zichi's past comments

  • 0

    zichi

    Well I've been a Buddhist for 50 years but Buddha's birthday is unknown and in fact so is the exact year of birth?

    In many east Asian countries Buddha's Birth is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar (in Japan since 1873 on April 8 of the Gregorian calendar), and the day is an official holiday in Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea. The date falls from the end of April to the end of May in the Gregorian calendar.

    The primarily solar Gregorian calendar date varies from year to year:

    2011: May 10 2012: April 28 2013: May 17 2014: May 6 2015: May 25 2016: May 14 2017: May 3 2018: May 22

    Posted in: Happy birthday Buddha

  • 4

    zichi

    All nuclear powered war ships which includes the USS Ronald Reagan also have an extensive radiation monitoring, warning and alarm systems.

    Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi

  • 0

    zichi

    And his thoughts. "they call this thing a carrier?" Not much to report back to his commander in chief.........

    Posted in: China gives U.S. defense chief a tour of its aircraft carrier

  • 0

    zichi

    What a sad and tragic story for father, sisters, family, husband, children, friends. No drugs or suicide note?

    Posted in: Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25

  • 0

    zichi

    Yes, and in Fukushima, the people are not 30% against nuclear energy, and not even 80% but more likely 100% with the previous governor stating no reactor will ever again operate there, and the new governor hasn't changed on that, with Fukushima becoming a place for renewable energy.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

  • 9

    zichi

    People not only sit next to me on trains and buses, but they often want to chat too, and even young teenagers offer me their seats. Guess my old and gentle age and white hair is a plus? Only ever seen one "Japanese only" sign in my 20+ years here, and that was some seedy bar in Tokyo and I wouldn't have gone in even without the sign? Last night on the street I was stopped by some young school girls who wanted to practice their "English chat" which we did for about 10 minutes before I moved off.

    If I see a person in greater need than me, I will always give up my seat too!

    Posted in: 'Japanese Only' banner sparks intolerance debate

  • 1

    zichi

    For many of the Fukushima families it remains a difficult time.

    The U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation has concluded that cancer rates won’t increase in a discernible way, estimating the risk for thyroid cancer to be for “fewer than 1,000 children. “The bottom line is: No one knows for sure."

    They also stated there isn't enough data and the study will need a revisit in several years from now. There are about 350,000 children all together who are being tested for thyroid cancer, so still about 80,000 to examine?

    Posted in: Fukushima children start school in Nagano as part of special project

  • 2

    zichi

    There were at least five tsunami waves more than 40 meters in height which were recorded by Coast Guard ships and others which immediately put out to sea at the time of the earthquake to save their vessels. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8392419/Footage-of-Japan-tsunami-waves-at-sea-captured-by-Coast-Guard.html

    Once the waves hit the land it became more like a huge volume of water sweeping across the land which can be seen in the second video linked by borscht.

    Posted in: Tsunami survival by the numbers

  • 0

    zichi

    You previously claimed 80% were against nuclear

    um???

    The results show that 80% of the respondents are in favour of scrapping some or all of the existing nuclear reactors in the country.

    http://japandailypress.com/survey-says-80-of-japanese-dont-want-nuclear-plants-anymore-1045537/

    But what does any poll matter to anyone living more than 5,000 miles from any reactor?

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

  • 5

    zichi

    If they win how would they get their money since most likely TEPCO has no assets in the USA? TEPCO is also bankrupt so maybe they can pay out with nuclear waste with 80% going to the attorneys?

    Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi

  • 1

    zichi

    Even if the reactors are restarted in future it won't be a baseload power since it will only generate about 6-15% of total power demand. All nuclear power plants consume an enormous amount of power which is delivered offsite and comes from fossil burning plants, mostly the coal fired ones since the plants need their power 24/7. Nuclear plants need to use fossil fuels to generate power from nuclear energy?

    The most recent Japanese opinion poll on nuclear restarts is the March 18 survey by the Asahi Shimbun. It indicates that 59% of the Japanese public oppose restarts of any nuclear capacity, whereas only 28% support restarts. The poll’s results not only confirm that the opposition to nuclear is holding; it also shows a great sensitivity to risk. According to the poll, a mere 12% of the Japanese public have either no or only minimal concern regarding the risk of further nuclear accidents at facilities other than the infamous Fukushima Daiichi. By contrast, 50% have a fair degree of concern, and 36% have a very high degree of concern. In addition, the poll shows that only 4% of respondents regard the lack of nuclear waste disposal facilities as of no or only minimal concern. By contrast, 19% believe it is to some extent a problem. And a massive 76% regard it as a serious problem.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

  • 0

    zichi

    Lowly

    We enjoy the crowds and we frequently visit Kyoto so we tend to change our locations each year. We've been around at least twice for spring and autumn. Sure, if you don't like crowds then there are other locations without them.

    One man's flower is another man's blossom?

    Posted in: Spring colors

  • 1

    zichi

    SoftBank will add distributed baseload power from Bloom Energy and further encourages the domestic use of clean energy complementing its existing portfolio of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Bloom Energy has been generating power for customers in the United States, including Walmart, AT&T, Google, eBay, The Coca Cola Company, and many others, and has generated over 700,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity over the last 5 years. By using the Bloom Energy Server, these companies can efficiently generate their own electricity on site, reduce their carbon and water footprint while lowering energy costs and mitigating power outage risks. The Bloom Energy Server has the ability to run on natural gas and biogas, provides unmatched efficiency in converting fuel to electricity and is easily deployed and maintained. Bloom's flexible, modular technology can be tailored in size to each customer's need. http://cleanedge.com/Resources/news/SoftBank-and-Bloom-Energy-To-Provide-Clean-Energy-in-Japan

    Posted in: Japan posts top growth in clean energy spending

  • 2

    zichi

    The advanced coal fired plants are an improvement on the old types and can reduce greenhouse gases by 90% and collect more than 80% of pollutants. It would be better to abolish the use of coal but for the near future remains very much on the energy table. At those old coal fired plants in Japan should be replaced by these, especially since the utilities have stated they will go on burning coal.

    Posted in: Japanese companies push to build hi-tech power plants abroad

  • 2

    zichi

    @Heda_Madness

    Nope, Japan's energy policy currently needs a combination of coal/gas, nuclear and renewable. Going forward Japan needs a different combination.

    As usual you seem to have missed the point in your rush to reply to another of my comments. In this country as in most, nuclear energy is used to generate the base load required on a daily basis, that is the minimum amount of power required at any one time. Also like in most other countries using nuclear energy, there are not enough reactors to generate 100% of base power from nuclear energy so the difference is generated by coal burning power stations. These two types of fuel are turned on and allowed to run until they are shut down for maintenance or refuelling.

    Currently gas and other fuels can't be used for generating the base load. On that point, nuclear energy and coal are locked into together.

    France is the only country to achieve total base power generation from nuclear energy. Had the nuclear disaster not happened then by 2050, Japan would have increase its use of nuclear energy to about 40% which still wouldn't generate the base load.

    Nuclear and coal power plants take many hours, if not days, to achieve a steady state power output. In general it is not economical for large thermal installations such as nuclear power plants to practise load following.

    In other words, nuclear and coal fired power plants can't just be turned on and off like gas turbines and that's why they are used for base load power generation.

    Last month, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said in a policy speech that he wanted the country’s dependency on nuclear energy to be reduced “as much as possible” through the creation of an “advanced energy-saving society” and the maximum possible introduction of renewable energies. http://www.nucnet.org/all-the-news/2014/03/04/japan-ministers-approve-nuclear-as-key-baseload-power

    Both nuclear energy and coal-fired thermal power are positioned as “important base-load energy sources,” according to the gov't's energy policy.

    But at no point can you claim that nuclear needs coal.

    Yes I can and I just did?

    That's been the situation for the past 50 years, but hopefully, in the near future, the country can end its use of both nuclear energy and coal.

    "In this country, nuclear energy has lost the PR battle" Yet in a recent NHK poll only 30% wanted a complete removal of nuclear power. And when you consider what the percentages were three years ago it's clear that not only has nuclear entry not lost the PR battle, it's regaining popularity. Only 30%.

    I think its very clear that even if the reactors are restarted, which is likely to be limited to about 16 of them with more than 20 being decommissioned, eventually those 16 will have to be decommissioned and replaced with new builds. There's the problem. While people might support the restart of the reactors would also support one being built in their backyards?

    Even last year in Yamaguchi Prefecture with its newly elected pro nuclear energy governor, the building of a new atomic power plant was cancelled.

    I think nuclear energy could eventually just end by default.

    The central gov't have had a similar problem since 2002 with trying to find a location to build a storage depot for spent nuclear fuel and other highly irradiated waste but all the prefectures have refused the offer to build it in theirs. The central gov't has now decided to take its own actions and will itself decide the location and will pass a law to ensure it will happen.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

  • 2

    zichi

    WillB

    so how do you explain away that Intel, Microsoft, Kohl's Corp, Google, Yahoo, Bank of America, Amazon and most of the top 500 fortune companies have invested tens of millions of dollars in renewable energy?

    Chip manufacturing takes a load of electricity, and Intel Corporation sources 100% of its demand from renewable sources. At 3,100,850,000 kWh of annual usage, Intel Corporation's consumption is enormous.

    At Microsoft Corporation its renewable energy use only accounts for 80% of total consumption, its sheer scale enables the company to use a whopping 1,935,551,000 kWh of clean energy every year.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

  • 0

    zichi

    smithinjapan,

    yes the Osaka Mint is a great place for sakura viewing especially in the night time but you have got to love being in crowds? We've been twice and I love being in a Japanese crowd because its so easy.

    Posted in: Spring colors

  • 2

    zichi

    @WilliB

    a) this is estimation by them and not documented. b) The 30% are obviously sporadic, thus putting even more fluctuation into the public grid, necessitating even more conventional power as standby, c) nowhere in their calculation is their mention of the cost, including energy cost, of manufacturing these devices vs their energy production during their lifetime. I submit that if you calculate that in, the net result is MORE energy consumption, not less.

    I'm not buying into any part of your comment because Jaguar are a commercial business owned by its shareholders and have to explain and justify all spending and investments so they don't just decide to install the largest factory array of solar panels without first researching on the investment and costs.

    Comprising more than 21,000 photovoltaic panels, the new system boasts a capacity of 5.8 MW, with Jaguar planning to increase this to over 6.3 MW by the end of this year. Jaguar estimates the installation will meet more than 30 percent of the Engine Manufacturing Centre's energy requirements and reduce the plant's CO2 footprint by over 2,400 tonnes (2645.5 tons) per year.

    The rooftops of automotive manufacturing plants have proven fertile ground for solar arrays with Audi, Ferrari and Renault installing extensive fields of solar panels at their respective facilities.

    http://newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com/en-gb/jlr-corp/news/2014/04/jlr_installs_rooftop_solar_panel_030414/

    The new solar panels being manufactured now generate more power than the power required to build them. Also they are becoming smaller in size allowing more panels to be installed in the same area size but generating more power.

    But there again, even the building of a nuclear power plant requires an enormous amount of every raw material under the sun and an enormous amount of power to turn it into products used at the construction of a nuclear plant.

    But you are missing the point of the post which is prior to the 3/11 disasters, nuclear energy generated about 27% of total power, and in future, if the reactors are restarted its likely to only be about 16 of them generating only 10-15% of total power, the remaining will be generated by non nuclear energies. Nuclear energy can only operate when used with coal and combined they generate the base load required. Nuclear energy needs coal burning.

    Its the right move to continue to invest in renewable energies, not just solar and wind and also reduce the power demand by more efficient use and control especially with a smart grid system.

    The way forward is with modern gas turbines and renewable energy.

    In this country, nuclear energy has lost the PR battle and the power utilities will have strong opposition to building new nuclear plants. The previous cost of constructing a nuclear reactor were already massive and now wight he new safety standards the costs have increased to a point that no power utility will invest its own capital without native support from public funds. The cost of building the Genkai No 3 reactor was ¥400 billion and the cost of the No 4 was ¥325 billion.

    The power utilities have spent more than ¥12 trillion in updating the safety of their atomic power plants. Add to that the cost of the nuclear disaster, more than ¥50 trillion before its over and the cost of building and storing the spent nuclear nuclear fuel for thousands of years, more than ¥20 trillion.

    Renewable energy has a major part to play in the future energy plan but nuclear energy will just die out over the next coming decades because there won't be many new builds. Its not a case of whether nuclear energy will be stopped being used but only when it will happen.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

  • 3

    zichi

    Wonderful colour. Yesterday we visited Kyoto to enjoy the sakura there, Maruyama Park and in the evening Shinbashi very crowded and man was it cold! Probably, this is the last week for sakura in Kyoto.

    Posted in: Spring colors

  • 0

    zichi

    Great win by Everton, hoping they end up 4th and now have a real chance. Will Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger survive the summer, maybe not?

    Liverpool didn't play well or maybe West Ham didn't let them play well? The next game at home to Man City will be the biggest of the season and a battle of giants. The winner will probably win the league.

    Posted in: Liverpool moves back on top, Arsenal sinks

View all