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    melguy

    Most Japanese restaurants in the USA are run and staffed by Chinese, but the locals simply can't tell the difference. There's simply no comparison between authentic Japanese food and ersatz overseas versons of it. I was blown away the first time I had a typical Ryokan dinner here.

    Tourism has its downside. Kyoto is doing some terrible things to attract Chinese tourists here.

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    melguy

    Japan is pioneering a new type of economy - the "post-growth" economy. Many western countries are not far behind. It will be very interesting to see what the J economy is like in 20 years time.

    Posted in: Japan's economy shrank more than government's initial estimate

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    melguy

    And in Japan nuclear costs around 6.3 to 7.7 yen per kWh

    Rubbish. You have forgotten the costs of decommissioning, which are high but unknown because it's never actually been done, and the astronomical costs of the inevitable nuclear accidents.

    Posted in: Kan feared Tokyo would become uninhabitable due to nuclear crisis

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    melguy

    A bit of digging reveals that some testing for SR-90 has occurred, but it's not being publicised much here, probably because by now it's likely widespread in the milk supply. Perhaps it's time to switch to milk from Kyushu. But it's impossible to avoid milk products that are used in various processed foods, unfortunately.

    See "Widespread radioactive strontium contamination around Fukushima" at http://tinyurl.com/45yljaf.

    Posted in: It’s less a matter of eliminating radiation than learning to live with radiation. People here could be scrubbing rooftops, discarding soil and unplugging tree roots for decades.

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    melguy

    and even worse, 7.6 billion Bq of Neptunium

    76 trillion Bq = 76 TBq (TeraBecquerels) actually. Personally I'd be more worried about the 140 TBq of Strontium-90. It seems that there is no testing going on for Sr-90 contamination anywhere in Japan, certainly I've seen no reports of testing for it or levels in food. And it's a killer, causing bone cancers and leukemia.

    Posted in: It’s less a matter of eliminating radiation than learning to live with radiation. People here could be scrubbing rooftops, discarding soil and unplugging tree roots for decades.

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    melguy

    Well, it's just a quote. Presumably the professor had more to say than that. A Google News search for his name reveals plenty more recent quotations, including:

    Noda seems to be giving up on the idea of changing the means of government, says Koichi Nakano, a political scientist at Sophia University in Tokyo. [He] will be working more closely with the bureaucrats, trusting them with more discretion.

    Posted in: Noda is steering the wheel in the direction of going back to the old mold, pretty much being a mini-LDP in all aspects.

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    melguy

    And as for the Drill for oil in Alaska" part of his plan:

    Oil exploration under Arctic ice could cause 'uncontrollable' natural disaster (Michael McCarthy, The Independent) http://tinyurl.com/3hh2gk8

    Posted in: Romney's jobs plan: cut taxes, slap China, drill oil

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    melguy

    Picture looks like the face of satan to me.

    Posted in: James Murdoch 'knew about' News of World phone hacking

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    melguy

    America's biggest problem is actually the huge number of so-called "low-information voters". The average US citizen spends the grand total of 5 minutes working out who to vote for, and can be misled with ease.

    Posted in: Romney's jobs plan: cut taxes, slap China, drill oil

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    melguy

    No, it's the conservatives who are destroying the empire, and trying to turn average americans into minimum-wage slaves, while demanding taxpayer funded bailouts for wall street and the banksters.

    And mr obama is showing himself to be a true conservative at heart.

    Posted in: Romney's jobs plan: cut taxes, slap China, drill oil

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    melguy

    All Hallows' Eve and the Christmas of times past have almost nothing to do with the crass vulgar commercialism that is the raison d'etre of the modern "festivals" Halloween and Xmas. Just like Mother's Day, which was invented by a greeting card company wanting to sell cards, and Japan's White Day, invented by Japanese confectionary comanies! As for the Japanese versions of Western festivals, they are truly strange, but no less commercialized.

    Posted in: Universal Studios Japan kicks off Halloween season

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    melguy

    China lives by one rule - look after its own interests, as defined by the communist party.

    Posted in: Gemba: China should play fair under world rules

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    melguy

    Actually, Japan could shut down all its nuclear reactors (it almost has) and manage quite well, provided that it continued to promote energy saving, and used fossil fuels (mainly gas) to fill in while alternative renewables were developed. The downside is greenhouse gases, but it would absolutely eliminate the risk of another meltdown.

    Posted in: Japan to seek IAEA advice before restarting reactors

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    melguy

    William Broyles (Newsweek)

    There is one bold thing Obama could and should do. He should bow out of the race for reelection and throw his support behind Hillary Clinton - the leader we should have chosen in the first place.

    Posted in: Cheney: U.S. would have been different if Hillary Clinton were president

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    melguy

    This is madness. He hasn't thought this one through at all.

    Posted in: Hosono says all of Japan should help with Fukushima's contaminated debris

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    melguy

    Another auto manufacturer falls into the Chinese joint venture trap.

    Posted in: Toyota to make key hybrid parts in China

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    melguy

    And for all those here blaming the victims, most of the dead have been taken by flooded rivers washing away houses, and by landslides, not by their own foolishness.

    Posted in: 17 dead, 54 missing as typhoon moves northward

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    melguy

    Here in Kyotofu we were warned of up to 500 mm yesterday, but the mountains of northern Nara ensured that most of the rain fell down there. It was quite amazing to watch on the rain radar how the most intense rain just got stuck there and couldn't move north to clobber us. In the end we got 100mm max, and they got 1500, the poor buggers.

    Posted in: 17 dead, 54 missing as typhoon moves northward

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    melguy

    As the virtualized realm of cyberreality and social networking takes over daily life, the actual physical economy will matter less and less (to those who are still alive and have an internet connection). What these new games and gadgets offer is, simply put, escapism. In a world of dwindling resources, where each person's share of the physical realm decreases over time, it is no wonder that physical reality fails to satisfy. But thanks to the new, intimate, glowing handheld mobile computing devices, the unsatisfactory real world can be blotted out, and replaced with a cleansed, bouncy, shiny version of society in which little avatars utter terse little messages. In the cyber-realm there are no sweaty bodies, no cacophony of voices to suffer through - just a smooth, polished, expertly branded user experience.

    Posted in: GREE, Unity extend business partnership

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    melguy

    Contamination is in Chiba and Saitama how did it get there?

    Fell from the sky, of course.

    I don't think this typhoon will have eased their (Tokyo's) problems.

    A good rinsing will have moved a lot of radioactivity into the streams, rivers, and bays. Not so good for the marine ecosystem, but the dilution factor is huge, and it will have reduced a lot of contamination in gutters, drains, etc.

    Posted in: Radioactive cesium detected in tea products in Saitama, Chiba

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