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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

Sorry to piss in your cheerios Brian Wheway... Underground wiring didn't exist "day one". If it had...

"Cheaper and better" is sorta untrue. Cheaper by todays cost? Sure. I mean inflation and costs of living make everything "cheaper" back in the day, usually. Better? I doubt it. Technology emerges over time in any industry. Even today's underground cables aren't foolproof or infallible, although they are way better engineered and manufactured than cables in the past. It's an evolution of technology.

The hard to swallow truth is that "day one", it was cheaper and more efficient to install the lines overhead. With the technological evolution that occurs, it is STILL cheaper to put the lines overhead. Although better is still up in the air. Is better a budgetary constraint? A reliability constraint? Or... Aesthetics?

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Posted in: Will marijuana become the next tapioca? See in context

Lol. I am not against recreational marijuana use. I don't use anymore myself, but that was a personal choice.

Anecdotal "evidence" for the efficacy of marijuana, for what ails you, is not proven science. Therefore, the medical marijuana controversy is misplaced imho. In the states, I do believe it should at the very least be decriminalized, so that medical studies can actually take place, and we can come to some reasonable consensus on what it can, or cannot, do from a medical standpoint.

I also think that current employment standards should be upheld regarding marijuana. Until an accurate way of testing for pot inebriation exists, then no, you cannot do this job with pot in your system. I fear the legal rabbit hole that would appear if folks were allowed to fail drug tests for important, and dangerous jobs.

"Those people died because it was an accident, not because I got high 2 days ago" would become a standard defense for liars who WERE actually high at work and caused personal and financial loss. With no way of conclusively proving otherwise with current testing.

I've worked in dangerous industries for a good portion of my life. Which is why I stated earlier that I quit by choice( I chose to have a good paying job). I enjoyed smoking when I did it. Now, I just go home and have the occasional cocktail in the privacy of my own home.

Personally I think Japan should consider legalization, but I also think they should take a wait and see approach to what is going down in America, wait until their is actual science behind it, then they can tailor it to their own needs after watching how we fail to implement it well. ;)

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Posted in: Court rules TEPCO execs not guilty of professional negligence over nuclear crisis See in context

This entire story has me baffled, saddened, and angry.

How convenient from a legal standpoint that words as simple as "consider" and "considering" can keep you out of jail. Of course anyone can consider anything, for as long or as short of a time as they want. Convenient.

We had to "consider" the social impact of shutting down the plant. Equals... No way we'll shut down, it'll make us lose revenue, and that will "impact" my social life. I can't lose face in front of all my other rich oyaji buddies.

We were "considering" doing the work necessary. This one is most likely just a lie. The lie being they used the word "considering" indicating current tense, when the correct word would have been "considered" indicating past tense.

"We were considering making the repairs and safety upgrades" equals no jail.

VS.

"We considered it an outrageous expense that would affect our bottom line, and came to the conclusion that more money for us was the correct route to take." equals locked up executives.

Since the Gov't (i.e. politicians and regulators) were squarely in the pocket of the utility, Japan should "consider" dumping them all into the ocean where Tepco/JGov is going to release the waste, and electing an entirely new slate of officials.

I mean really Shiba Inus in halloween costumes, or even hot springs monkeys, could probably do a better and more responsible job than the politicos you've already had for far too long.

"Consider" it.

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Posted in: Anger at acquittals of TEPCO execs in Fukushima case See in context

JGov messed up. They should have drug this out for 30 years or so. 8 years is too short of a time period for people to forget all of the information that poured out after the "accident". ;l

https://news.usc.edu/86362/fukushima-disaster-was-preventable-new-study-finds/

This report as well as many others like it (not going to link them all) all refer to Tepco's own people warning that the plant wasn't adequately protected from disaster.

The 8.8 quake in Chile in 2010 should have been a decent enough warning that stuff happens.

The (sorry not familiar with the Japanese term) warning posts placed by Japanese saying "yeah, a long time ago the sea rushed as far as way the hell up here" should have been the very first and most reliable warning given to ANYONE in those areas.

These folks SHOULD be outraged. With the amount of nuclear power in Japan, even people NOT directly affected by Fukushima Daiichi, should be outraged as Japans government, regulators, and utility industry apparently have no remorse whatsoever about ruining peoples lives. If it can happen to them (residents of Fukushima) it can happen to you.

What happened in 2011 wasn't due to ignorance, it was due to willful stupidity. Willful stupidity in this case is called gross negligence. Gross negligence. Let that sink in. These people had had plenty of warnings.

This is not a "shoganai" situation. This most certainly could have been helped. All citizens of Japan should be up their government's ass about this.(my opinion)

At this point, as a non Japanese, I feel about the only thing I can do is boycott the Olympics. Really they should have bailed on the hosting and focused on their disaster. Olympics are almost never profitable. Money squandered at the expense of taxpayers for a small group of athletes to showcase their skills on a generally larger stage than their own individual sport could ever afford them. Someday the abandoned facilities will need to be repurposed or destroyed at yet further cost, yet JGov refuses to provide even a modicum of safety for their own populace? Regulators and politicians bought off for peanuts by a utility. A utility now owned in good part BY the govt. Maybe instead of cash for the games, they could have provided cash for the utilities to upgrade? Maybe instead of all the taxpayer funded cleanups and buyouts that are costing the future of Japan, you could've taken charge of this industry with a carrot and stick approach? You need to fix this stuff. Make it happen. If you can't, we'll subsidize the work to be done with a favorable repayment schedule. Now you have no excuses.(Seen a lot of concrete poured around Japan, shame they didn't pour it in front of seaside nukes).

Okay... Whew! Rant over. For those who may be concerned, I'm not actually against the Olympics. Although I would prefer them to be hosted perpetually in Greece(at least the summer games). Might help that country out, and could keep infrastructure costs down for the venues(maintenance versus new construction, reuse them ffs). I'm American and dear lord is this country a steaming pile of mess. I do not intend this post to be bashing Japan itself. I'm not a nuclear hater. I believe that it very well was the better alternative when it became instituted many many years ago. I DO believe that there are alternative approaches that can be used for power generation, that can lessen the load/impact that nuclear has. I also believe they should be investigated and implemented whenever/wherever possible.

To anyone living in Japan... Good luck!

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

So many hits and misses on this. Tepco was not prepared which seems ridiculous when watching crews moving and prepping for hurricanes in the states, before they even hit. I suppose you could blame the J Gov since they own a major portion of Tepcow now, but in reality they don't even know how to govern much less run a utility.

Overhead vs underground. This is a tough one to explain when there are so many nuances to each. Power gets restored much faster when repairing overhead lines. Finding the fault in the circuit is so much easier when the wire is laying on the ground in front of you, or you can see the tree branch catching fire or arcing. Unless you have XRAY vision(you don't), finding underground faults is a bit more difficult. Installation costs for underground are more expensive. If done correctly, they are WAY more expensive. The bonus of doing it correctly is that wire replacement can be done quicker than normal. Underground wires MAY last longer, but compared to the cost for the wire, it's still cheaper to replace the overhead lines. There really are too many variables to just spout off about which way would be best for any given application.

I can only say these things due to 30 years in the utility industry ranging from tree trimming to overhead/underground/transmission construction to substations. Things are never as easy as an armchair quarterback makes them sound.

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Posted in: Krispy Kreme Japan taps superfoods for new line of doughnuts See in context

Healthy donuts = low tar cigarettes... People are so stupid.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

PTownsendToday 07:39 am JST

ah are Americans

@yakyak Not so sure about that lately.

Once again the Internet Research Agency/Bannon/Qanon forces are using slogans easily remembered and then parroted by the benighted as these groups attempt to further splinter a long splintered nation. The above slogan is a variation on 'I'd rather be Russian than Democrat', which is an admission they prefer fascism to democracy.

> Prefer fascism to socialism?

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Posted in: Why do so many people take selfies? See in context

Narcissism works, my first thought was vanity...

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

kohakuebisuMay 7 10:21 pm JST

PS. The words "I'll kill you" alone should be instant dismissal.

Instant dismissal, a visit from the police, and possibly charges filed.

I've never been much of a fan of all the litigation going through the courts (since apparently the entire world is corrupt and will screw you over), but the parents should get a lawyer, and the lawyer should sue this school until it no longer exists.

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Posted in: Do 'mechanical trees' offer the cure for climate change? See in context

yokohamaridesMay 5 09:46 pm JST

That is enough to suck up nearly 8,000 cars worth of emissions per year of CO2.

Great - but why don’t we just discourage driving?

May work better in some places than others. I used to drive anywhere from an hour to 3 hours to get to work. I also had a full sized truck that I needed for my job. Public transit wasn't available, nor was it an option. As soon as that job ended I sold the truck and bought a compact SUV which just about got me double the mpg I had with the truck. I still had a long commute with no public transportation available though.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

It's about 40 minutes W of Chicago. Chicago that has had gun control for decades, as well as that super murder rate. The state itself is basically insolvent. But hey! At least we have a new Governor who is spending money left and right. The populace continues to leave but not because of gun violence. It's the killer taxes that are responsible for the exodus.

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Posted in: Japan, it’s time to end your love affair with cash See in context

Alfie hit the point on the head with his reference to "nudging". At least as far as what this article(haha) is about.

I believe Cleo misinterpreted the earlier comment about "trashing rooms", and believe the poster that said it may have been half asleep to even add it to the conversation, where it could be/was misconstrued, and had nothing to do with anything, regarding the article.

As for the cash vs debt card debate... I'm fully on the side of cash.

While it's great that some cardholders get "goodies" as a part of holding such and such card. Those goodies are never truly free. Whether the cost of the perks is offset by the number of people taking advantage of them(meaning the LACK of such people), or whether they are paid for in full by utilizing profits made from interest charges on the less credit worthy, or acct "service charges". Nothing is really free in life, even if Cleo feels that it enhances HER lifestyle. Someone somewhere paid for it. Were everyone to manage their finances perfectly, then there wouldn't be as much of a need for credit, and of course the "goodies" would go away as there is no one paying for them.

For years we've been fed the agenda of business, banks, and credit card issuers. Really, the banks and card issuers are more to blame for it than business, simply because they had to convince businesses to get on board by touting the "benefits" to them via poorly controlled spending habits of consumers.

For years you could buy gasoline for cheaper with cash, simply because the dealers KNEW they were getting hit with processing costs for utilizing credit card companies. In the new economy it has shifted to where the cash payer gets overcharged for goods and services, to offset the hassle of distinguishing between cash and credit purchases. We'll just jack the price on everything, in order to make sure we cover the expenses related to credit, and profit off of the cash payer. I'm not arguing whether this is "fair and just", I'm just stating the simple truth.

My largest beef with the credit issuers are the falsehoods they twist to fit their own agenda. Inconvenient pocket change? lol Faster checkout times? Hahaha haaa... ( At least they did amuse me with their pathetic round of commercials about this a while back). More secure transactions? ROFL LMAO LOLOLOLOL...

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Posted in: What would you say is Japan's most well-known food overseas, after sushi? See in context

I hate answering questions half asleep... Ramen and sushi.

ugh. Sorry everyone.

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Posted in: What would you say is Japan's most well-known food overseas, after sushi? See in context

Ninjas and pokemon. Everyone else gave great answers, but...

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Posted in: Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank See in context

"So in other words, girls should be denied the rights to the same educational opportunities as boys because the boys might want to kiss them.

Don't feel too bad, it's a common sexist attitude that has unduly influenced American thought for years. It frankly amazing it took this long for it to come up in the thread."

Well... Thanks for labeling me sexist, I suppose. Is this because I'm against the idea of the BSA taking girls into regular membership? Or that I'm denying the right to boys to kiss girls? I'm not clear about where you stand on this... Are you supporting the BSA's decision to embrace female members, while bashing the Girl Scouts of America for not being gender inclusive?

You're insinuating that I'm attempting to deny girls rights to educational opportunities because boys may want to kiss them? You've horribly oversimplified what I was alluding to, but thank you for trying.

Since I'm familiar with BOTH the BSA and Girl Scouts organizations... What specific "educational opportunities" are there that young women would be missing if they weren't allowed to be in the BSA? I do mean specifically what will girls miss out on? And to make things perfectly clear... Are you even aware that the BSA already runs the Explorer program that is co-ed as well as vocationally oriented?

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Posted in: Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank See in context

I'd like to take a step back from all of the inclusive, gender-bending, adult world views regarding this decision, and bring up something that I think is a valid point.

Did any of the male members of this particular forum lust after members of the opposite sex when you were adolescents? Was it due to "gender conditioning" as a result of living with, or near, male family members, or was it something as simple as a biological impulse?

And lets be honest... Female members of the forum probably had the same sorts of things going on in their heads as well.

I spent many years in the BSA when I was much younger, and I can still recall how we reacted when faced with young women of our own age group. We had a week long canoe trip one summer that coincided with a canoe trip that a girl scout troop had decided to enjoy. For 2-3 days of this trip it was decided that the two groups would travel together.

The two groups set up camp separately each afternoon. Each evening, as things wound down from preparing meals and doing the cleanup, the boys and girls sought each other out. This wasn't a cultural exchange or any lofty exchange of ideals, it was teenage hormones at it's most base level. I don't believe that anything too terrible happened at that time. The boys mostly being in it for a quick kiss or two, and maybe the chance to feel up the girl they liked(read... OMG boobs!).

With that being said... I agree with the Girl Scouts decision regarding allowing males into their membership, and am mildly appalled at the decision of the BSA to allow females into the organization at the membership level. I believe the BSA didn't approach this idea as cautiously as they should have.

Now the children will no longer have to go looking for trouble, it will be in the tent next door. At least until someone complains about not having the right to share a tent with someone of the opposite gender. facepalm

This is one of those ideas that looks good on paper but the reality of which can be so much more awful. To take it a step further, one could argue that the spate of lawsuits revolving around the sexual abuse that is sure to occur, will most certainly bring about some sort of change in the way the genders regard each other. Even if it were to lead to the BSA to take the forefront for womens rights in some way, shape, or form, would it have been worth it to the daughters and sons sacrificed to make it happen?

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Posted in: Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD See in context

"There are plenty of testimonials from people including veterans who ingest cannabis for a variety of medical reasons including chronic pain and PTSD with very good results."

While I'm not explicitly against medical marijuana, and I do believe clinical trials should be done... I'd like to remind you that throughout history there were plenty of things that had "testimonials" and "good results".

Just a few off the top of my head...

Mercury as a cure for syphilis, as well as other purported diseases and symptoms.

Heroin as a cough suppressant. From our good friends at Bayer no less.

Lobotomies...

So... Of course I don't expect any "ringing endorsements" from the U.S. government without clinical trials to prove/disprove it's efficacy to treat anything. Certainly not ringing endorsements based on "testimonials" from people diagnosed with PTSD or chronic pain. I do feel for them, and do wish that the U.S. would fund the trials to clear up the fog of smoke surrounding the controversy regarding medical marijuana.

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Posted in: Visa 'declares war' on cash See in context

Cash is king. VISA can go suck an egg.

I've had my card numbers stolen twice. Unexpected charges from unexpected places tends to be a bit stressful. Yes, I did report them, and they were handled accordingly, but the extra hassle and stress from it wasn't worth it. The first time it was a bank card, and I had to take time off from work and come home to resolve it personally. I was living in a hotel and working 7 day wks at the time. So I lost nearly 600USD to take the day off and drive home. The second time was much easier, when I saw the charge on my statement, I managed to call and have it handled.

A few years ago they had a big push with advertising, which showed a line of customers queuing up to pay their orders, until one clown needed to pay cash. The line ticked along in a quick and timely fashion until the cash payer stepped up.

Unfortunately, in reality it almost never works that way. Usually the cash payers pay, get their change, and walk off, while the card reader is still processing a credit/debit payment. I don't know how many times I've seen a line slow down because of card users. Card reader is slow... Have to punch in a debit password number... This card is no good, let's try another... Oh! You exceeded the pre-approved amount and now it wants a signature for your purchase...

If only there were even a sliver of truth in advertising....

I expect VISA's war on cash to go as well as the U.S.'s war on drugs/terror.

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Posted in: Can U.S. defend against North Korean missiles? Not everyone agrees See in context

I'd guess this is to keep the DoD budgets from getting cut in any way, shape, or form. The best way to defend against NK missiles is still called "preemptive strike", which brings another boatload of problems along with it.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls at fastest rate since 1968 See in context

"Japan's most valuable resource is its workforce" Probably true, but terribly sad, considering they're consistently ranked from 17th to 21st in the world depending on who does the math. And by math, I mean hours worked to GDP calculations.

"Higher taxes, insurance and pension premiums are killing Japan's consumers, which is driving the economy down and will only get worse as the population shrinks and ages."

Absolute truth there.

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Posted in: U.S. woman arrested over disposal of 100 live bullets at Haneda airport See in context

"100x .22 bullets are not light, and should of shown up on any xray."

Yes they should have shown up. Light is a relative term... Approximately 137 .22lr bullets weighs 1 lb. I wish you luck picking up your mobile phone, it must be a struggle for you. If by "not light" you mean "dense", then my apologies.

TSA should have caught this, but these are the same type of "jobs" created by the last two administrations. I.E. minimum wage or just above. You need about the same qualifications to work as a TSA screener as you would need to be a McDonalds cashier. Although, I think Mickey D's wants you to be more customer friendly.

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Posted in: Promises, pomp and protests as Trump sworn in See in context

Don't have a for, or against, stance towards the guy. As for myself, I'm just waiting to see how his presidency unfolds.

I saw this gem earlier and couldn't help myself though... "Trump's leadership is so bad that he is keeping many staff members from the Obama WH."

I'd believe it's pretty easy to see the political slant of the person who posted this, but I'm curious as to the other alternatives available when dissecting this comment. If we remove the poster's personal opinion.... "Trump's leadership is so bad that..."

It would leave us with this... " he is keeping many staff members from the Obama WH" This part would be the factual information from the poster's statement.

Looking at the factual statement leaves the interpretation pretty open.

Is it that Trump's leadership is so poor?

Is it that Trump is attempting to bridge ideologies by retaining liberal democratic staff within the WH from the former presidency?

Or is it simply a nod to how business works? Politicians generally dump the entire group and begin handpicking friends, political backers, and cronies. A business mind probably wants to get moving as soon as possible with the least amount of fuss. You wouldn't buy a company and fire every employee. If you did, the business would immediately be unprofitable, because no work is getting done. Also, you'd be starting over with new staff that would need to be trained, at a cost of time and money. You replace a few key players, and possibly eliminate a few positions, then you get back to work. This would generally considered a "smooth transition". Further down the road you can assess where you're at and implement further changes, but normally you don't just unilaterally fire experienced staff, right off the bat. Why throw the entire organization into chaos if it's unnecessary?

Anyone have any other ideas? Or is it truly that Trump is just such a bad leader?

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Posted in: Do you think that U.S. President Donald Trump can unify his country, in view of the massive protests against him and his disputes with mainstream media? See in context

I would be inclined to say no. Without ignoring the media and getting to work as the President he won't unify anything, and unfortunately he seems to lack the ability to ignore the media.

As for the womens marches over the weekend...? I'm not entirely sure that they weren't misrepresented by either the organizers, or the media, at some point. My 72 year old mother(sound mind, sound body, thankfully) went down to Chicago to join in the Womens Rights rally this weekend, and was sorely disappointed/disillusioned that the entire thing seemed to be an orchestrated anti Trump rally, rather than having anything to do with womens rights around the world. As an aside... I have no idea who she voted for for the presidency, but she was saddened that the original agenda/platform of womens rights had been shoved aside and reduced to a rabble of people complaining about who was elected President.

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Posted in: OPEC risks Pyrrhic victory with oil policy See in context

I do agree with PTownsend and wish for the focus on renewables, regardless of what oil prices do. I worry that with lower prices it will take the focus away from the push for renewables though.

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Posted in: What do you think about online dating sites? See in context

Not to take away from any of the other posters thoughts regarding weirdos and scammers, but... I think they seem to be full of people who have unrealistic expectations as to how humans even form relationships. I don't advocate not having standards, but it seems in many cases that OLD has become like the Amazon.com of dating, they all seem to be window shoppers (outside of the scammers and weirdos). You write some perky/funny short BS profile message, post a few pictures, and if lucky manage to go out to coffee with someone. Then... Based on a 15-45 minute coffee meeting, you automatically decide that either this one is a candidate, or not. I'm not trying to rule out the "rules of attraction", I get that some people just don't "do it" for you. I would also never wish for anyone to ignore a "gut feeling", if they seem to think something is off. What I don't understand is when I've seen people be attracted to each other, but due to something said in a coffee meet, then the attraction is tossed aside because of an issue with something the other person may have said or done. I find it rather sad, and almost comical, at the same time. You don't go out and get a relationship, like you go out and get a latte. People are nervous, people are insecure, people have bad days... The list could go on and on for why someone flubbed the first meet, yet because of something relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, the "relationship" never launches. At this point it's back to the computer to find the next "prince charming", or "hottie", to line up a coffee meet with. When you didn't get what you wanted you just go back to Amazon and place your next order.

Of course the best part of OLD is cruising the forums to read the posts about how every man is like this... Or... Every woman is like this... It's really just too much fun! XD

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Posted in: Colorado mom gave pot brownie to son who jumped from window See in context

There's a reason it's called dope... ;)

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

And here I thought it was because we didn't NEED to use our fingers and toes to count... ;)

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Posted in: The relevant ministries and agencies have to ensure the funds are spent effectively. Some of the projects do not appear to meet the needs of residents in the stricken areas. See in context

I'm guessing "effectively" means running it through government tied contractors and down through the ranks of Yak subcontractors in order to best benefit Japan? Might as well pour 4 trillion yen's worth of concrete over fukushima daiichi and call it a day. Useless wads!

The filpside to this could of course be that they are actively monitoring projects to ensure that money isn't being mis-spent?

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context

The shame is that an 18 year old is considered a minor. Over here he's considered an adult, and the 17 yr olds would likely be tried as adults.

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