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wanderlustApr. 20, 2014 - 01:14AM JST
They have around 650 divers working in shifts, but work are limited by the conditions - current and poor visibility. Probably very few have tools to break ships cabin windows (they are strengthened to resist waves), titanium crowbars to gain access; commercial divers such as those who work on rigs and pipelines would be best.
They are many military, police and SF divers amongst them, but little cooperation between them, according to people on site. And remember, the first rule of rescue diving is not to be come a casualty yourself...
Posted in: Captain of S Korean ferry, 2 other crew members arrested; bodies seen
wanderlustApr. 18, 2014 - 03:11PM JST
For its performances in front of corporate audiences, it needs a specially prepared surface to move on, half a dozen techs in the background, and a back-up model, just in case...a long, long, way to go before it can handles granny remote...
Posted in: Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever
wanderlustApr. 18, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
Deviating off course, the captain leaving his ship quickly, late orders to abandon ship and then leaving the passengers to fend for themselves...didn't the same thing happen just a few years ago at Isola del Giglio?
Posted in: Confused, chaotic scenes described on sinking ferry
wanderlustApr. 17, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
@pandabelle - entering Shin Kiba going towards Tokyo has one of those sections where you have around 200 metres to change across two lanes of busy traffic, and lots of trucks.
Posted in: Everything you ever wanted to know about Tokyo's toll road system
wanderlustApr. 17, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
Many of the junctions are badly designed, just like the one at Kasumigaseki, and it is common to find a section of road 200~300 metres in length requiring you to cross 2~3 lanes of speeding, uncooperative traffic to get to your exit road. Hamazakibashi, ShinKiba, MIyakezake, are prime examples. The whole expressway network appears to have been designed by people who have never driven a car in their life...
wanderlustApr. 14, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
Just wait a few more days, and we'll hear the that the Satsumasendai plant managers are behind this campaign, as they did a few years ago with orchestrated media broadcasts...
And of course they will then they deny that they had anything to do with it, until a memo or email surfaces...
Finally they will apologise and say it was a misunderstanding, they regret the miscommunication, and will reflect deeply on their behaviour...
Until the next time...
Posted in: Kyushu town rallies for nuclear plant restart
wanderlustApr. 14, 2014 - 11:32AM JST
Even though the reactors are technically shut down, they are still putting out a lot of heat, and still require cooling of their fuel rods in both the reactor pressure vessels and their spent fuel pools, just like Fukushima Daiichi. This means that they still have almost the full complement of staff working there, just as if they were generating power, plus external power for cooling and monitoring functions, and that costs money.
If decommissioned, around five years are required to remove all the fuel from the reactor pressure vessel, and allow it to cool sufficiently that it becomes possible to place into dry storage, if available, or fuel pools away from the top of the reactor buildings. Only then can dismantling start, and under stringent exposure monitoring.
The utilities are supposed to have saved enough money to pay for decommissioning during the active 40 year lives of the plants, and that money is usually generated only after 20 years of operations, but in the case of newer plants, less than 20 years old, they won't have that money. Hence the desperation to get reactors on line to starting bringing in cash.
Posted in: Costs mount for idled nuclear reactors
wanderlustApr. 12, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
Won't the N S A have a record of the phone call somewhere in their records? They seem to record everything that goes on around the world!
Posted in: MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call: report
wanderlustApr. 11, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
They should start working on the National Parks Agency, the biggest obstacle to the development of alternative sources of power, such as geothermal and hydroelectric. If countries such as New Zealand have managed to develop them without being a blight on their countryside or affecting the tourist industry, why can't Japan?
Posted in: Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power
wanderlustApr. 11, 2014 - 03:11PM JST
Not just South Korea - the UK also proposed a requirement for partner visas required that the host earned around £18,500/ year, or had around £25,000 deposited in a UK bank account, which would allow them an initial 3-year visa, then a second 3-year visa before they could acquire UK citizenship. It is not being enforced yet, due to a number of appeals going through the courts.
Posted in: S Korea imposes new restrictions on marriages with foreigners
wanderlustApr. 10, 2014 - 05:04PM JST
Interesting that Korea punished the brokers and match makers, whereas Japan punishes the brides...
wanderlustApr. 10, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
Olympus is now backed by both Sumitomo Financial Group (it's original and main bank) and Daiwa Bank (one of Sony's banks), and has auditors from both of these organisations. Can't see this going very far...disturbs the harmony of Japanese banking.
Posted in: Olympus sued by 6 banks over false financial statements
wanderlustApr. 10, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
In the July 2013 issue N0 4. of QBITS, the 8-page newsletter of Riken QBiC, there is a 2-page article on Nature and it's Tokyo office, discussing how the internet has changed the business model of publishing and the value Nature has for Japanese science, and how they had been trying to change the perception that publicising in Nature was difficult, and encourage more authors to submit their papers. It certainly happened, and their office has grown rapidly.
Posted in: Obokata apologizes for mistakes but says her conclusions were accurate
wanderlustApr. 09, 2014 - 10:53PM JST
Her original paper was rejected by Nature when it was submitted in April 2012. Was there any pressure on Nature to accept the paper? Nature's Japan office has openly stated that they are keen to attract more Japanese authors to submit their papers.
wanderlustApr. 09, 2014 - 05:24PM JST
@strangerland - it's written in English!
Posted in: Eisai launches new energy drink Joma
wanderlustApr. 08, 2014 - 06:19PM JST
Windows 7 is now only available as a DSP version (Delivery Service Partner). It is a more generic version of OEM software used by smaller computer manufacturers and system builders. You'll need to reformat your drive before installing it, so back up everything to an eternal drive.
Posted in: Tech tips: A guide to upgrading, using XP computers
wanderlustApr. 08, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
So does Abe use an Oracle database to produce the new Japanese economic figures?
Posted in: Builders of the new economy
wanderlustApr. 08, 2014 - 10:00AM JST
Wait for the Go-Gatsu-Byo - or May sickness, when a large number of the new recruits will leave the company...
Posted in: Mistakes managers need to avoid when dealing with newly hired employees
wanderlustApr. 08, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
'Amoj' is 'Joma' backwards!
Local version of Red Bull?
wanderlustApr. 07, 2014 - 03:19PM JST
The boys in blue will be blowing whistles at every set of traffic lights in the morning, but will be conspicuously absent in the afternoon, evening and night when the truckers speed madly to their final jobs of the day, mums come home from schools with kids bouncing loosely in the backs of their 'kei' cars or one-box vans, and the bikers roam around the suburbs with exhaust pipes missing...
Posted in: Spring traffic safety campaign begins nationwide
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
Unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it looks. I've had the same style burger (avocado,…
Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Avocado Beef, Chicken, and Shrimp burgers look surprisingly good
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
Good idea to get away from the US states burgers. I often make those type at…
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
The right type of foreigner, not the type who stands on the streets of roppongi continuously…
Posted in: The Japanese government remains cautious about addressing the population decline and labor shortage by accepting immigrants. What do you think are the pros and cons of Japan accepting more immigrants?
And why is China the enemy here? Because the U.S. says so? Japan does a lot…
Posted in: Stalemate remains in Japan-U.S. talks on TPP
"Police in Tokyo have arrested a 41-year-old construction worker"
"Yoshio Sasahara broke into the apartment of…
Posted in: Serial burglar suspected of over 100 thefts