hokkaidoguy's past comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    @wtfjapan

    a lot more complex than that, you need to set up a very complex filtering system that pumps up the ground water , filters it , the pumps it back into the ground. This needs to be don until the groud water is back to acceptable levels. They had a similar system in Sydney setup on their ground water many years ago as it was contaminated by a petroleum refinery, cost many $100s millions and many years to complete

    You don't need to build a new multi-million dollar processing facility.

    You need to run a pipe from the pump to the existing multi-million dollar processing facility. The one that's been processing groundwater for the last 8 years or so.

    I really don't understand what the problem is here.

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  • -5

    hokkaidoguy

    @papigiulio

    Permissible levels or not, soil should not contain these chemicals period, especially if you are planning to build a facility on it where food will be handled/sold.

    you know what's even more hazardous? Cleaning products.

    Yes, the soil is contaminated. We've known this for over a decade. Yes, the groundwater is contaminated. We've known this for over a decade.

    No, these things don't pose a danger. Because the facility has several layers of concrete, steel, wood, glass and plastic separating the contaminated soil from workers and product.

    If you're really worried, install some pumps and an exhaust fan. That will cost about 10 grand, and take 4 guys about 8 hours to complete. That should be the end of it, and yes, it's that simple.

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  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    Now what am I going to do?

    I guess you'll have to find another damp unlit sub-sub basement floor to lick water from.

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  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @kapuns

    Why is the worry about toxic water in the basement, instead of why IS there water in the basement?

    Because they knew, with a high level of certainty, where the water came from. The area around the building isn't paved yet, thus rainwater goes down. Once it's paved and all the proper drainage is installed, the problem will stop.

    Everyone involved in construction, maintenance and building operation (ie. People who actually know how buildings work) have been saying this all along. Politicians who have zero knowledge of construction or hazards are putting on a show for the camera.

    If there was an actual danger from gas, they wouldn't have been let into the basement in rubber boots and street clothes. If there was an actual danger of benzene or arsenic or cyanide in the water, they wouldn't be ph-testing it on camera without gloves. (I use that same kit at work, btw - blue is ph-neutral, exactly what you'd expect from rainwater.)

    I honestly can't understand what they're trying to accomplish here.

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  • -5

    hokkaidoguy

    Is she diabetic? That looked a lot like a seizure to me.

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  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @wakarimasen

    Was Darlie ever sold in Japan? I never saw it outside of China/HK.

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  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    Kind of surprised how little coverage Hokkaido has been getting in either English or Japanese.

    The east-west JR link has been severed in a few places. There are busses for people, but nothing extra for freight. Two of the three passes through the mountains are impassable, likely for months. One lane of expressway each way through the mountains, or a 4-5 hour detour via the north coast.

    Agriculture has been hit very very hard by this typhoon, mainly because it comes at harvest time, on the heels of two others in August and a very wet June-July. Soba, rice and wheat were hit hard. Over half the corn has been lost in Tokachi as of this typhoon. Root vegetables are looking very bad. Potatoes, onions and carrots especially. There were also heavy livestock losses in a few areas. That translates into job losses in production and transport.

    Not Tokyo, not news. It will be news in a couple of months though, when food prices jump. I suppose everyone will just blame Abe for that when it happens, though. Stock up on potato chips. Seriously.

    Posted in: Lionrock death toll at 17 as Japan braces for new typhoon

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @gary Raynor

    I got PR years ago, it was simple. I lived here for 10 years on work visas, paid my taxes and didn't get arrested. It cost less than 10,000. No lawyer needed to fill out a couple of forms.

    Citizenship is way easier. Live here for 5 years. Cost a couple thousand yen for paperwork from city hall. Have an interview with immigration - that took 10 minutes, tops. The biggest cost I incurred was getting copies of things from overseas. All in all its still cost less than PR.

    Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

  • -4

    hokkaidoguy

    Wow, that's a lot of downvotes. Why are people so opposed to the idea of becoming a citizen and voting?

    Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

  • -10

    hokkaidoguy

    @redfender

    If you want to vote, citizenship is very easy to get - especially if you've bern here for 23 years.

    Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @anotherexpat

    This story is simply re-assuring investors that the BOJ is ready to intervene if there's another panic. That's what every bank was doing on Friday. But you're right, there probably won't be reason to intervene until the UK gives the markets something to react to. People are still on edge, though - that's why everyone in the G7 is making these statements.

    Posted in: Abe instructs Finance Ministry to keep close eye on currency markets

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    @Alphaape

    London banks were doing well before the UK joined the EU. All that means is that now when they go to the airports, they have to follow the same procedures as someone from the USA going there. I doubt the banks will move, since like it or not, of all the EU countries, England is probably the most stable.

    Wow. ..er..

    I don't know how to break this to you, but "passporting rights" has nothing to do with the airport.

    It refers to the agreements that have allowed all of those foreign banks, insurance companies and investment houses in London to do business in the UK (and the EU and their respective home countries). Said rights also allow UK banks to do the same. It refers to the free movement of money and financial services across borders. Without those rights in place, London will no longer be a financial centre, and the UK will lose a very large portion of its GDP.

    Didn't you read about any of this before the vote?

    Posted in: UK will retain access to the EU single market, says Brexit leader Johnson

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    @gogogogo

    Translation, Abe can't break promise to G7 about currency manipulation but yes man Aso can.

    Everyone in the G7 has been pumping money into the markets since Friday. That's the only thing that stopped the free fall of the pound. It's what you might call an emergency.

    Posted in: Abe instructs Finance Ministry to keep close eye on currency markets

  • 1

    hokkaidoguy

    @garymalmgren

    Agreed, this article makes no sense at all. Optimum operating temp for a diesel is in the 85-90 degree Celsius range. I'll wait for the actual tech report.

    Posted in: South Korea to fine Nissan for alleged bogus emission data

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    Well, looks like the media here and the wingers have ruined yet ANOTHER chance of possibly getting some of the islands from Russia. Well done again, guys.

    A Russian tabloid writes a speculative article in Russian on a Russian website for Russian consumption: Blame Japan.

    Well done. Try to work in a Hitler reference next time.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @fizzbit

    The proposed pipeline would be to the north of Hokkaido, connecting with Sakhalin island. The disputed islands are to the east of Hokkaido. Completely different area.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @fizzbit

    No oil or gas to speak of, and no mineral wealth worth extracting. There's a bit of fishing, but no one is getting rich off it.

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  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @Simon Foston

    Shutting up isn't necessary, bringing a contribution to the table is.

    When people throw around terms like fascism and nazi, accusations of worship (seriously?), and wild hyperbolic accusations of skullduggery it does absolutely nothing. Might as well put your fingers in your ears and shout " lalalala".

    When did the left become such drama queens? The prof in the article is claiming damages for having to change her curriculum, people are claiming that they now live in fear because Japan might lend a hand when the shelling starts in Seoul, and everyone is screaming about fascism and nazis. Get a grip. Abe isn't even right wing compared to the rest of the G7, let alone Mussolini.

    Drop the drama and bring something to the table beyond stonewalling and histrionics.

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    hokkaidoguy

    “Figuring out how to teach this interpretation of the Constitution, which is so different from those that preceded it, is causing confusion in the classroom,” Shida said.

    Might want to try a lesson on Frivolous Lawsuits.

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  • 2

    hokkaidoguy

    @jefflee

    Farming makes up a lot of land, but not a lot of voters. Farmers are generally anti LDP (because of TPP), but anyone involved in the value added chain sees TPP as a positive.

    5th district is a lot of manufacturing and military families. Pretty sure Chitose Air Base is in there, and about a half dozen other SDF camps in the area.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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