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wanderlustMar. 11, 2014 - 12:48AM JST
The UK NDA is looking at periods of between 60~80 years to decommission a reactor that was shut down with no problems @ costs that vary from JPYen 800,000,000 to JPYen 3,000,000,000 at today's price - (discounted to present value calculation), assuming no future or undiscovered problems. Data from the NDA website.
TEPCO does not really have a clue how long it will take to decommission Fukushima Daichi NPPs 1~4, or the real cost. It's just guesswork.
Posted in: Future business opportunities seen in Fukushima cleanup
wanderlustMar. 10, 2014 - 10:29PM JST
@fukuppy - they've made some new designs in robots, and tools to go with them such as metal saws and lifting gear capable of 150kg lifts, but getting up and down the stairs in a badly designed, plant with rubble and girders scattered everywhere has posed problems. Some of the new models can survive up to 100 trips in a highly irradiated environment, but became radioactive themselves, and so need special handling, such as re-charging their batteries by themselves. Biggest issue is control, as some of the robots are marooned inside the plants due to cables getting stuck, and no way of freeing them, unless other robots can get in, as people can't. Retracting cable spools, and support 'bots are under test.
wanderlustMar. 10, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
Interestingly, with the right turn diversion, the plane flew 4,897 miles to Honolulu, instead of its planed flight of 4,917 miles to San Francisco, just 20 miles less!
Posted in: JAL Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Honolulu
wanderlustMar. 10, 2014 - 03:15PM JST
Some universities wanted to develop robots back in the late 1990s and early 2000s in anticipation of such events, but the 'nuclear village' did not want to frighten people over doubts on nuclear safety, and those universities found funding withdrawn.
The utilities had also expected to extend NPP life from the original 40 years to 50 and 60 years, through 'pencil sharpening' or alteration of safety standards, tolerances and limits of wear, and although they were supposed to invest and save funds for decommissioning reactors after their life, the amounts that have been set aside do not cover the real costs.
Finally, they need the nuclear gypsies or gamma sponges, the labourers who do the dirty, dangerous, decommissioning work that robots are unable to accomplish, who are worked up to and beyond their 'safe absorption' limits, or they'll have to seek these people from overseas, as they did for a shroud replacement at Fukushima, as their limits were higher than those of Japanese.
wanderlustMar. 09, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
I wonder how they get on with JA (Japan Agriculture), who seem to have the monopoly on farm produce and selling the chemicals that sustain it? Good for Japan's future that they are getting young people to move into farming, and hopefully replace and take over from the old folks who dominate it now.
Posted in: Farm output will keep falling unless we take action. We want to bring on young farmers to become professional producers.
wanderlustMar. 08, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
Seems like a massive telecommunication infrastructure is need to support this initiative with data transmission, as well as systems on the car side. Who will pay for it? The driver!
The implications for Big Data are also huge. Analytics will be able to track your travels, purchasing habits, business and recreational destinations, everything you do that is related to travel by car, and then throw it back at you through targeted marketing programmes, insurance premiums, etc..
Posted in: In a driverless future, drivers will do anything they like
wanderlustMar. 08, 2014 - 02:24PM JST
Transnational/ multinational companies or corporations are flag bearers of globalisation and internationalisation. Global hotel brands are the ultimate expressions of globalisation - same menu, same restaurants, same decor, same points clubs, same uniforms - you have to check the name on the key card to remember where you are, such is the monoculture that prevails. Makes their same outlook corporate guests feel comfortable, but they are totally isolated from the country that they are staying in.
It's the differences that make life richer and more enjoyable, the different systems, languages and cultures. But the corporate world dislikes it, as their globalisation (aka monoculture) require everyone and everywhere behave in the same way, for 'smooth management', finance, supply chain, marketing, etc., to maximise profits.
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
wanderlustMar. 06, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
Short term opportunity for a Japanese Tour company?
Posted in: 'Upskirt photos' legal, Massachusetts top court says
wanderlustMar. 06, 2014 - 12:10PM JST
The 'system support' for Win Seven is worse than XP. Constant error messages of unable to install updates, with an error code that does nothing to help you solve the problem. A look around a number of offices and homes would suggest that a lot more than 20% of users are still using XP. It works, it is simple, it does the job. If only other Windows systems were the same.
As Windows goes in cycles, many people now are waiting for Windows 9, or whatever they decide to call it...
95 - starter, 98 good, ME bad, XP good, Vista bad, Seven good, Eight bad...
Posted in: Microsoft to end support for Windows XP on April 9
wanderlustMar. 05, 2014 - 01:56PM JST
More driver distractions taking your eyes and mind off the road...and until the iPhone comes up with true multitasking, you'll only be able to do and control one of these functions at a time, unless you count iTunes BGM playing in the background...
Posted in: Siri gets a seat in iPhone-friendly cars
wanderlustMar. 03, 2014 - 01:37PM JST
@anahorn - It's in the interests of Europe (mainly UK and France as the major military powers) to give a hand to Ukraine
I don't think the UK has any capability left. The military is stretched enough with wars in the Middle East, a commitments elsewhere, round after round of defence cuts, and a public tired of seemingly never-ending wars in far-off lands. France and Germany (a major power too) would also think twice about involvement there..
Posted in: Japan expresses concern over Russia's Ukraine move
wanderlustMar. 03, 2014 - 01:16PM JST
Can imagine this to end up as a couple of workers driving slowly over the bridge or through the tunnel in a 'kei' truck, orange lights flashing away under large signs saying 'inspection', as they peer through the windscreen with a torch shining on the girders or tunnel ceiling...it's been inspected!
Posted in: Bridge and tunnels to be inspected every 5 years
wanderlustFeb. 28, 2014 - 06:10PM JST
Sanyo Shinkansen - Osaka to Hakata - has had 300 kph trains running for years without problems - the Nozomi 500 being the first to do it, it even had a digital speedometer in each coach, and an announcement of attaining the 300 kph speed. It's running and maintenance costs were higher than other models, leading to withdrawal from service.
Posted in: JR Tokai seeks approval to increase Tokaido shinkansen train speed
wanderlustFeb. 28, 2014 - 11:20AM JST
Don't forget TEPCO's Pu-chan and U-chan, the mascots for friendly, harmless Plutonium and Uranium!
Posted in: You need a mascot if you hope to be successful in Japan
wanderlustFeb. 22, 2014 - 06:25PM JST
In January 2014, virtually every set menu in their Chinese restaurant at the Hilton in Osaka had shark fin included.
Posted in: Hilton to ban shark fin in all owned and managed properties across Asia-Pacific
wanderlustFeb. 11, 2014 - 12:24PM JST
The consumption tax should be zero for children's clothes and essentials, medicines, food, education materials, and probably 10~15% for everything else - that's how the high taxes in Europe are managed.
Posted in: Japan faced with gloomy data ahead of tax hike
wanderlustFeb. 10, 2014 - 09:24AM JST
Catching up on 30~40 years of improperly documented tests and botched safety specifications from under the previous regulatory body, plus watching out for forged documents and falsified tests, will take much longer than anyone thinks. Toshiba and Hitachi with the earlier joint-ventures with General Electric will also be feeling the heat, along with Mitsubishi Heavy. But is is reassuring to see that the new NRA is taking its job seriously, and so far seems immune to the brown envelopes that characterised it's predecessors behaviour....
Posted in: Nuclear plant restarts bogged down in safety checks and paperwork
wanderlustFeb. 08, 2014 - 01:58PM JST
One little snag.... Mitsubishi FBR, a company founded in 2007, is planning to build a new FBR for launch in 2025 and a full commercial reactor by 2050. They plan to use the same liquid sodium reactor coolant that plagued the Monju plant, which was also partially built and operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the parent of Mitsubishi FBR. Those plans have NOT been cancelled.
Posted in: Japan to abandon troubled Monju fast breeder reactor: Nikkei
wanderlustFeb. 07, 2014 - 09:01PM JST
Sony Professional and Broadcast level video equipment is very good, and their support is second to none, but due to their silo attitude, those values are not shared amongst the Sony group. As @timtak has mentioned, they are difficult to integrate with other makers due to 'unique' standards, you have to buy a complete system, from cameras through to post-production. National broadcasters and local/ central government departments may take this kind of deal, and usually have the budget to go with it, but few others do.
Interestingly in Asia and Europe, Sony is regarded as a hardware company, but in North America it is considered an entertainment company!
Posted in: As Sony prepares PC exit, pressure mounts for reboot on TVs
wanderlustFeb. 07, 2014 - 12:14PM JST
A couple of cats are also great for warming your feet and back...just watch out for their claws in the morning!
Posted in: Electric blankets no help for good night's sleep in winter
Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Yeah, three years today and very little has changed for most of the tsunami refugees. They…
Posted in: Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:17AM JST
A definite tear-jerker. While it's doubtful he will find her, I hope while he dives and…
Posted in: Widower continues diving off tsunami-hit coast in search of wife's remains
Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:16AM JST
I was in America at the time, and remember the shock of seeing the tsunami videos.…
Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day?
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Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
@EthanWilber: Losing air supremacy? The JASDF is outfitted with Mitsubishi F-15J aircraft. Those are Air Supremecy…
Posted in: Japan scrambles jets against Chinese military planes
if japan has no legal claim then china should go to ICJ and prove china's…
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory