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Posted in: Do you believe there will be a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea? See in context

With a leader like Kim Jong-Un, there will either be a conflict or North Korea will set off a very powerful Electro Magnetic Pulse (an atomic explosion in the upper atmosphere) that will knock out power grids and electronic devices/vehicles around the world.

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Posted in: Do you believe North Korea will launch missiles toward Guam? See in context

North Korea has limited resources, They will shoot one Nuclear Tipped ICBM at Guam that will range for a Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) which will take out all electronics and power grids. It is a wide dispersal explosion which, if situated correctly will take out the bases in both Yokohama and Guam. The second ICBM will be targeted to go off over Canada to take out Continental U.S.A. (2/3 or 4/5), only states that get away from it are the southern parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida. The Third ICBM will be targeted north of Scandinavia and will take out Europe. The fourth ICBM will go off over North Korea (North Korean forces have vehicles that have been hardened against EPMs since the Soviet Era) it will take out South Korea, Japan, and Northern to mid China.

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Posted in: On Edge See in context

I thought it was a toy at first glance. It is so perfect and shiny!!!

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Posted in: Hotel in Osaka has discounts for female bar customers who wear high heels See in context

It is not a ''Sophisticated'' Establishment if they require an inducement for high heels.

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Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy? See in context

I find with Japan on top of a MAJOR Geological HOT SPOT it is very easy to drill down in multiple areas to get HydroThermal energy cheaply. Drilling in locations where nuclear plants have been shut down for multiple years for upgrades to comply with Earthquake awareness preparedness will be the best way to make a safer change to energy production using existing equipment.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

It is very hard to navigate your website now. You may find a lot of people not coming back. I will stay, but it is uncomfortable to use. I am using it less now daily.

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Posted in: Warehouse in Saitama still ablaze after 5 days See in context

Most warehouse fires should not last this long. Did they not have adequate fire sprinklers on the premises?

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Posted in: Publisher of some of Japan’s most popular anime suddenly restricts exports of its Blu-rays, DVDs See in context

Simply put, it all comes down to LICENSING. By not selling abroad, it can license other companies in the North American continent, European Continent, Middle East, and other markets. If it sold abroad directly it would dilute those license opportunities.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven penalizes 16-year-old part-timer for taking 2 days off due to illness See in context

As far as I know about Seven and I holdings in Japan, all 7/11 stores are owned, not franchised.

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Posted in: M5 quake shakes Kanto region; third in 4 days See in context

Sorry to say, Most companies that are International in Japan are taking this as a precursor to the 'big one' for Kanto.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

I looked up information regarding the destruction of the missile that went up to 17,000 Meters and then ''went away''. The North Koreans are developing EMP technology so they can render all ''non-hardened'' technology inert. It would be like sending most of South Korea, Japan and most of Northern China into the 'Stone Age'. Electrical grids would be brought down, the giant transformers would be slagged, most electronics from cell phones, computers, telecommunications, televisions and anything that runs on electricity and has computers in them including cars would be rendered inert. Since most of North Korea is still manual technology an EMP would level the playing field into their favor for a decade or more. Such infrastructure takes a very long time to be replaced. Exploding a single Nuclear Weapon at that height would be doing more damage than Several nuclear weapons deployed against cities.

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Posted in: Night flight See in context

I thought something was on fire when i first saw the photo in miniature on the main page.

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Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan See in context

On particular Japanese Person stands out when I was doing business in Japan in 1994. He was all about that i should not try to be 'Japanese' that it is futile and i should go back to America. He thought by my being constantly polite and just understanding that I was somehow trying to be Japanese. I explained that I am normally very polite and that I was in no way trying to be Japanese. I explained that I am in the country to do business and am just friendly and helpful. After this explanation the Japanese individual ''brightened'' up and was friendlier. Still said that i should finish up as soon as possible and return to America, but was happy that I was not trying to 'suck up' like so many gaijin to be Japanese. It was a surreal experience. hope not too many have met Nationalists that have acted that way.

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Posted in: Volcanic activity continues at Hakone resort See in context

My apologies, it is correct, both volcanoes are stratovolcanoes. I had looked it up after i posted this, and it was too late to change what I had posted.

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Posted in: Volcanic activity continues at Hakone resort See in context

Mount Saint Helens- This is what this sounds very much like what is happening with this volcano. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hakone are both ''shield'' volcanos. Mount Saint Helens started out with 'low rumblings' not spectacular eruptions. In fact, the beginnings were minor ''puffs'' of ash at the summit. No one was thinking it was going to be a big eruption. This is the same here. It is important that someone takes this ''missive'' from me seriously. I am not sure if anyone will but it has to be said here. Mount Hakone is building to a catastrophic eruption that will include a Pyroclastic Flow. It will eventually erupt like the cork coming off a super backed up fizzy drink.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' products to debut at Sept 4 global event See in context

September 4th? They really mean May 4th right? Like ''May the 4th Be With You'' ( a lisp of ''May the Force Be With You'').

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Posted in: Golden Week See in context

Actually, once the ''exodus'' is done within the first day, the highways are pretty clear. Everyone wants to get to where they are going the first day (kind of like a ''competitive'' environment for vacation as well) so they have more time for their vacation. The roads are free of traffic and i bet the toll roads and highways will be pretty clear around Tokyo.

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Posted in: Golden Week See in context

Hi, It wasn't mentioned in the other comments so I will explain why there is such a holiday 'stream' like Golden Week. The Japanese people have been ingrained with a competitive work-ethic since childhood. In many cases this is a good thing, but can be the cause of so many ailments that kills them from Karōshi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karōshi . If the option of taking a day off is voluntary the Japanese employee will still show up for work, the thinking is if he/she does not show up for work their competing employees/co workers will get ahead of them and they will be marginalized. Only by the National Government enacting a MANDATORY HOLIDAY will EVERYONE be forced to take a day/days off at the same time. This eliminates the compulsion of everyone showing up for work. Strangely, for animation studios in Japan and maybe a few hundred businesses, ''straws'' are drawn and one employee has to stay behind to answer the phones while everyone else is on holiday. No other work is required of them and they are even expressly forbidden to get any other work done. Hopefully for the GOOD people at JAPANTODAY no one has to draw any straws.

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Posted in: Several fatalities in Sweden pub shooting See in context

Sweden is a Police State. Owning weapons like this illegal. Very similar to Japan. For this to happen it has to be either Criminal or Terrorist.

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Posted in: 2,020 days to go until Tokyo Olympics See in context

Los Angeles 1984 was profitable and came in under budget. Lots of licensing. Gives me some ideas on how this can be spun for Tokyo.

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Posted in: What’s better for the environment: a fake or real Christmas tree? See in context

Real trees are planted for the specific use as Christmas Trees. Banning sale just means no trees are planted for Christmas sale. It is just like planting groves just for making paper. No old growth forests are killed to be made into paper.

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Posted in: China, S Korea, Japan spar at U.N. over Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit See in context

Does ANYONE realize what China's and South Korea's ""ULTIMATE"" goals are in demonizing Japan Diplomatically? (I have an answer to this in twelve hours or so from now (Arizona, USA time is now 7:50 AM.)

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Posted in: Condo ditches lawnmowers for grass-munching goats See in context

Arizona's State Governmenthas done this also. There were several locations that cost too much to do regular cleanings of refuse, and this was the most economical to use. The state has been near broke for the last five years because of the financial crisis.

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Posted in: Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in U.S., Europe first, then Japan on Feb 22 See in context

The biggest market for Sony right now is USA and Europe. Even though Japan is its core market, there is just too much at stake to sell in Japan First.

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Posted in: Taiwanese boat leaves disputed islands after water cannon duel See in context

I do not ''see'' Japan doing this ''water cannons'' if it was China's coast guard?

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Posted in: Are you optimistic for Japan under the new Abe government? See in context

the Abe Government will be spending a lot to offset the problems of deflation. This will help in the long run.

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Posted in: Which issue do you think will be the most important in the Dec 16 lower house election? See in context

WoW! Did not expect to be the first person to vote on this ideas section!

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Posted in: Some interesting tidbits about Tokyo's 23 wards See in context

I live in the Phoenix Metro Area in Arizona. It is now comprised of about ten cities. Each city is independent. With its own elected mayors and legislators. All these cities, Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Apache Junction(there are a few more that I will gloss over, please forgive me) comprise a megalopolis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalopolis_(city_type) when seen from a mountain or raised area looks like one very big glob of light at night. Each city has grown so large that one cannot make the difference where one city ends and another begins. For all outsiders the Phoenix Metropolitan Area looks like one very big city. Same as Tokyo. Please, do not get into that the Japanese have gotten anything wrong, it just works this way.

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Posted in: Disney buys Lucasfilm; new 'Star Wars' film in 2015 See in context

Actually, Star Wars is a THREE BOOK SERIES. Chapters 1,2,3, is book one. Chapters 4,5,6, is book two. Chapters 7,8,9, is Book Three! If you SEE the way this all goes, the big connection for all three books is Senator Palpetine! This Master of the Sith will show up again in the Third Book and will continue the story arc. It will be interesting what happens. Remember, Palpetine(Lord Sidious) has cloning technology, who says the one that was plunged down the Second Death Star was the REAL Lord Sidious? ''Everything has proceeded as I have foreseen'' was what he said. Another is ''My Design''. Lord Sidious has been manipulating events in the Star Wars Universe to a great degree. He needs to have the Rebel Alliance let down its guard so they can be manipulated and corrupted from within. When there is no enemies then people, in general, go back to old practices.

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Posted in: Life on a budget: How salarymen and women make ends meet See in context

How about using the 'Big Mac Index'? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mac_Index this may help provide a more balanced cost to what it is compared to other countries and Japan? or Starbucks Tall latte index? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity#Starbucks_tall_latte_index

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