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Posted in: Sapporo man arrested for kidnapping 14-year-old girl he met on social media See in context

Just to clear things up on the whole Age of Consent issue

In Japan the age of consent is low at 13, although some municipalities such as Tokyo prohibit sexual activity under 18 years old in most circumstances.


In 1907, the Penal Code of Japan set a minimum age of consent of 13. Since then, Japan's age of consent has not changed. In fact, it's the third-lowest in the world. The age of consent in the Philippines used to be 12, but following widespread outcry, a proposal was passed last year to raise the age of consent to 16.

And just as an aside: The lowest Age of Consent in the world is 11, in Nigeria. 2nd lowest is 12 in Angola.

The highest Age of Consent in the world is 21 in Bahrain. The second-highest age of consent is 20 in South Korea.

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Posted in: U.N. report: Earth warming likely to pass limit set by leaders See in context

kohakuebisuAug. 10  09:31 am JST

Japan continues to spend money on and burn lots of coal, but best not talk about that.

A few statistics on Japanese energy/electricity generation:

The country lacks significant domestic reserves of fossil fuel, except coal, and must import substantial amounts of crude oil, natural gas, and other energy resources, including uranium. Japan relied on oil imports to meet about 84 percent of its energy needs in 2010.[2] Japan was also the first coal importer in 2010, with 187 Mt (about 20% of total world coal import), and the first natural gas importer with 99 bcm (12.1% of world total gas import).[3]

While Japan had previously relied on nuclear power to meet about 30% of its electricity needs, after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, all nuclear reactors were progressively shut down for safety concerns.[2] Since then, Ōi Nuclear Power Plant's reactors 3 and 4 were restarted on 14 March 2018, and 9 May 2018, respectively.[4] On 11 August 2015, and 1 November 2015, the two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant restarted. Following the Fukushima disaster, the general public has opposed the use of nuclear energy.[5][6]

1) Oil demand is declining for power generation

2) Because domestic natural gas production is minimal, rising demand is met by greater imports. Japan want to switch to LNG and to a hub for it. Also, In 2017, Japan consumed 4.7 quadrillion Btu (1377 TWh) of imported methane.[13]

3) As of 2019, a third of the electricity in Japan was generated from coal. Government targets aimed to reduce that proportion to a quarter through closure of older, less efficient coal power plants. Twenty-two new coal plants were planned for the years 2020 to 2025.[24] In 2017, Japan consumed 4.738 quadrillion Btu (1,388 TWh) of imported coal.[13] On July 2020, the minister of Industry, Hiroshi Kajiyama, announced that around 100 coal plants would be shut down by 2030.[25] NOTE: I see some contradictions here.

4) Japan currently[when?] produces about 10% of its electricity from renewable sources. The Fourth Strategic Energy Plan set the renewable share goal to be 24% by 2030.

5) The country's main renewable energy source is hydroelectricity, with an installed capacity of about 27 GW and a production of 69.2 TWh of electricity in 2009.[39] As of September 2011, Japan had 1,198 small hydropower plants with a total capacity of 3,225 MW. The smaller plants accounted for 6.6 percent of Japan's total hydropower capacity. The remaining capacity was filled by large and medium hydropower stations, typically sited at large dams. Cost per kilowatt-hour for power from smaller plants was high at ¥15–100, hindering further development of the energy source.[40]

6) Japan has seen sustained growth of solar PV capacity after 2012, reaching a cumulative installed capacity of 34 GW by the end of 2015, generating 3.5% of the national electricity consumption in that year.

7) Japan had 1,807 wind turbines with a total capacity of 2440 MW as of September 2011. Lack of locations with constant wind, environmental restrictions, and emphasis by power utilities on fossil and nuclear power hinders the employment of more wind power in the country.[46] However, it has been estimated that Japan has the potential for 144 GW for onshore wind and 608 GW of offshore wind capacity.[47]

8) Geothermal power plays a minor role in the energy sector in the country: in 2013 it supplied 2596 GWh of electricity, representing about 0.25% of the country's total electricity supply.[3]


9) As of September 2011, Japan had 190 generators attached to municipal waste units and 70 independent plants using biomass fuel to produce energy. In addition, 14 other generators were used to burn both coal and biomass fuel. In 2008, Japan produced 322 million tons of biomass fuel and converted 76% of it into energy.[51]

10) In 2012, the government announced plans to build experimental tidal power and wave power plants in coastal areas. Construction on the projects, the locations for which have not been determined, would begin in 2013.[52]



Fossil fuels accounted for an estimated 661 TWh of Japan's net electricity generation in 2019, which represented about 70% of the total generation, up from 61% in 2010 (Figure 6). ...

The power sector uses coal as a baseload source for power generation.

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International - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

Here in the US we are currently in an era where any reminders of the CSA (Confederate States of America) are at risk. Statues of CSA leaders are being taken down due to their support of slavery. However, it seems certain leaders of our nation who had slaves are immune from this process (Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson(gladly stabbed Native Americans in the back as well despite their help in winning some battles in the War of 1812), Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant (he of Civil War fame) just to name the Presidents. The closest Jackson has come to being punished is a call to replace him on the $20 bill and to put Harriet Tubman there in his place. NO call to replace Grant on the $50 bill or Washington on the $1 bill plus various coins or Jefferson on the $2 bill.


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Posted in: Amazon's mission: Getting a 'key' to your apartment building See in context

DO you really want to trust the Amazon delivery driver to not steal anything or to not take photos for later use? He/she may even eat your food, drink any beverages you have and nap on your couch. No thank you Amazon.

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Posted in: Japan ups 2030 renewables goal in draft energy policy See in context

Solar panels on as many buildings as possible. Geothermal energy as well.

More wind energy would help as would finding ways to use less energy

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Posted in: Japan ups 2030 renewables goal in draft energy policy See in context

Japan can make use of Wave energy...

Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have been generating electricity through currents, using special underwater turbines. On Sept. 20, they announced that their project—dubbed Sea Horse—was a success and ready for commercial application. Making waves work for us.Sep 25, 2017

Wave energy can be harnessed by underwater turbines ...

as well as Tidal energy

Japan has entered the tidal power age with a pilot turbine installed in the waters of the Goto Islands archipelago having clocked up is first hours of generation following installation late last year by developer Kyuden Mirai Energy (MRE).Feb 15, 2021

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

She really must be someone special to go to the lengths he did to copy her key, steal her underwear and make a personalized insurance webpage about her.

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

Rodents are also a reason many cities welcome birds of prey as they will readily kill the rodents (or bird species that become a nuisance). I have even heard of smaller country towns that have no issues with snakes (preferably non-poisonous) as they eat a lot of rodents.

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Posted in: Fossil fuel power demand has 'peaked worldwide': analysis See in context

Natural gas isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

They are always working on ways to better clean the gas and to capture and use the CO2.

Also, better to get the energy from that waste and reuse it rather than to ruin the land by over fertilizing it.

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Posted in: Man slashes junior high school girl with knife in Hokkaido See in context

This idiotic moron needs to be found and thrown in a cell ASAP. Maybe some mental therapy will be of some benefit but most likely not.

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

I cannot think of a punishment that is good enough for him, and as a student of History that is saying a lot. He is a sick bastard who really needs to win himself a Darwin Award.

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Posted in: Fossil fuel power demand has 'peaked worldwide': analysis See in context

While hydro, wind and solar are well known there are other renewables out there.

We have geothermal (ground source heat pumps) and air source heat pumps.

Tidal energy

Wave energy

River Current energy (not using dams)

You can get methane (biogas) from methane digesters which can use cattle, hog and poultry manure

A digester can process other farm wastes, such as milkroom waste water, straw, corn husks, grass, and leaves, with or instead of dairy cow manure. Beef, hog, and poultry manure are being used in digesters, although poultry manure digesters require further research.

As for storage batteries, there are a lot of options out there (Wikipedia has a whole page on battery types alone) and more are on the way as research continues.

We also need to find ways to lower our energy usage. Insulating buildings, using CFL or LED lightbulbs, buying more energy efficient appliances, etc. will all help but alone nothing is going to solve our energy reliance problem.

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Posted in: One year after Washington change, Native American sports imagery evolving See in context

No matter the name you choose someone somewhere will be offended. I could find plenty of offensive names if I was of a desire to do so but not right now.

Want to help Native Americans? Support the fund that helps them attend college. Volunteer on a Reservation. Pressure Local/State/Federal Govt. employees to do more for them. Learn about their culture and learn how they treated each other and how they were treated by those whole stole their lands. Learn how the various Missionaries treated the Natives (Canada too).

One real good example from out West are the Missions in California. For too long the Padres were taught to us as benevolent benefactors when in fact they treated the various Tribes as chattel slave labor. They worked, as did various schools, to strip the Natives of their identity and their culture.

I always love to recall a quote around Thanksgiving that I heard in college....Thanksgiving, America's First Welfare Line.

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Posted in: Vertical farming takes off in aging Japan See in context

Guess what crops won't be grow indoors (using huge amounts of resources btw): potatoes, corn, wheat, beans, pumpkins, peanuts, eggplants, blueberries, apples, pears, okra, bananas, peaches, mangoes, radishes, onions, carrots, melons, rice, you get the point. Pretty much everything else that requires the Sun.

You might want to educate yourself on container crops before making such a claim. A simple search online shows that plenty of crops can be container grown.

Also, all plants need light to grow and you can get that in greenhouses with special lighting.

Excluding what you have already listed as that which can be container grown lets see what else can be.

According to

Potatoes, eggplant, peppers, peas, squash, cucumbers, radishes, arugula lists:

beans, chilies, Asian greens, spinach, carrots, lists:

swiss chard, salad onions, herbs lists:

basil, zucchini & summer squash, parsley (I am sure Dill & Mint are on the list too), strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, oregano, Rosemary, chives, bananas, thyme, sage, kale, quinoa, collard greens, watermelon, cauliflower (broccoflower is likely one you can grow too), pole beans, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, turnips, asparagus, artichokes, parsnips lists:

banana peppers, leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, microgreens lists:

4-5": chives, lettuce, radishes, other salad greens, basil, coriander

6-7": bush beans, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, Asian greens, peas, mint, thyme

8-9": pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach, parsley, rosemary

10-12": beets, broccoli, okra, potatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, dill, lemongrass lists: (now it is harder to not list what we already know)

The Best 11 Vegetable Varieties for Growing in Containers




Chili Peppers






Sweet Peppers


Better Homes & Gardens (

Beets: Direct seed into a 2- to 5-gallon window box.

Broccoli: One transplant per 5-gallon container.

Cabbage: One transplant per 5-gallon container. Or with small varieties, one plant per gallon container.

Carrots: Direct seed into a 2- to 5-gallon deep container. Thin to 3 inches apart.

Cucumber: Two transplants per 5-gallon container. If using vining types, grow on trellis or cage.

Eggplant: One transplant per 5-gallon container.

Green Beans: Sow directly into a 5-gallon window box.

Kohlrabi: Direct seed into a 5-gallon container. Thin to three plants.

Lettuce: Direct seed or transplant into 1-gallon or larger container. Thin to 8 inches apart. Thin to 8 inches apart

Onion: Direct seed into 1-gallon or large container. Thin to 2 inches between green onions; for bulb onions, thin to 6 inches apart.

Peas: Direct seed into 5-gallon container. Grow taller varieties on a trellis. Thin to 5 inches apart.

Pepper: One transplant per 5-gallon container.

Radishes: Direct seed into 2-gallon or larger container. Thin to 3 inches apart.

Spinach: Direct seed into 1-gallon or larger container. Thin to 3 inches apart.

Summer Squash: Direct seed or transplant, two plants per 5-gallon container.

Swiss Chard: Transplant or direct seed four plants per 5-gallon container.

Tomatoes: Transplant one plant per 5-gallon container.

Winter Squash: Direct seed one plant per 5-gallon container.

Texas A&M University (

Suggested Container Grown Vegetables

Name (Container Size, Number of Plants) – Varieties*

Broccoli (2 gallons, 1 plant) – Packman, Bonanza, others

Carrot (1 gallon, 2-3 plants. Use pots 2 inch deeper than the carrot length) – Scarlet Nantes, Gold Nugget, Little Finger, Baby Spike, Thumbelina

Cucumber (1 gallon, 1 plant) – Burpless, Liberty, Early Pik, Crispy, Salty

Eggplant (5 gallons, 1 plant) – Florida Market, Black Beauty, Long Tom

Green Bean (2 gallons minimum, space plants 3 inches apart) – Topcrop, Greencrop, Contender, (Pole) Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder

Green Onion (1gallon, 3-5 plants) – Beltsville Bunching, Crysal Wax, Evergreen Bunching

Leaf Lettuce (1 gallon, 2 plants) – Buttercrunch, Salad Bowl, Romaine, Dark Green Boston, Ruby, Bibb

Parsley (1gallon, 3 plants) – Evergreen, Moss Curled

Pepper (5 gallons, 1-2 plants) – Yolo Wonder, Keystone Resistant Giant, Canape, Red Cherry (Hot), Jalapeno

Radish (1 gallon, 3 plants) – Cherry Belle, Scarlet Globe, (White) Icicle

Spinach (1 gallon, 2 plants) – Any cultivar

Squash (5 gallons, 1 plant) – Dixie, Gold Neck, Early Prolific Straightneck, Zucco (Green), Diplomat, Senator

Tomato (5 gallons, 1 plant) – Patio, Pixie, Tiny Tim, Saladette, Toy Boy, Spring Giant, Tumbling Tom, Small Fry

Turnip (2 gallons, 2 plants) – Any cultivar

View more Easy Vegetables to Grow (

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Posted in: Strip searches and ads: 10 tech and privacy hot spots for 2020 See in context

All of these are issues that need to be regulated in a fashion that does not harm the common man yet does not adversely affect our security.

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Posted in: As robots take over warehousing, workers pushed to adapt See in context

I have a friend who works in an Amazon warehouse and I cannot imagine how stressful it must be. Of course after reading many reviews on job sites about Amazon warehouses and after watching numerous videos from former Amazon warehouse employees I am so glad I do not have to work in one myself.

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Posted in: 12 dead, several missing as Australia counts cost of devastating bushfires See in context

And still the PM drags his feet on climate change effects.

Remember, Australia has a big coal industry and you need to keep those workers happy and employed.

From Wikipedia: Mining occurs mainly in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. About 75% of coal mined in Australia is exported, mostly to eastern Asia, and of the balance most is used in electricity generation. Coal production in Australia increased 13.6% between 2005 and 2010 and 5.3% between 2009 and 2010.


Australia's primary energy consumption is dominated by coal (around 40 per cent), oil (34 per cent) and gas (22 per cent). Coal accounts for about 75 per cent of Australia's electricity generation, followed by gas (16 per cent), hydro (5 per cent) and wind around (2 per cent). › scientific-topics › energy › basics


Australia will export 67 billion Australian dollars ($47.8 billion) of coal in fiscal 2018, compared with AU$63.8 billion for iron ore, according to the "Resources and Energy Quarterly" report for December published by the country's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Jan 13, 2019 › Business › Markets › Commodities › Coal-expected-...

and here is another problem

Coal burning is the main source of electricity in Australia. A particular problem is Victorian coal, while plentiful, is of low grade (brown coal) and is wetter than black coal, which causes extra pollution when burned. › coal-secondary

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Posted in: Japan-U.S. trade deal to enter into force Wednesday See in context

The deal will eliminate or lower tariffs on $7.2 billion in U.S exports including beef and put American farmers on level ground with competitors from Australia and Canada, which along with Japan are part of the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Japan will immediately cut its 38.5 percent tariff on U.S. beef to 26.6 percent and make gradual reductions each year until it reaches 9 percent in 2033.


While dodging Trump's threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on automobiles and their parts based on national security concerns, Japan failed to secure the elimination of the existing 2.5 percent duty, something the United States had granted under the original TPP before abruptly pulling out in 2017 before its ratification.

The deal simply says auto tariffs are "subject to further negotiations."

So the Japanese gained nothing in this area while the U.S. gets to export more pork, cheese and wine to Japan and getting tariffs on U.S. goods eliminated or cut. Quite one-sided indeed.

For its part, the United States will also welcome more "wagyu" beef into the country by removing Japan's low-tariff quota of 200 tons a year and including it in a group of other countries sharing a quota of 65,000 tons.

Only 9 restaurants in the U.S. serve Kobe beef so I doubt there is room to import a whole lot more. This despite (one site says 8 though)

Today, enough reaches the U.S. to satisfy the average beef consumption of just 77 Americans. It's so scarce that Kobe's marketing board licenses individual restaurants, and real Kobe beef is available at just eight restaurants in the entire country (see the list), while none, ever, is sold at retail.

It is healthier for you than the crap we have in the U.S. (I say that as a guy who eats his fair share of beef but who is trying to eat healthier foods)

It has up to 300% more monounsaturated fat than normal beef due to the high marbling of the meat, as well as incredibly high omega 3 and 6 content. Wagyu beef has the lowest cholesterol levels of all meats, even lower than fish or chicken, and it contains oleic acid which is considered good for your heart. Jan 22, 2018

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

Imagine if he had to compete with all of the stores that we have in the states. They are literally everywhere.

Circle-K, Timewise, Chevron, Big Chief, Little Chief, Stop-N-Go, Stripes, Shell, Texaco , 24/7 Store, Raceway

Also Quick Trip, Phillips 66, In & Out, Break Time, Caseys, Kum & Go, Amoco, Fast Stop, Conoco, Gulf Express, etc.

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Posted in: Japan low altitude satellite registered in Guinness World Records See in context

Congrats to JAXA for your achievement.

When can we expect a follow-up?

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Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with ‘Kohaku,’ shrine visits, shopping and snowstorms See in context

Happy New Year to everyone at JT!

Here in Kansas City, Missouri we had the usual folks shooting off fireworks.

Friends reported gunfire in some neighborhoods.I stayed inside to read and actually fell asleep.

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Posted in: Most people in Japan know acronym LGBT but understanding limited: survey See in context

LGBTQIAP+: We help you understand 23 gender terms ... › Teen_13-18 › Development › lgbtqiap-we-he...

May 16, 2019 - LGBTQIAP+ An acronym that stands for: Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer; Intersex; Asexual; Pansexual; + (meaning "not limited to").

And this is why people cannot keep up with the terms used to describe a person's sexual identity. With new terms being added on a regular basis no one will be able to keep up.

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