voiceofokinawa comments

Posted in: Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision See in context

The total number of nuclear power plants possessed by top ten countries are an appalling 359. I hope they are all absolutely safe and accident-free, by force majeure or not.

I think all nuclear power plants anywhere in the world should be dismantled and scrapped as Germany has decided and is doing. The future shouldn't be dependent on nuclear energy. There's not only the problem of how to dispose of tritium-tainted water but also how to dispose of spent nuclear fuels.

When former Prime Minister Hiroyasu Nakasone embarked on his government's new nuclear energy policy, he propagandized how bright future his new policy promises for Japan. At the time, critiques criticized him by saying building nuclear power plants is like building a house with no sewage equipment (toilets). Has these problems been solved universally in all the countries mentioned above?.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision See in context

The top ten countries that run nuclear power plants are, in order, as follows:

U.S.A (99), 2. France (58), 3. Japan (42), 4. China (35), 5. Russia (30), 6. South Korea (25), 7. India (21), 8. Canada (19), 9. Ukreine(15), 10. U.K. (15).

The total number of nuclear power plants possesssed by these ten countries are an appalling 359. Are they all absolutely safe and accident-free, by force majeuer or not? I hope so

I think all nuclear power plants should be dismantled and scrapped as Germany has decided. The future shouldn't be dependent on nuclear energy

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Posted in: Fukushima plant water release to prolong seafood safety woes See in context

The top ten countries that run nuclear power plants are, in order, as follows:

U.S.A (99), 2. France (58), 3. Japan (42), 4. China (35), 5. Russia (30), 6. South Korea (25), 7. India (21), 8. Canada (19), 9. Ukreine(15), 10. U.K. (15) The total number of nuclear power plants possesssed by these ten countries are: 359.

Are they all absolutely safe and accident-free, by force majeuer or not? I hope so

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Posted in: Fukushima plant water release to prolong seafood safety woes See in context

I want to raise two points of doubt about Fukushima water release. If coolant water can be treated with tritium level reduced to one fourtieth, why didn't TEPCO instal water treatment faclities for starters rather than building storing tank after another.

South Koea and China accuse Tokyo's decision to release the water, saying the Pacific Ocean is not Japan's exclusive dumping ground. I wonder then how these two countries dispose of treated water.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision See in context

How many nuclear power plants are there in the world? And how are they disposing of contaminated coolant water? Don't they dump it onto oceans. Some may dump it into rivers, but rivers flow into oceans. So, it's all the same. Oceans are the dumping grounds for ccontaminated radioactive water.

What then will happen to oceans? It's not simply the matter of "a drop in oceans" as some may claim. Human beings should seek alternative energy to fossile fuel and nuclear energy.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

David Brent,

Probably, you want to say the release of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean by No. 1 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is like a drop in the ocean, which will be diluted thin and harmless eventually.

It may be diluted in the vast oceans around the globe all right, but how many years do you think it will take? Until then, the contaminated water will remain undiluted off the coast of Fukushima for many years to come.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

Let me re-post the comment I posted on the thread of “Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water” (JT: Oct 22, 2020):

Storing contaminated radioactive groundwater in tanks is like a goose trying to drain a river by drinking up the water. It’s been apparent that, sooner or later, efforts to contain the contaminated groundwater by installing tanks after tanks would come across a grave problem, which we are witnessing now.

Why is TEPCO, the power company that caused this grave accident and inflicted so much damage on people and environment, is still operating, kicking and alive.

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Posted in: Haley says she'll back Trump; stand down if he runs in 2024 See in context

I always wonder what kind of medicine he received when he was hospitalized for the infection of Covid-19. Even if he had spent handsomely for the treatment, he has moral responsibility to at least tell the world how he was treated.

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Posted in: Haley says she'll back Trump; stand down if he runs in 2024 See in context

It's mind-boggling that former President Donald Trump still maintains so much influence over U.S. politics. Hasn't he wrought havoc not only on the U.S. but also the world community?

Maybe, Haley supports him for his America First philosophy and the social commotion he instigated or was primarily responsible for.

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

Emperor Naruhito and ex-Emperor Akihito are well-aware of their role as being a symbolic emperor. They are thus closer to the people.

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

Note that the Emperor is the the symbol of the nation, not the ruler of it, according to the post-war constitution.

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

BertieWooster,

The new Imperial Household Law promulgated and implemented concurrently with the Pacifist Constitution in 1947 stipulates that the Diet has primary responsibility to decide on imperial household affairs.

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

In the feudal times when only the first son could succeed a family line, samurais and feudal lords, shoguns in particular, were allowed to keep multiple wives besides the official first lady in preparation for the lack of male successors. 

Tokugawa Ienari, the 11th shogun, is said to have kept 40 concubines and fathered 26 sons and 27 daughters.

Maybe, Suga is thinking of reviving this funny system.

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Posted in: LDP proposes Japan strengthen SDF, coast guard capabilities See in context

Desert Tortoise,

*Do that and the next thing the Chinese will start demanding is Okinawa. They are on record numerous times claiming it was historically a Chinese protectorate.*

If you are talking about the tributary system, not only Ryukyu (Okinawa) but also Koreas, Vietnam and even ancient Japan were all part of it. 

Equivalent to this system is today’s U.S. dominion of East Asia. In a way, the international situation today is a contest between the U.S. and China for the seat of hegemony, an innovative modern  tributary system.

Thus, your comment is like a pot calling a kettle black.

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Posted in: China says carrier group drills near Taiwan will become regular See in context

Desert Tortoise,

If what you say is true, weapons technology is seeing a very rapid progress in the U.S. The missiles of today may become obsolete overnight. The same may be said about the progress of weapons technology in China. 

Then, do you think the deployment of Aegis Ashore systems anywhere in Japan, squandering so much tax money, a good idea? The systems may have become obsolete and useless when they are completed.

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Posted in: LDP proposes Japan strengthen SDF, coast guard capabilities See in context

So, you prefer a one-shot game or a duel, no matter what, to fact finding dialog? That's an out-of-date, barbarian way of solving a problem.

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Posted in: LDP proposes Japan strengthen SDF, coast guard capabilities See in context

Desert Tortoise,

 Defending a nation's sovereign territory is one of the most fundamental duties.

There's truth in it. The catch is that both sides think the islands in question are their own sovereign territories.

Suppose there appear two claimants to a find, each claiming the find is his own without showing any evidence. Should the solution be a peremptory one-shot game? I'm proposing a public hearing (a forum) be held before that to hear what each side says about the islands' sovereignty.

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Posted in: China could step up armament, provocations near Senkakus, think tank warns See in context

evian1,

You seem to argue the Senkakus/Diaoyutais belong to Taiwan because of their vicinity to Taiwan. Can the distance be a factor determining the sovereignty of an offshore island? If so, how do you justify that Kinmen Island or Quemoy belongs to Taiwan?

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Posted in: Egypt expects $1 billion in damages over stuck ship in Suez See in context

Litigation could be complex, since the vessel is owned by a Japanese firm, operated by a Taiwanese shipper, and flagged in Panama.

Exactly as I said. I posted on the thread of "With ship now freed, probe into Suez Canal blockage begins" (JT: Mar. 31):

The massive container ship, the MV Ever Given, is owned by Shoei Kisen Co. based at Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. But the ship is Panama-flagged and leased to Taiwan's Evergreen. So, the indemnity issue is expected to be very complex.

But all I want to know here right now, though, is what caused the ship to go aground sideways, indicating the skipper had steered the rudder to the right suddenly to avoid something. Was it really a sand storm as had been reported initially?

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Posted in: LDP proposes Japan strengthen SDF, coast guard capabilities See in context

An “eye for an eye” approach won‘t solve the Senkaku / Diaoyudao issue at all. Will Japan be able to take over China in arms race? Arms confrontation will only escalate endlessly until the situation will run amok beyond anyone's control. 

Why shouldn't the two sides come to a discussion table (not for negotiation) to demonstrate the world whose claim to the islands is more convincing and legitimate.

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Posted in: With ship now freed, probe into Suez Canal blockage begins See in context

The massive container ship, the MV Ever Given, is owned by Shoei Kisen Co. based at Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. But the ship is Panama-flagged and leased to Taiwan's Evergreen. So, the indemnity issue is expected to be very complex.

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Posted in: With ship now freed, probe into Suez Canal blockage begins See in context

Good grief. The giant ship has been freed at last.

I am a little puzzled, though. Is the ship's name "Ever Given" or "Evergreen"?

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Posted in: Japan complains over U.S. military's use of term 'East Sea' See in context

It's just turned out that the Koreans call the sea off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula "West Sea", which is internationally known as the "Yellow Sea". It's quite legitimate to call seas with whatever names they may like, but I don't think there's any legitimacy for them to ask the international community to toe their line and call the Yellow Sea "West Sea" and the Japan Sea "East Sea".

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Posted in: China could step up armament, provocations near Senkakus, think tank warns See in context

The raison d’etre of having a military force is the fear that an enemy might invade or attack one’s country. Hence, it’s natural for the military to sell the idea that China might invade the Senkakus in any time soon. Note that the National Institute of Defense Studies is an SDF-affiliated think tank.

I think Taiwan is more important than the Senkakus for China, and so there seems no reason why China will invade the Senkakus first.

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Posted in: Japan complains over U.S. military's use of term 'East Sea' See in context

"On a sand beach of a small island in the east sea I play with a crab, fighting back tears."  

This is a poem (translation mine) composed by Takuboku Ishikawa describing his forlorn circumstances and wretched fate. 

The expression "east sea" here is used as a common noun/expression, not a proper noun uniquely meaning the sea off the east coast of Korea.

 I wonder if "the East Sea" in Korean hasn't been historically used likewise -- as a common expression.

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Posted in: Japan complains over U.S. military's use of term 'East Sea' See in context

There's a delicate problem involved in place names, especially when international relations come into a play. But I think custom and international usage must play out here.

The Koreans are said to have traditionally called the waters east of them “East Sea”, which the Japanese have called “the Sea of Japan”, probably since the Meiji Restoration. Before then I think there was no Japanese name for the sea west of Japan; neither for the sea now called the Pacific Ocean.

To the Japanese, the east sea is the Pacific Ocean as a WW II military song, "Look at the Dawning of the East Sea", shows. Historically, was the “East Sea" a common or proper noun/expression in Korean?

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Posted in: China protests over Japan-U.S. statement on human rights; blasts U.S. 'evil past of genocide' See in context

How heartbreaking this is if the U.S. and Japan's claim is true! This kind of systematic acculturation process occurred in the United States and Australia, too, separating children from their parents to uproot the aboriginal group's tradition, religion and culture. Cf. "Beijing's crackdown in Xinjiang has separated thousands of children from their parents, new report claims. CNN found two of them" CNN: March 25, 2021

The difference between the U.S. and Australia, on one hand, and China, on the other, is that this happened in the former a long time ago but is happening now in the latter if it's really happening.

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Posted in: Japan expects deterrence to keep China in check over Senkakus See in context

Hiro S. Nobumasa,

Make this thread a forum for free discussion of the Senkaku/Diaoyudao/Diaoyutai issue. If anyone claims there's a dispute about sovereignty over the islands, he sees there are conflicts of claims to them. Japan, PRC and ROC (Taiwan) each claim the islands are their own. 

Could Hiro S. Nobumasa give a reason why the Senkaku/Diaoyudao/Diaoyutai islands are Taiwan's sovereign territory? Could anyone else give a reason why they are PRC's?

Oh, when the U.S. returned Okinawa to Japan, the Senkakus were also returned to Japan as part of it. When a complaint was lodged against this measure from Taiwan and probably from China, it said only the administrative rights were returned to Japan, adding that a dispute about sovereignty over the islands was no concern of the U.S.  Can administrative rights and sovereignty be separated, I wonder?

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Posted in: U.S., China wrap up testy face-to-face talks See in context

My wishful thinking. 

This honest face-to-face bickering between the two countries may bring them closer together and mutually cooperate for the peace and betterment of the world.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan warn China on 'coercion, destabilizing behavior' See in context

First time to hear about an RF allotment to Qualcomm. You are simply picking on a trivial matter here. Compared with what the U.S. government has done and is doing to make Japanese economy shrink, thus making Japan a client state of the U.S., the Qualcomm issue may be a very trivial, minuscule one.

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