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Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella? See in context

@Triring

 do not believe the US still have any tactical nukes within their arsenal.

You know that 100% because? I think there are US Navy ships which carry nuclear weapons and there are subs. If they don't, then why refuse to inform a port like Kobe City or country like New Zealand that they don't carry nukes.

There's a nuke carrying sub currently off the Korean coast.

But even if America has removed all its atomic weapons from all of Japan's land and seas, how long do you think it would take to get one here?

On another point, Japan has the material and technology to build an atomic bomb within 6 months.

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Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella? See in context

The country has enough weapon grade plutonium to make 5,000 atomic weapons each more than 100 times greater than those dropped on the country in WWII.

How would we know that the country does not have an atomic weapon. For sure there are some types of U.S. atomic weapons here. Kobe City banned visits by the U.S. Navy because it won't state whether or not a ship is carrying atomic weapons. There are major atomic bombs in Okinawa.

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Posted in: N Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill See in context

He's already executed many of his top generals and family members, at least three of them. Ping Pong You is a psycho of the first degree. Tens of thousands of people in the gulags for little or no reason. The NK army is one million strong.

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Posted in: Kurobe Gorge See in context

Yes a wonderful place to visit and the Kurobe Dam too.

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Posted in: 2 elderly women jump to their deaths on rail tracks See in context

I won't be waiting for the day to come when I have to wear adult diapers or I've lost my memory to disease. The only sure moments in life are birth and death.

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Posted in: Confessions & Confusions: What we did to lead our foster daughter into enjoying school See in context

I very happy to know some people here adopting and fostering children. Good fortunes for you and all of your family.

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Posted in: Sirens and silence as Israel remembers Holocaust See in context

More than 213,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today, many of them below the poverty line, according to survivors' groups.

So they remember the ones killed but not the ones who survived

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Posted in: Five aging nuclear reactors will be decommissioned, but where should their 26,820 tons of radioactive waste be stored? See in context

None of the nuclear power companies have any plans for storage sites. The locations of any storage site would require the permission of the central government, permission of the prefecture government and the support of the local community. Many of the communities which will have decommissioned reactors have said they want all the nuclear waste removed from their communities and don't want to be left holding the nuclear waste.

The central government have been trying for decades to find a site for the long term storage of nuclear waste but are always defeated by the rejections of the local communities. Chemical toxic spills don't last 100,000 years and are confined to areas which had plants and can be cleaned up with the removal of the ground soils. I have experience of the locating and save removal of dangerous chemicals which I did for several years along with working in the heavy chemical industry.

Probably a good storage site would be like Matsushiro in Nagano with very deep caves in the mountains which were used for shelters during the war. The imperial family and were evacuated there, along with others including Yoko Ono. But getting the support of the Nagano government and community will be problematic.

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Posted in: U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters; Trump talks with Abe, Xi See in context

Japanese authorities have admitted that citizens can expect a mere 10-minute warning of a North Korean missile attack. 

http://time.com/4753631/north-korea-japan-missile-attack/

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Posted in: Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000 See in context

I have never supported executions but these bulk or mass executions are simply just wrong and nothing to do with justice

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Posted in: Princess Kako to study at University of Leeds from Sept See in context

Home of the painter David Hockney. York City nearby. Leeds is one of the great northern cities. There was the original Harry Ramsey fish and chip shop, the best in the whole country before it sold out and became a chain. I remember paying one pound for cod and chips in the 1970's?

@Fred Wallace 

I'm sorry, leeds? What's wrong with the myriad of universities back home? 

Her grandfather went to Oxford and he turned out alright.

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Posted in: SDF trying to stop members from going AWOL See in context

Since the SDF members are not military, the term AWOL does not apply. They are just like other workers, but in this case "special civil servants" who only need to give one months notice to leave. I know several ex SDF members who left because it was too stressful or hard.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

@nandakandamanda 

Browser issues.... Grrrr....

Works with Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and TOR with macOS 10. It also works with Edge, Explorer, Chrome, Opera and Tor on Windows 10. It works with all the available browsers on my iPads and iPhone. Try clearing your browser caches.

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Posted in: Macron vs Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France See in context

Le Poison Pen has resigned from her far right nationalist party to appeal to a wider range of voters in their over ambitious push to become president of the republic. I think the majority of the French do not want to leave the EU which is at the top of the Le Pen list. Very strange to quit after the election campaign had already begun.

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Posted in: Demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as N Korea tension mounts See in context

Waste of time and money. Even if they survive the society will not. Rich people have bought tens of million deep shelters in America and I believe in New Zealand too. Including the rich and famous and heads of the big IT companies.

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Posted in: 2 elderly women jump to their deaths on rail tracks See in context

I have no problem with people ending their lives, that's their decision over their own lives and body but it shouldn't be done in this ugly public way. There might be young children who have the image ingrained on the their brains. Assisted suicide should be available for those wishing to end their lives in a painless manner. No one escapes death it's only the timing.

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Posted in: Five aging nuclear reactors will be decommissioned, but where should their 26,820 tons of radioactive waste be stored? See in context

The power companies have to find their own sites for the waste storage. The spent fuel would be sent to the reprocessing plant in Aomori except it's at 90% capacity. KEPCO have stated it will find a site at the end of the decommissioning in 50 years time. The most radioactive waste according to the NRA would be stored at least 70 meters below ground for 100,000 years. Most of the other waste can be stored in dry casks and kept on the site of the decommissioned plant.

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Posted in: TEPCO aims to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa reactors in 2019 See in context

Three nuclear plant workers went into a bar at the end of their shift. The barman asked their names which they replied, safe, clean and cheap. The barman just laughed at their stupidity and gave them all a double.

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Posted in: Saga governor OKs restart of Genkai nuclear plant See in context

Nuclear power plants take 10 years to build costing many millions. 50 years to decommission costing many billions and the 100,000 year storage of radioactive waste costing ? And when they belly up because a company like TEPCO put safety before profit, the cost of world's most expensive disaster in history will cost more than ¥50 trillion at todays rates, but the final cost in a 100 years from now?

The Japanese nuclear village only functioned because it used about 100,000 day labourers know as nuclear gypsies. If the power companies had to employ and pay workers the full rates and benefits their profits would have been greatly reduced.

The main reason the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened besides the lack of safety was because the entire nuclear village from the top down actually believed a nuclear disaster in Japan was never possible and never planned for it. Even the NRA have stated that no nuclear plant could ever be 100% safe.

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Posted in: Saga governor OKs restart of Genkai nuclear plant See in context

Regardless of the reactors are run or not they will need to be decommissioned, many before 2030 and all by 2050. If nuclear energy was such a success makes me wonder why it was never able to generate more than about 12% of total world power demand. Nuclear energy, if the reactors are restarted and about 30 of them won't, because they don't meet the safety standards which have already started the process of decommissioning but nuclear energy will most likely end by default because new nuclear power won't be built to replace the old ones.

By 2030, a large number of reactors are reaching their end of life cycles. I expect like the NRA have predicted about 20 reactors will restart to generate about 15-20% of electricity.

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Posted in: U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters; Trump talks with Abe, Xi See in context

Maybe the captain of the USS Carl Vinson had the wrong maps. The Chinese call the Sea of Japan, Jīng hǎi (鲸海, literally "Whale Sea"). The Koreans called it the Korean East Sea, and North Korea calls it the East Sea. Probably why they had to wait for Japanese SDF ships to show the way. The post headline calls it "Korean Waters".

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Posted in: Protective clothing no longer needed to walk near Fukushima plant See in context

The maximum allowed radiation exposure for nuclear plant workers is 20 mSv per year and 100 mSv over 5 years. Radiation level in post is 150 microsieverts per hour, or 0.150 millisieverts per hour.

Workers in those areas have a maximum time of 333 hours in one year or 666 hours over 5 years. 150 x 333 =49.5 millisieverts. Normal working hours 60 x 52 =3120 hours. Exposure to 150 microsieverts per hour would only allow a worker to work for less than 10% of the yearly hours.

allowing workers to wear regular uniforms at around 95 percent of the site.

The high radiation areas of the reactors and the surrounding area is more than 5% of the total plant area.

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Posted in: N Korea says it is ready to strike U.S aircraft carrier See in context

Kim Jong Un ready's his pig bombs

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,"

https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/pri_37341264.jpg?w=748&h=498&crop=1

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

@CH3CHO

So there was a secret meeting, one the public didn't know about until 2007, between the Health Ministry and the shrine about adding the names of the 14 Class A war criminals but the head priest opposed their enshrinement so it didn't happen until 1979 when there was a new head priest. The shrine had the names since 1959.

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Posted in: TEPCO aims to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa reactors in 2019 See in context

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant with its 7 reactors is the largest in the world. Any restarts would need the approval of the governor and the local community which at the moment is unlikely to happen.

I don’t think TEPCO have shown itself competent to run a nuclear power plant. Should it be sold off to another power company?

At the beginning of this year the government stated its intention to introduce law making TEPCO responsible for the entire costs of the decommissioning work at the Fukushima No1 plant. No word on TEPCO’s second Fukushima No2 plant, which is also scheduled for decommissioning but the company has only applied for the No1 reactor so far.

The price of fossil fuel imports. Japanese largest primary energy import is oil accounting for about 43% of the total imported and used and mostly comes from the Middle East. Only a small percentage of oil is used in power generation usually for instant peak demands. In the 1970 oil was 80%. The 2015 oil imports fell to the lowest since 1988.

Since 2011, electric demand as fallen by about 10%.

I will be paying about .5 yen MORE per kWh because my utility has to pay people who installed solar. I will also be paying about .5 yen MORE per kWh because the price of fossil fuels is coming up ever so gradually. If you use 500 kWh per month, be ready for fork over another 500 yen per month on top of the 1000 yen or so in surcharges you are already paying.

The average household power consumption is about 200kWh. At ¥0.5 that would add only ¥100. Another ¥100 for fossil fuel but I am not sure that is correct? What are the ¥1000 yen or so in further surcharges. KEPCO have had the largest price increases and we don’t pay ¥1000 in surcharges?

Now you can buy your electricity from another company so price will probably go down. 33% of total domestic electricity is used for heating water. So install a solar heating system to Ecofarm which produces heat and electricity.

Maybe you missed the memo, but one aspect of deregulation and the access that all of these companies get to the grid is that they will be liable for industry charges related to nuclear cleanup and decommissioning, just like everyone else.

That is not actual law to date.

TEPCO consumers have enjoyed about four decades of clean, safe, cheap power from Fukushima.

Amazing you are still pushing that nuclear energy is clean, safe and cheap.

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Posted in: Y800 bil needed to scrap nuclear reprocessing plant See in context

At the beginning of this year the government stated its intention to introduce law making TEPCO responsible for the entire costs of the decommissioning work at the Fukushima No1 plant. No word on TEPCO’s second Fukushima No2 plant, which is also scheduled for decommissioning but the company as only applied for the No1 reactor so far.

There about 55 reactors in total with about 20 of them now at various stages of the decommissioning process. About four of them started before the 2011 nuclear disaster. Some of the scheduled decommissioning is also because the reactors have reached the end of their 40 year life cycles. There are about 5 in that group. By 2020 there would have been about 18 reactors at the end of their life cycles.

Estimated costs of decommissioning a reactor is about ¥35-¥40 billion and likely to increase over time. The latest five reactors scheduled for decommissioning will produce 27,000 tons of radioactive waste. 

Under the current setup, utilities must secure disposal sites on their own.

The decommissioning of the Mihama No 1 reactors will produce 110 tons of high-level radioactive waste which according to the NRA needs to be buried underground deeper than 70 meters from the surface and managed for 100,000 years.

Report from the EU on decommissioning Japans Reactors

http://cdnsite.eu-japan.eu/sites/default/files/publications/docs/2016-03-nuclear-decommissioning-japan-schmittem-min_0.pdf

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Posted in: I was moved to tears by the U.S. armed forces’ support during Operation Tomodachi (after the March 11, 2011 disaster). They did so much to help Japan in its time of need. See in context

Very nice but I would also expect she is being paid for her work at good rates too which I believe civilian employees are paid by the government but I'm not 100% sure on that.

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Posted in: Protective clothing no longer needed to walk near Fukushima plant See in context

If people want to know the radiation readings of the nuclear power site then I suggest a visit to the TEPCO website. There are what they call site surveys going back to 2011. The latest is Feb this year. The survey gives the levels at various places around the site. The reading in front of the No1 reactor, 80 meters from the place the reporters stood was 450 microsieverts per hour. The so called "place on the hill" was about 17-20 microsieverts per hour. I couldn't see any 150 microsieverts per hour reported in the article.

The place is used to show reporters the reactor buildings and even in recent photos they were wearing protective suits and face masks. Those photos too can be found on the Internet. Although the levels of radiation around the site have lowered mainly I think because the ground has been covered with thick steel plates there are still high levels.

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Posted in: France kicks off presidential vote See in context

Le Poison Pen is the usual no hoper

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Posted in: Protective clothing no longer needed to walk near Fukushima plant See in context

@katsu78 

“Your photo is not really all that useful so long as we don't know precisely which location is "the hill" from the article that visitors are permitted to be at.”

Part of the problem is you seem to know little about the history of the nuclear plant and the layout. So go back to the photo I linked to. The reactor buildings are going left to right, 1-4. The one on the right is the No1 reactor.To the right of that is raised ground which is the original level of the whole site. That is the place mentioned in the post. You can also visit the TEPCO website and view a live cam from the same position.

The only workers allowed below that level are essential workers because the radiation levels greatly increase.

If their work involves standing in that exact spot for 3000 hours a year, that would be alarming. “

But again you don’t understand, most of the workers are on the level of the raised ground and to the right of the photo, but out of view are the buildings were the workers have their rest and eat their food and change their clothes and use the toilet.

The radiation levels of the raised ground is lower than down by the reactor building which is why I have stated the level of 150 microsieverts per hour must be a mistake. The highest levels I’ve seen are 10-15 microsieverts per hour and some spaces in the plant are even lower.

You do realize that I am saying the radiation level mentioned in the post must be lower than that? You seem to have missed the important points I have stated. I didn’t attack TEPCO on this story and just stated the authors made an error of making the radiation higher than what it is.

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