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Posted in: TEPCO too big to be allowed to fail, analysts say See in context

The title should be Buying Into Failure. Japan has neither saved money nor protected the people from radiation.

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Posted in: Japan shouldn't exaggerate pain from tax hike: BOJ policymaker See in context

Um, raising taxes and cutting spending to rebuild Japan's finances is going to hurt. Japan has the highest public debt in the industrial world. When you see spending cuts from the government that's going to hurt. You really have to cut from your budget to wipe out debt in the real world. Handaya restaurant, Shimamura clothing store here I come.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist stabbed to death in Turkey See in context

Mai Kurihara's family lives in Natori, Sendai up in the Tohoku area. We're all shocked to hear about her death in Sendai.

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Posted in: Abe's claims to have Fukushima under control criticized See in context

...maybe now there will be enough foreign pressure to get this thoroughly taken care of

Hey! The J. Nuclear Village are invincible and they know that. Since way back in 2002, the New York Times published a paper something saying "Something has happened to the Japanese, and it doesn't look good" and nothing good happened.


It will take a chain reaction, maybe, to get everything taken care of IMHO.

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Posted in: China: 2020 Olympic success will depend on how Japan faces its history See in context

Those unruly Chinese fans, they are a burden aren't they? At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, I don't really think creating an uproar during the Japanese anthem or pelting the Japanese fans with garbage would be a good thing.

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Posted in: Abe says Olympics 'will repay debt we owe the world' See in context

We will pay the debt of support we owe the world from the time of the tsunami.

There's an inside meaning for that from the J.gov. people. They know of the Economic Value Between Citizens & Tourists. Basically, when we lose one person in Japan, we need seven tourists. This is based on figures before the Senkaku Islands tussle when the Chinese tourists were spending lots of money each time for each visit.

It kind of makes you sick when a government worker says the truth to you in your face, but PM Abe is famous for staging "town meetings". It's all a facade.

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Posted in: TOKYO AWARDED 2020 OLYMPICS See in context

Well, that's gonna be 2,511 days left until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic starts. Can't wait. The last two years left before the Olympics will take the longest. Do you guys remember Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup. That felt forever.

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Posted in: 1.33 million take part in disaster drill in 43 prefectures See in context

On Disaster Prevention Day you should go under a table like PM Abe shows in the picture to prevent injury to the head. But there are more injuries you must remember to prevent from happening. In Ishinomaki General Hospital, doctors treated patients with low temperature, lung inflammatory, drug abuse from sleeping pills, skin eye nose allergy, and shock. There were patients with intestinitis, but remember alcohol doesn't kill a virus. Good luck to all when a disaster hits. From my experience after 3/11, everybody for themselves until help arrives.

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Posted in: Ichiro gets 4,000th career hit See in context

Pete Rose was interviewed by NHK tonight and says 20% of Ichiro's hits were through the infield. Yeah, Ichiro didn't bloop all his hits over the infield; Ichiro out ran the infield players throws to first. Pete Rose says know one will ever duplicate Ichiro.

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Posted in: Big bang See in context

It's a drift tank. The 10(shiki) tank can fire a round while drifting.

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Posted in: Gov't says Fukushima plant leaking 300 tons of toxic water into sea daily See in context

...the highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from the Fukushima plant was creating an "emergency"...

...which is expected to take more than 40 years and cost $11 billion.

Any highly radioactive substance takes 10,000 years to fully decay.

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Posted in: M6 quake shakes northeastern Japan; no tsunami risk See in context

One object fell down in my kitchen from this earthquake. My Au phone early warning earthquake system sounded after the M6 finished. At the tail end of this earthquake it went up and down a little. It was mostly side to side. Hope everybody else is OK.

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Posted in: Whistleblower says Olympus ignoring court order See in context

He won in the Supreme Court in June last year -Japan's first such whistleblower case.

There was another whistleblower case deserving protection before this one.


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Posted in: Defense review could help contractors to compete globally See in context

The Defense Ministry can review all it wants, but Article Nine of Japan's U.S.-drafted 1947 writes,

...renounces the right to go to war and prohibits the maintenance of a military. Period.

BTW, Japan has been easing Article Nine since 1983.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmaker urges steps to open up Japan's markets See in context

A fact of life in Japan. Japanese drivers favor Mercedes Benz cars, DaimlerChrysler AG, Volkswagen AG, and BMW AG.

A fact of life in America. Imported cars are never considered for membership or affiliation as a true muscle car.

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Posted in: 48 U.S. lawmakers sound alarm on Japan joining TPP talks See in context

Complain, complain and complain some more and that's how you negotiate a deal in Japan.

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Posted in: WHO: Small cancer risk after Fukushima accident See in context

Some experts said it was surprising that any increase in cancer was even predicted.

I remember reading about Radiation Causes Cancer but Rarely in a 2005 article in the New York Times. It says, `The health risks -- particularly the development of solid cancers in organs --rise proportionally with exposure.'' Also it also says,But ... prudence should be the guideline and exposure to any unnecessary radiation should be avoided and what is unnecessary is up to an individual.''

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Posted in: Youth gets 5-8 years for killing 3 with car See in context

the defendant had shown remorse

He was coached by his defense team in other words. Kudo's for the defendants lawyers. Believe it or not, there are Japanese lawyers and Amnesty International defending youths to not be executed. It's not positive for society even though the minors kill people. I'm just the messenger.

BTW, I hope he roasts in hell. Imagine him heaved into everlasting fire, howling and screeching.

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Posted in: Electric cars head toward another dead end See in context

Bologne. My money will be on wireless electric charging on the fly. The local buses in Sendai City will be using them first in 2015. There is a silver lining after the March 11th disaster.


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Posted in: Abe visits tsunami-hit region of Iwate See in context

a similar one to Miyagi Prefecture two weeks ago

Politicians really don't make a big impression for Ishinomaki residents.The mayor of Ishinomaki went missing for a day after the March 11th tsunami. The mayor eventually turned up. Right after the tsunami Corokke Comedians visited Ishinomaki. Ishinomaki people always loved it when Norika Fujiwara visited. And, Sugizo from Lunacy stayed for ten days in Ishinomaki.

Do you guys remember the "town hall" meetings from 2001 through 2006? Well, sixty percent of the one hundred and seventy-four public meetings were staged by you know who, Shinzo Abe when he was chief Cabinet secretary for ex-PM Koizumi. Shinzo Abe atoned by cutting three months salary back in 2006 when he was a PM.

Ishinomaki people are wary about politicians because they weren't there when they needed them the most.

Corokke Comedians: http://komasta.jugem.jp/?cid=28

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Posted in: Chinese frigate locked radar on Japanese navy vessel See in context

China is bluffing. China has thrived because it devotes itself to economic development while letting the United States police the region and the world.

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Posted in: Former nuclear safety chief questioned over Fukushima negligence See in context

The ANSWER really was the government. It was keen to promote its ambitious nuclear power program. Full stop. Haruki Madarame will be the fall guy.

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Posted in: Former nuclear safety chief questioned over Fukushima negligence See in context

The Tokaimura Nuclear Accident took four years to sentence six executives. However, all received suspended prison terms. The former head of the plant and the company that operated it were fined. The six executives admitted negligence whick killed two workers and caused hundreds of people living near the uranium processing plant at Tokaimura to be exposed to radiation.

If TEPCO executives don't admit to any negligence, I could see passing sentence take eleven years like Shoko Asahara's sentencing. He was finally sentenced in September 2006 for the 1995 gas attack. He appealed his case to the Supreme Court.

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Posted in: Gov't to review statements on wartime history, revise textbook guidelines See in context


You mean less masochistic. Yeah, I could see, in the history books, a picture of a 1937 Nanjing Massacre Japanese soldier, but without his bayonet.

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Posted in: Japan faces nuclear shutdown for second time since Fukushima See in context

...adding to an onerous energy bill that helped push the country into a record trade deficit in 2012

Were we not going to pay more in energy costs anyways because Japan built a reprocessing plant the Rokkasho village?

Steve Fetter, a University of Maryland professor, advised against reprocessing and made his case to the Tokyo Government in 2004. Also, he warned about the security concerns of stockpiling so much plutonium, which could be diverted and used to make nuclear weapons.

I mean you go to spend money to protect nuclear energy. I really think Japan has other ideas than using Nuclear power for energy.

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Posted in: Hospital admissions for flu jump See in context

Alcohol can't kill a virus. Relenza kills viruses.

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Posted in: Gov't to require quake resistance checks for large buildings See in context

Abe is preparing for his commemoration speech this January 17th on the Kobe earthquake tragedy. He's also wiping his hands clean now and not be blamed with those building inspectors who were under pressure to certify buildings quickly to gain more business when Japan privitized the building inspection system.

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Posted in: Ichihashi's former mentor sheds new light on 2007 Hawker murder case See in context

"I want to atone for my crime in a way no one can know."

Mr. Hawker wanted the death penalty for Ichihashi. There's your atonement.


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Posted in: Opposition lawmaker urges Abe to stay with 1993 sex slave apology See in context


It's just taboo and bad luck too.

We just don't have time and energy for this, especially for us folks in the Tohoku area. Really.

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Posted in: Abe sings national anthem as LDP prepares to 'take back Japan' See in context

a symbol of past imperialism and militarism.

If you sing "Your Majesty Reign", but Emperor Akihito has stated his opposition to singing it in schools, just doesn't raise public spirit. What Japan needs right now is a one hundred and eighty degree turn. Start making up.

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