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wanderlustNov. 28, 2015 - 01:31AM JST
This is the same company who assessed the integrity of pressure tubes in a nuclear power plant,, a critical component, by simply utilising data from a similar reactor nearby. A few months later they burst, killing five and injuring six people with high-pressure steam (Mihama 2004).
An investigation concluded that water quality had been maintained since the commissioning of the plant, however the failing pipe had been omitted from an initial inspection plan and quality management systems were ineffective.
Posted in: Kansai Electric seeks to operate aging reactor beyond 40-year limit
wanderlustNov. 27, 2015 - 02:08PM JST
Analogue solution - get involved with physical friends and neighbours
Digital solution - get them involved in social media on the internet
Medical solution - modify behaviour with drugs
Japan solution - give them a talking robot
Posted in: Health risk of loneliness has physiological basis: study
wanderlustNov. 27, 2015 - 01:55PM JST
A good design utilising a folding fan had already been submitted by illustrator KanKan, after the earlier problems, with many people in favour of it.
Another case of re-inventing the wheel?
Posted in: Application starts for new Tokyo Games logo design
wanderlustNov. 25, 2015 - 08:36PM JST
Definitely not a new problem....
During the Hanshin (Kobe) earthquake in 1995, around 18 Shinkansen (Bullet Train) bridges collapsed, and their concrete supports and pilings were found to be full of builders' debris - plastic - cardboard - paper - and other junk, and not the expected solid concrete filling. The local builders fond a great way to save on disposal costs!
Posted in: Asahi Kasei confirms data fabrication in 360 buildings
wanderlustNov. 24, 2015 - 05:34PM JST
Nothing new here. Sanyo, Pioneer, Fujitsu, NEC and the rest have always 'encouraged' employees, their families and friends to buy their own products, and rated their efforts. Used to be the price employees would pay for their 'lifetime' employment, bonuses and benefits, many of which have gone the way of the dodo.
Posted in: Sharp asks all employees to buy its products
wanderlustNov. 24, 2015 - 02:58PM JST
@SNSC - I'm surely Charlie Sheen would approve of the positive message...
Posted in: Hachiko promotes World AIDS Day
wanderlustNov. 24, 2015 - 11:54AM JST
I believe this law only applies to businesses with 50 or more employees...
There a number of companies already using smartphone-based and web-sited based programmes to track mental health, even combining general health, diet and exercise programmes. They figure they have invested in an employee, let's take care of them.
Posted in: Businesses to be obliged to check employees' mental health
wanderlustNov. 23, 2015 - 08:57PM JST
As long as the IT back end infrastructure to support it works, but too many issues with banks and their off-shore computer systems. It will be a while before cash is not accepted.
Posted in: Do you think digital payment options will ever completely replace cash?
wanderlustNov. 22, 2015 - 08:54PM JST
Coverage in Japanese press is moderate, mainly official briefs via the 'Kisha Club' but he does not appear to gather many column inches in the overseas reports of summits conferences.
Posted in: How well or poorly do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing at all the international summits he has been attending recently?
wanderlustNov. 21, 2015 - 05:04PM JST
Better conceal my health and vaccination booklet next time I fly, it has Arabic writing on the cover...
Posted in: Two men kept from boarding U.S. plane after speaking Arabic
wanderlustNov. 21, 2015 - 05:01PM JST
These politicians have so little in common with the people whom they claim to represent.
It would be interesting to compare these results before and after they leave politics, along with income and expenditure details, and see just how much they received in the way of gifts and donations.
Posted in: New cabinet ministers hold Y61.2 mil on average in family assets
wanderlustNov. 19, 2015 - 03:45PM JST
As written before, up until today, all the 'terrorist' incidents in Japan have been promulgated by Japanese nationals, yet the authorities have always concentrated their efforts on foreigners. I guess now that they have some justification for this.
Posted in: How do you feel about the Japanese government fingerprinting foreign visitors arriving at airports?
wanderlustNov. 18, 2015 - 10:46AM JST
the small numbers making their way here so far are being thoroughly investigated...
the small numbers making their way here so far are being thoroughly investigated...
With no ID or other papers, no functioning criminal database available, little access to Syrian records, few witnesses or supporters; it must be very difficult to investigate thoroughly.
Posted in: Republicans rush to shut U.S. borders to Syrian refugees
wanderlustNov. 18, 2015 - 10:42AM JST
I wonder how quickly they'd drain the battery?
Better to use a simple USB power supply, and leave the computer alone.
Posted in: USB-powered heated gloves
wanderlustNov. 17, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
Up until today, all the 'terrorist' incidents in Japan have been promulgated by Japanese nationals, yet the authorities have always concentrated their efforts on foreigners. I guess now that they have some justification for this.
Posted in: Gov't to step up measures to prevent terrorism in Japan
wanderlustNov. 16, 2015 - 03:52PM JST
A quick trip to the ATM will reveal the answer. Poor interfaces, illogical sequences, and user unfriendliness lead one to conclude that the programmers here don't have a clue as to how humans think...
Posted in: Artificial Intelligence—Can Japan lead the way?
wanderlustNov. 16, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
20 bombs is not massive, esp. if the typical 500 kg bomb carried by their multipurpose fighter airplanes. 200 bombs would be big, but only the equivalent of what3 B-52s could drop in a single strike. 2,000 would be massive.
Posted in: France bombs Islamic State HQ; hunts attacker who got away
wanderlustNov. 15, 2015 - 03:49PM JST
Closing the borders now is too late. They are already in the countries, and have been there for years, even decades. Their parents may have integrated into their adopted countries, but they have not; they look on the people are around them with contempt, and have no respect for different values.
They hold allegiance to no country, have no uniformed army, no fixed headquarters, have no fear of death, and tolerate none but their own kind. It will take a paradigm shift in thinking, strategy and tactics to overcome them.
Posted in: A stunned Europe steps up security following Paris carnage
wanderlustNov. 14, 2015 - 08:56PM JST
Accounts of his death in the press vary from being 'vapourised in the explosion' to being 'dragged away and dying in a local hospital'. Not exactly conclusive proof of his demise.
Posted in: U.S. military reasonably certain 'Jihadi John' is dead
wanderlustNov. 13, 2015 - 10:44AM JST
Food is an essential, along with health, education and the government policy of encouraging children. Follow the example of the UK (VAT = Value Added Tax) which has a much higher rate of taxation (20%), but leaves food (except snacks, alcoholic drinks and takeaways), children's clothes, physical education and sports activities, medicines, educational services, books and magazines, all exempt from VAT. Very easy to understand, apply and gather revenue from.
Posted in: The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition Komeito Paty are locked in a debate over applying a reduced sales tax rate for fresh foods when the tax rate rises to 10% in April 2017. Komeito wants the reduced rate to apply to all food and nonalcoholic beverages, which would lead to a loss of ¥1.3 trillion in new tax revenues per year. The LDP wants to be more selective, applying the rate to vaguely-defined fresh foods. What's your view on the issue?
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Nov. 28, 2015 - 05:36AM JST
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Nov. 28, 2015 - 05:12AM JST
@Dom Palmer. There have been plenty of leaks as well. Asking reactors to forego their retirement…
Nov. 28, 2015 - 05:02AM JST
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