zichi's past comments

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    zichi

    The textiles of a country reveals much about it's culture. I ave studied the history of resist dyeing, tie dyeing and stencil dyeing. Examples of resist dyeing date back 10,000 years. The simple design of the kimono is highlighted by the so many beautiful seasonal designs. The country is no longer able to produce the silks and is imported from China. I have been painting on silk for many decades and even made a few special kimono's.

    Posted in: Kimono's evolution reflects changing Japan

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    zichi

    Whiplash!

    Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal

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    zichi

    Legally, the cans belong to the owner of the vending machine or the local gov't if taken from a collection point. They haul it down to the scrap years for a few hundred yen for a large bag. Enough for a daily bento and some beer or sake. But I would never insult them or their position by calling it "eking out a living!"

    Posted in: Eking out a living

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    zichi

    In many ways the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami are the disaster underdogs when compared with the nuclear disaster refugees' who will or have received compensations between ¥40-¥60 million, and also received monthly support payments in excess of ¥100,000.

    The earthquake and tsunami survivors have received nothing except maybe temporary accommodation and normal levels of welfare support payements.

    The group are also much larger in numbers, probably more than one million are affected by the disasters.

    But the earthquake and tsunami are caused by nature and the nuclear disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami too but different laws cover the responsibilities.

    Many of the earthquake and tsunami survivors could return to their former communities but for many of the nuclear refugees' won't be able to return.

    The survivors of the earthquake and tsunami received the benefits of the international donations which reached in excess of ¥800 billion, from 116 countries and 28 international organisations.

    There were also huge company donations with the largest coming from Softbank, $12.5 million and private donations like Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank,$120 million.

    It will cost about ¥25 trillion to reconstruct Tohoku from the damages of the earthquake and tsunami, about half the level of the cost of the nuclear disaster. It will take decades to reconstruct the Tohoku area. The rebuilding from Kobe took 15 years.

    In some communities which have temporary accommodations for nuclear refugees' has created resentments and tensions over the compensation levels and even within those groups of nuclear refugee's there's resentment when one part of a town/village receives higher compensation than another part.

    When it comes to compensation not everything is equal.

    The areas and locations for building the country's nuclear power plants were chosen by picking poor farming communities with little understanding of nuclear energy and seasonal employment forcing the men to leave the areas during the winter periods to seek some form of paid work. When the dream of nuclear power plants were presented coupled with ¥billions of local nuclear energy tax, the offer from the devil was too tempting to resist.

    Those communities were also told that the nuclear power plants would be safe, clean and provide cheap energy.

    The Japanese nuclear industry had many decades to get it right with ¥trillion of capital and public investment but it failed to form a culture of safety management and training which also too frequently put profits ahead of safety and safety updates. The government failed to keep the nuclear industry under a tight control instead giving the power utilities a free hand in how they operated their atomic plants.

    Even those who support the use of nuclear energy will have doubts about its safety.Some like former prime minister, Junichirō Koizumi have done a 360 deg turn and are now calling to an end of nuclear energy.

    Posted in: Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'

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    zichi

    Its criminal that the criminals aren't dragged into court followed by a period of detention and financial loss but instead the TEPCO board of directors from the time of the nuclear disaster, about 25 of them, received a golden handshake of ¥500 million. They all resigned but were given other well paid jobs in TEPCO associated companies.

    TEPCO admitted full responsibility for causing the disaster. The Fukushima reactors, designed by General Electric had serious flaws which was pointed out by nuclear engineers who worked on the original designs. In America, there are still 28 reactors with the same design.

    BP were prosecuted for causing the Gulf oil spill. Previously, TEPCO were prosecuted for falsifying safety checks and records.

    How much would it have cost to increase the height of the sea wall, ensuring all the important buildings like the emergency generators and reactor building were water tight and had waterproof doors. That there were sufficient emergency equipment and supplies to avoid a nuclear meltdown, compared with the cost of the nuclear disaster which eventually will be more than ¥50 trillion. It will take many decades before the nuclear site is made safe. The cost of compensation to those forced from their homes and communities will be ¥8-¥10 trillion. The final price is unknown. Most of that cost will be from public funds.

    Somehow, I'm not surprised by this announcement. But it does not remove the possibility of TEPCO being sued even by class actions which is the way forward.

    I also find it surprising that TEPCO haven't been banned from ever operating another nuclear plant. While it lost both nuclear power plants in Fukushima, one to the disaster and the other will never again be allowed to operate, TEPCO still owns the world's largest nuclear power plant in Niigata with its seven reactors.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. TEPCO should be sold off lock, stock and barrel with its directors thrown into prison.

    Posted in: Prosecutors set to rule on Fukushima indictments against TEPCO execs

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    zichi

    I'm never connected outside of the home since I gave up mobiles more than five years ago and my iPads are all wifi only so would need to go to Starbucks or somewhere to connect.

    Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing?

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    zichi

    Star-viking

    TEPCO made several increases to the height of the seawall in response to scientific reports on the likelihood of tsunamis greater than the original design considerations occurring.

    TEPCO admitted to ignoring the reports on the height of its sea walls. They decided the cost was worth the risk.

    As for a chain of command, was that not from Plant Manager on down?

    No legally, the chain of command in a nuclear disaster is from the prime minister down which led to confusions. The NRA needs to sort this one out.

    As for the plant workers not knowing how to operate the ICs, that's not what this NISA Report suggests:

    That's what the plant manager, Yoshida stated to the Diet investigation. He stated there had been no training for the IC in over 20 years.

    TEPCO have stated its unable to retrofit hydrogen vents to its Niigata reactors. A must following what happened at Fukushima. The venting is a requirement of the NRA.

    My views are informed with decades of scientific and engineering experience, Please enlighten me?

    Posted in: Niigata governor says it is too soon to restart nuclear plants

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    zichi

    Turkey isn't helping just allowing the Kurds to go back home when most had already smuggled themselves back across the border.

    Posted in: Turkey helping Kurdish fighters enter Syria

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    zichi

    davestrousers

    Yes it should be called "Pay Apple".

    Google Wallet should be called "Pay Google."

    Posted in: Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution?

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    zichi

    Apple will receive a commission on every bank transaction and will become "a nice little earner" for the company.

    Posted in: Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution?

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    zichi

    Seems very excessive to give him two years jail time when the plans for printing guns are available online but he didn't have ammunition needed to load it which can't be made by a 3-D printer and buying ammunition in this country even for licensed gun holders is very difficult and restrictive. It wasn't proven by the court that the weapon even worked, it just assumed it would.

    Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

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    zichi

    If that were even remotely true, the president would have closed down the border and banned all flights coming in from West Africa, until further notice.

    The WHO has declared Nigeria to be free of Ebola victims after no new cases for 6 weeks. The death toll was 6 people.

    Posted in: Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama

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    zichi

    turbotsat

    Important parts of the Fukushima like the emergency generators and the sea water cooling pumps were at or below sea level. The location of the Sendai plant is different and the history of tsunami is less than one meter.

    Posted in: Nuclear reactor restarts unlikely this year

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    zichi

    Frungy

    When you almost hit someone with your car you were at fault and driving at a speed were you were unable to control your car in that environment even if you were within the speed limit. A speed limit is only a limit when drivers know it's safe to do so. If there were children in the middle of a road with a speed limit you would still slow down. Whenever a driver of a vehicle hits and kills a pedestrian, then they are in the wrong. The same also applies if it happens with someone riding a bicycle.

    Kill someone with your car, you are guilty of vehicular manslaughter.

    You also have the choose not to drive a car which isn't needed in city's.

    If you read up on crimes with people leaving an accident scene, a hit and run, a high number is because they had been drinking.

    When a person is sent to prison for killing someone with their car, it usually involves a period of labor too. If a person knowingly gave alcohol to a driver could also be prosecuted and given a prison term.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    Frungy

    So, because he's dead he's automatically guiltless? ... that is the least logical thing I've ever seen. I've just figured out how to commit the perfect crime in Japan.

    Yes that right, whenever a driver of a vehicle hits and kills someone, they are always guilty and in Japan if found will be sent to prison for at least five years. The reasons for hit and runs are usually because the driver had been drinking alcohol and over the limit. Additional prison time will be given for leaving the crime scene and not reporting it to the police. Guess you don't live or drive here then otherwise you would be aware of the laws? The fleeing driver has committed many serious offenses.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    zichi

    Hold on a second. Was a blood alcohol test done on the victim? Was he wearing dark or reflective clothing? Where was he hit, on the sidewalk or on the road? Was he at a crossing point or jaywalking?

    yes, blame the victim!

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    zichi

    Only available in America.

    Posted in: Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution?

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    zichi

    Sacrificed by the Edo old boys network who believe women have no place in the Diet let alone being ministers.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers

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    zichi

    bass4funk

    Sorry, doesn't mean it can't mutate or get worse or become airborne, it's in a different environment now, of course it can. Thinking it wouldn't would be considered totally ignorance.

    I didn't say that. I said currently, Ebola isn't an airborne virus, like SARS but if it becomes one then it be will be thousands of times more deadly, But at the moment it isn't and many more people are dying from other illness and disasters than the Ebola victims. Ebola is a terrible way to die but death only comes once to everyone."

    Posted in: Aid agency Oxfam says Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation." Do you agree?

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    zichi

    No! Although a serious disaster and disaster which would worsen if it ever became airborne but every year more than 500,000 people die from malaria.

    Posted in: Aid agency Oxfam says Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation." Do you agree?

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