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Posted in: Japan protests to Russia over man detained on disputed island See in context

This report neglects to mention the man was found to be carrying four million yen in cash in a sealed box that was undeclared at customs. He claimed a third party asked him to carry a package to Japan, and he claims no to know anything regarding the contents of the package. It's common knowledge that one should not carry packages for others a cross borders.

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Posted in: U.S. study: All-electric car may not be so green See in context

Yogi Zuna, your comment is spot on. It is easy for just about anyone to make their own electricity, and nearly impossible to make their own gasoline.

My house is a certified Passivhaus which also produces far more electricity with our solar PV rooftop than we use on an annual basis. It's far cheaper than a normal house, too.

In my case, an electric car is far cleaner and greener than a normal dirty gasoline powered car.

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Posted in: Japan CO2 emissions hit record yearly high See in context

Unfortunately, nuclear power is not an option in Japan anymore. Nuclear is Japan's failed dream.

Fortunately, compared with other nations, Japan has an easy path to reducing its emissions in a massive way. Nuclear is not required. Fossil fuels are merely a temporary requirement.

Japan has vast and, for the most part, untapped renewable energy resources. There is plenty of renewable energy potential to power the entire nation many times over.

Japan also has the technology and knowhow to take advantage of its huge renewable energy resources.

Japan has the financial wherewithal to invest in and quickly build out a renewable energy system. It has already made great strides in doing so over the past three years since the Fukushima nuclear radiation catastrophe.

Finally, Japan has enormous potential in terms of energy efficiency gains. About two thirds of Japan's electric power and forty percent of Japan's primary energy is consumed by inefficient buildings. Astonishingly, Japan has no required building energy efficiency requirements in its building code laws. Since Japan's buildings are rebuilt three times more often than other advanced nations, Japan can quickly reduce energy consumption of buildings with ensuing massive savings.

Japan's only obstacle to making the inevitable and necessary transition to renewable energy is the same as many other nations - an entrenched and corrupt energy industry and pet bureaucracy.

The nation of Japan merely has to make the choice and these troubles can be eliminated within a few short years.

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