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Posted in: Japan moves forward on electricity deregulation See in context

Does anyone know of a market where electricity prices decreased after deregulation? Every example I know of (California, etc) has only increased significantly.

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Posted in: Rebuilding See in context

Actually, given the amount of money they are spending on just the sea wall and the population of the city, they could pay everyone in Kesennuma a full time salary for over 50 years. Instead they are just building a concrete wall and giving money to construction companies. Did they tell that to the visitors?

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Posted in: Nobel winner Oe: Japan should follow Germany, quit nuclear power See in context

I hope energy policy won't be directed by liberal arts majors.

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Posted in: Firebombing survivor fears Japan starting down road to war again See in context

Unless Japan builds its own military and learns to stand on its own once again, there could very well be an invader coming in the future.

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Posted in: Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuclear signs See in context

Why spend 4.1 million JPY to whitewash history and lie to future generations?

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Posted in: Ex-PM Hatoyama defies Tokyo and visits Crimea See in context


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Posted in: Nikkei closes at 15-year high See in context

Can only go down from here!

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Posted in: 8 out of 10 Japanese didn't know Feb 11 was National Foundation Day See in context

10/10 didn't know it was the 2675th anniversary of the founding of Japan.

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Posted in: Is milk good for you? A look at the science See in context

Casein in milk binds to polyphenols, thus reducing anti-oxidants in your body, leading to great oxidative stress. Pasteurized milk has AGEs which damage cells.

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Posted in: Japan looks at 2030 energy targets in shadow of Fukushima cleanup See in context

More nuclear = less pollution, more money, and a healthier world.

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Posted in: Factory data shows Japan's economy turning corner on recession See in context

Better raise taxes again! We can't have wealth in the hands of regular people, but rather concentrated in the banks and other oligarchs.

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Posted in: U.S. says final contours of TPP pact coming into focus See in context

Yes, let the whole world embrace American imperialism. Maybe we can just give up national sovereignty too and pay tribute to King Obama.

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Posted in: Japan's trade deficit balloons to record Y12.781 trillion in 2014 See in context

This was almost all caused by keeping the nuclear plants shut down. The cost of nuclear plants being shut down is equivalent to hosting the olympics every month, and that is discounting the environmental costs of acidifying our oceans (oceans are so acidic now that within 30 years there may be almost no plankton or fish left; 50% of the oxygen you breathe is from plankton, so you should care!) and streams and new cancers from burning coal and other fossil fuels.

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Posted in: Housewives going crazy home alone all day behind facade of normal life See in context

Sounds like chronic vitamin D deficiency. Not going outside makes it harder to get vitamin D, thus it is a negative feedback loop.

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Posted in: Fukushima rice passes radiation tests for first time since disaster See in context

There are more radioactive isotopes in bananas than this rice.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village to be hydrogen-powered See in context

How will you get the hydrogen? Actually doing that will use more electricity than just storing oil/coal-generated electricity in batteries. Thus it is the opposite of eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly is clean and safe nuclear power, where 1000 years of pollution free energy could be provided by known uranium reserves, if fuel is reprocessed.

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Posted in: TEPCO completes removal of all fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context


Please continue over the next hundred years as well.

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Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers See in context


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Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible? See in context

We are all travelling through time right now.

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Posted in: S Korea puts economic unification tab at $500 billion See in context

How much would it cost to just buy every South Korean a red Kim Jong Un pin?

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Posted in: Aso says sales tax hike delay must not happen again See in context

Japan is indeed over the financial cliff already and in free falI.

I've got my money in digital currencies like Bitcoin and NEM. I don't trust that the politicians won't just devalue the currency a couple of orders of magnitude (inflation is the same as taxation).

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Posted in: What Japan's recession means for the country See in context

This is a dangerous situation. If the politicians aren't careful, Japan will end up like Korea where everyone is a slave to foreign corporations and banking systems (even Samsung is over 50% foreign-owned; foreign corporations and banks don't care about the welfare of the citizens of other countries and treat them like modern-day slaves).

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Posted in: Japan's economy contracts 1.6% in July-Sept quarter See in context

I hope people can start to realize that debt-based economies don't work. Abenomics never even had a chance of working, even if the tax hike hadn't been passed.

This is why we need decentralized economic systems like bitcoin and NEM. It's time to put control of the economy back in the hands of the people.

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Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success See in context

Starbucks tastes terrible, but it is still better than getting cancer and hurting your immune system by going to other places.

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Posted in: Cheaper tomorrow? BOJ battles entrenched 'deflation mindset' See in context

Especially in Japan, we need peer-to-peer, decentralized currencies like Bitcoin and NEM. Money is a representation of a person's life force and it doesn't make sense to let bureaucrats arbitrarily change the value of it.

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Posted in: Purple haze of jacarandas draws Japanese to South Africa See in context

They have jacarandas in California, too.

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Posted in: Abe looks forward to winds of change from women in cabinet See in context

Only one place to turn to in a society where men can no longer lead

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Posted in: New research suggests even low-level radiation in Fukushima negatively impacting wildlife See in context

The distribution of people/food/farming have also changed a lot, so it is possible that the changes in animal populations are related to these. It is likely that a lot of the easy food supply came from human produced food and irrigated environments.

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Posted in: Tax-free shopping gets a boost See in context

Foreigners should be made to pay sells tax. That's the best argument for a sales tax, in fact, so as to help subsidize the economy on the backs of the tourists.

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Posted in: Japan's economy stalls as incomes, spending languish See in context

This is why we need peer-to-peer digital money like bitcoin and NEM, so that governments don't have the ability to mismanage all of our lives.

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