WesternerJapan87 comments

Posted in: Heavy rain causes floods; sends tainted water from Fukushima plant into sea See in context

If you think this is the rainiest summer in Japan, you haven't been in Japan long enough. When it comes to the weather, Japan is the UK of Asia, Korea is the Germany/Sweden of Asia and China is the Russia/Turkey of Asia. Japan is an island nation and, as such, experiences high rainfalls compared to their continental neighbors. This is one of the rainier years in Japan, but not really atypical. I've seen far rainier weather in the past decade.

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Posted in: Japan trims April-June GDP contraction estimate to 0.3% See in context

GDP is a fake figure that is 100% fabricated in order to fit the government's agenda. For example, go look at China and how China constructed all these ghosts cities, inflating their GDP growth rate to >7%. China's real GDP growth rate is about 3~4%. GDP is a meaningless number and it shows nothing about the real size and strength of economies.

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Posted in: Japan trims April-June GDP contraction estimate to 0.3% See in context

I think every modern economist would agree that GDP means nothing about the health of an economy. GDP is just what it stands for, the total value of goods and services that a country manufactures/provides per year.

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Posted in: Radiation fears as report shows Fukushima fir trees to be growing strangely See in context

Nuclear radiation does a lot more things including birth deformities and infertility. Physical deformities seen in Fukushima butterflies actually became worse in the offspring, even though radiation levels were constant. Don't believe me? Go look at the study for yourself. The study is titled: "The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly". The effects of nuclear radiation are chronic, not acute. This means that long-term exposure to low-dose nuclear radiation could be worse than short-term exposure to moderate to high-dose nuclear radiation. We will only know the effects of nuclear radiation decades after Fukushima. Encouraging nuclear evacuees to go back to Fukushima is immoral and unjustified. The effects of nuclear radiation will become worse every time a new baby in Fukushima is born. That's how nuclear radiation works, it causes mutations in the sex cells (gametes), causing birth deformities for future generations.

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Posted in: Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart See in context

Many fatalities can be attributed to Fukushima, not just tens but hundreds. Many of them were suicides and accidents around the Fukushima nuclear power plant and among the people who used to live in Fukushima. Now the Japanese government is acting like a criminal and forcing hundreds of thousands of evacuees to settle back in Fukushima. Think about how many people in Fukushima would get side effects from radiation poisoning like infertility and birth deformities. It happened in Chernobyl. Both Fukushima and Chernobyl are Level 7 Nuclear Disasters according to the INES scale. And don't forget that most people from Japan are exposed to nuclear radiation from eastern Japan by the agricultural and fishery produce from these regions. It's an invisible disaster and that's why so many Fukushima and eastern Japanese residents are fearful of nuclear reactors. That's why there were thousands of protesters near the recently restarted Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima. Most people, young and old, don't want these nuclear reactors to be restarted. Those who disagree only care about money and efficiency. But who says there aren't any efficient alternative energy sources? What happened to the massive plans for Japan to become a leader in solar power? Right now Hanwha Q cells, a Korean-German company is the leader in solar energy. Why can't they use solar panels from them? Japan has a lot of options, yet its choosing the most dangerous path.

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Posted in: Japan inflation flat; household spending slips See in context

A smaller population is NOT a bad thing. For an overcrowded country like Japan, population decline is a good thing. In 20~30 years time when Japan's population falls to about 90 million, the quality of lives of the people will increase as there is less crowding, less stress and more resources can be allocated for a smaller population.

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Posted in: 5 killed after minivan crashes on Nara bridge See in context

Stop assuming that their deaths were due to no seatbelts. Please read the news article again.

Police said it appeared the car had flipped over and slid for dozens of meters before eventually making impact with the bridge’s guardrail.

The car flipped over before impacting the bridge's guardrail. The flipping over itself would have caused serious traumatic brain injuries, perhaps even diffuse axonal injuries. The final impact with the bridge's guardrail would have caused further brain contusions/diffuse axonal injuries... leading to death. Seatbelts don't prevent these types of things when the scale of the accident is this large.

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Posted in: Dress rehearsal See in context

Chinese women (especially the northern Chinese) are definitely taller and have more attractive bodies compared to Japanese. Most Japanese girls I see on the streets are about 156-158cm. However when I was in Beijing and Jinan, the average height was about 163cm, with a large proportion around 165-170cm but not really taller than that. When I was in Hong Kong, the average height was more similar to Japan... around 158cm.

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Posted in: Uniqlo to try 4-day work week from October See in context

This is experimental only and I highly doubt it will work provided that most Japanese employees overwork 5 days/week at the very least. 4 days per week would lead to lower productivity and lower profits. Japan Inc would sink, especially with China's massive yuan devaluation.

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Posted in: Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem See in context

Don't worry, Shinzo Abe said nuclear reactors are safe, so it must be true.

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Posted in: Japan to ask WTO for ruling on food dispute with S Korea See in context

Japanese food is contaminated with nuclear radiation yet Japan is trying to force it down other people's throats? Japan needs to learn about ethics.

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Posted in: Body identified as 13-year-old girl; male classmate missing See in context

Ridiculous statement.

How is it ridiculous? That's their own opinions. And they're not necessarily incorrect. If you want to say that Japan is a good place to raise children, then that's your own opinion.

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Posted in: Body identified as 13-year-old girl; male classmate missing See in context

*night shift on Wednesday night, not morning.

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Posted in: Body identified as 13-year-old girl; male classmate missing See in context

So the mother worked night shift on Wednesday morning, returned home on Thursday morning and then reported her missing to the police on Friday? Some facts are missing here. And deep cuts, some of them as deep to the bone? What are with these gruesome deaths in Japan? Earlier this year, another girl went missing only to be found to have been cut into pieces like meat. And the countless stories of murder-suicides of children. I wouldn't say that these types of crimes are uncommon in Japan anymore. Many people, including my Japanese co-workers, say that Japan isn't a good place to raise children. And I think I'm inclined to agree with them.

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Posted in: Japan's economy contracts 0.4% in April-June quarter See in context

Real wages in Japan fell 2.9% in June. The real wages of expats in Japan have not grown at all and even decreased. No wonder people are buying less things. Also, population decline is a good thing. Japan is way too crowded for its own good. Japan has the highest youth suicide rate in the world, most likely due to intense competition from high school and the job market. GDP decline isn't actually bad, considering that the population is declining. What the analysts should focus on is GDP per capita. GDP growth in itself is not a reliable way to track changes in the quality of life of the citizens of a country. For example, look at China and how they developed so many ghost cities, which inflated their GDP. GDP is a useless and meaningless number. Every economist knows this, yet the media and governments will use the numbers game in order to release their propaganda into helping the big businesses export more and fuel the big banks' ponzi schemes.

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Posted in: Nuclear reactor switched on in Kyushu despite protests See in context

Nuclear power and Japan just don't go together. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, typhoons and other types of natural disasters hit Japan every year. The disaster risk in Japan, all things being equal, is even worse than Indonesia. If these nuclear reactors restart, I think Japan's people have been failed by their government. And do you know what's ironic? Nuclear power is supposed to be a "safe and cheap" source of energy, yet in Japan it's been dangerous and expensive. The Fukushima nuclear disaster, along with the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has cost Japan and its taxpayers $250+ billion US dollars, and it's still an ongoing disaster. The Fukushima nuclear disaster will continue to have health impacts on the Japanese people and it has left a huge scar on Japan.

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Posted in: Japan set to return to nuclear power after two-year hiatus See in context

Nuclear power and Japan just don't go together. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, typhoons and other types of natural disasters hit Japan every year. The disaster risk in Japan, all things being equal, is even worse than Indonesia. If these nuclear reactors restart, I think Japan's people have been failed by their government. And do you know what's ironic? Nuclear power is supposed to be a "safe and cheap" source of energy, yet in Japan it's been dangerous and expensive. The Fukushima nuclear disaster, along with the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has cost Japan and its taxpayers $250+ billion US dollars, and it's still an ongoing disaster. The Fukushima nuclear disaster will continue to have health impacts on the Japanese people and it has left a huge scar on Japan.

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Posted in: Is Japan a good place to raise children? See in context

After 2011, it's worse off now. Japan is much better for boys, not girls. Japanese women get little to no employment opportunities and their tertiary education status is one of the lowest in the developed world.

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Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated' See in context

Look westerner and smith we get it, you dont like jpn. move to sk already, sheesh. Kudos to the rescue team.

South Korea is another nation where ferry disasters are rampant. For example, the recent MV Sewol which killed 304 people including 250 students is due to the corrupt nature of South Korean conglomerates. If I recall correctly, they overloaded the ferry for financial gain. Another recent ferry disaster is the Costa Concordia in Italy. Both were cases of severe or difficult to handle ferry disasters, where the ferry went out of control and listed.

westernerjapan, I think your definition of "recent" differs from most of us.

"Recent" and "modern" history refer to anything from the 20th and 21st century. Most high school modern history programs use this definition. Of course, I don't mean "recent" as in a few weeks or months ago.

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Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated' See in context

Can you share with us information on recent Japanese maritime disasters, particularly "worst" ones? Tsushima Maru does not count, it is a casualty of war, a ship sunk by a US submarine.

Read my recent comment, it lists some of the civilian-related Japanese ferry/maritime disasters.

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Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated' See in context

Curious that you bring up the Tsushima Maru. So a vessel torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine 70+ years ago because it was part of a wartime convoy should be considered a "ferry disaster" and an example of Japan's past failures at maritime safety?

It technically was a ferry disaster. Anyway, there were many more ferry disasters in recent history in Japan that killed hundreds, if not, thousands of people each. Shiun Maru, Toya Maru, etc.

Japan's Kiche Maru - 1000 or more dead Japan's Tsushima Maru - 1508 dead, mostly children Japan's Ural Maru - 2000 dead, lots of hospital staff like nurses were killed Japan's Toya Maru - 1153 dead Japan's Wusung - 900 dead Japan's Yoshino - 319 dead Japan's Matsushima - 206 dead Japan's Shiun Maru - 166 dead Japan's Chisima - 75 dead Japan's Teia Maru - 2665 dead, some soldiers

10,000 or more Japanese civilians, a lot of them women and children, died in modern history due to ferry disasters. Again, I reiterate that the fire that broke out in this ferry and the disaster response was good. But please don't act as if Japan is suddenly a country where ferry disasters don't occur.

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Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated' See in context

Did you watch the news? There was smoke billowing out. Let's just be glad they handled the evacuation smoothly and kept damage to a minimum.

Yes, I watched the news. But smoke billowing out tells us nothing about the scale of the disaster. And it seems like the fire wasn't big at all, meaning that this was a proportionally minor accident.

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Posted in: Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies See in context

6000% increase in cancers among children living near Fukushima prefecture: http://enenews.com/officials-6000-increase-thyroid-cancer-rate-among-fukushima-children-asahi-16-new-cases-detected-first-3-months-2015-professor-urgent-countermeasures-against-suspected-outbreak-necessary-govt?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

I know this is enenews but they give the references in that website. Have a read and see why Fukushima is more dangerous to the Japanese public than you might want to believe.

99% of the Japanese people I've talked to have a very different opinion from Himajin and Heda Madness.

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Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated' See in context

*Japan was clearly not without ferry disasters.

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Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated' See in context

This is not the same as any ferry disaster. This was a fire, which is a very different situation from when a ferry goes out of control and lists. Japanese ferry and maritime disasters were one of the worst in recent history. 70% of ferry and maritime deaths came from Japan in the 1940s to 1950s. One example is the Tsushima Maru, which killed 1508 people on board, including 767 school children. So Japan was clearly without ferry disasters. Nevertheless, this story released today is a welcome story, but please don't automatically say that Japan is more capable in preventing ferry disasters than other countries. This was a very minor accident compared to when a ferry goes out of control and lists, which, I can guarantee that most ferry captains will abandon ship.

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Posted in: Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies See in context

Many of the commenters here seem to be either living in fantasy land or haven't done their research. Fukushima is much worse than what some of you say. "The health risks were calculated by applying conservative assumptions, including the conservative linear no-threshold model of radiation exposure, a model that assumes even the smallest amount of radiation exposure will cause a negative health effect.[199][200] The report indicated that for those infants in the most affected areas, lifetime cancer risk would increase by about 1%.[198][201] It predicted that populations in the most contaminated areas faced a 70% higher relative risk of developing thyroid cancer for females exposed as infants, and a 7% higher relative risk of leukemia in males exposed as infants and a 6% higher relative risk of breast cancer in females exposed as infants.[14] One-third of involved emergency workers would have increased cancer risks.[202][203] Cancer risks for fetuses were similar to those in 1 year old infants.[204] The estimated cancer risk to children and adults was lower than infants.[205]" Also, there are studies that show the dose of radiation does not really matter, it's the medium through which it travels through and its half life that is the indicator for cancer and infertility risk. For example, ingesting and breathing in radiation is worse than exposure through the skin (transdermal). So don't eat Japanese fish and don't breathe Fukushima/eastern Japanese air.

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Posted in: Woman's body found in bay in Kanagawa See in context

Probably a crime by her boyfriend.

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Posted in: Sony quarterly profit up 3-fold on currency gains, sensors See in context

100% agree M3M3M3. The yen is at its lowest vs the USD in decades. It's not surprising that companies that does most of its sales in US dollars will have falsely inflated profits.

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Posted in: 3 killed after small plane crashes into Tokyo residential area See in context

The photos look rather catastrophic, with one housing complex completely destroyed, and at least 3 housing complexes damaged. Most likely a case of pilot error.

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Posted in: Samsung keeps top spot as smartphone market grows See in context

Smartphones are one of the most profitable industries (if not, the most profitable industry). Profit margins are much higher compared to other industries such as shipbuilding and automobiles. Sony tried to come back with their Z smartphone series but failed. Now with the falling yen, Japan's car companies are enjoying high profits, however, I don't think this will necessarily last for long. The fact is that every single Japanese company is doing relatively well due to the weak yen, while the Japanese worker suffers.

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