zichi's past comments

  • 1

    zichi

    As I very plainly said, there were concerns about its stability until a full inspection could be made.

    Whatever you care to state now does not change the events which happened which was TEPCO decided with great effort to re-enforce the underneath of the No4 cooling pool because at the time engineers expressed their concern over the damage to the pool structure.

    The pool is almost empty of the nuclear fuel but there are still concerns about using this type of cooling pool several floors above ground level. The previous gov't called for an end to the practice.

    So then you have two facalities require all the monitoring and security rather than just one. It is like saying everyone should have their own landfill in their own yard rather than having just one landfill for each town/region.

    Following your line of argument then it would require less security if all the spent nuclear fuel was moved from the 18 atomic power plants and stored at the reprocessing plant in Aomori. Something the power utilities are unwilling to do because they would have to pay for the transport, storage and reprocessing.

    Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima

  • -1

    zichi

    Star-viking

    I should have read your TEPCO link before I replied to to your comment and you should have read your own link before posting your comment.

    Your link confirms everything I have stated about the No4 pooling being badly damaged by the powerful 3/11 earthquake and/or the explosions from the No3 reactor. The pool was in danger of collapse if the plant was hit by a powerful aftershock or another powerful quake.

    As shown in your linked document TEPCO were concerned enough about the safety of the pool to re-enforce the underneath with steel and concrete.

    Following that work, TEPCO said it was no longer concerned about the safety of the No4 cooling pool and I have never disagreed with that. But if the atomic plant was hit by another power quake like the one on 3/11 then no one can be 100% sure about what would happen.

    Recently, TEPCO expressed concern about the height of the sea wall and decided it wasn't high enough for a potential tsunami and will increase the height by 3-6m.

    Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima

  • -2

    zichi

    Star-Viking Then please explain why TEPCO decided to reenforce underneath the No4 pool and there were photos of it on the TEPCO site? Did TEPCO a state it wouldn't collapse that work?

    Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima

  • -2

    zichi

    No it didn't. There was never any credible risk of the #4 fuel pool collapsing. There were early concerns but once an inspection could be performed it showed that the damage was not enough to compromise the buildings integrity.

    TEPCO at the time following 3/11 thought the No4 cooling pool was in danger of collapsing and used concrete and steel to reenforce the underneath area of the pool. So why did TEPCO a do that?

    Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima

  • 0

    zichi

    Strangerland The costs I quoted for the reception are not the amounts paid by the guests. They are the costs to the wedding couple or whoever is footing the bill to hold the reception.

    Posted in: Wedding march

  • 1

    zichi

    The gov't have supported TEPCO by buying 53% of its worthless stock and to date giving it more than ¥10 trillion but eventually it'll cost more than ¥50 trillion to clean up the TEPCO made nuclear disaster. The gov't intends restarting the nuclear reactors including the seven TEPCO owned reactors at its Niigata atomic plant. the gov't also allowed TEPCO to increase its monthly power charges even after TEPCO realised for more than 10 years it had overcharging its customers. All companies would be very happy to get the gov't support given to TEPCO.

    Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima

  • 0

    zichi

    Traditional weddings are very expensive and only the invited guess must attend and not bring any additional people even if he might be their husband or wife.

    The cost of the wedding reception is ¥3-5 million. Every guess will receive a gift for attending the reception usually limited to ¥5,000 each. The cost of the reception in Tokyo will be ¥50,000 to ¥100,000 per guest. A little less in the sticks, ¥20,000 to ¥50,000.

    Some of the costs are recovered by the obligatory attendance fee (oiwai) that guests are expected to pay for attending the wedding party. The amount is dictated by how close the family member is to the couple, as well as how high the guest’s social position is. Average fee is ¥50,000.

    If the wedding is held at a Shinto shrine will involve a large donation to the shrine. There's alo the cost of the many gowns which these days are usually rented but a rich family with paid more than ¥5 million for a single wedding kimono.

    Most young couples these days usually have a second reception, in the evening, informal and more like a club.

    Then there's the wedding photographer and his army of assistents which don't come cheap. If invited to the group photo's remember not to smile.

    Posted in: Wedding march

  • 5

    zichi

    Asked my mother who lives in the area about the homeless problem and she thought they weren't a problem. The mayor should provide a shelter they can use to feed the homeless but nearly the mayor just wants to drive them and the problem away and homeless people don't vote come election time.

    There are similar stories in some parts of Tokyo.

    Posted in: Florida man arrested for feeding homeless in public park

  • 4

    zichi

    Yesterday we were in a local Japanese garden near to the Prefecture Office when a young just married young couple appeared wearing full tradition kimono for their official wedding photo's. It was nice to see and photo. Traditional wedding especially those held at a Shinto shrine are way too expensive.

    Posted in: Wedding march

  • 1

    zichi

    The removal of the spent nuclear fuel and nearly all the new fuel from the No4 cooling pool is an achievement and any decrease in the danger levels at the plant is welcomed news.

    Following the 3/11 powerful earthquake and the hydrogen explosions from the No3 the No4 cooling pool came very close to collapsing which would have made the nuclear disaster far worse than what is is from the nuclear meltdowns inside the reactors. TEPCO reenforced the underneath of the pool with concrete and steel.

    Sometime ago, TEPCO stated there are 80+ damaged nuclear fuel assemblies and no news if any are stored in the No4 cool1ng pool.

    The removal of the spent fuel was much the same as if there had been no nuclear disaster. TEPCO installed new cranes and a new temporary building. The levels of permitted radiation levels are low enough for the Hitachi nuclear engineers to work there and remove the nuclear fuel.

    The near collapse of the cooling pool highlights the danger of using this system which is common at most of the global reactors. Thousands of spent fuel assemblies stored in open pools four or five levels above ground level. Probably a major concern in a country with a long history of powerful earthquakes.

    Since the No4 reactor was empty of nuclear fuel at the time of 3/11, TEPCO should now be able to plan the demolition of the reactor and its building.

    Still no definite plans about where all the highly radiated nuclear waste will be stored. It won't be possible at the nuclear disaster site since the land is being used for the never increasing amount of radiated waste water which soon will exceed more than one million tons.

    The priority is to remove the spent nuclear fuel and then the melted fuel. The removal of the spent fuel from the No1-3 reactors will be a totally different story and set of problems that what happened at the No4 pool.

    Most of the debris has been removed from the exposed top level of the No3 reactors but because the level of radiation is high enough to kill a man in 20 minutes, remote controlled equipment was used. The 30 ton crane still needs to be removed from the cooling pool. New cranes, new building will all have to be built by remote control. The spent fuel will also need to be removed using remote control. The radiation levels will be high for decades and so probably TEPCO will attempt No1-2 reactors first.

    TEPCO have removed some of the roof panels from the temporary structure covering the No1 reactor so I guess they are thinking that is the next one. TEPCO sprayed in acrylic to cover the highly radiated dust and were planning to attempt the spent fuel removal from the end of next year or the beginning of 2016 but that now appears to have been postponed and put back a further several years.

    The country needs to resolve the problems at the reprocessing plant in Aomori and the start has once again been delayed and the building of a permanent long life storage for the 20,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel.

    NB. Because of radiation only males are allowed to work at the nuclear disaster site.

    Posted in: Spent fuel rods removed from No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima

  • 6

    zichi

    People need the right to die in a painless dignified manner whenever they want regardless of whether being terminally ill or not.

    Posted in: What is your stance on doctor-assisted suicide by terminally-ill patients?

  • 4

    zichi

    The reconstruction of the Kobe area following the 1995 earthquake took 15 years to complete and the prefecture was able to hand back a part of the reconstruction fund. The local authorities rezoned some areas for industrial use which meant that collapsed houses in those area could not be rebuilt. Some people lived in plastic sheets tents in public parks for more than ten years because they didn't want to move to new areas mostly in the mountain places.

    The scale of the Tohoku disaster is so much greater and the destruction too. The reconstruction is likely to take more than 30 years. People can't return to live in those areas which in future could be hit by another powerful tsunami but they don't want to move away to the mountain areas.

    If it hits the reconstruction program then deciding to hold the Tokyo Olympics was selfish and should have been cancelled. There are a limited number of building companies. A limited number of qualified construction people. A limited amount of material supplies. The first priority should have been given to the reconstruction of Tohoku.

    Posted in: Tsunami evacuees caught in Y3 tril money trap

  • 2

    zichi

    The reptile party lost its tail and have been on the run for years. Under President Bush my parents lost more than 50% of their pension trust funds forcing them to sell their assets to make up their short fall and they are still part of the lucky ones with a paid for home and enough to feed themselves and pay their monthly bills. They had always been voters for the reptile party but after Bush "never again!"

    Posted in: Democrats slipping in Tuesday's Senate contests

  • 1

    zichi

    Star-viking

    The so called peaks in power supply from solar energy are not has much of a problem as the utilities claim and other countries with higher levels of solar power don't seem to be affected by it. If the peaks are a problem then its easy to fit regulators to those systems so the system temporarily disconnects if there's a huge peak.

    FIT are affective for increasing the number of much needed capital investment into an area of power generation which was neglected over the decades in favour of nuclear energy. The country put all their energy eggs in the one basket.

    The power charges are regulated by central gov't. The poor are not paying for those FIT's. Like all people if they use power they pay the charges. You are using a straw man argument instead of clearly stating you don't support renewable energy and have always favored nuclear power.

    Posted in: After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom - and glut

  • 3

    zichi

    household hookups, you might have a point and of course the BBC has been around for a very long time, but it doesn't matter how many households the BBC is in, meaning, as an Anerican I care about what happens in America, i

    You have overlooked there's BBC America has well as BBC World. More people watch BBC News than ever watch Faux News, as an American why spend so much of your life on JT?

    Posted in: A minute with Sean Hannity on 'disconcerting' election, matchmaking

  • 3

    zichi

    CH3CHO

    You know that the social welfare payment includes allowance for rental housing

    Even though I have informed you several times, first the amount of rental support is limited to a maximum of about ¥50,000 per month, which in places like Tokyo is just not enough. It won't pay for all the various payments needed to obtain accommodation. Landlords won't rent to the homeless or those on welfare.

    You have still be unable to say how the homeless stop being homeless.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

  • 4

    zichi

    For many decades, the power utilities, the nuke village and the LDP gov't's have been bed fellows with the power utilities donating billions to their campaign funds.

    In another twist,

    Japan Atomic Power Co., struggling financially while its nuclear reactors remain offline, still donated 1.54 billion yen ($13.7 million) to a city government and asked that the funds be kept secret, officials said Nov. 1.

    @WillB

    Replacing a food-producing rice field with a huge array of solar cells, the production of which is a giant environmental disaster, which whill have to be replaced after 20 years, and which feed a small amount electricity into the grid only during the daytime and good weather.... that IS NOT a "guilt-free investment". Not for anyone with a functional brain who looks beyond the hype.

    No one is replacing rice fields with solar panels but there in fact many areas with unused fields since less people want to farm these days but there are huge tacts of lands no good for anything. The new range of solar panels will last longer than 30 years and generate more power for less size which means more panels on a roof and more power generated.

    If solar can only generate a small amount of power why the problem from the utilities?

    Posted in: After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom - and glut

  • 3

    zichi

    That depends on category we are talking about

    Guess you didn't read the bit "BBC News" that is the category I mentioned so no it does not depend on just any category and I mentioned the "news" national, international and world. The BBC is the world's largest daily news broadcaster with more than 70 million daily viewers across more than 200 countries.

    Its also the most well known making it a household name. You can continue to cling to your Faux News and you are welcome to keep it because its not even in the same room has the BCC let alone the same league.

    Since you like facts, they are it!

    Posted in: A minute with Sean Hannity on 'disconcerting' election, matchmaking

  • 3

    zichi

    I watch the BBC for their documentaries, which are good, everything else..lol Yeeaaah..

    BBC is the largest news broadcaster of the world and the most common household name. Guess you might have a language problem?

    Posted in: A minute with Sean Hannity on 'disconcerting' election, matchmaking

  • 5

    zichi

    I guess like Faux News Corpse people who view people only has two types, a sort of "them and us" must have a very limited world view coupled with the philosophy "when you have money you have everything" and the "dollar is God and in God we Trust" shows a real lack of humanity and understandings especially when using the words God and logic in the same sentence followed no doubt by a large cup of tea at the party but really reaches the cup bottom when attempting to compare progressive thinking with Ebola and calling it a greater threat is a sad lack of humanity for its victims.

    I have never considered myself a liberal, progressive or not and have haven't voted in American elections since I'm not American.

    Posted in: A minute with Sean Hannity on 'disconcerting' election, matchmaking

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