NOTHING the North does makes any sense, why would you be surprised at their irational behaviour?
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wth.... this "article" is 90% a copy/paste from a very inaccurate and incomplete Wiki page.
While I agree that Futenma should be closed and not relocated, there is way too much inaccuracy in the article. It mentions "33 bases" in Okinawa, in reality, there are technically only about 7 bases. The rest are TINY little portions of property big enough to mount a radio or radar tower, in some cases, a simple power generator. We are talking a portion of land as big as a house.
Furthermore, the quote of the "land stolen from the locals, bla bla Hauge convention" is a weak argument since Futenma was a captured japanese air base before it was converted to the marine base.
Again, I agree witht he fact that the vast majority of Okinawans really want and need Futenma to be closed, and not be partially relocated to Nago, but this article has far too many spins on the truth without enough actual facts to be taken seriously.
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We looked at this, almost got one, but decided on the larger Elgrand instead. The biggest advantage of the Serena is it fits on these tight roads easily and is VERY environmentally friendly, nearly as eco-friendly as a Prius. (factor in the very hazardous batteries on a Prius and the Serena is far more eco-friendly)
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So many people in here getting in a hissy over a lot of misconception. This was NOT Chernobyl, there are so many differences and the scale is completely different. In Fukushima's situation, some areas WILL be inhabitable after clean up, some not. Also, the IAEA has been in and out since the day AFTER the initial reactor problem and were here constantly during the most volatile part. This is not their "first visit" as someone mentioned above. To further expand, they have been doing daily video conferences with Nuclear Energy professionals around the world including the IAEA for months now. Some of you guys jump to way too many conclusions.
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wow.. so they introduced a rebadged phone with "new" features that Android phones have had for over a year, and STILL inferior in performance to Android phones. Apple is going down again.... What get's me is, IT LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME as the iphone 4.. why didn't they even TRY to redesign it a little.. more importantly, why did they keep that tiny little screen!?!?! That's the worst part of an iphone, the tiny screen, and all the wasted space around it.
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@illsayit --- i read your comment 4 times and gave up
If you actually HAVE day-care age children here, you would know, these waiting lists (mentioned here) are for the Government certified daycares. There are a few different types. Government (Prefecture) certified, City Certified, and Private certified/non-certified. All have their advantages/disadvantages, but my point is, even with that big list of 25,000 waiting, most of them are still in some other type of Day Care system. The Prefecture certified is nice because you only pay based on what you are taxed per year (not counting medical/social security tax). So if you pay less taxes per year than someone else, then you will pay less for the same service as another person. (this really is good when you make foreign currency and pay less taxes on your income) For example, I get paid in foreign currency (not yen), and my country taxes my yearly income way less than Japan, so even though I make more than most of the other parents in our childrens class, I pay less % of tax, so our daycare rate is actually cheaper. It's awesome (for me at least).
However, the Government certified day cares are not usually as good as the City or private day cares. Some City certified daycares are REALLY nice and have a great teacher/child ratio, but their pay scales vary, some based on income tax, some flat rates. Then there are some City certified that are not good at all. Private can vary from amazing and expensive, to horrible and cheap.
Most parents, from what I have seen, get their child on the Government certified daycare waiting list from the start, but they end up putting them (and leaving them in) one of the City or Private centers. It's more like a safety net. It pays to really research and visit all the cay cares. There really isn't a lack of daycares, which this article makes it sound like. We have twins, so we were on the Government (Tokyo prefecture) waiting list for over a year, but after researching, we found a really nice Private daycare that is actually certified by the City we live in. They have 8 teachers for 18 children in the 1yr old class (divided into two classes). So the attention per child is great.
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rollthediceOct. 04, 2011 - 05:07PM JST Does anyone know why there would be so much radiation in the trash they are burning??
It briefly states in the article, but to be more clear, they are transporting radioactive debris from Fukushima to destroy it in these plants and lessen the radioactive effects while making it easier to transport, contain, etc.
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haha, they are trying hard to get new customers before Docomo and Softbanks LTE networks are fully established. (LTE is replacing 3G, 3.5G, 4G, WiMax as the new global standard.)
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^^ it's for selling them in the Chinese market, not elsewhere.
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troyinjapan, you have missed the mark by quite a bit. The presense of the bases for the most part, is why there isn't much industry in Okinawa (or farming). All of the useful flat land is taken up by these bases. When former bases were closed and given over, they redeveloped the area with lightning speed and they are all now bustling, successful commercial areas. The only areas that have been slow to redevelope, are the ones with a great amount of pollution (most of which stems from 60's-80's lack of enviromental control). The area in Chatan which is now being developed, took a while, but it was littered with old ammo, guns, trash, etc from when it was a base. The now "shintoshin" area in Naha converted super fast, into a really nice commercial, residential, and recreational area. The impression you have that the local Okinawan economy is based on the bases, is very incorrect. Only a small amount of money is generated locally from the bases, the majority of which, goes to MAINLAND companies for construction. Fact is, Okinawa IS much better off when a base closes and the land is given back, there is no denying that and it has been proven over and over again. The interesting thing about the Futenma closing issue (which started in the 90's) is that all parties want it closed. The Marines don't want it there, the Okinawan's don't want it there, and Tokyo doesn't want it. They just can't agree on HOW. Hatoyama is mostly to blame for the latest backlash, the people had accepted it, although not happily, then he came down with his promise and stirred it all up again. Thanks to that, there is more support now than ever against the relocation to Nago. They really just need to re-write the SOFA and reduce the "required minimum number of troops in country" which is around 50,000 if i remember correctly. Once they reduce that number, then it's easy to simply close Futenma (and all the other bases which are waiting to close once it closes) and no relocation is needed. However, the way the current SOFA is written, it requires a minimum amount of US troops to be in country, thus, requiring some to stay (relocate) in Okinawa after closing Futenma.
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Boeing is just trying hard to sell off a few of their aging F-18 that nobody else wants. The US Navy is already replacing it with the F-35 which Japan has already invested in as well. The F-18 is severley outgunned by the old F15, and the modern F22, F35, and Euro fighter and everyone knows it.
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Assuming it will be Android based? Incomplete article!!
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The US has a Rugby team??? .... just googled, yeah, apparently some bored college kids made a team, lol Maybe if they aired Rugby on American TV, someone would watch it and gather interest. They are WAY too into football now to care about Rugby though.
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A secondary reason is the bigger selection of apps in the App store and not wishing to have to buy our entire >collection of them all over again in an Android version--I and my kids regularly use dozens of educational and >gaming apps on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
This is no longer such the case, since Android phones started outselling iphones, the Android market has expanded and more developers are making both versions of their apps. Also, you do not have to ever re-purchase apps with Android. I'm on my 4th Android handset, and you can either back up your apps manually on an SD card, PC, or using an app, or once you log into your market on the new handset, it downloads all your previously bought apps.
All of this network coverage issue will be a pretty mute point once all the networks have their LTE running full tilt. AU won't even start theirs for another year. Docomo's is nearly complete and Softbank's LTE started expanding earlier this year. (LTE is the newest global standard, replacing 3G networks, it travels farther than W-CDMA but still get's penetration into buildings)
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^^ fasle, the US's powerplants ARE open for inspection by other countries. It started way back at the beginning of the STARK Treaty during the Cold War.
Fact remains, even with the Fukushima and the much worse, Chernobyl, disasters factored in, Nuclear power is STILL the safest and most efficient method of producing power in our time. There is nothing else that comes close. Hydro-electric is great, but so limited to the locations where it's fesible.
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I hope the people of Iran can get the chance to overthrow their dictatorship like the other Arab countries recently. I'm afraid however, he would have them wiped out faster than they could succeed.
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Good thing all the JT posters are scientists and engineers, I'm sure Chubu electric is scouring this article for great ideas!
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Al Stewart is exactly right. He said it perfectly. Also, I would suggest for some of you to actually READ the article and educate yourself on how the world works. It appears some here have this imaginary world dreamt up in your heads where the "United States" is one whole entity controlled by one person who decides everything. If you could even remember your elementary education, you would know there are so many branches and sections of Governments that are unrelated. "Fixing things at home in the US' has absolutely nothing to do with the agency in the Justice Department making crackdowns in foreign countries, it's not their job.
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1900m in 30seconds isn't really THAT big of a deal, yes, it's a little quicker than on landing, but it isn't anything "terrifying". When we make landings into Iraq, we make MUCH faster declines than that, and it isn't "terrifying" either.
The original Japanese article didn't use the word "rudder", it only said "wrong control" IIRC.
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^^ uh, YES they do
They were always Japanese islands, with Japanese decendents and villages. They are physically part of the Japan island chain, formed from the same portion of bedrock. Russia IS being the bully here, just like they have always been. Japan should shoot them out of the sky if they cross over, call it payback for Georgia.
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..for someone with such a username, you are clearly uneducated on the matter. Futenma was already a Japanese base, when the Americans took control of the island, they paid the land owners rent. The entire island was under US control as AGREED to by the Japanese Government.
The US has been trying to close Futenma for over 15 years, it's always been the Japanese and Okinawan Governments that have not agreed on how to do it. The US even offered to move it entirely to Guam, but Tokyo still wanted some of it's capabilities within Japans area, so the current plan, which most people misunderstand, is to only move the rotary portion (helicopters) within Okinawa (Nago) with the availability of fixed wing capability in order to deploy Navy aircraft to the location in time of need. The majority of the current personnel and aircraft however, will move to Guam. Furthermore, the portion that is moving to Nago (Henoko) will just combine with the already existing base there. It's a large base with room to build the runways (they were already started years ago) without expanding the footprint of that base.
The Okinawans had already accepted this plan, although reluctantly, until Hatoyama came in and promised to move it entirely out of Okinawa. This stirred the pot, then he couldn't do it, so he resigned.
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