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warnerbroNov. 28, 2013 - 01:01AM JST
China made a foolish move and the Yanks responded appropriately. Good on them. But we need to remember that what China intends at this point is to create evidence that a dispute exists, a dispute in which I take Japan's side, but a dispute the existence of which Japan denies.
Posted in: China says it monitored U.S. B-52 air zone flights
warnerbroAug. 30, 2013 - 05:44PM JST
Japan could easily afford to continue existing coverage and expand access to new treatments if it had or were willing to import young people. The problem is the declining and ageing population. Aso's hurry up and die remarks basically express the government's stance. They want to lure wealthy Asians to Japan for advanced treatment, and make it available to plutocrats like Abe and Aso, whilst leaving the great mass of people to place their fate in the hands of ill-trained internists who cannot even diagnose an ear infection or to witch doctors and acupuncturists.
Posted in: Abe battles doctors' lobby over 'third arrow' reform
warnerbroAug. 29, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
I doubt the Americans will send their sons to die for a few obscure rocks. They were NATO allies of us but did not deploy any men with us in the Falklands, did they? And remember that China can muster more than ten young men for every one of Japan's and still have plenty to spare. I do not wish to see Japan lose the Senkakus but a military solution is not advisable.
Posted in: Aso compares Senkakus dispute to Falklands
warnerbroAug. 29, 2013 - 10:36PM JST
I would hope that armed conflict may be avoided. China can lose ten soldiers for every one of Japan's and still prevail handily. Japan's population is ageing and declining rapidly. China has nuclear weapons that would take Japan years to make and the population is less densely distributed, making it less vulnerable to nuclear attack than Japan. Compared to today, Japan was much stronger militarily than China in 1937. How, pray tell, did Japan's role as a main player work out for it then? Learn from the past and survive, Japan.
Posted in: Japan could be 'main player' if Asia conflicts break out: defense minister
warnerbroAug. 29, 2013 - 10:13PM JST
“This would avoid sending confusing messages to the media and the public on a possibly long series of INES-rated events at the lower levels of the scale, for the duration of the entire recovery operation”,
Yes, that is precisely what it would do. IAEA wants to avoid the truth at all costs.
Posted in: Japan should stop sending 'confusing messages' on Fukushima: IAEA
warnerbroAug. 29, 2013 - 09:58PM JST
"the electric grid throughout Japan seems to have made it through the summer without a single blackout, brownout or obligatory conservation measures, such as the rolling power blackouts that crippled parts of the greater Kanto region in the immediate wake of the March 11, 2011 disaster."
The fact is that Japan has plenty of generation capacity without the nukes. The government was desperate to hide that from the public, which is why it concocted the conservation measures. That said, Japan should use less, as warispeace astutely notes. If people had to pay the full cost of electricity from conventional and nuclear sources, they would use less and reduce the consequent environmental damage.
Posted in: Utilities perform high-wire balancing act to avoid shortages
warnerbroAug. 29, 2013 - 09:52PM JST
"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to the world his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of highly radioactive water at Fukushima."
Fair enough. Give us the bad news first. Now what's the good news?
"The IAEA cautioned against the frequent use of INES evaluations in the future, saying this risked clouding the issue in the public mind."
Quite the reverse, mates. The IAEA is concerned that the issue will become clarified in the public mind.
Posted in: Abe pledges greater government role at Fukushima
warnerbroAug. 22, 2013 - 06:30PM JST
The device they were using cannot project the substances high enough to be of any use, according to a meteorologist quoted on TV. The rain that did occur was forecast before they employed the device. There is considerable controversy about the extent of this method's utility, even when done from the air. If it were that easy to make rain, it would be done much more often.
Posted in: Tokyo gov't tries cloud seeding to cope with water shortage
warnerbroAug. 22, 2013 - 05:55PM JST
The BoJ has doubled the money supply and the effect has been slight at best.
Posted in: Japan economy may have bottomed out in late 2012: government panel
warnerbroJul. 20, 2013 - 11:37PM JST
The Soviet Union did not immediately initiate a monitoring regime under which an increase in cancer could have been detected, so it is unclear when the incidence actually increased. Four years seems to be commonly mentioned. But such a figure emanates from data collected and then permitted release to the world by the government of the Soviet Union. Some sources, using Soviet data that the WHO cites, suggest evidence of an increase from the third year:http://www.rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/NSRG/Chernobyl/JHT/JHT9602.html
Regarding the supposed threshold exposure for cancer in children:
"And scientists have found rates of thyroid cancer in children in Cumbria, the worst-affected part of England, rose 12-fold after the catastrophe - and blame fallout from the radioactive cloud that spread from the stricken reactor. This confounds government assurances at the time that the radiation in Britain was "nowhere near the levels at which there is any hazard to health".
Posted in: Thyroid cancer risk for 2,000 Fukushima workers: TEPCO
warnerbroJul. 18, 2013 - 11:39PM JST
An eruption could easily bring traffic in Tokyo to a halt, clog all manner of air filtration devices, damage electronic equipment throughout the Kanto region. And one might add that the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges have been united just in time to ensure maximum damage to Japan's and the world's economy in such a scenario. The danger has been known for centuries. Do the people in charge of anything have a plan for this?
Posted in: Major eruption could cause Mt Fuji’s new life as Cultural Heritage Site to be short lived
warnerbroJul. 18, 2013 - 11:29PM JST
"The temperature of the container was about 38 degrees." And the temperature of the very humid air outside the container was what, 30 degrees or higher? That doesn't sound like a steam producing situation.
Posted in: Steam seen in Fukushima No. 3 reactor building
warnerbroJul. 18, 2013 - 11:20PM JST
Naturally, the court has served the yakuza boss with a subpoena and read it to him, including the plaintiff's real name and current address.
Posted in: Woman sues yakuza boss, seeking protection money refund
warnerbroJul. 14, 2013 - 02:12PM JST
As smithinjapan indicates, this means there is more than one potential cause of fire in this aircraft. And eight hours after it was parked. Unless it was arson or the cleaning crew was smoking at work, this sounds quite serious for the operation of the 787.
Posted in: No evidence Dreamliner fire linked to batteries
warnerbroJul. 14, 2013 - 01:43PM JST
Concerning the falsification of data, don't forget Moriguchi Hisashi, an erstwhile Tokyo University researcher, with no medical degree and merely a nursing license to his name, who published papers and claimed to have succeeded in clinical trials with iPS cells.
“Scientists, journalists and regulators here need to be especially careful not to let their pride in Yamanaka’s achievement affect their critical faculties, or overwhelm them in national fervour," says Douglas Sipp, who researches stem-cell ethics and regulation at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan.
Posted in: Japan vows action over claims of fabricated drug data
warnerbroJun. 12, 2013 - 12:48PM JST
I would expect Japan's bench to defeat Iraq at least three nil. As a Japan supporter, I hope Mr. Zaccheroni is taking notes.
Posted in: Japan wins 1-0 to end Iraq's World Cup hopes
warnerbroMay. 26, 2013 - 10:42PM JST
The tabloids are blaming his wife. Does he have secure communications capability at home? Think of the security risk he's presenting to his neighbours, the police presence in his neighbourhood.
Posted in: Gov't denies ghosts keeping PM out of residence
warnerbroMay. 26, 2013 - 10:33PM JST
"51 other researchers and workers were engaged in the experiment at the facility and may also have been exposed to radiation."
Not 4 researchers, mates. 51 researchers were exposed. Only 4 were checked. The rest went home as usual to their families...
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
warnerbroMay. 26, 2013 - 10:27PM JST
Japan has fallow rice fields nearly everywhere due to manpower shortages in ageing and depopulating hamlets. There is no reason whatever to grow rice or anything else 15 km from the disaster whilst such a situation exists. The rice is being checked for radioactive contamination by producers' associations that have a financial interest in finding their products are within the levels Japan's government considers safe. The rice will be mixed or used in processed foods to avoid the necessity of labelling the site of origin. This has been done since 2011.
Posted in: Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
warnerbroMay. 11, 2013 - 02:58PM JST
This is an interesting article on what seems to be an innovative approach. New ideas frequently attract objections but firms should by all means be open to them where and when they might gain an advantage. This method deserves further attention.
"Because we have already asked all the high performers how they think, we already know what answer is a high performer’s answer. Applicants don’t."
My question would be with what criteria and by whom is "high performer" defined? Further, has this firm actually devised a means to ask "all of the high performers" how they think? Or might we assume it has instead gained data from a statistically significant sample of people defined by someone's criteria (or it's own) as high performers in certain fields of employment?
I would also advise "statsguy" that his argument might elicit greater support were he correctly to spell the name of his profession, statistician.
Posted in: Turning the hiring world upside down
Dec. 05, 2013 - 11:48AM JST
Is no-one tired of these geriatrics re-hashing their old songs?
Posted in: Rolling Stones to play 3 concerts in Japan
could bottle it and start selling it as a unique Japanese drink......
Posted in: Gov't proposes extra measures to deal with Fukushima water
Dec. 05, 2013 - 11:47AM JST
Keep at it guys, wouldn't it be quicker to build up the athletes with protein and…
Posted in: A Tokyo district's uphill quest for the perfect bobsleigh
Dec. 05, 2013 - 11:46AM JST
No. Just imagining what a casino in DRC must be like. all the games are likely…
Posted in: Japanese diplomat held over arson, embezzlement at embassy in Congo
Dec. 05, 2013 - 11:45AM JST
No thanks, teach manners not tech
Posted in: Docomo locks smartphones to prevent use while walking