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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

And why wasnt this considered as a potential move for Futenma?

Becuase an entire military base needs all the support structures and logistics of a large town. Electricity generation, sewage, clean water, roads, a major port to supply daily necessities. Housing, construction of every single building, road etc

Everything from scratch needed to accommodate and support a functioning military base...

Also there are no locals on the uninhabited island to work at the base, run bars and restaurants and other businesses that profit highly from a US base being next door, and provide entertainment for the troops and families etc

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Posted in: 2 teens arrested for extorting Y2.3 mil from classmate See in context

Future contenders for the Governor of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Iwaki fishermen resume operations off Fukushima for first time since disaster See in context

It needs to be served at Tepco HQ and the government offices. Let them eat it to set an example if they want the public to eat it.

Fisherman need to earn a living but public safety corms first. Tough situation for those fisherman.

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Posted in: LDP to make proposals on TEPCO; breakup an option See in context

Patrick,

As well as all the reasons originally put forward for Japan not to build reactors close to the ocean or in low areas, I was informed the original documents on the proposal to build GE reactors was a recommendation for Fukushima NOT to build it in the present location.

Tepco wanted the site, which was originally be on a bluff 20 meters above sea level. Tepco deemed it too expensive to build on the bluff, so they leveled the site... Leading to the situation they were explicitly warned about. Flooding due to a tsunami.

When Japan originally asked for nuclear power the US deemed all of Japan not suitable due the regular occupancy of quakes. The standards were lowered by the government and the nuke plants were built, with the general population getting assurance they met Government Standards.

Scote,

Indeed liquidat Tepco and this idea was raised soon after the accident when it was evident this was going to be a major problem. Selling off everything of Tepco as an ongoing business would raise billions.

It would however have to be done by giving very little back to the current shareholders. Basically some kind of bankruptcy sale. When you buy shares in a company this is a risk you take. Taxpayers should not be bailing out the rich or companies too big to fail.

Tepco and it's distribution network would sell for top dollar as it is a monopoly in one of the largest modern urban areas in the world.

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Posted in: Justin Bieber (maybe) spotted in Shibuya by adoring fans See in context

Who?

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Posted in: Fishing operations resume off coast of Fukushima See in context

I was told a few years ago fish are labelled from the port where they are landed. China fisherman from the east coast do fish off the coast of Fukishima.

As someone above said, with no fishin for two years fish stock may have replenished somewhat... A tempting target for other fisherman.

I think I give up eating fish... Too bad. I like grilled Sanma.

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Posted in: Japan faces record-long trade deficit with few signs it can reverse trend See in context

So many products that use to be made in Japan by Japanese companies are now made overseas. Loss of exports and loss of local full time jobs over the past 15 years will be hard to counter with simple Abenomics.

They certainly need to get the local economy back on track but this may be hard to do with so the ageing population.

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Posted in: Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw See in context

I wonder how my TV shows have asked her to be a guest already?

Very cool!

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Posted in: Japan puts troops on display; says SDF role to grow See in context

@jay To get tickets you need to go into a lottery, I heard about 7x as many people apply as tickets available to the public. I went in 2010, it was awesome.

If you are nearby,you can often see the helicopters and planes flying around. I went to Fuji Safari park once and when leaving got to see two Apache Gunships practicing to hide behind hills and pop up etc.

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Posted in: Australia's Domino's Pizza bites into Japan market See in context

Hope they bring Australian prices, $5 - $7 a pizza! Serioulsy, their combinesdbulk pirchasing power will hopefully lower prices in Japan.

Downside is the quality in Australia is lower than Japan. The Domlno's Australia I had in April was terrible!!

At Domino.jp in English or Japanese you can add or remove toppings from almost all pizzas. I usually use the 'make your own pizza' option to get a pizza just how I like it.

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Posted in: Woman, 3-month-old daughter killed in Kagawa traffic accident See in context

Just as read this while waiting to cross the road, two trucks sped up ( at the very least 60 - 70 kph) to race through a red light as the other way turned green. Crazy truck drivers are everywhere!!!

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Posted in: 10 drivers to be charged over 2011 pileup involving 8 Ferraris and a Lamborghini See in context

@Disillusioned.

The idea makes sense but there are times when a car will need a burst of power and/or acceleration to avoid an accident. Hence a limit about 20% more may be suitable.

But then again, you are allowed to race your own car on private race tracks. Something many of these owners do.

Education is the key... But we know nothing will change in that regards.

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Posted in: 74,483 danger spots found on roads around public elementary schools See in context

I agree with sillygirl. Any parent walking their kids to school would see this. Cars go racing past many schools and daycare centers etc as drivers hurry to run red lights, talk on phones, watch TV on the navi.

They really need school zones at set times.

It is 2013, this should have been done 30 years ago.

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Posted in: 54% of cities hosting nuclear plants OK restart: survey See in context

Can the government gurantee no big quakes, tsunami or other natural disasters?

No!

But the govt will gurantee more bribes, shoddy inspections and nuclear waste that has nowhere to go.

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Posted in: Death row inmates want prior warning instead of being told on day of execution See in context

Considering the recent people on death row who were found innocent due to new DNA tests there needs to be some review of the system.

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Posted in: Japan considers using U.S. spy drones for marine surveillance See in context

Abe is a hawk. Here is an idea for him.

Fly the unArmed drones first. Get China use to them. Slip in some armed drones to pattern, launch a few AGM-114 Hellfires, range 8km. Predator deone can hold up to 14 of them. They only cost $25,000 each. Sink one Chinese ship, deny it all, call their bluff.

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