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Japan lists 7 items for supply action over current Russia dependence

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These economic sanctions alone just seem tasteless. I’ve always maintained the sooner this man is in the ground like all of his innocent victims, or better, shackled and stood in front of The Hague, the better shape the whole world will be in. Him and the Chechen idiot, plus Laprov and Shoygu.

China is a disgrace too with their slippery opportunism, thinking somehow that this terrorist war might tilt the world in their favor. India also, although their excuse is just fear and economic interests. Which is obviously bad when it goes above morality, but not half as bad as China, who in turn are not half as bad as Russia, or more accurately, Putin and his gang of murderers.

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Seems nuclear energy would be the best solution for most of the problems ... once again.

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Sanctions game is a lose-lose game for both sides. Japan has no natural resources but cash, Russia vice-versa.

For instance, it is not only Japan who is hungry for palladium and neon. There are other big consumers of this rare earth metals, Taiwan, South, Korea, China, etc. At a time of semiconductor shortage competition for these rare items is going to be fierce.

Besides this article did not mention many other items imported from Russia such seafood (crab, salmon, etc), timber, precious gems, etc.

Rather than following the crowd, Japan again and again losing momentum to gain and become stronger. Too bad!

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The best solution would be for Japan to become self-sufficient in food and energy and not turning to other suppliers, who will most likely raise prices of their exports to take advantage of Japan’s weak position.

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So Japan is going to get into a bidding war for alternative supplies while Russia sells to the loser of the bidding war for twice as much as if there were no sanctions. Makes sense.... I hope Japan stops being a USA poodle soon. It's not doing Japan any good.

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The best solution would be for Japan to become self-sufficient in food and energy and not turning to other suppliers, who will most likely raise prices of their exports to take advantage of Japan’s weak position.

Mate, very true but can it be done.? I do not think there is enough farmland in Japan to sustain its 100 millions plus population. But Japan is an island country so maybe it can try catching all the fish in the sea. And energy. Nuclear is the only way but I think the nuclear fuel the reacter used has to be imported, too.

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After the 2011 disaster Japan failed to learn the lesson, there are a whole swathe of easily implemented changes and new ideas that would have massively reduced its energy import dependence. Subsidised insulation with a time limit for every house to reach a certain standard, building regulations requiring all new buildings of any description to be energy efficient, carrot and stick tax incentives on white goods manufacture/imports to be of the highest energy efficiency. Investment in wide scale sustainable energy production including subsidy of solar installation for domestic and commercial buildings. The list goes on and yes research and development of walk away safe nuclear to replace the intrinsically dangerous legacy fleet of reactors.

But this is Japan we are talking about so absolutely nothing was done.

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Japan just does what The US wants them to do without thinking for themselves and what’s best for Japan! Japan has heaps of potential to improve their economy drastically only if they stop listening to the BS that America sells them!

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@Joanne where's your logic Japan does what Japan wants. Name some of the BS that US sells Japan. When you name it please state your case instead of air writing unsubstantiated random thoughts

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Seems nuclear energy would be the best solution for most of the problems…

Have you read the list before? -crude oil, liquefied natural gas, coal for power generation, coal used in steel manufacturing, neon and other gases utilized in the semiconductor making process, and the rare metal palladium and ferroalloys-

In the best case, nuclear energy could be used as a significant part of the solution for one or two of the problems on the list, but by far not for most of them.

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In a related development, it was announced that Japanese government would not withdraw from the Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project in the Russian Far East because it was important for "energy security".

Whoa! Wha-wha-what? Relying on Russia for your energy is the opposite of having a secure supply of energy. You are at Russia's mercy when if they want to pressure you by restricting your energy supply. Come on GoJ. You can do better than that.

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Seems that Japan would be rich in wave and wind energy. They should be leading the world in those technologies.

The US and Canada grow lots of grains, but humans really shouldn't eat too many of those.

If 50% of Japanese grew 50% of their own food on their balconies, that would go a long way to helping keep everyone healthy and supplementing with outside foods from farmer's markets and shipped from other parts of the world.

Hydroponics works, BTW. Converting a few chemicals, seeds, and power/light into food isn't THAT hard.

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Semiconductors from Us? I'd suggest Taiwan -if they asked.

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So Japan is going to get into a bidding war for alternative supplies while Russia sells to the loser of the bidding war for twice as much as if there were no sanctions. Makes sense.... I hope Japan stops being a USA poodle soon. It's not doing Japan any good.

The US is very dependent on Japanese products too. It isn't one-way trade. In fact, Japan runs a trade surplus annually with the US. It has been that way since Deming taught Japanese business to build long term relations and to require excellent quality. Of course, not every Japanese business learned those lessons, but the world-class companies did.

The interdependence between the US and Japan is real. We need each other. I've been buying Japanese designed cars for decades. BTW, I worked in a subsidiary of Ford, but it was unrelated to cars, though we did get corporate subsidized lease vehicles as part of our compensation packages.

The US has a Russian trade problem with nuclear fuel for their AP101 reactors. Russia is, by far, the major supplier to the world. Note how US trade sanctions don't include nuclear reactor fuel? 20% of US electric power is nuclear generated. My power is mostly created from coal at a 3500 MW plant 40km away, but when that plant has maintenance, the nukes (2302 MW) fill in from 260km away.

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