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

Correction:

"Let's just say that if he is as good a President of TEPCO as the best Japanese Presidents of other Corporations,...."

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

To Bogart,

Let's just say that if he is as good a President of TEPCO, even if he is not at the nuclear plants, the personnel will methodically knock out the problems one by one until only the damage that cannot be addressed remains. He is not the "head" of the company, but something else.

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

To Taj,

"@Beer99, Please look up the meaning of amakudari. Masataka Shimizu joined Tepco in 1968, right out of university."

Japanese Corporations are different from, say, US Corporations. There isn't the polarity between management and workers as you clearly showed. The more traditional Corporations do hire graduates, and many still stay until retirement - the famous seniority based lifelong employment in Japan, salient feature of "Japan, Inc.". It is a common feature of US observers of Japan to overlay the US model of polarity between management and workers, commonly refered to the management/union polarity.

The head of TEPCO may not be a saint, but his function and responsibilities are different than his US counterpart. I feel Masataka Shimizu, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., should be allowed to take time off while those w/ the expertise to address the pressing problems at the nuclear plant. The quake and tsunami were unprecedented, and should be seen from that perspective.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes again and again See in context

I've read just about every significant book on how Japanese Corporations are run, and TEPCO is probably a model example. Once they set up in the Control Room, they will methodically start knocking out the problem one by one in a relentless manner - they are amazing w/ machines.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes again and again See in context

This talk of international experts coming in seems impractical - they would need to take a crash course in Japanese to make heads or tails of the instrumentation and manuals. Also, w/ the hydrogen pressure explosions may have rendered some of the instrumentation sensors inaccurate. They just got into the Control Rooms w/ power, so the situation is still disorganized. Some of those technicians are probably crapping in their pants looking at the conditions they are working in.

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Posted in: What is the fairest way to deal with the expected summer power shortage? See in context

In the tradition of APEC, power use coordination should be non-binding and consensus oriented because some people CANNOT do it due to specfic job requirements. If the vast majority cooperates, it is a "go".

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Posted in: What is the fairest way to deal with the expected summer power shortage? See in context

Although I don't know how the power grid is setup, cooperation from the populace and coordination among industries would ease power consumption. Industries can front load all administrative work as usual, while moving power intensive operations between midnight to 7am. Industries that need to operate during the day should coordinate hours determined by power consumption - one company that uses alot of power would work one part of the day, another would agree to use a different period. The populace would agree to shut off heavy electrical use after a certain hour - say after midnight. Cooperation and coordination is the hallmark of efficient use of resources.

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Posted in: No more nukes See in context

Did someone bring up bio floating platforms? Massive, absolutely massive floating platforms w/ wind turbines and solar panels, etc., all producing veggies.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

To YongYang,

After all the commotions ebbs down, perhaps you could visit a nuclear reactor to see if the instrumentation is in only Japanese. Or, perhaps someone else can, like a reporter. I seriously doubt that the instrumentations is not almost all in Japanese.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

To YongYang,

Who is Yep? Anyway, the GE reactor is not "international forums" per se.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

I don't know about the language on the GE reactor, but I have received equipment written in non-English, and I changed all labels to English - ease of use.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

To YongYang,

The other is from Toshiba. Anyway, are you saying that the GE reactor has everything in English, even when ONLY Japanese will be working w/ it predominantly? That would seem odd.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

Correct me if wrong, but I believe all instrumentations and manuals are in Japanese. Some manuals may have multilingual translations, but the reactors are Japanese specific in modifications. I would think a foreign team coming in to the situation would have to learn Japanese very quickly, and re-label all the instruments. That would probably take weeks?

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

To Thepro,

"thepro at 11:57 AM JST - 27th March

TEPCO may be sitting on a "radioactive gold mine"

Why do you keep saying these things? You're so odd"

This type of thinking is obsolete in the US. This is a thinking from another era, specifically GHQ. If you are in a crummy situation, can people rig something up to emulate something. The old timers in Japan probably can see the past in my posts.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

Government spokesman Yukio Edano may be missing the silver lining to this disaster. TEPCO may be sitting on a "radioactive gold mine". W/ the data and analysis of structural and process impairment from a 9.0 Mag and Tsunami, they would have the invaluable info to make better nuclear reactors - strong containment is important, but more important, how and where to make the containment stronger. This situation is good since they have two different reactors to compare - Toshiba and GE. Comparisons would be incredible. Obviously, Toshiba has the most to gain since they would be able to make a stronger, safer reactor. A reactor that can resist a 9.0 Mag and tall Tsunami would be very attractive to say, island countries like Indonesia? Billions, trillions of Yen always attract my interests.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

I am not downplaying the effects and deaths involved w/ the disaster, but TEPCO could? put the exclusive info to good use in protecting future projects.

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Posted in: Edano criticizes TEPCO for series of mistakes on nuclear plant See in context

Has ANY country experienced a 9.0 Mag earthquake and the ensuing high tsunami damage to their nuclear reactors? If not, the data and procedures TEPCO is collecting and analyzing is exclusive to them - that info would be invaluable if NO ONE has it. Interesting.

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Posted in: In the future, what should the government do about Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)? How do you think that company should be run? See in context

Could've, should've, would've - it's just impossible to anticipate an unprecedented disaster. If one looks at the sitution, the area was hit w/ TWO Unprecedented Disasters - a 9.0Mag earthquake and a 14-23 meter Tsunami. I believe TEPCO was prepared for a 8.0 Mag earthquake w/ a lower Tsunami. If not for the Tsunami, the problems and deaths would have been much, much lower. A 9.0 Mag earthquake, if located correctly, would probably crack the containment wall in any country, more so than TEPCO reactors. It is these kinds of disasters that have lead to better safeguards in the past, and this disaster will be studied by nuclear reactor experts for years in the future. Trial and error is the history of technology.

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Posted in: Economic aftershocks of Japan's quake roll through Asia See in context

"...or in the false belief that table salt protects against radiation illness."

Perhaps they bought salt because many retail salts contain "iodide" which treats the thyroid gland.

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Posted in: Palin warns of China's rise in visit to India See in context

If one looks at history, India can win if they can have a strong defense, but ride up the economic elevator w/ the PRC. An adversarial relationship would only weaken both parties. U.S. politician Sarah Palin is advocating US Foreign Policy, as she should.

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Posted in: Rebuilding northeast Japan to take years, billions See in context

Some people may be underestimating the reconstruction phase of the area. Aside from the nuclear reactor area, Japan can move much more quickly than conventional wisdom. The PRC is constructing whole modern cities w/in a decade - if the motivation exists, mountains can be moved. Actually, given the degree of destruction, it would be possibly better to have a master plan for a completely new "megapolis" region. The advantage of the situation is that, the area is like a clean slate, where any new technologies can be deployed. It is a chance for Japan to showcase how to build a new region from scratch. Is the glass half full or half empty?

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Posted in: How can earthquake and tsunami warning systems be improved? See in context

"....Japan is the ONLY nation that have this system rigged through out the nation in such a very tight web."

The technological upgrade to the monitoring system is a lasting legacy of PM Koizumi and his Cabinet.

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Posted in: Taking precautions See in context

LOL

Besides, it's cold outside and the hoods would keep in body temp.

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Posted in: Stocking up See in context

The Japanese Govt. and all businesses and services should ALL start using copy proof numbered identifier, so that all these lines can be eliminated. Everyone would be given a number to identify their place in line, then they can do other important things while waiting for the number to be called. Those that miss their place in line should be given priority the next day. This is a cheap, efficient way to handle this horrible situation.

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Posted in: Snowed under See in context

Snow can go either way. If the person is not seriously injured, but trapped, melted snow would allow drinkable water, thus prolonging survivablity. The negative is hampered search, and the cold temperature, especially if injured. Drinkable water is a plus.

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

With or w/out FM Maehara, this is the year to watch. Heads up and stay alert. Heh, heh, I got info.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles F-15 as China jets near airspace See in context

"Not to mention that experience is zero while the United States has used stealth fighters in actual combat since 1989.

The F15, as in this encounter, has shown that it can in the near term handle incursions into Japanese airspace. The US stealth fighters history is weak, and that is why I advise the JASDF to procure a minimum number of F35, supplement the F15 w/ the silent Eagle and the Typhoon Eurofighter.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles F-15 as China jets near airspace See in context

To Toguro,

"EP-3E ARIES

The land-based EP-3E ARIES [Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronics System] Aircraft provides the capability to detect and exploit tactically significant electronic signals and communication Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) information to the appropriate Battle Group Commanders. The EP-3E ARIES II provides near real-time tactical electronic reconnaissance capability for Battle Group indications and warnings, targeting, suppression of enemy air defenses, and strike sorties. The small force of EP-3E electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft is in constant demand by fleet and theater commanders worldwide. Forward deployed to meet critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection requirements, EP-3Es detect, interpret and report tactically significant communication and radar signals. With sensitive receivers and high-gain dish antennas, the EP-3E can exploit a wide range of electronic emissions from deep within enemy territory. (source: global security.org)"

Are we talking about this plane? Believe me, they needed this technology for their "spy planes". I know them, and they WILL incorporate the technology.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles F-15 as China jets near airspace See in context

This situation is insane..... those 2 spy planes have probably incorporated the technology acquired from that downed US spy plane where a PRC pilot went down crashing into it. JSDF will increasingly face US military technology as the PRC becomes more assertive.

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Posted in: U.S. admiral: China's carrier killer won't stop U.S. Navy See in context

I've studied this, and the PRC equated Taiwan/ROC as the exact equivalent to Cuba (see Cuban Missile Crisis).

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