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Posted in: Gov't under fire for disaster response; TEPCO chief heckled in Diet See in context

I think someone from the Meteorological Center should go to the Diet and demonstrate the strength of the earthquake. Bring in a cardtable, and let someone hit it as hard as possible w/ a hammer - this would represent a 7.0 Mag earthquake. Next, get a 20 pound sledgehammer, and slam that same table w/ it. The difference is the difference between the 2 earthquakes.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for disaster response; TEPCO chief heckled in Diet See in context

Addendum:

I should add that a 9.0 Mag earthquake is possibly 100TIMES more powerful than a 7.0 Mag earthquake. A 9.0 Mag earthquake is at least several times stronger than a 8.0 Mag earthquake. Not just a notch stronger.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for disaster response; TEPCO chief heckled in Diet See in context

To Piglet,

Who knows what will happen legally, but if you ask around, very few coastal reactors in the world could survive after a 9.0 quake, significant tsunami. This crisis is "unprecedented", and the Japanese legal system will probably take that into consideration.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for disaster response; TEPCO chief heckled in Diet See in context

The situation is horrible, but the out of control reactors are being cooled for shutdown. A complete meltdown is very unlikely now.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for disaster response; TEPCO chief heckled in Diet See in context

I don't want to brag, but I called it. I knew that TEPCO would bring under control the reactors, after power was restored to the Control Rooms, and reasonable control was still operational. He comes from the "old school - Japan, Inc. If he did his job correctly before the disaster, his personnel he worked w/ would "get the job done", even if he is not able. After TEPCO went into the Control Rooms, the critical situation systematically was downgraded hour by hour. The present non-critical problems can be attributed to TEPCO’s president, Masataka Shimizu. His team is getting the job done - bravo.

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Posted in: Hi Hillary See in context

The IHA should advise to have these situations not photographed publicly. Protocols should be adhered to since this photo can be interpreted as a political act. This opens up the Empress to greet other female foreign ministers in this way or it may be interpreted as a diplomatic slight. This is an error on the part of the IHA to have the photo publicly shown - in fact, should not be photographed.

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Posted in: Ozawa shows his disloyalty to Kan See in context

This is going to be a "wild" year, and who knows what position former SecGen Ozawa will be in, if at all. The clock on PM Kan is ticking, so who knows?......

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Posted in: TEPCO president mulls paying damages; says he won't resign See in context

bcbrownboy at 06:38 AM JST - 14th April

apecnetworks:

For readers of JT, those who need to understand the disaster better, Klein2 has laid out a vital aspect of the situation.

This is underestimating the readers of JT, and very condescending. I think we understand all too well."

The reporting in the States is subpar, and I believe many readers of JT are sitting the fence on what is happening. Klein2 is conveying info he/she received from "experts".

Moderator: Back on topic please. The subject is the TEPCO president's press conference.

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Posted in: TEPCO president mulls paying damages; says he won't resign See in context

I did extensive, exhaustive research on earthquakes during the Koizumi Period, and fundamentally, the series from Klein2 is incisive reporting. Klein2 clearly understands the workings of the physical world in contrast to the "service industry". It is the scale of the damage that results in someone having to take blame - TEPCO Pres. is facing the same situation the Director of FEMA faced during the Katrina Disaster around New Orleans. Both were unprecedented disasters, but someone usually takes the fall.

For readers of JT, those who need to understand the disaster better, Klein2 has laid out a vital aspect of the situation.

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Posted in: Pumped up See in context

The pump that would significantly reduce the contamination volume of the water is the one that filters radioactive non-soluble particles. That pump has yet to be reported - would it be reported in the news?

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Posted in: What do you think about Shintaro Ishihara's re-election for a 4th term as Tokyo governor? See in context

Tokyo governor Ishihara was greatly helped by the Quake - in a crisis, people want stability. Anyone new would be stumbling around for a few months getting settled. Also, Tokyo governor Ishihara has political "pull" being active sooooo long. Many owes him favors, he can call construction firms to help out in the disaster area, he can readily handle logistics and supplies if TEPCO needs things. He's lucky, and fate gave him another term to allow him to help out.

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Posted in: Sachiko Kobayashi distributes rice in Fukushima See in context

If correct, she's the official Rice Ambassador for Japan - does she also go overseas?

She's always on the Red and White Show, elaborate set design. She seems to have a kind nature.

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Posted in: SDF playing major role in tsunami relief See in context

If PM Kan goes for Article 9 this year, he really is not a Prime Minister, but rather Governor of Japan.

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Posted in: 4 killed, 141 injured after 7.4 quake hits Miyagi Pref, vicinity See in context

To Scrote,

To actually experience the 7.4 Mag would be different than my perspective. I have pored over numerous plate maps and calculated probable flash points at points of pressure, but there are tooooo many variables to predict earthquakes. I can only post those changes occurring at the macro level. Great pressure has been relieved, but how that affects other plates, and how the plates drift is unknown. Only those lucky enough to have a unique dog that can sense an earthquake can be safer.

Those that survived the Tsunami b/c they had a 10 minute warning can attribute their lives to the work PM Koizumi and Cabinet undertook - it paid off.

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Posted in: 4 killed, 141 injured after 7.4 quake hits Miyagi Pref, vicinity See in context

A 7.4 Mag compared to a 9.0 Mag Earthquake is on the order of about 100 times less powerful. Nothing like the 9.0 Mag..

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Posted in: 4 killed, 141 injured after 7.4 quake hits Miyagi Pref, vicinity See in context

"*7.4 aftershock, possible Pacific Plate disengaging from Japan Faultline."

If, IF this is what is happening, seismic (wave) pressure on Honshu is being relieved BIG TIME.

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Posted in: 4 killed, 141 injured after 7.4 quake hits Miyagi Pref, vicinity See in context

From JT articles, the progression of events:

9.0Mag hits, Tsunami series of aftershocks Tectonics reports a shift of 24 meters East/Southeast, Pacific Plate reverses direction 7.4 aftershock, possible Pacific Plate disengaging from Japan Faultline.

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Posted in: Dog days See in context

It looks like the movie set for the movie remake of, "Lassie, Come Home".

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Posted in: SDF playing major role in tsunami relief See in context

To Fadamor,

"@apecNetworks, a force of soldiers/sailors/airmen organized and directed by a national goverment is a military organization. The article is accurate in its description no matter how hard you wish it not to be. Japan calls its military arm a "Self-Defense Force" to differentiate it from most countries' military arms that are designed to fight offensively as well as defensively."

Your post describes the situation better than the article. I have one clear advantage over your post, I am in direct contact w/ the Horse.

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Posted in: SDF playing major role in tsunami relief See in context

From the info I have, PM Kan would have to go for Article 9 this year.

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Posted in: SDF playing major role in tsunami relief See in context

Addendum:

To understand what is occurring, one would have to know the real US Foreign Policy, which I do not believe PM Kan knows.

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Posted in: SDF playing major role in tsunami relief See in context

The article is flawed. They are the Self Defense Forces. They are not a "military", the US wants the JSDF to become a "military", pushing for collective defense as a first step. This is a politicized article.

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Posted in: Cheer up See in context

Culture and history are sooooo different between the US and Japan. However, analyst can try to find equivalents. The only comparisons that can be ventured w/ the Japanese Royal Family would be groups like the: American Daughters of the Revolution; descendants of the signers of the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence; descendants of Puritans and Pilgrims. Not an exact comparison.

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Posted in: U.N. expert: Fukushima not as bad as Chernobyl See in context

The Control Rooms have power and partial functionality. The situation is a heck of lot better than several days ago.

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Posted in: U.N. expert: Fukushima not as bad as Chernobyl See in context

Japan has high technology, and they WILL bring this to bear on the problems.

Just the use of industrial filtering pumps of high radioactive water of non-soluble particles will not only greatly reduce the radiation in the water, but the particles filtered would not even contaminate the sea floor. Things can be done.

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Posted in: Japan says dumping radioactive water in ocean doesn't violate law See in context

I have been reading news sources, and some well established sources are degrading their "credibility" w/ emotion ladened articles based on fear. Strange.....

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Posted in: Japan says dumping radioactive water in ocean doesn't violate law See in context

Relax, Japan is probably the most sensitive to environmental degradation than most. However, the reactor crisis is calling all the shots, and TEPCO is reacting to problems as they occur.

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Posted in: First vote See in context

Gov. Ishihara is going to get re-elected - he is keeping Tokyo stable and provides business a good situation to conduct business.

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Posted in: Absorbent yet to soak up radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

A last stop gap action would be to use the "mud" they use for oil rigs which solidifies in saltwater. It would slow the leak, but may not stop it.

As far as the protection from radioactive water, they need to get a supplier of fishermen s' gear to get hip boots and rubber overcoats. Logistics must be a nightmare.

Too many problems may be aggravating the situation at this point.

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Posted in: TEPCO to scrap 4 reactors at crippled nuclear plant; president hospitalized See in context

Those that are critical of the TEPCO President most likely will see what they wish. He will most likely have to resign, but not for incompetence, not for taking sick, not for solving the horrible problems. He may resign for a different reason.

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