zichi's past comments

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    zichi

    @GuyJeanDailleult

    No idea why you think the Japanese government would be issuing any statements on this topic or have any interest in it being publicized.

    Your comment is a little strange? Before a company can build a power plant it must apply for permission from the Tokyo and also local governments. Under environmental laws, Tokyo will make an investigation on the impact of building a power plant and on completion will issue a report and statement.

    If you choose to question the accuracy of Kiko Networks' research and findings regarding what is actually going on (as opposed to what is being promoted as going on) then that is your prerogative.

    The point, the source of your quote that here in Japan 43 new coal fired power plants are under construction or being planned is from the KikoNetwork in Kyoto. But I searched the site for an article about just that but couldn't find any, so again do you have an actual link to an article on that topic?

    However in my experience, those who oppose nuclear power never actually question anything that supports their worldview, as can be seen above in your citing of Greenpeace and ListenToTruth's recitation of the standard anti-nuclear talking points.

    I read the IAEA reports about Japan/Fukushima, the NRA and many pro nuclear organisations and I also read a few anti nuclear sites, like Greenpeace, but actually not many of those because I can make my own conclusions based on the real facts.

    But not surprised to see that the accuracy of information that does NOT support that worldview suddenly must be questioned and its accuracy verified.

    You have only provided a link to a Bloomberg article which sourced the KikoNetwork and even major publishers can make errors.

    But you didn't even attempt to address any of the real issues of using nuclear energy which I stated in my first comment so it looks like you are the one avoiding the questions that really matter.

    On the KikoNetwork I made a site search for "coal fired power plants" and this came up,

    http://www.kikonet.org/?s=coal+fired+power+plants

    I just couldn't find any article on your claim of 43 new coal plants. I did find one for 25 new ones and only 2 of those are actually under construction. The article does not mention that many of the older coal plants are being decommissioned or replaced with more modern plants which is the intention of Kobe Steel for instance.

    http://www.kikonet.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/141017coalpowerplant_plansbidsshutdown_en.pdf

    But we both agree we are against the use of coal for power generation and I'm also opposed to nuclear energy since its use can only be very limited. The KikoNetwork is also about phasing out nuclear power.

    One of the five aims of the KikoNetwork,

    Promote a sustainable energy system that doesn’t depend on either fossil fuels or nuclear power

    http://www.kikonet.org/eng/about-us-en/our-mission

    So I'm happy to see you supporting that! Good man!

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday

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    zichi

    On Jun.1 2015, Greenpeace released a confidential IAEA report on the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster.

    "Yukiya Amano, the IAEA Director General says the report is 'an authoritative, factual and balanced assessment, addressing the causes and consequences of the accident, as well as lessons learned.'"

    Yet our experts find it to be full of inaccuracies, uncertainties, and that it fails to address several highly important issues. We've sent our findings to Mr Amano.

    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/IAEA-Fukushima-Daiichi-accident-report/blog/53055/

    In the IAEA report, it admits that radiation monitoring was not working properly in the days immediately after the Fukushima disaster began. Meaning estimates of the levels of radiation the people of Fukushima were exposed to cannot be trusted.

    Greenpeace preliminary analysis http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/Global/japan/pdf/IAEA%20analysis%20by%20GP%2020150528.pdf

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday

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    zichi

    No driving at all after 65. When you are retired you have time to walk.

    Greater number of people are killed by driver under 25 years than those over 65 years.

    Posted in: Supermarket worker injured after car drives into store in Tochigi

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    @Heda_Madness

    Zichi...not a person attack at all.

    Oh! but it was, when your comment contained no actual facts or info and just a personal insult.

    Just whenever anyone highlights fossil fuels in Japan. You talk about every other countries use of fossil fuels.

    Probably because I see that air borne pollution is a global problem which needs to be tackled on a global level.

    Which is irrelevant and designed to deflect from the death and destruction that the switch to coal in Japan has caused. Not once have you said it's unacceptable that this happens. Ybut you do constantly claim that it doesn't happen in Japan.

    No its not irrelevant to see the problem on a global level and just what death and destruction has been caused in Japan since the reactor shut downs two years ago, with the greatest increase in fossil fuels being LNG and not coal?

    The nuclear accident got into the ground. The air and food. But at what levels.

    At levels Tokyo was required to take actions to prevent the foodstuffs reaching market, action costing billions to decontaminate the soil and waters. At levels not permitted under Japanese laws even allowing for higher levels of radiation in Fukushima than is allowed in all the other prefectures.

    It's in the food but as has been proven numerous times before not at levels that are hazardous to health. And substantially lower than that is from your home country.

    Following the nuclear disaster the contamination of food was higher than allowed under law. Most of the food stuff from Fukushima is now lower, but still not 100% and still not from within the exclusion zone. If and when people return to their former communities we will have to see what happens when they also grow crops again.

    Your argument is nuclear is bad.

    Gee not much of of an educated reply? No and you didn't even attempt to address a single issue about nuclear energy which I made in my first comment nor did you make any attempt to answer now even when the reactors are restarted and only able to generate 15% of total power demand, how the other 85% can be generated without the use of fossil fuels. You have no answers when in the 2030's nuclear energy will end by default?

    In America there are over 600 coal fired power plants used to generate 40% of total power demand, or 2,000TWh. That's equal to about 7 times the total generated by Japan from coal which is 300TWh. In the period from 2000, America built 34 new coal fired plants compared with 91 plants in the 1990's. Many of the current coal fired power plants are old and lack the technology now available for cleaner coal. I'm opposed to coal burning but if its to be allowed, it should be at least in new technology plants. In Japan since the shut down of the reactors the greatest increase in fossil fuel is LNG.

    I'm opposed to the use of nuclear energy, too expensive and elitist and not a global solution and I'm also opposed to fossil fuels, especially coal.

    The future is about renewable energy.

    GuyJeanDailleult

    @zichi The figure of 43 new coal plants has been reported by a number of media sources, the one I referred to was from Bloomberg.

    The Bloomberg article only quoted from the Kiko Net site, which I visited and read much of what was there but could find no direct link, press release or article showing that currently 43 new coal fired plants are under construction or planned. So again, if you have a direct link to a government statement I would like to have it.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday

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    zichi

    @GuyJeanDailleult

    Japan currently generates around 1,000 TWh per year with about 25% of that being generated from coal fired plants and its correct the country plants to build a further 6 coal fired plants using technology which removes 90% of the pollutants and particles. I would prefer zero use of coal, at least for power generation but unfortunately the price of it makes it attractive to the power utilities. http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-continues-to-re-embrace-coal-1426162227

    PM Abe spoke about increasing the baseload to 60% by using nuclear, renewables and coal which I think would increase coal to 30% of total power generated.

    There are currently 18 coal fired plants in Japan so your quoted statement of 43 coal fired plants under construction or planned seems a misguided figure, since that would mean something like a threefold increase of those plants.

    Your statement about the new coal fired plants does not back up your statement "compensating for the insane environmental damage done over the last 4+ years (and which will continue for decades)," since those power plants haven't been built to date.

    "Japan has 43 coal power projects either under construction or planned," that is incorrect.

    On the Kiko Network website there's no statement about 43 coal fired plants? http://www.kikonet.org/category/eng/

    There are several government press releases, one dated Oct. 23, 2014 about the proposal to construct 25 coal fired plants. I can find no reports about 43 new coal fired plants. Do you have a direct link to a government statement?

    http://www.kikonet.org/eng/press-release-en/2014-10-23/coal-power-plants-plans

    China is building about one new coal fired power plant every week and using only basic technology. Coal fired power plants account for 40% of global power demand. Japan is incorporating new technology into the new and old plants.

    http://www.jpower.co.jp/english/company_info/environment/pdf/er2014pdf/14-05.pdf

    Are you unable to provide any figure for the increased levels of pollution since the shutdown of all the nuclear reactors two years ago?

    And each of which will individually cause far more deaths and negative health effects through normal operation than radiation from the DaiIchi accident itself caused (the health effects of coal, and in particular the health effects of living close to a coal power plant have all been scientifically and medically documented).

    The documentation on the number of deaths caused by air borne pollution from the various types of fuel used is very much generalised and takes no account the electricity saves millions of lives every year, much more than those who maybe associated with premature deaths. The majority of premature deaths from air borne pollution is greatest among those people without any form of electricity because they are forced to cook indoors on smokey fires. More of the women suffer premature death than the men. Electricity from solar energy and other renewables could reduce that premature death rate quick and cheaper than nuclear power which can only be afforded by the rich nations.

    So everybody can just keep dreaming about the wonderful world of renewable energy that they know is just around the corner, but the big boys are quite happy to do their own thing.

    Did you fail to understand that between the next couple of years and until the 2030's when we see the restart of a limited number of reactors generating only 15% of total power demand, the remaining 85% of total demand will have to be generated from other fuels and the more renewables are developed the lower the cost until we reach the day when coal becomes more expensive than renewables which is the only way to encourage the power utilities to stop using it. The use of renewable energy in Japan as increased greatly since the nuclear disaster and will continue to grow especially since the power utilities have lost their monopoly over both power generation and power supply.

    There was no "contamination" of the environment in Fukushima anywhere outside of the plant itself, and no scientific justification for the displacement of 150,000 people for 4 years and 4 months.

    Then how do you explain the radiation reading and the soil analysis all showing very high levels of contamination in both soil and water and the tens billions being spent to remove the contaminated soil. The nuclear disaster contaminated the air, soil and ocean and got into the foodstuffs also discovered from analysis? How do you explain that some areas outside of ground zero have radiation levels greater than 50 millisieverts/year and according to the government its unlikely the people from those areas will ever be allowed to return to them?

    You didn't attempt to address a single issue of nuclear energy which I stated in my previous comment?

    @Heda_Madness

    your personal attack is on par from you but always incorrect. I don' support the use of coal or nuclear energy but unfortunately your support for nuclear energy will only provide 15% of the total power demand, and by the 2030's the use of nuclear energy here will end by default. What are your solutions for generating the other 85% of power demand now, and the 100% come 2030?

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    zichi

    Are there no equal opportunities law in the Sates? You can't do that in my home country Britain which has laws for decades. Recently updated in 2010.

    With equal opportunity laws you can't discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

    I suppose like someone said, "Miles to Go, Much to Do, Before Sleep".

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    @upintheair

    It might be a good idea to have the same checks at bus stations as well.

    you mean like at every bus stop? End up being quicker to walk but that's probably dangerous too! Being killed by a falling roof tile, wild pig or run away bicycle. Better stay in bed 24/7 then.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    zichi

    I'm behind Japan all the way but which ever way the ball falls I have relations with all first three teams, Japan, USA and England.

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    zichi

    China (PRC) claims to have been an "ally" in WWII that defeated Imperial Japan. Despite not having existed until 3 years after WWII ended.

    Well, it could also be said, the current Japan was born in 1946 when it accepted a new constitution but really China is still China regardless of its political system and Japan is still Japan.

    Posted in: Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

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    zichi

    @GuyJeanDailleult

    About time, but turning on a few plants will never come close to compensating for the insane environmental damage done over the last 4+ years (and which will continue for decades)

    Care to provide figures instead of emotionally charged statements? The three big polluters from coal burning are China, India, USA and those are followed by Australia. Coal, gas and oil account for 90% of the global energy consumption. China accounts for half of the world's coal consumption.

    Air Pollution In Japan:Real-Time Air Quality Index Visual Map http://aqicn.org/map/japan/#@g/35.5956/132.7627/6z

    The 2011 nuclear disaster also caused pollution and contamination of the environment and the displacement of 150,000 people with the lost of so many communities. To date, the cost of the nuclear disaster is more than ¥10 trillion but before its over will cost more than ¥50 trillion.

    The cost of decommissioning the current fleet of reactors will be ¥5 trillion and will produce more than 150,000 tons of nuclear waste requiring safe storage, along with the current 20,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel in pools at the NPP's.

    There's also the cost of the Aomori reprocessing plant which now won't even be operational until sometime 2018-2020.

    The failed Monju fast breeder reactor costing more than ¥1 trillion. The safe storage of 150 tons of plutonium. 50 tons inside the country.

    The costs to build and maintain a very long term storage for spent fuel and other high grade nuclear waste.

    By 2030 most of the current fleet of reactors will have reached the end of their life cycle or about to in the 2030's. The cost of building 40 new reactors will be ¥30 trillion to ¥50 trillion even if local permissions can be obtained.

    Prior to the nuclear disaster, nuclear energy from 54 reactors generated 27% of total power demand and without the disaster probably by 2050 that would have increased to 40%, but now that's very unlikely. The NRA have decided that not all of the current 48 reactors are safe to restart without expensive critical updates. The power utilities have decided that with reactors reaching the end of life cycles the cost of the critical updates are not possible.

    So we have a situation with the NRA deciding about 20-25 reactors could be restarted but will in future only generate 15% of total power demand. That 15% of power from nuclear energy will not reduce the level of air borne pollution by very much.

    The country needs to increase the use of renewable energy and according to a recent report from the Ministry of Environment, by 2030, the country could generate 30% of its power from renewables which would reduce the current level of air borne pollution.

    Pollution from fossil fuels isn't just a problem for a country, it's a global problem needing a global solution and nuclear energy isn't the solution since it currently only generates about 10% of total global power demand.

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    zichi

    "Flammable" is the modern usage of the word.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    zichi

    Scope for several critical updates but there can never be 100% security.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    zichi

    zichi: Every hear them play China Cat Sun Flower Live?

    China Cat Sunflower (Hunter/Garcia) on the album Aoxomoxoa 1969. First live recording appeared on Europe '72. April 7 1972 Wembley. April 11 1972 Newcastle City Wall (didn't attend). Bickershaw Festival May 7 1972. The Strand Lyceum May 23 1972. Alexander Palace 1974 but no China Cat Sunflower.

    The best for me was Bickershaw Fest, near Liverpool in the NW because I was an assistant to the organiser and got to meet the band before and after, and enjoyed tea and "other things" with them. The were much more than a Box of Rain at that fest, one of the wettest of all time.

    I have 19 versions of China Cat Sunflower.

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    zichi

    Dead Head all my life and have every song, great band and always great entertainment at their shows. Yes, we all love Jerry but everything in the end comes to pass but just keep on trucking'.

    Posted in: Psychedelic send-off as Grateful Dead prepare to quit stage

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    zichi

    Yelnats

    The politics and economics of government are more complicated than for you to think the 3% increase in sales tax was so that Tokyo could issue ODA. Japan does not live in isolation, and is a member of the international community and required to help countries to develop.

    I don't know which country you hail from but the level of sales tax is one of the lowest in the developed and industrialized countries.

    Its impossible to agree with all the spending made by Tokyo, or any other government. Some will object to ODA, others to the trillions for the Tohoku reconstruction or trillions for the nuclear ground zero, or the billions in subsidies to the whaling industry, or the money paid to the UN.

    The more the countries of this region develop the better for Japan will lead to more jobs and more earnings. If countries are not developed that could go into reverse eventually needing charity aid.

    No I don't have spare cash and like all others, we all hate to pay any taxes but then if we didn't we would be complaining about what we have now, like education for our children but wouldn't have if we were free of all tax burdens.

    Posted in: Japan pledges Y750 bil to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

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    zichi

    According to the OECD the countries giving the highest amounts of ODA are 1.USA $32 billion. 2.United Kingdom $18 billion. 3.Germany $14 billion 4.Japan $12 billion. The EU gives the greatest amount at $87 billion.

    Posted in: Japan pledges Y750 bil to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

  • 2

    zichi

    ahhh...Fukushima still forgotten. Poor people. They need to get angry.

    If you mean the nuclear evacuee's who are receiving ¥100,000 per person per month in support payments and more than 80% have also received compensation of more than ¥10 million on average and free accommodations, compared with the other victims and survivors in Iwate and Miyagi who also lost their homes and communities who haven't received the monthly support payments or compensation but 350,000 did get emergency and temporary accommodations but those figures have dropped to less than 50,000.

    The cost of the reconstruction of Tohoku runs into many trillion of yen. The Tokyo government set aside ¥6.5 trillion to cover the costs of the next five years. Local governments of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima will pay ¥22 billion of that. To date all the reconstruction costs have been paid by Tokyo. ¥3.4 trillion is for rebuilding homes and communities damaged by the disaster. ¥500 billion for work at the nuclear ground zero and a further ¥400 billion for supporting the nuclear evacuee's.

    Original there were about 150,000 nuclear evacuee's but the numbers living in Fukushima have dropped to as of Mar.2, 2015, 73,077. Outside, 43,735. Unknown , 50. Total, 118,862.

    The money to the Mekong nations is development aid and not a free gift and in someway will have to be paid back.

    Posted in: Japan pledges Y750 bil to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

  • -1

    zichi

    Cashew cream and apple pie! Grind up the cashews and add water slowly.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

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    zichi

    My wife loves "rice pudding" since I introduced her to it and "bread pudding".

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

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    zichi

    The way things are - an addict who smuggles drugs for personal use into the country is thrown in jail, interrogated, and forced to go through withdrawal while being imprisoned.

    You can request a doctor and if you are showing signs of withdrawal the police will call a doctor.

    So far the only events for Julie Hamp is being caught with banned prescription drugs, arrested and detained in a police detention center and at the end the public prosecutor will have to decide whether to proceed or not.

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

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