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    saru_au

    Eskimos didn't know how to swim, that's why they had kayaks.

    so... nothing to do with the freezing cold water near the Eskimos ?

    video here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/08/09/nyregion/100000002380775/manhattan-paddle.html

    1 rule : don't fall , keep your mouth closed !

    Posted in: Stand-up paddle boarding tests stamina and balance

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    saru_au

    HimajinJul. 15, 2013 - 11:27AM JST : And those taxes go where?

    used to build all those "essential" bridges every 20m over the highways going to Nagano etc!

    Posted in: Widow of famed painter Hirayama concealed assets to avoid tax bill

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    saru_au

    I remember two decades ago when these types of crimes were quite rare and felt shocking. As bad as they are, they seem almost commonplace nowadays. What is happening to Japan?!

    15 ago I thought the same thing.. until a friend in the know told me they just didn't used to report them as often back in the day...

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested over death of classmate on mountain

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    saru_au

    I don't see any problem with this :

    "Japans new government says it hopes to stick to a three-year deadline to decide..."

    plus

    the countrys newly formed nuclear regulator saying the deadline was impossible to meet.

    means the reactors can not get restarted legally and therefore should all be decommissioned starting right now, well don abe!

    Posted in: Gov't sticks to 3-year deadline on reactor restart decision

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    saru_au

    the cheap, safe alternative, with a lasting taste that lasts for generations to enjoy and pay for centuries to come!

    Posted in: TEPCO says Fukushima clean-up costs may double to Y10 tril

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    saru_au

    So this is where my donated funds went?

    and all our tax payments too, what a sad joke, but this is not the first time and will not be the last - nothing you can do about it except work out ways to benefit from it and work the system as much as you can (this is the only way to make sure you can balance it out for yourself)

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    saru_au

    Well though it's costly I'll stick to the two major airlines when flying to Okinawa because they are super comfortable and there are no extra charges / hassle.

    Well, I got a return flight to Okinawa on Jetstar for about 2500 yen including all taxes etc and 20Kg luggage checked, they announce specials almost every week. Even without the specials, average cost is about 16000 yen return inc. taxes and 20kg luggage isn't too bad. Plus it's only a two and a half our flight, so for average body size people the so called "discomfort" is not too bad v's the savings for me.

    Posted in: Low cost flying arrives in luxury-loving Japan

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    basroilOct. 04, 2012 - 10:57AM JST

    So how about the three dozen terrorist attacks on airliners BEFORE all the high profile ones now. Sure most are simply a knife or gun, but it's not like terrorist attacks haven't happened.

    well, this is Japan.. so how about "dozens" of terrorist attacks using explosives on airliners departing or entering Japan... or is that number closer to zero ? just because US wants to disturb nutcase regimes and incite terrorist attacks does that mean every country must suffer this myth that we are all under attack ??

    Posted in: Airport boarding gate with built-in explosives detector unveiled

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    saru_au

    I hope they put these on the US bound flights only, why do the rest of the world have to follow up with all this mythical terrorist crap ?

    Posted in: Airport boarding gate with built-in explosives detector unveiled

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    saru_au

    so does this mean we will be able to use softbank frequency equipment on emobile networks at some time too ? (3G and/or LTE ?)

    Will emobile network support 2100MHz in the future ?

    the emobile equipment usually uses 1700MHz, while softbank 2100MHz... until now not a lot of equipment supports 1700MHz unless it's been made for emobile. (as apposed 2100MHz which is very common globally)

    Posted in: Softbank to buy rival eAccess

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    saru_au

    3) Having the police involved in wiretapping

    well, that's been legal in Japan for many years already, no warrant required

    Posted in: Law making it illegal to download pirated music, videos goes into effect

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    saru_au

    Japan doesn't need trains..

    Well done, you win the award for funniest comments of the week!

    Posted in: 28 injured after mudslide derails train at Yokosuka

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    saru_au

    so the cargo vessel didn't notice the sound of hitting 119-ton tuna-fishing boat and kept on going, did not stop to help these fishermen ?

    is there any kind of hit-and-run crime of the open sea ?

    Posted in: 13 missing after fishing boat sinks off Miyagi

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    saru_au

    Cool, do away with it by the 2030's then :)

    Posted in: Declining kanji-writing skill of Japanese blamed on cell phones, computers

  • 6

    saru_au

    I think 90% of people posting here are not Japanese, and therefore will never be able to vote in Japan elections, so this is the only kind of place we can vent our opinion

    Posted in: Japan will go nuclear free, Noda insists

  • 0

    saru_au

    i think they took down his auction, the link no longer works :)

    Posted in: Man offers to ride Yamanote line, decked out in ads for an entire day

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    saru_au

    Robert Dykes : 1 billion dollars is not enough to just completely build an entire new structure of power for Japan.

    I agree with you there, but $1B investment would be a good chunk of "change" and cleaning up a "Fukushima" will cost a lot more than that !

    Robert Dykes : It's not a lego kit you can just buy.

    you are wrong, it's more like lego that you think, I have friends who install solar, they often say " any monkey can do it, just plug it in and it works " building a nuke or any large scale plant, now you are not dealing with lego...

    alternatives : take solar example (there are many others) : solar install for new home = real cost, less than $10,000 (that's 3.5KW now, way less if you buy in larger volumes)

    $1,000,000,000 = 100,000 new homes install solar

    power bill for 100,000 new homes (average $70 / month power bill) = $84,000,000 per year

    so maybe paid off within 20 - 24 years even with zero FIT and assume still pay for up to 50% of power with Japan having average 4 - 6 hrs per day of sunlight and still have to pay for power on cloudy days + night etc.

    current solar panels are still quite efficient for about 15 years, and last for max about 25 years (yes, efficiency does drop as panels age)

    but with FIT you could pay it off in way less than 15 years (even if power bill goes up because of FIT). (solar panels may be "hard" to recycle, but a "bit" easier than nuke waste I assume)

    if all new homes have solar, then the need for some plants in peak times would decrease (especially if using FIT). (in the short term we could turn off or down some of the coal and oil plants)

    obviously solar is not for most apartments and not every house either, but I'm sure there are way more than 100,000 homes that could use it. (I'm sure people living near nukes now would jump at the chance to get it installed)

    solar efficiency gets better as the years go on, prices drop etc... and not to mention a lot of people getting jobs ...

    gov. tariffs and subsidies could make alternatives more attractive. In Australia where they were so popular that some transformers in the street were failing due to the over load of customer generated power! (upgrade transformers costs money but creates more jobs)

    but wait, tepco makes little money from alternatives like this.... why bother even trying alternatives when you can get endless free money from us suckers paying tax in Japan ? so in a tepco world, it's better to put your head in the sand and wait for the waves to come in - literally

    Posted in: TEPCO says it has no money to develop renewables

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    saru_au

    if nuke is so " safe, healthy (and "cheap") " in the eyes of scum like this ... then why " The company had attempted some (renewable) diversification of its energy mix before the March 11, 2011 "

    seems like they knew very well their nukes days were / are numbered..

    Posted in: TEPCO says it has no money to develop renewables

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    saru_au

    surf's up, awesome morning waves in Shonan, especially Inamuragasaki ~ Shichirigahama

    Posted in: Powerful typhoon hits Okinawa

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    saru_au

    then in 2002 Japan should have done something more, this is way over due...

    I agree with Zach Odle, i bet NK will take the aid and then say " yeah, so it's like we said in 2002, the others all died!"

    Posted in: Japan offers benefits to N Korea for progress on abduction issue

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