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Posted in: Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success See in context

I was not impressed by the movie. I don’t think it portrayed things the way it should. I wish there was more of a technical aspect to the movie as to the physics and the effects of ionizing radiation which there was not. And at the Oscars, they should’ve had a memorial piece for those that suffered the effects of the worlds first use of atomic weapons on humans.

Just my thoughts

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Posted in: China opposes Japan's congratulatory message to Taiwan president-elect See in context

Really? It just goes to show you that not only does the Chinese Communist Party want to control the world but free speech and freedom overall.

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Posted in: Japan's Self-Defense Forces struggling to recruit new members See in context

Not much more to say than it is sad. Think what the outcome would have been had not "The greatest generation" Defeated Nazi Germany.

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Posted in: 2 dead, 3 injured after steel beams fall at Tokyo construction site See in context

Condolences to the families of the loved ones lost. Hopefully the investigation will reveal the cause and prevent such deaths from occurring again for the same reason. Rigging and lifting heavy objects is a critical task and fall protection is another area that needs to be addressed on all construction sites.

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Posted in: Summer soup See in context

I don’t think they’re electric on the boom, I see a hydraulic cylinder. They should’ve at least had bags covering the boom in case there was a drip or two hydraulic fluid. Those linkages need to be greased so grease or dirt could’ve fallen into the soup, not a very hygienic set up except for the stainless steel attachments.

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Posted in: Swarms of tourists causing crisis for Mount Fuji See in context

In the USA reservations must be made in advance to visit many popular National Parks same should be done for Mount Fuji.

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Posted in: China bans all Japanese seafood imports after Fukushima water release See in context

I am quite certain that China has performed worse as far as introducing pollutants into our environment radioactive or otherwise. With Fukushima, the methodology used is scientifically based, and we’re only talking about tritium not things like cesium or polonium since these isotopes are removed, using conventional means such as mechanical filtering and ion exchange resin. The Chinese communist party, on the other hand when faced with the same issue, probably would forgo any other isotope removal and just discharge the water. This is the stark reality and of course they’re not going to publicize any of it. The Chinese communist party does what they please with no regard for even their own population.

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Posted in: U.S. author of WWII-related book urges youth to learn war history See in context

Well said, “"Japanese young people need to open up their minds and know what is going on in the world, and more importantly, know their history -- good and bad -- of Japanese in America," she said.”

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Posted in: Japan opening of 'Barbie' marred by controversy ahead of nuclear memorials See in context

Bottom line it shows the movie studios will go to any length for marketing their movies to increase profits.

In my opinion this particular decision shows an unacceptable lack of respect for those who perished in Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs and the many more who perished afterwards in horrific suffering.

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Posted in: Doctor, daughter arrested over headless body found at Sapporo love hotel See in context

“An autopsy of the victim revealed that the cause of death was hemorrhagic shock caused by blood loss from stab wounds, while Ura's head was cut off with a blade…”

I certainly hope he was dead before they started severing his head crazy!

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Posted in: Flag carried by Japanese soldier killed during World War II returning to his family See in context

The focus should be on the solider and his family for in war the soldier is simply one of the tools used by it's military, following orders and sometimes dying while doing so, this does not necessarily make the solider evil or less deserving of respect for his/her service no matter the side. There are may stories of good soldiers on both sides that acted with chivalry while they were still at war with each other and many more stories after the war of forgiveness.

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Posted in: Japan's MSDF ship to fly rising sun flag at naval drill in S Korea See in context

People need to understand it’s the ensign of the JMSDF. Controversy aside Japan should be proud of its self defense forces and support them especially now.


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Posted in: Small areas reopen near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant; few return See in context

Nowhere in the article do I see what the measured background level of radiation is. If I were going to move there I would want the background radiation level to be the same or lower than my current home. Folks need to be informed. Radiation is naturally in our environment in my current home in the USA it is about 30-40 CPM. The disaster at the Fukushima Daichi plant released radiological contamination if this contamination is still in the environment causing a higher background level in radiation people need to know the data in order to make an informed decision. I would also have a survey done on my own to verify such readings keeping with the practice of, "Trust by Verify."

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Posted in: Japan struggles to persuade its big brands to join military build-up See in context

Tools, gotta have them wether you're building a home or in defense protecting it from oppressors like the Chinese Communist Party. So unless those businesses start caring about the freedoms they have in a manner similar to their profits they will risk losing both.

Just my thoughts.


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Posted in: Moscow accuses Japan of Russophobia, making 'vicious attacks' over Ukraine war See in context

Read here and do further research on your own: https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1955-57v23p1/d12

If Japan wants the Kuriles back I say that they should take them back it is within their right the only down side is the war of public opinion and the possible real war that may occur. Otherwise Japan will never get them back especially through diplomatic means the Russians can never be trusted period!

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Posted in: Big challenges: Choosing a nuclear career in Japan See in context

Great discussion BTW. I just wish this comment forum had an edit ability LOL!


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Posted in: Big challenges: Choosing a nuclear career in Japan See in context


Yes sir I do realize these facts. The nuclear plants in Japan are as I understand it not built to the same standards as those in the USA. I have also read some of the reports on the Fukashima event and it was a unbelievable catastrophe that had proper upgrades which were in the plan but unfortunately way too late been implemented the loss of power to critical plant equipment and meltdowns may have had a much better chance of being prevented altogether. TEPCO was negligent in operating, maintaining and upgrading the plants. One of these reports is in the link below a good read and mush of what you have stated is in these reports I can only hope that TEPCO and the other operator head the lessons learned so as to prevent any such disaster from occurring again.


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Posted in: Big challenges: Choosing a nuclear career in Japan See in context

Actually Non Nuclear power generation has had more accidents and caused more deaths than nuclear power generation see link here: https://www.engineering.com/story/whats-the-death-toll-of-nuclear-vs-other-energy-sources

I can also tell you from both personal experience and industry statistics that in the USA, I can't speak for Japan, that the safety factor in nuclear plants far exceeds that of fossil/non nuclear plants and this is the primary reason that accidents are extremely rare events.

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Posted in: Big challenges: Choosing a nuclear career in Japan See in context

As a former Nuclear Plant worker and for the last 39 years working in my utilities Power Generation Fossil plants mainly Combustion Turbine Combined Cycle natural gas fired ones, Nuclear Power is the best solution for reducing CO2 and NOX Emissions and for Japan also the most economic one. One interesting fact many are not aware of is that a coal plant emits more radioactive material into the environment than a nuclear power plant. See article here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste/

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Posted in: Japan to run new domestic travel subsidy program until late December See in context

Yay! Finally let the travel plans begin. Hello Japan!


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Posted in: Sapporo to restart brewing Yebisu beer in Tokyo's Ebisu after 35 years See in context

Yebisu beer is my favorite Japanese beer! I love the beer, the museum and soon a brewery!

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Posted in: Japan aims to remove daily arrival cap in October to spur tourism See in context

Hopefully the end of the VISA requirement as well, makes sense if your not going to limit the number of travelers entering then the VISA requirement should be lifted as well since the requirement it's self is a limiting factor for travelers.

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Posted in: Kill Japan's elderly? Cannes film probes chilling idea See in context

Killing a fellow human for convince, economic or otherwise is wrong and imoral period.

Keeping the elderly healthy, safe, comfortable and pain free should be the focus and compared the the USA Japan does a much better job at it in my opinion.

As countries like Japan and the USA spend billions of dollars helping others throughout the world I can only help to think our priorities are skewed and much of that money would be better spent taking care of its own citizens. Just my thoughts.

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Posted in: Japan to pay more for hosting U.S. military forces See in context

The big question here is, is Japan ready to take on China if they invade Taiwan by themselves? Having the USA in your corner in my humble opinion is insurance.

With Russia flexing their muscles in Ukraine and the Chinese Communist Party with Taiwan all you have to do is look at CCP’s actions in Hong Kong and see what their desires are. The CCP’s oppression needs to be stopped question is can it be and if it can how?

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Posted in: Moderna says COVID vaccines sent to Japan contained stainless steel particles See in context

Really! ""Stainless steel is routinely used in heart valves, joint replacements and metal sutures and staples. As such, it is not expected that injection of the particles identified in these lots in Japan would result in increased medical risk."

Used as physical parts perhaps but never injected into a human body how they could even try and make it sound less serious as it is, is beyond my understanding!

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Posted in: Quiet airport See in context

Yep looks like some post processing of the image. According to Google maps Mt. Fuji is about 95km (60mi) away.

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Posted in: Labor-short construction industry investing in AI and robots See in context

Just my thoughts but robotics is still a long way off currently for construction work sure manufacturing is well into robotics and robotic seam welders are performing well in construction such as tanks and vessals but they still need to be set up by a qualified welding technician. The future for robotics in construction I believe is 3D printers see link here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construction_3D_printing

And humans will always be needed to setup, maintain and remove the robots so workers will need to be trained accordingly. In Japan there are technical high schools that are creating the next generation of workers, after all college is not for everyone.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

Unless you are criminally arrested or charged with a crime by law enforcement and requested you should never surrender your passport period.

It's as if she is being held hostage contacting her consulate should get it back I would hope.

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Posted in: IOC Tokyo Olympic marathon edict should give pause to other cities See in context

This is really heartbreaking. Not only will the folks in Tokyo be at a loss but visitors and viewers around the world and to think quoting the article, "This past Aug. 2 — exactly one year before the scheduled date of the women's Olympic marathon — the temperature climbed to 94 degrees (34 Celsius) in Sapporo, just 1 degree cooler than it was in Tokyo on that same day." Just my thoughts.

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Posted in: Worried about flying on a 737 Max? Your options may be few See in context

No worries here, as a former Aircraft Maintenance Technician I can tell you after the 737 Max is returned to service it will probably be one of the safest aircraft to actually be flying due to the additional training and oversight. Just my thoughts.


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