimate figure couple of thousand. Six thousand die each year mining coal. You know, the stuff that feeds over 20 new power stations Germany is building to replace the "unsafe" nuclear plants it is shutting down.

    Posted in: Misguided safety assumptions key factor at Fukushima: IAEA

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    Ah_so SEP. 01, 2015 - 04:29PM JST Yes, it was an oversight by the Japanese, but I do not get this rather heartless "he should eat what he is given" attitude. I think that people really do not appreciate how revolting the pig is to Muslims.

    Your a guest. They can live off water, bread and beans. They don't need anything else. Try going to any third world countries and see if Japan is bad.

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    Regarding 1970's Japan’s ODA towards China, let’s not forget the 6+ billions in loan assistance which Japan has provided to China over many decades, and which China has eagerly taken to finance its development. It seems odd that China conveniently forgot past aggressions from Japan when billions of money was flowing its way. China’s continuing problems with its neighbors go far beyond its relations with Japan.

    How time has changed. It may seem strange today but Mao Zedong discouraged public discourse about the Japanese invasion and waived reparations. During his reign, Nanking was far from becoming Chinese target for Japanese brutality. Why Japan became a easy target? This was when new communist leaders, transforming their country into a market economy, first began to face the problems of uneven growth, which included social unrest on a huge scale. Honoring the memories of Sino-Japanese War became main focus to the post-Cold War Chinese strategy of finding new foils internationally and fresh ideological legitimacy at home.

    Posted in: China's leadership fans antipathy toward Japan

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    bass4funk AUG. 31, 2015 - 08:50PM JST I'm sorry, but I'm just not buying that. I don't believe Obama for one second cares about the real outcome of this deal, so long as he himself can reap the benefits of a quasi-successful deal.

    If there are any U.S, military action against Iranian nuclear facilities, potentially, this could ignite a catastrophic regional conflict and would be ineffective. If the deal falls apart, and then what happens? Those goals are irrelevant, unless U.S.have a plausible plan for achieving them by scrapping the existing deal, which they don’t. This isn’t surprising given that U.S. omnipotence is the guiding assumption behind contemporary Republican foreign policy. Ask any GOP presidential candidate what they propose doing about any global hotspot and their answer is the same, be tougher. U.S. must take a harder line against Iran’s nuclear program, against ISIS, against Assad, against Russian intervention in Ukraine and against Chinese ambitions in the South China Sea.

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