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wanderlustSep. 23, 2014 - 07:15PM JST
Safety is not like a sauce you put on your steak, it has to be built in to the plant's infrastructure and environment, operating procedures, staff training etc.,
The number of incidents and accidents at Japan's NPPs, breeder reactors and re-processing plants, and the response at Fukushima Dai Ichi have demonstrated that they do not have a good safety culture.
Posted in: Abe says Japan will not restart nuclear plants unless safety is restored 100%
wanderlustSep. 22, 2014 - 08:27AM JST
the world’s strictest safety guidelines...
the world’s strictest safety guidelines...
Sounds great in theory, but people know that they won't be applied, and indeed are not being applied. The 2 reactors in Kyushu that have been approved to start have no proper evacuation plans in force, and many of the required safety improvements are just promises written on pieces of paper.
It will take more than employees being told to write glowing accounts to influence votes and large brown envelopes to local politicians to regain the trust of people. The myth of 'Safe Nuclear Power' has been destroyed...
Posted in: Industry minister tries to convince public on need for nuclear energy
wanderlustSep. 18, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
Open mouth - speak - uproar - misunderstanding - withdraw comments - apologise - regrettable - resign - vacation - new position - open mouth - speak - uproar...
The cycle of Japanese politicians...
Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly
wanderlustSep. 17, 2014 - 11:15PM JST
Stand by for a cute little mascot - Haido-chan, and some cartoons showing how 'safe' it is. That's the usual way to convince people of safety here....
Posted in: Safety worries cloud Japan's dream of carbon-free hydrogen society
wanderlustSep. 16, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
Greater Manchester is also making noises for greater independence from Central Government in London, who traditionally have little knowledge of anything North of the Watford Gap service station. The corrupt regime in London, politicians with snouts deep in the fiscal trough, inspire few, and Manchester presents a good case for more autonomy.
Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?
wanderlustSep. 16, 2014 - 04:32PM JST
Any pilots left for new routes? So many cancelled flights this year due to a shortage of plane drivers...
Posted in: Vanilla Air to begin Hong Kong flights in November
wanderlustSep. 13, 2014 - 01:47PM JST
Just another step along the way before we get full function implantable devices: personal locator, communication tool, train/ bus pass, payment maker and health monitor. Just wave your hand over the machine at the supermarket and all is paid for.
Big Data will know all about you!
But just a glitch in the system and you're off the grid. Can't buy food, can't travel, lose your credit rating, lose your medical notes, your identity...
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
wanderlustSep. 11, 2014 - 08:33PM JST
On patrol at intersections between 7 and 9 in the morning, and occasionally in the evening, unseen the rest of the day. Lots of waving of light sabres and whistling, but totally ignoring the gyaku-so cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road; speeding trucks; parking at intersections, restaurants and other places with hazards lights on; kids bouncing on the front seat; puppies on the steering wheel; curtains drawn across all of the side windows; the usual campaign....
Posted in: Kanagawa police launch campaign to reduce traffic accident fatalities
wanderlustSep. 09, 2014 - 12:08PM JST
Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?
wanderlustSep. 07, 2014 - 03:05PM JST
Around 10~15 years ago in a Bristol hospital in the UK, a cardiac consultant placed an active cellphone, i.e. switched on and making a call, next to the pacemaker of a patient in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), who was also wired up to an ECG (Electrocardiogram). Some miniscule disturbances were noted in the ECG, that could have been induced by the phone itself and not the result of any interference with the pacemaker, but no clinically significant effects were seen.
The hospitals current rule (downloadable off their website) is to avoid having a mobile phone within 6 inches of your pacemaker. This also applies to handheld hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, sewing machines and any stereo loudspeakers that have large magnets. Portable mobile cellphones that transmit above 3W should keep their antenna 12 inches away from the pacemaker.
Posted in: Kansai scraps 'power off' mobile phone ban on trains; Kanto won’t budge
wanderlustSep. 07, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
So much for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics attracting business! Initial rumours were that Virgin Atlantic would use Haneda instead of Narita, but looks like that fell through...
Posted in: Virgin Atlantic to end service to Japan
wanderlustSep. 07, 2014 - 10:51AM JST
And when you have listened, do something constructive...
Posted in: We must speak for people who have no voice. It is our duty to listen to those who are weak and vulnerable.
wanderlustSep. 06, 2014 - 01:12PM JST
Initially thought the questions was about this new IKEA furniture, then realised it was about his government! Overall it looks even more right-wing, with more yes-men and yes-women to follow his orders, and more career politicians who are totally out of touch with the real world, like Ms. Obuchi and MS. Takaichi. Good for Abe, bad for Japan.
Posted in: What do you think of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet?
wanderlustSep. 06, 2014 - 01:05PM JST
Regulatory Authorities who are highly influenced by the nuclear industry play a game called 'pencil-sharpening' by engineers, by altering the design and operating specifications of components of nuclear power plants to allow for extended operations. Such as the original specification for heat exchanger pipes could be a minimum 25mm thickness, but these erode over time due to pressurised liquid flow and vortices in the pipes, so when the time comes to replace them they then say, that 15mm minimum thickness is acceptable, extending the life of the components.
Nuclear power plants are generally only profitable in their second 20 years of operation, the first 20 years being devoted to paying off the construction costs, and saving the required money for decommissioning. After that they become cash cows, so any extension beyond their original life span is highly beneficial to nuclear power plant operating utilities.
Posted in: Gov't to push for closure of aging reactors
wanderlustSep. 05, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
a well-spoken man with a British accent...
a well-spoken man with a British accent...
You'll find a number of these in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Wealthy families often send their children to an Eton/Harrow/ public school education, then hopefully to Oxbridge. They pick up the 'accent' easily, but it does not mean that they are Western, or even British.
Posted in: How to prevent Westerners from fighting for Islamic State
wanderlustSep. 04, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
@LFR - no you can select not to upload to My Photo Stream in the settings on your iPhone - very easy to do.
Posted in: Should naked photo hacking be considered a sex crime?
wanderlustSep. 04, 2014 - 05:08PM JST
It's research! Written on the side of the factory ship or mother vessel - R E S E A R C H!
The again, my La Coste polo shirt doesn't mean I own a crocodile!
Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban
wanderlustSep. 04, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
A little ironic that those complaining about the thefts of their own 'nude' selfies spend most of their lives in front of cameras, manipulating, posing and pushing the boundaries of decency in what can be shown in public and what cannot, in attempts to boost their public profiles, increase sales or counter poor ratings. Now they have free publicity and they are complaining!
wanderlustSep. 04, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
High-speed train systems, automated toilets, printers, small cars, electronic transaction systems, vending machines...
Posted in: Which industries do you think Japan still leads the world in?
wanderlustSep. 04, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
I prefer the 'ugoku nebukuro', or walking sleeping bag. Great for the home and office during winter, and for camping trips.
Posted in: Wearable futon: Excuse to keep workers in office all night, or smart disaster preparedness?
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:16AM JST
Article a few days ago said the price on blackmarket iphones in China collapsed.
Posted in: Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China Oct 17
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:13AM JST
LostinNagoya, the lines were much longer this time - 12 blocks! Seriously?!
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:04AM JST
Fadamor - thanks.
Posted in: 37-year-old man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old boy in Chiba
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:03AM JST
True communism/socialism difficult to sustain because it depends on honestly communist/socialist leadership, over time. Something Chinese…
Posted in: Police ease tactics in Hong Kong protest standoff
Oct. 02, 2014 - 04:57AM JST
I can spend 15 seconds on Google and see a dozen better ones. Just saying.
Posted in: Japan Motor Racing Hall of Fame