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Posted in: Stand-up paddle boarding tests stamina and balance See in context

Eskimos didn't know how to swim, that's why they had kayaks.

so... nothing to do with the freezing cold water near the Eskimos ?

video here:


1 rule : don't fall , keep your mouth closed !

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Posted in: Widow of famed painter Hirayama concealed assets to avoid tax bill See in context

HimajinJul. 15, 2013 - 11:27AM JST : And those taxes go where?

used to build all those "essential" bridges every 20m over the highways going to Nagano etc!

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Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested over death of classmate on mountain See in context

I remember two decades ago when these types of crimes were quite rare and felt shocking. As bad as they are, they seem almost commonplace nowadays. What is happening to Japan?!

15 ago I thought the same thing.. until a friend in the know told me they just didn't used to report them as often back in the day...

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Posted in: Gov't sticks to 3-year deadline on reactor restart decision See in context

I don't see any problem with this :

"Japans new government says it hopes to stick to a three-year deadline to decide..."


the countrys newly formed nuclear regulator saying the deadline was impossible to meet.

means the reactors can not get restarted legally and therefore should all be decommissioned starting right now, well don abe!

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Posted in: TEPCO says Fukushima clean-up costs may double to Y10 tril See in context

the cheap, safe alternative, with a lasting taste that lasts for generations to enjoy and pay for centuries to come!

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Posted in: Low cost flying arrives in luxury-loving Japan See in context

Well though it's costly I'll stick to the two major airlines when flying to Okinawa because they are super comfortable and there are no extra charges / hassle.

Well, I got a return flight to Okinawa on Jetstar for about 2500 yen including all taxes etc and 20Kg luggage checked, they announce specials almost every week. Even without the specials, average cost is about 16000 yen return inc. taxes and 20kg luggage isn't too bad. Plus it's only a two and a half our flight, so for average body size people the so called "discomfort" is not too bad v's the savings for me.

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Posted in: Airport boarding gate with built-in explosives detector unveiled See in context

basroilOct. 04, 2012 - 10:57AM JST

So how about the three dozen terrorist attacks on airliners BEFORE all the high profile ones now. Sure most are simply a knife or gun, but it's not like terrorist attacks haven't happened.

well, this is Japan.. so how about "dozens" of terrorist attacks using explosives on airliners departing or entering Japan... or is that number closer to zero ? just because US wants to disturb nutcase regimes and incite terrorist attacks does that mean every country must suffer this myth that we are all under attack ??

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Posted in: Airport boarding gate with built-in explosives detector unveiled See in context

I hope they put these on the US bound flights only, why do the rest of the world have to follow up with all this mythical terrorist crap ?

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Posted in: Softbank to buy rival eAccess See in context

so does this mean we will be able to use softbank frequency equipment on emobile networks at some time too ? (3G and/or LTE ?)

Will emobile network support 2100MHz in the future ?

the emobile equipment usually uses 1700MHz, while softbank 2100MHz... until now not a lot of equipment supports 1700MHz unless it's been made for emobile. (as apposed 2100MHz which is very common globally)

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Posted in: Law making it illegal to download pirated music, videos goes into effect See in context

3) Having the police involved in wiretapping

well, that's been legal in Japan for many years already, no warrant required

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Posted in: 28 injured after mudslide derails train at Yokosuka See in context

Japan doesn't need trains..

Well done, you win the award for funniest comments of the week!

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Posted in: 13 missing after fishing boat sinks off Miyagi See in context

so the cargo vessel didn't notice the sound of hitting 119-ton tuna-fishing boat and kept on going, did not stop to help these fishermen ?

is there any kind of hit-and-run crime of the open sea ?

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Posted in: Declining kanji-writing skill of Japanese blamed on cell phones, computers See in context

Cool, do away with it by the 2030's then :)

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Posted in: Japan will go nuclear free, Noda insists See in context

I think 90% of people posting here are not Japanese, and therefore will never be able to vote in Japan elections, so this is the only kind of place we can vent our opinion

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Posted in: Man offers to ride Yamanote line, decked out in ads for an entire day See in context

i think they took down his auction, the link no longer works :)

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Posted in: TEPCO says it has no money to develop renewables See in context

Robert Dykes : 1 billion dollars is not enough to just completely build an entire new structure of power for Japan.

I agree with you there, but $1B investment would be a good chunk of "change" and cleaning up a "Fukushima" will cost a lot more than that !

Robert Dykes : It's not a lego kit you can just buy.

you are wrong, it's more like lego that you think, I have friends who install solar, they often say " any monkey can do it, just plug it in and it works " building a nuke or any large scale plant, now you are not dealing with lego...

alternatives : take solar example (there are many others) : solar install for new home = real cost, less than $10,000 (that's 3.5KW now, way less if you buy in larger volumes)

$1,000,000,000 = 100,000 new homes install solar

power bill for 100,000 new homes (average $70 / month power bill) = $84,000,000 per year

so maybe paid off within 20 - 24 years even with zero FIT and assume still pay for up to 50% of power with Japan having average 4 - 6 hrs per day of sunlight and still have to pay for power on cloudy days + night etc.

current solar panels are still quite efficient for about 15 years, and last for max about 25 years (yes, efficiency does drop as panels age)

but with FIT you could pay it off in way less than 15 years (even if power bill goes up because of FIT). (solar panels may be "hard" to recycle, but a "bit" easier than nuke waste I assume)

if all new homes have solar, then the need for some plants in peak times would decrease (especially if using FIT). (in the short term we could turn off or down some of the coal and oil plants)

obviously solar is not for most apartments and not every house either, but I'm sure there are way more than 100,000 homes that could use it. (I'm sure people living near nukes now would jump at the chance to get it installed)

solar efficiency gets better as the years go on, prices drop etc... and not to mention a lot of people getting jobs ...

gov. tariffs and subsidies could make alternatives more attractive. In Australia where they were so popular that some transformers in the street were failing due to the over load of customer generated power! (upgrade transformers costs money but creates more jobs)

but wait, tepco makes little money from alternatives like this.... why bother even trying alternatives when you can get endless free money from us suckers paying tax in Japan ? so in a tepco world, it's better to put your head in the sand and wait for the waves to come in - literally

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Posted in: TEPCO says it has no money to develop renewables See in context

if nuke is so " safe, healthy (and "cheap") " in the eyes of scum like this ... then why " The company had attempted some (renewable) diversification of its energy mix before the March 11, 2011 "

seems like they knew very well their nukes days were / are numbered..

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon hits Okinawa See in context

surf's up, awesome morning waves in Shonan, especially Inamuragasaki ~ Shichirigahama

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Posted in: Osprey flights over populated parts of Japan to be minimized See in context

why do any military aircraft need to fly over any populated areas during peace times ? bosozoku of the air sure do drum up public support with all that noise..

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Posted in: Fukushima residents say 'no' to nuclear energy See in context

SchopenhauerAug. 02, 2012 - 07:54AM JST

They welcomed the nuclear plant in Fukushima until the accident happened. Cities, towns and villages around the plant enjoyed the money the nuclear plant brought.

remember many people welcomed hitler in the beginning too, by the end his own "supporters" were trying to kill him.

All current nukes in Japan should be killed off asap.

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Posted in: Anti-nuclear protesters surround Diet building See in context

the major "problem" with solar and similar alternatives : the power MONOPOLY CAN NOT MAKE MONEY if average Yamada installs and uses it, and they loose money if average Yamada sells it to them.

tepco ( aka JP gov buddy / partner) and every other power monopoly in JP will fight solar and any alternative every way they can - lies, false safety etc, and most nukes will be back on within a year, "never to be shut down".

the only way nukes will be shut down is when another one is put out of action by "natural" disasters ( aka : greedy nuke owner makes one too many mistakes and it takes out 1/2 a prefecture), I expect it will take at least one more Fukushima scale "accident" for 100% of JP people to reject them.

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Posted in: Man gunned down in Fukuoka Pref See in context

Man gunned down

That's sad

.... yakuza member...

Interesting , should have been in the title

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Posted in: Seafood caught off Fukushima goes on sale for first time since disaster See in context

Jonathan HuntJun. 25, 2012 - 08:28AM JST

Oh, get over yourselves. We've all been eating the stuff all year. It's fine.

thank you for helping clean up the radiation leaks, please keep it up !

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Posted in: Osprey crashes fuel uproar in Japan See in context

Osprey sure would be handy when there are natural disasters, but I'm not sure I'd be happy with them right over my back fence either... this one's a hard call .

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Posted in: Australia fears refugee boat disaster toll could soar See in context

too many have died and will continue to die because greedy people smugglers continue to pack these boats with people for profit and send them to Australia

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Posted in: 3 die in Saitama scooter crash See in context

Clemens SimonJun. 22, 2012 - 11:35AM JST

They must have weighed about 200kg (together) so I can't see the scooter going at high speed.

two boys and two girls attempted to ride the 250cc scooter

never been to China or Thailand etc ? whole families and a dog ride scooters smaller than this one ...


tmarieJun. 22, 2012 - 02:24PM JST

Thankfully they didn't hurt anyone else.

sad accident, but I agree

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Posted in: Gov't sat on U.S. data showing radiation spread after 3/11 disaster See in context

LOL... j-gov is it's own worst enemy :) thanks for bumbling this, i hope to hear more reports like this ! anything that sways support away from these idiots!!

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Posted in: Man, woman stabbed to death in random attack on Osaka street See in context

need to get akb girls on the case ads like like : " want to kill others? try killing yourself instead ! ne"

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Posted in: Tokyo projects economic impact of 2020 Olympics to be nearly Y3 tril See in context

The economic impact would be felt not only in Tokyo, but all across Japan, including areas affected by last year's natural disaster in northern Japan

so now it's Fukushima 2020 ? bring it on ! the ultra enhanced athletes!

Mizuno, just put our money in the shredder now and save us the troubles.

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Posted in: Napster creators launch video service via Facebook See in context

won't help falling Facebook stocks much that the NY launch of Airtime was actually a major fail plagued with network problems and the celebs getting tired of all the delays - oh this AFP reporter maybe has some shares in Facebook so forgot to mention the disaster ?

for what really happened look here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/sean-parkers-airtime-launch-olivia-munn-joel-mchale_n_1571336.html?ref=technology&ir=Technology

doomed to fail ? maybe not, but the launch did for sure...

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