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Posted in: Japanese fisheries head opposes plan to pump treated radioactive water from Fukushima into the sea See in context


Also, countries such as France, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and South Korea are producing more contaminated water than Fukushima from their own nuclear power plants, but has anyone ever said to stop it?

you are correct and nearly every country, if not every country, discharges the treated water as do government research centers. I work for one of the two major nuclear service companies in the US, one of our primary revenue streams from treating “liquid radwaste” to dischargeable standards. We are also working at Fukushima which has, at this point, the Ferrari of water treatment systems for radionuclide removal.

The treatment tech has been proven over and over, it’s in use today… it works.

Tritium (hydrogen-3 isotope) the same stuff that makes the hands glow on Seiko watches is the only thing getting through. It is practically harmless at the level we are talking about and is naturally in the world’s water systems. It can’t be removed by any practical process because tritiated water molecules (H-3HO) are water.

So dilution is really a perfectly fine solution in this case. What else are they going to do with the water? Really?

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Posted in: Japan visitors rise to nearly 2 million in April after China eases travel curbs See in context

Tokyo specifically needs to come to grips with the fact that it is an international city and business hub. All the complaints I’ve been hearing make me think folks have forgotten that. The wave of backlogged tourism will die off, but international visitors will continue to grow indefinitely.

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Posted in: Japanese police make first-ever YouTuber arrest for uploading video game gameplay videos See in context

JT. I hope you got got permission to link that YouTube video in your story. You could be next…

These game developers are doing themselves more harm than good. Most consumers will still play the games, but will find ways not to pay if they don’t feel like the creators support the community.

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Posted in: Gov't to pitch safety of Fukushima water release to S Korean experts See in context

@roy Sophveason

It’s obvious you’ve have actually been paying attention.

This isn’t anything new for Nuclear Power generation and similar Nuclear industries. It’s just the massive scale of the discharges and the scrutiny. Plenty of nuclear plants discharge radwaste water after treatment.

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Posted in: Why TikTok is being banned on gov’t phones in U.S. and beyond See in context

What gets me is how old the facts supporting the ban are at this point. What’s new is a decent portion of the population finally realizing that the PRC government is not our friend and should not be trusted.

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Posted in: Japan 2022 average condo price hits record high for 6th year in row See in context

Most stories would define “new condo price”. New construction?

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Posted in: Japan manages growth in final quarter as tourism returns See in context

Tourism probably peaked in the short term over lunar New Year. Tokyo and surrounding destinations were bustling. International Hotels prices were up 30-50% (JPY) - even in Odawara. I was there for 14 days and it was a sharp contrast to my 2-week visit in late October

We’ll probably see more international tourism outside Tokyo when the weather improves.

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Posted in: Tour operator fined over 2019 deaths of Japanese teens in Australia See in context

It has been my experience too, that most of Japanese friends can’t swim at all.

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Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

Yeah.. wow.. that photo. Yikes

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Posted in: Japanese judge ordered to pay damages over social media posts See in context

Is everyone missing the point? In Japan, having details like this release about the death of a minor is frowned upon - even in the media. I could go a step further and assume that girl was willingly participating in some way. Oh wait, that’s exactly why this is so inappropriate.

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Posted in: Number of voice actresses in Japan hits record high, but is that a good thing? See in context

Doesn’t seem like a lot considering the amount of animated content being created. The big Voice Actors still reign supreme and still make a ton of money (like actors).

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Posted in: Japan reports 32,571 new coronavirus cases See in context


Fewer people with infections, means fewer deaths with COVID. If the deaths are delayed, that means they are due to COVID.

Well said. These were my first thoughts, exactly.

I realized as I write this that it’s been only a couple weeks short of three years since I started watching these numbers and following these comments on this news site. I’m staying at the same hotel in Tokyo that I was then. I am a little disappointed how few have been actually paying attention and can apply this level of critical thinking.

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Posted in: 17-year-old girl hit, killed by train in Ibaraki See in context

i wonder what criteria is used to report on these individual tragedies - why one suicide is reported but hundreds not. It would have made more sense if the article went on to explain how common this method is.

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Posted in: Fans wait for hours at Tokyo zoo to see panda being sent to China in February See in context

Logged in just to agree with @theFu. It wouldn’t mean Japan was ‘like” China though - only that are willing to more flexible and take step towards adapting to China’s culture. Win-win for the two countries, I would think.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2022 up 15-fold to 3.83 million See in context

I don’t think Japan will ever hit pre-pandemic numbers for International Tourism again. It took years to get that momentum and it was the right place for that time.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2022 up 15-fold to 3.83 million See in context

@Bob Arrived into HND today from Detroit. The only hold up AT ALL was waiting for luggage.

Depending on time of Day, trains can be impossible with lots of luggage

Flight was same price as 4Q19 and 1Q20 and cheaper than November 2022.

International hotel chains.. woah a lot more expensive in JPY. 50% higher than ever before

The PCR test is more of a risk than a hassle if you look at the time spent traveling, so I got my shots

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Posted in: Train conductor admits smoking multiple times on duty See in context

This is not definitely not a story worthy of the few selected headlines available to an English news source.

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Posted in: China races to bolster health system as COVID surge sparks global concern See in context

@Pukey2 I am very aware the CCP prefers a new name now. I think you give them too much credit

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Posted in: China races to bolster health system as COVID surge sparks global concern See in context

I don’t think it was knee jerk, I think the CCP painted themselves into a corner and needed a way out. With huge outbreaks already looming, and pressure from inside and outside to stop the economic bleeding, an abrupt end with at the request of the world and their own people was perfect for Leadership to save face. Unfortunately, the well being of the people has never been a driver for CCP COVID policy.

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Posted in: How many people might die, and why, as China loosens COVID restrictions See in context

Why does everyone assume Mainland China has been sheltered from COVID for 3 years? I’m sure they have had their fair share of cases, strains and deaths already. If you’ve been watching what’s been available on China for the past couple of years. you’d have seen that implementation of zero covid, in practice, has been a rolling wave of super-spreader events. A break out in Beijing/Shanghai/Guandong? OK. lock down a few million people at a time and cage them in still-huge clusters, isolate thousands of close contacts on buses and cram them into shelters, make everyone else gather in huge crowds daily for tests… then report 200 cases…

i’m not saying the CCP intended to spread COVID, I’m just saying they weren’t preventing it’s spread and they weren’t reporting anything.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context


aanyone in the filtration business will tell you that specified pore size and filtration capabilities are poorly correlated. First the particles are in droplets. You also have wetting of the filter media throughout it’s 3D structure which creates a non-linear and hydrophilic path for aerosols to travel through - i.el they get caught in other spit.

the real issue is everyone breathes around their masks. The aerosols and viruses travel elsewhere.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

I was a visitor in Japan Feb 26 - March 12 2020, and they without a doubt had a different approach than the rest of the world. At the time there was no action being taken in the rest of the world and I had friends asking me to bring masks & (good) hand sanitizer for their personal use, because supply was stretched.

Nearly every storefront had pink isopropyl alcohol in pumps at the door, and everyone wore masks. They collectively shut Tokyo down. None of it was based on guidance from anywhere… and of course they had the Diamond princess docked in Yokohama and the world was watching….

Unfortunately, that was the beginning of the end of my impression of Japan being any sort of leader in COVID prevention/education. But yeah, they were super-quick to put on masks and guidance or not it is still considering the right thing to do.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out Omicron booster shots free of charge from Tuesday See in context

Got my updated Moderna yesterday morning, i ran a 101F fever all night and am just now recovering (20:00 here). I needed it to get into Japan. I guess it was so I don’t get sick.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 207,000 child abuse cases in FY2021 See in context

Seeing these figures, I recalled an article from Asahi Shimbun from a few months back on decreasing number of children in Japan, In May 2022, they reported than only 11.7% of Japan’s population was under 15 (14.65 Million children)

As of the last US Census, 21.4% of the US population was under 15 (est. 60.3 Million children)

Globally, about 26% of the worlds population is thought to be under 15.

just some some more context for the abuse rates in the article and in the comments

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Posted in: Protest against Abe state funeral See in context

i wrote:

 If it cost 10B yen (8 MMUSD) then maybe the cost is bothering folks

Wait! 10B yen is 80MMUSD. That seems like a lot. Lol

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Posted in: Protest against Abe state funeral See in context

I get it, sort of, but… why so much coverage? If it cost 10B yen (8 MMUSD) then maybe the cost is bothering folks, but it seems like it is just a ambiguous anti Abe/LDP excuse to protest and stir-up mild controversy. Why not protest & cover something with some real controversy?

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Posted in: Court refuses to recognize trans woman as parent of child born after transition See in context

I have a very strong feeling this is only part of the story.

I speculate the new male doesn’t want to be the mother anymore, and the first father isn’t going to give up his role as father. So yeah, we can speculate all kinds of things..

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Posted in: Japan swelters as temperatures climb over 30 C See in context

I think what the posters above are saying is 30/32 C isn’t hotter than usual or that remarkable. It’s regularly that hot here in Michigan (like almost Canada).

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Posted in: China shocked by shooting death of Abe See in context

Chinese business flew banners advertising Abe assassination sales and eateries posted BOGO drink specials. Chinese state run media immediately posted warnings that the uprise in Japan could be turned on China. China and the majority of the People celebrated his death - and this, not condolences, is what was allowed to be seen without censorship. This is what they are taught. This is the view what their government teaches. They only retracted because the world go to see it. Absolutely repulsive.

Rest in peace Abe-san.

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Posted in: Netflix's Japan unit fails to declare ¥1.2 bil in taxable income See in context

Japanese don’t seem to understand taxes, or maybe it’s audits. Maybe they need…


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