Richard Burgan comments

Posted in: Extension of S Korea-Japan intel pact likely to irritate N Korea See in context

Go ahead irritate NK so they don't have to pretend you did.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

The thought of pouring water with dissolved radioisotopes in it sounds terrible. But, if it is diluted enough it's not a big deal. The fuel in the reactors came from the the Earth and was refined to purify it. Reactors do not make more radioactive material than the started with. (They do change it.) Essentially they are putting it back where it came from. The key to safety is dilution. We live with radiation all around us everyday. The air has many radioactive elements in it. The soil and water also has radiation in it. If you had a radiation meter you would find that banannas are quite high in radioactive potassium, your air filters are high in radioactive dust, cigarettes are high, and there are many other sources. In the US the limit for Radon gas in homes is 2 pCi/L yet many homes have levels that exceed 50 pCi/L. And, drinking water can easily contain 300 pCi/L. Radiation is dangerous when concentrated. We also encounter high radiation with medical X-rays and airline flights. It's a normal part of the environment when sufficiently diluted. Let's not make unfounded and emotional decisions regarding radiation.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Please be patient with the U.S. while we get rid of our moron president. He thinks he can get some money to build a wall from Japan and Korea. And he thinks short term only so it doesn't bother him that it will cost the U.S. more than $8 Billion per year to keep the 54,000 troups currently stationed in Japan at bases in the U.S. Currently a large part of the costs of U.S. facilities and operating costs are paid by Korea and Japan. Plus, it is illegal for the the U.S. military to accept payment for it's personnel or services. The U.S. military is not a mercenary force. Our current president will be out of a job well before the current joint force agreements expire.

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

These are generally lower skilled jobs, not highly skilled jobs. At least that's true by the standards of most developed countries.

There are several hurdles placed in the way of applicants: Learning Japanese, one of the most difficult languages to master is the biggest hurdle. The other requirements are ability to "act Japanese", be a trustworthy person, and of course master the skills of the intended job.

I have been skeptical about finding 100,000 people per year who want to 'become Japanese' for a service job in a foreign country since they announce this program.

If Japan really wants these workers they need to relax the requirements a bit and accept that foreign people are not Japanese. Maybe Japan should become the best place in the world to be a service worker. What motivates and inspires these workers? Provide that and do it better than anyone else. Then you will get 100,000 applications per year.

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Posted in: Main buildings of castle at World Heritage site in Okinawa destroyed by predawn fire See in context

By the way the fire happened on World Uchinanchu Day, October 31, 2019. (Uchinanchu is the Okinawan Language word for People of Okinawa)

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Posted in: Main buildings of castle at World Heritage site in Okinawa destroyed by predawn fire See in context

This is a terrible loss for Okinawa. Various castle buildings have burned over the the long history. At lease 5 major fires and of course it was used as the Japanese Military headquarters in WWII and thus completely destroyed in the fighting. There were fire sprinklers on the outside but not mandated on the inside by the Japanese fire code for historical sites, since it was not an original building. (Are you kidding me?)

I really hope that Okinawa will turn this heartbreaking tragedy into a positive and humanistic rebuilding success. It would be great to see a prefecture wide fire safety education campaign that teaches adults and children about fire safety and brings smoke alarms into every home. Rebuilding the entire Shuri-jo complex will take a long dedicated effort but it must be done.

Already Okinawa Kenjinkai Clubs around the world are starting money raising efforts toward rebuilding.

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Posted in: Dry money See in context

Fresh from the money laundry.

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Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

This is quite a change. It's sunny and warm in Okinawa and we have been having nice cool nights. People who live in Okinawa face this kind of typhoon every year, even multiple times. Please be safe if you live in the area affected by the current typhoon. After the storm is over, please think how you can be better prepared next time. Stay safe.

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Posted in: Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision with patrol boat See in context

Sorry that the North Koreans have to resort to enslaving fishing crews to be able to feed their population. Maybe it's a sign that they should drop the nuclear program and spend the money on taking care of the people. (I know, that's not going to happen.) Maybe Japan should use the "Tough Love" solution like Indonesia. If you illegally fish in Indonesian waters they seize your boat and sink it. The crew get a hefty bill and is sent home. Few boats illegally fish there any more.

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Posted in: Junior high school girl attacked by man while on her way to school in Ehime See in context

@zichi is right about teaching how to defend yourself. However, the solution is not with the victim. the problem is that society produces people who do these things. And, society doesn't have solutions. We need to find those solutions and implement them. Every time there is a horrible crime reported we see that there are societal failures that made it possible for a person to commit the crime. After the fact we see that if this or that had just been done it would have prevented the crime. When someone is abusing a person there are other people that know but do nothing. Lets accept responsibility for life and make society better.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile, possibly from sub; falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone See in context

So, where is NK getting the cash and materials to carry out all these weapons development programs? Must be Russia, Iran, and China.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

There are already people to remind people not to do "Unauthorized entry to homes and property damage". They even have a special number, 110, they are the Police. A phone app isn't going to discourage people who do this. Although, I have my doubts that it is common.

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Posted in: IOC chief to confirm Japan's food products safe for Olympic participants See in context

Food in Japan is safe and healthy. I'm sure Japan will get glowing reviews. This is a formality that will, hopefully, head off protests from political activists and of course, Korea.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Will the etiquette change for walking belts at airports too?

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Posted in: Typhoon heads to northeast Japan after causing some damage in south See in context

By international (WMO) definition "Tapah" is not strong enough to be classified a Typhoon. It remains a strong Tropical Storm. Certainly it has and will have the potential to wreak havoc along it's path. So, be prepared as if it were a real typhoon. (News outlets tend to exaggerate.)

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Posted in: Typhoon may bring heavy rain, strong winds to western Japan See in context

I hope everyone gets prepared ahead of time. By international standards this is a Strong Tropical Storm and does not qualify in strength as a Typhoon. Based on what we experienced in Okinawa it's pretty strong. So, call it what you want and get prepared. [The Japan Meteorological Agency, JMA, calls everything that goes round and round in summer a Typhoon and gives it a number when reporting in Japan. Now that they have international forecasting responsibilities they follow WMO norms. This has lead to two systems of numbering, naming, and strength classifications. It can be confusing!]

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

I'm really surprised at the poor construction quality of the buildings in Chiba, Japan. For a country that experiences typhoons and earthquakes on a regular basis it's pretty shocking. Further I'm surprised at the level of bureaucracy preventing quick recovery. In the US before Hurricane Dorian there were 12,000 utility crews pre-staged in Florida ready to do repairs asap after the storm. (Florida has it's preparedness issues too.) Let's hope Chiba uses this experience to get much better prepared for the next time.

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

Children of Korea, calm down and look at yourselves. You have no friends. Will you announce a boycott of the 2020 Olympics in Japan next?

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Posted in: Typhoon-hit Chiba asks for volunteers' help amid prolonged power cut See in context

Now they ask for volunteers? A week after the storm? You aren't doing your job unless you are prepared BEFORE the storm. Next question, are the volunteers going to be allowed to do anything without government permission? Can they be proactive, clear a road, fix a roof, dig a ditch, buy some food, fuel, supplies, without bureaucratic obstacles? Of course not. OK, so it's too late this time, lets start getting prepared for next time right now. Good luck everyone.

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Posted in: Top doctor sounds alarm over heatstroke at Tokyo 2020 Olympics See in context

Why don't Japanese people know how to handle hot weather? It happens every year. Surely air conditioning hasn't turned a whole nation into wimps. Okinawa has heat indexes over 38 C (100 F) virtually everyday for months in the summer. And it only cools off about 8 degrees at night. People seem to go on with normal activities dispite the hot weather. Heatstroke is very rare in Okinawa.

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Posted in: Residents grow weary over prolonged power cuts in Chiba Prefecture See in context

Being without electricty for several days is very difficult. Not having a roof or running water or cell service makes it even more unpleasant. Now is the time to look at the kinds of things that can happen and prepare yourself before it happens in the future. People know that typhoons, earthquakes, heavy rain, mudslides, and so on happen in Japan. So, get prepared, prepare your family. Look at your roof, can it stand high winds, if not fix it so it can. What happens if the power goes off for a week? How will you charge your cell phone? Get an alternate source of power in case of emergency. Generators, solar panels, backup batteries, car accessory chargers are cheap these days. Don't just wait for he city to send out people to help you, help yourself. That's the idea of self reliance, it's how you avoid being a burden on others and keep your family safe. This is certainly lacking in Japan. But that can change.

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout in Chiba reaches Day 4, affecting 330,000 homes See in context

When the power goes out you learn to appreciate having it. Lets all appreciate the line crews out there working long hours to restore our convenience. Working as a lineman is meticulous work due to the safety protocols that must be followed. Appreciate the workers at the power company. (OK, go ahead and complain about the company, but not the workers!)

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Posted in: TEPCO struggles to restore power after typhoon See in context

Learn from Okinawa how to build to survive Typhoons. Miyako Island just got hit with a (CAT 4 equivalent) super typhoon. Yes they had some damage and power was out for a short time. But, it's not a big deal and all will be back to normal in two to three days. Okinawan's don't have anywhere to evacuate to so they have to be self-sufficient. People around the world could learn a lot about how to survive typhoons from Okinawa. Hope they get the damage in Japan repaired quickly.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

When you make a change like this you end up with some names written " First Last" and some written "Last First". How can you tell which way is correct? In most cases you can guess based on what you think are common family and given names. But, how would you do that with a computer? To resolve the problem you can simply add a comma after family name like this: "Last, First". That is the common way to do it in English. Using the comma resolves the problem completely. People named "First Last" generally don't like it if you call them "Last First", But if you simply add a comma they understand. It gets a bit more complex if you add a "Middle" name. My Japanese drivers license has "Last First Middle". I constantly get called by my middle name if someone refers to my drivers license.

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Posted in: South Korea calls for ban of 'rising sun' flag at 2020 Olympics See in context

How about a ban on stupid people at the Olympics? South Korea is acting just like a child that started a temper tantrum and no doesn't know how to end it. SK should get back to what's important like making friends with all of it's neighbors again. It seems to have alienated all of them thus far.

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Posted in: New prosecutor defends handling of Ghosn case See in context

Prosecutor Sogi says he "really doesn't understand the meaning of: Hostage Justice". In that case I wonder if he understands the meaning of "Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". Japan should remove the admisabiliy of confessions in court. Confessions have proven unreliable especially when obtained under duress.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

Why does the Police department need a Navy of it's own. Why not let the Navy do it? Maybe the Police should specialize in police work and let the Navy do the navy stuff.

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Posted in: Whaling town Taiji begins dolphin hunt See in context

Japan should know that the MAJORITY of the world hates this. It is a black mark on an otherwise respected country. The same can be said for whaling. Both of these practices are allowed only to placate a relative few people.

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Posted in: South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past See in context

It's time for the US to TELL Mr. Moon to settle the issues with Japan immediately. He must realize that the US relationship with Japan is more important than with South Korea. Since the US is virtually the only country defending and propping up South Korea, making the relationship difficult is really stupid. What will South Korea do if the US backs off its support (even a little bit)?

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japanese ambassador as export trade curbs take effect See in context

Every day Mr. Moon digs the hole deeper. South Korea seems to be stuck with past memories. The world is moving on. Come back when you get over it. Maybe North Korea will help.

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