zichi's past comments

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    zichi

    Longevity of Japanese life has nothing to do with whales which are not "fish" because only a minority of adults even buy and eat whale meat, less than 20% and probably less than 15%?

    Stomach cancers rates are high in Japan. I know quite many who have their stomachs removed.

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    zichi

    Sellafield is owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority which also owns 19 civilian nuclear plants. The NDA is making massive profits from Sellafield allowing it to pay out tens of million of pounds in bonus to its 10 or so directors.

    Plutionium yes, which in 1997 was discovered in the teeth of children living near Sellafield. There's a long history of problems at Sellafield and this year was fined £700,000 for safety violations.

    The cost of decommissioning Sellafield reflects the costs of decommissioning all the atomic power plants.

    http://www.environment.co.za/nuclear-energy-debate/nuclear-power-reaches-another-dead-end-uk-closes-sellafield-nuclear-fuel-plant.html

    Posted in: Dismantling Germany's nuclear industry, piece by piece

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    zichi

    The atomic bombing of civilians in two cities isn't just about the numbers who died but also the way those people died and the agony of those who survived the blast.

    Why do people still continue to insist the atomic bombing was about ending the war when we now know different?

    Posted in: Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in US

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    zichi

    Which in most countries is covered by a mandatory fund that the company is required to set up.

    Interesting and that's suppose to the situation here in Japan too but we can't be sure about that one. Many of the power utilities have asked the Tokyo central government for loans.

    Then there are cases like the Sellafield in the UK where the decommissioning costs have reached 100 billion sterling pounds and is being paid by the taxpayer. The costs are sure to increase many times and current projections are more than 500 billion pounds.

    There are several nuclear power plants being decommissioned costing the taxpayer many billions of pounds.

    And that is a political problem, NIMBY if you will. There is no technical problem with the long term storage of nuclear waste.

    But there are the financial costs of trying to operate a nuclear storage depot for thousands of year which will have to be reconstructed many times during that time scale.

    Posted in: Dismantling Germany's nuclear industry, piece by piece

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    zichi

    There are 2.7 million Palestinians on the West Bank and 1.7 million on the Gaza strip. There are also 1.7 million living inside Israel.

    If Israel is serious about ending the conflict it can begin with improving the life and rights of the Palestinians living inside Israel.

    They could stop and remove all the settlements from the West Bank and improve the life and rights of Palestinians living there. It could also demolish the wall they built between Israel and the West Bank.

    Israel could recognise East jerusalem has the capital of the Palestinians.

    Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce

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    zichi

    The atomic bombing may have ended the war, but the dropping of two huge atomic weapons on civilian populations and the killings of tens of thousands in such a horrific and savage manner can never be considered anything more than a very serious war crime alongside the fire bombing of cities including the British-American fire bombing of Dresden in Germany.

    We also know the dropping of the cruel and inhumane atomic bombs was more about sending a message to the Soviet Union with its intentions in the Far East and China.

    As for the crews of the bombers which dropped those evil weapons, they probably weren't informed totally about what would happen?

    The dropping of atomic weapons on civilians, men, women, children, young babies and even pregnant mothers who had their unborn burnt into the tarmac or concrete will forever remain one of the darkest marks in the history of humanity.

    Posted in: Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in US

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    zichi

    If when the atomic plants reach the end of their life cycles, it will take many decades and a mountain of cash to dismantle them and then there's the problem of storing high level radioactive waste for thousands of years. It was a huge mistake to built the atomic plants in the first place.

    Posted in: Dismantling Germany's nuclear industry, piece by piece

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    zichi

    Japanese have higher mercury level in their blood since long time ago, and still enjoy longevity.

    The numbers of children dying before their parents are increasing while many reach their 80's many of the younger generations are only reaching their 50's probably because they eat the junk foods and western style diets. The longevity in previous generations was due to simple plain diets.

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    zichi

    Hamas have rockets. Israel has a defence system against them with less than 5% getting through. It also has tanks, strike planes and copters.

    I also believe if it really wanted to, Israel could resolve the conflict and bring peace to the land for all people.

    Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce

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    zichi

    More than 1,000 killed inside Gaza, including hundreds of little children murdered on the beach or in their UN schools. The oil storage for the power generation plant was attacked by air and taken out so no power for many months, no running water and no toilets which will all lead to an increase in diseases. Israel never knows when to stop?

    Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce

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    zichi

    So did rather better than those who went south but is this whale meat also halal bacon?

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    zichi

    Yes the government can, if IT so chooses to do so. But talking about it and doing it are two different things.

    No that is incorrect. When the Narita expressway was built, a farmer refused to sell his land. It was built around his property. I think a few years back he finally sold it. No one can be forced to sell, there are no compulsory purchase laws.

    It should be mandatory that the land be sold to the government under emergencies such as these, with considerable compensation, of course.

    Why should they receive any more than market value? The nuclear refugees have been receiving monthly support compensation, to date totalling ¥4.1 trillion and will receive further compensation most likely totalling more than ¥5 trillion. So those with land for the storage depot should receive whatever is a fair price.

    Posted in: Gov't gives up on plan to buy land for storing nuclear waste

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    zichi

    In case you haven't heard it's called representative democracy. The ROK government was the legitmate representative of the PEOPLE.

    On 1965, when South Korea and Japan signed a treaty, the government of the ROK were a military dictatorship. The ROK was formed in 1945 after the wartime defeat of Japan. It had a military rule until 1992 when its first civilian government were installed. That's almost 200 years of domination over the people, first by the Japanese and then by military dictatorship.

    There are still many laws on the books dating from the military dictatorships.

    Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'

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    zichi

    This is when the compulsory purchase laws in Japan are really stupid. No one including the government can't force someone to sell land which they own. But this is a case of both national need and national emergency.

    The nuclear disaster site will produce more than 100 million tons of high to low level radioactive waste which will need to be stored for many many decades. Building the storage next to the site is the best solution which will also avoid transporting to other areas of the country. That's about five times the about of debris from the tsunami.

    The land next to the nukes of hazard is contaminated to a level that it will be a very long time before anyone can live there again. Does anyone really want to live next to a nuclear disaster?

    The landowners and the local governments can't accept the fact they will never return. I think this is a case when the central government should pass a law allowing the building of the storage depot.

    Posted in: Gov't gives up on plan to buy land for storing nuclear waste

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    zichi

    You are a staunch Japan basher, so you may not realise US is leaning toward China/SK.

    Yesterday I was reading an article that the relationship between Japan and America has never been stronger and better than what it is at the moment? Japan and Russia have still signed a peace treaty in the past 70 years and Russia still holds onto all those islands in the north?

    Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia

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    zichi

    The wife of PM Abe does not support restarting the reactors or the future use of nuclear energy?

    Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan?

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    zichi

    The ice wall technology isn't something new. It was used in New York and Boston to dig new transport tunnels.

    Overchan

    Come on people. This is funny. I myself want to be playing in that project

    Plenty of vacancies for about ¥8,000-¥15,000/day, just apply at your nearest Yakuza office.

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    zichi

    This isn't about the great ice wall like in the Game of Thrones, its about the trenches at the nukes of hazard.

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140723_03-e.pdf

    TEPCO have also been having problems with pumping out the ground water before it reaches the nuclear disaster site.

    The groundwater bypass system shows only limited success. Tepco has been using pumps to remove waters from a dozen inland wells, hoping to reduce the flow of groundwater into the basements of units #1 through 4. Over the past two months of by-pass system operation, groundwater levels at three key wells near the basements have dropped only about 4 inches, much less than had been anticipated.

    TEPCO have received another ¥105 billion for August for compensation support payments. This will bring the total given to the company by the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund to nearly ¥4.1 trillion ($42.25 billion).

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    zichi

    It was American design and technology which was used to build the Fukushima nuclear plant which in the end the disaster revealed many design flaws, like when the Tokyo firemen were pumping water into the reactors to cool them because of a design fault on a valve they were filling the isolation condenser instead.

    Posted in: Fukushima offers key lesson for U.S. nuclear industry

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    zichi

    Thunderbird2

    Zichi, I had a great uncle who was a POW in Burma... my Dad's uncle. I don't feel any anger towards the Japanese.

    Well good but I'm not sure why you "fell anger toward the Japanese" and I certainly never have. Why would I, my wife is Japanese and I've lived here for more than 20 years. Just like living in any country, and I've lived in many, I don't agree with all aspects of the government or politics. I am ok with that and that's far more healthy than pretending to agree with everything.

    My ancestors, "Wallace" even take me all the way back to Scotland so does that mean I would agree with everything there, heck no!

    I had an uncle, brother of my mother who fought the imperial Japanese in Burma. He survived and never became a POW. But many of his buddies didn't. He came to our wedding. I had many school teachers who were Japanese POW and were tortured and suffered deeply.

    Korea and China won't be happy until Japan has been destroyed by a massive earthquake and erased from the map by a mega tsunami.

    Actually I don't believe that, even at government level. In the first six months of this year, Chinese tourism to this country increased by more than 80%.

    Here in Kobe, I have Japanese, Chinese and Korean friends and we frequently go out together. An exhibition, dinner, concerts whatever. We all enjoy each others company.

    If you think there's a single Japanese apology which "does the job" then please give a link because I can't find one, you know, an official apology from the government for all the bad stuff during the war.

    I would also like politicians and leading public figures to stop trying to undermine the apologies sometimes even to the extend of denying the history. Difficult to move on while that is still happening.

    Posted in: Japan needs to keep apologizing, making gestures of contrition and seek a fuller understanding of its shared past with Asia. The apologies tend to be vague and lack specific references to atrocities and excesses, therefore not addressing the needs of the victims.

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