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Posted in: Where U.S.-Japan trade deal falls short of TPP pact See in context

At about ¥350 for 200 grams here in Japan, 450 grams of butter (as pictured) would cost 2.25 x ¥350 = ¥788 or about $7.33.

Thats likely what it would cost for butter in Minnesota if the dairy subsidies were removed. Since 1995 the US government (US Taxpayers) have provided the dairy industry over six billion dollars.

One of the reasons why Coke-Cola is so cheap, and the American diet is arguably bad. $114 billion in total corn subsidies since 1995 makes some pretty cheap high fructose corn syrup.

Nearly $17 billion in rice subsidies in that same time period.

The tax payer is on on the hook to artificially lower the price of a product to save an industry from cheaper foreign products, then that industry complains again when it can't sell their artificially price reduced product overseas without tariffs. Seems crazy messed up to me.

Its easy to just look at the trade deficit between two countries. Or just look at the direct consumer price of a product. But there is so much more to it.

My vote is to buy local products where the same or similar exists locally.

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Posted in: Where U.S.-Japan trade deal falls short of TPP pact See in context

The box of Land-O-Lakes butter in that photo sells for $4.50 here in Minnesota where its made. As I understand it, butter along with other dairy is subsidized in the US and that is the reason the price seems low. Not sure what is takes in fossil fuels to ship butter around the world, but it would seem butter is better sourced locally.

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Posted in: Japan's grim population outlook makes immigration talk inevitable See in context

I get that nearly all current social systems rely on an ever increasing population to support them. Populations around the world have grown basically forever. But pyramid schemes are bad, they all fail at some point.

Japan has a population of 337/sq km. Thats actually pretty high by comparison to other countries. The US has 1/10 that amount. What is the sustainable human carrying capacity of the land that is Japan? It could be argued its overpopulated from that point of view.

As a world population, we the living in the richest nations, are stealing from the future. Many of us consume resources faster than they can be replenished.

The way I see it, Japan, Russia and Germany are volentarilly doing their part to help curb world overpopulation. The solution isn't more people, its figuring out a new social system that solves the problems we face in the failing economic pyramids around the world.

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Posted in: Lucasfilm lost sleep over uncanny resurrections of 'Rogue One' See in context

@Dan Lewis "Lucas should have lost sleep over Episode 7" Lucas was not involved with Episode 7. After he sold Lucasfilm to Disney he promptly moved on.

One of the problems with movie making today, and more specifically digital effects, is that the movie makers view the scene so many times they become numb to it. Its not possible for them to see it the way we do the first time.

I've found a lot of films with uncomfortable scenes, like the feeling of uncanny valley with these digital resurrections, fad with future viewings. The same thing likely happens with the digital effects people until they finally say that looks good, after the 100th time they see it.

It felt off to me the first time I saw the film, but I knew Mr. Cushing had passed away and that Ms. Fisher was no longer 19. Interesting one of the people I watch the movie with had no idea either character was digitally created. So is it uncanny valley that took us out of the movie, or the knowledge that what we were seeing wasn't possible.

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Posted in: Not many shoppers See in context

This picture was taken at 5:54AM on Sunday morning.

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Posted in: Stone talk See in context

Movies come out in Japan so late in the last few years, this is already out on blu-ray and DVD overseas.

This may be true for most, but not all. The American made movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has already played in Japan. We don't get to see it in the US until Jan 27.

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Posted in: Healing old wounds See in context

Its good to see Japan and the US acknowledge our past. Its even greater to see where we are now, peaceful, friendly allies for 75 years.

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Posted in: Yoshiki brand See in context

The photo looks like it was taken right out of the 1982 movie Blade Runner. But 2017 is a bit too early, clear rain coats won't be fashion until 2019 when the movie took place.

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Posted in: Ready to race See in context

Suzuka is one of the best race tracks in the world, great fans too. Hope its a fun race with lots of passing.

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Posted in: See how this robot makes sushi See in context

Did the robot prepare and form the rice? Did it identify and cut the fish? Did it grab the packaged wasabi? I'm thinking humans had more to do with making this sushi than the assembly robot did. Sushi chefs are safe for a while longer.

None the less, its going to be an interesting world when humans don't get the majority of their lives fulfilled with a job, or the requirement (or opportunity) to earn a living.

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Posted in: Akie Abe visits Pearl Harbor See in context

"It was not clear exactly when Akie Abe made the visit. "

Akie Abe made a surprise visit Sunday to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii ... Abe visited the site at 7:55 a.m., the exact time that the attack took place in 1941. Her visit there was a personal one. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/22/national/akie-abe-prays-pearl-harbor-fueling-speculation-japans-prime-minister-will-follow-suit/

Why not just let her have some independence? As an American I appreciate her visit, no matter what her views or reason for visiting.

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Posted in: Woman motorcyclist killed after being run over by several cars following fall See in context

This is a horrible avoidable accident. Most of us drivers (both autos and motorcycles) are too confident in our own abilities. I've done my share of riding in the rain, and admit I've been lucky nothing bad has happened. After experiencing a fogged up helmet providing near zero visibility in a cold heavy rain at night. I learned quickly how truly insane it is to be out there putting my life in extreme risk. There are always other options to riding in those conditions. Its too bad she didn't choose to stay put or at least pull over to a safe spot and stop when conditions deteriorated.

I wouldn't jump to any conclusions about the autos speeding or tailgating. Heavy rain in the dark is really hard to see through. The auto drivers are likely traumatized by this. I feel for all parties involved this is horrible.

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Posted in: Is it safe to let customers know workers' real names? See in context

We all would hope its safe, especially in Japan. Unfortunately it isn't safe 100% of the time.

If things continue down the path we are on, in as little as a couple years it won't matter if people display a name tag or not. Using our smart phones we will be able to learn most everything about anyone by simply taking a picture and letting facial recognition provide all the details.

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Posted in: Fantasy sci-fi anime 'Sword Art Online' to become a live-action, U.S.-produced TV series See in context

SAO is a harem anime set in an interesting VR world. But its still a harem anime with the young male audience as it primary target. Although the main female characters are portrayed as strong in SOA they are still rendered helpless requiring a male hero to save them. The culture in the US has moved away from women needing to be saved by men. Just take a look at the latest Star Wars films. When this story is retold by american writers it will be very different. It may still happen in a Matrix or Tron like world but the character dynamics will be very different. Wether this is a wanted or an unwanted change in SAO fan's eyes, it will happen none the less.

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Posted in: Middle-aged 'easy riders' reviving 2-wheeler market with 'slow bikes' See in context

In 2015 more that than half a million riders attended Sturgis Bike week in the US. The riders average age was estimated to be ~50. Arguably due to the fact that its way harder for a younger person to afford a $30,000.00 Harley. So its actually not surprising at all that people the same age in Japan are quencing their mid life crises with a new motorcycle, and choosing to do it with something a lot more affordable.

Here is an ad for the Z125. If this were real life he would be wishing he had a few more cc in that thing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6UOvcH4468

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Posted in: Middle-aged 'easy riders' reviving 2-wheeler market with 'slow bikes' See in context

I'm confused by this statement: "Why on earth would anybody want to go so fast in a small country like Japan?" How fast do the trains go in Japan anyway, I thought I heard they were some of the fastest in the world? If you're using a motorcycle as your primary transport, you've driven the same roads 100s of times, why wouldn't you want to travel at posted speeds?

BTW: You just don't turn the throttle as much when you want to go 30 kph on a full size motorcycle.

Its unfortunate to hear my made in Japan, 1679cc Yamaha motorcycle is too much for Japan? It would have been fun to 'cruze' the countryside.

After driving more than 320,000 kilometers on motorcycles I've found the smaller bikes are not necessarily safer. They may seem that way on the surface and then you find people riding smaller bikes are actually taking more risks in traffic because they feel they can more easily maneuver through slow traffic. Yes, the traffic may be going slower. But getting run over by that delivery truck you got to close to will hurt evan at 5 kph.

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Posted in: Balloon burst See in context

By any chance, is the store selling really big bags of Jelly Beans?

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' box office surpasses 'Titanic,' 'Jurassic World' See in context

Avatar and Jim Cameron's domestic box-office title are toast.

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' author says latest installment delayed See in context

He would fit right in as a manga writer. Fans always want more from their favorite authors then they can provide.

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Posted in: Bad behavior See in context

I've been riding for over 20 years, more than 300,000 km. I detest loud motorcycles. Once watched two guys putting ear plugs in while walking to their Harleys, they then proceeded to attempt to blow the ear drums of those of us around them while still in the parking lot. Nearly as loud as a gun shot.

"Loud Pipes Save Lives" is what I always here from those narcissist, loud pipe riders. But in reality loud pipes lose rights for the rest of us. Its good to see the actual offenders getting stopped rather than the entire motorcycle riding community being penalized. I've never seen this happen in the US even though most states have specific noise limits. The local governments need to set specific db limits to noise, then give the police a calibrated db meter and teach them how to use it. Set fines and force the offender to prove the offending equipment has been repaired. This should apply to more than just motorcycles. Cars, motorbikes and those damn loud speakers should be muted.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is fun fan service See in context

Hard to read a movie review and avoid spoilers these days. I'll skip the reviews, go see the movie tomorrow and make up my own mind if its fun fan service. So far Mad Max is the best movie of 2015, SW TFA may be just a weee bit better.

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Posted in: Computer overheating? Twitter user suggests using 10-yen coins to cool it off See in context

Seriously, I've managed more than a thousand Mac desktops, iMacs and laptops at work. You can make your Mac's fans push so much air past the CPU, HD and GPU it will sound like a leaf blower using free fan control software. You can easily increase minimum fan speeds with software. Just increasing it a bit will dramatically lower the operating temp. Even a MacBook Air has a powerful fan inside, you simply need to instruct the Mac to use it a bit more than Apple thinks it should. The problem is Apple thinks all their users want a completely silent computer, that is why Mac owners rarely hear the fans and they run hot.

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Posted in: Computer overheating? Twitter user suggests using 10-yen coins to cool it off See in context

Most Apple computers have fans more than capable of keeping the computer cool. Unfortunately Apple has chosen to er on the side of a quite computer over a cool computer. The MacOS rarely spins those fans up to high speed.

There are several very effective free software tools that will allow you to control the speed of the fans in your Mac. If you have an older iMac, getting a tool like this installed is critical to the longevity of the Mac. Simply search for Mac fan controls. Hard drive, video card and display failures are all to common on computers that are allowed to run hot.

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Posted in: May the Force be with you See in context

Star Wars is a marketing machine no one can beat, even without stormtroopers protecting it.

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Posted in: 'Mad Max' voted best movie of the year by international critics See in context

Still have a few more movies to see this year before proclaiming it the best of 2015. But right now I can not think of one that I enjoyed more. The movie's action only lets you up for air a few times. Its none stop motion.

When you do see it, ask yourself what kind of fuel range the best motorcycle has and how much fuel it would require to drive that motorcycle for 160 days. Could you carry that much fuel?

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

Objectively ...

Finding a truely viable way to store electricity generated by wind and solar is key to using those energy sources. Without it they will remain niche. Solar currently represents just over 1/2 of 1% of the worlds energy consumption. Wind makes up about 1%.

Unfortunately less nuclear energy has meant more fossil fuel imports for japan. "Japan is the world's largest liquefied natural gas importer, second-largest coal importer, and third-largest net importer of crude oil and oil products."

100s of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions of people have been displaced by dam failures around the world. Eco systems have been destroyed and others created by dams. Consider the difficulty building an earthquake proof dam in a region susceptible to devastating earthquakes and you'll soon realize why its so difficult for Japan to fully leverage hydro-electic dams. Hydro-electic represents about 6% of the worlds energy consumption.

Nuclear makes up about 7.5% of the worlds energy.

Fossil fuels (Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Coal) make up 83%

Biomass, Biofuels, Geothermal make up the rest.

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Posted in: How nuclear-free Japan made it through hottest summer yet without brownouts See in context

Be nice if the author included a simple pie chart of energy consumption by fuel type so far in 2015. What is the actual percentage of energy produced in Japan from hydro and other renewable sources? In 2013 it was 4% hydro and only 2% other renewable like solar, 93% was energy produced by fossil fuels.


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Posted in: Home struck by bullet fired at nearby SDF training ground in Shiga See in context

@turbostat. Thanks for the link. That changes everything. Obviously not a shotgun round.

And 3.5 kilometers is quite different from 500 meters talked about in this article.

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Posted in: Home struck by bullet fired at nearby SDF training ground in Shiga See in context

From the description it sounds like a standard 12 Gauge Shotgun slug. A standard rifled slug weighs about 22 grams. It travels at ~ 550 meters per second when it leaves the barrel then immediately begins to slow down due to resistance as it travels through the air. Slugs are not very aerodynamic so they slow down more quickly than a rifle bullets normally used by military. At 50 meters it would be traveling at ~ 380 meters per second. At 100 meters it has slowed down to 300 meters per second. At 500 meters it will be traveling far slower. Even though it would have been traveling much slower than a rifle bullet, a slug's mass makes it potentially lethal up to 500 meters.

Its becoming more common for gun ranges to install shooting tubes that force the gun to remain pointed down range. This helps to ensure accidental misfires don't happen with the gun pointed outside the range.

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Posted in: Prices of chocolate, sauces, bread, other items to rise See in context

Higher chocolate prices are a global issue, caused by increased global demand and local supply issues in the cocoa producing regions.

If the rising price of chocolate in Japan was do to a weakening yen, or the political leanings of its elected officials, why are the prices continuing to rise in the US where the dollar is getting stronger.

Small farms unwilling or unable to modernize production to keep up with the worlds growing demand for cocoa means higher prices for everyone.

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