Japan’s decision to open up its retail electricity market to new entrants is expected to lead to the construction of as many as 43 coal-burning power stations in the next 12 years, an expansion of almost 50% on its current number.
The Environment Ministry gave the green light to the construction of new coal-fired power plants in February, and at least 43 projects have already been announced. Continue reading »
Not just for the date, but for the entire month.
24 Dec 2016 – Around 6,000 people spent last night at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido after the northern Japanese prefecture was hit by its heaviest December snowfall in 50 years, according to the airport operator Hokkaido Airport Terminal Co. Continue reading »
Summer Snows in both Chile and Australia are not normal, this follows records snows in Sapporo and record cold across the Northern Hemisphere. Tallest waves ever recorded and more gigantic volcanic eruptions in Russia’s far east.
Summer Snowstorms, Volcanic Dust and Record High Waves
Summer snow” has dusted Victoria’s high country http://www.9news.com.au/wild-weather/…
BOM Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current…
Lightning Australia http://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/…
On Tuesday afternoon, the billionaire founder and CEO of Japan’s Softbank and was seen entering the Trump Tower, to meet with the President-elect. It appears that they had fruitful conversations, because just a few minutes later, Trump – who earlier in the day lambasted Boeing over charging too much for Air Force 1 sending its stock lower – tweeted some words of praise for the Japanese businessman.
At 2:10pm eastern, Trump tweeted “Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs…” and in a follow up Tweet added “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!” Continue reading »
Japan has once again scrambled fighter-interceptors in response to a flight by Chinese fighters and bombers through a strategic passage into the Pacific Ocean between Okinawa and Mikyako Island.
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighters to intercept a pair of Chinese Su-30 fighters and H-6 bombers, Stars and Stripesreported. The Defense Ministry added that the Chinese planes were intercepted Friday, and the flight did not infringe into Japanese territorial airspace. That said, the flight took place through a politically sensitive area. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Worldwide shipping is in dire straits.
We have seen the BDI (the index of future shipping capacity bookings) trundling along at the lowest level for over three years now.
and Nautilus (http://www.marinelink.com/news/bankruptcy-container371718)
have filed for bankruptcy as global trade grinds to a halt.
A.P. Moller, the biggest Container Ship Company in the world with all those blue MAERSK LINE ships we see everywhere, have been investing in 18000TEU giant ships of late.
One would really think they more than anyone would see the slump coming.
But quite obviously they are lacking in responsible management. But no.
So it shouldn’t come as a shock to read this….
“Worse than the one following the Global Financial Crisis.”
New orders received by Chinese shipyards – now infamous for undercutting competitors and sinking into bankruptcy – have plunged 58.5% so far this year through October, compared to last year, according to shipping industry data provider BIMCO, cited by the Nikkei. At South Korean shipyards, which include the three largest in the world, orders have plunged 84.2%; at Japanese shipyards, 90%.
They all focused on large dry-bulk vessels, tankers, and containerships. But this year, orders for tankers globally plunged 80% and for container ships 84%. Continue reading »
The Bastion missile system has been installed on Etorofu Island and the Bal system on Kunashiri Island, according to the report.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March his country would deploy the surface-to-surface missiles systems on the islands before the end of the year. Continue reading »
Update 9:22 PM EST: The cooling systems for the reactor at Fukushima is reportedly back on, and the situation has been averted. Tsunami waves maxed out at waves reaching heights of about 4.5 feet (1.4 meters), but no significant damage or loss of life has been reported. The magnitude of the earthquake has also been downgraded from earlier reports of a 7.4 to a much weaker 6.9 earthquake.
One of the worst case scenarios is happening again.
According to reports, Fukushima is being struck again by a tsunami after a large 7.4 earthquake – just updated from reports of a 7.3 earthquake – struck off the main island directly in front of the Fukushima Prefecture where the beleaguered TEPCO nuclear plant is situated.
A tsunami warning is in effect for Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu at 5:59 a.m. Tuesday (3:59 p.m. Monday ET), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.A tsunami wave of 1-3 meters (3-10 feet) is possible, according to the agency.
Numerous aftershocks, somewhere in the range of 5.0 to 5.4 are being widely reported as well. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“We’ll see, but it will be dumbed down whatever….
Let’s face it it can’t make it any worse can it?”
- USGA initially put the quake at a magnitude of 7.3, has since downgraded to 6.9
- This compares with the devastating March 2011 quake which had a magnitude 9.1 (if you are unfamiliar with the Richter scale, it is a logarithmic scale, a M9 quake is 10 times larger than an M8 quake, for example)
- The two nuclear power plants in operation in Japan have been shut down in response. Both are located in the southeast of the country, near this quakeUPDATE 2 Continue reading »
Nov 6, 2016
clif high, Web Bot Report, 2016 Predictions, Nuclear Fallout, Megaquakes, Epidemics, Weather Wars
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The number of child thyroid cancers discovered in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached 131, with the latest panel review adding 14 to the list of those suffering from the deadly disease, along with dozens of new suspected cases.After the latest review of the ongoing second round of medical checkups conducted on almost 300,000 children who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011, the prefecture-run program announced that a total 131 people have now been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Continue reading »
Fukushima’s Nuclear Plant reactor No. 1 has been fully exposed for the first time since the March 2011 tragedy, after the utility company safely removed the last cover sheet of the temporary protective construction.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) used an industrial crane to lift the last of its 18 protective panels Thursday. Each of the panels weighs around 20 tons and measure 23 by 17 meters. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“At last, someone is talking time lapse.
But it makes little difference.”
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is one of the biggest environmental terrors of our generation. An entire region of Japan was turned into a complete disaster area because of the negligence of one corporation. As horrifying as the initial disaster was, the longterm effects are what we should all be focused on — because it will have negative consequences on the world as a whole.
The Fukushima disaster has left the entire Pacific Ocean completely contaminated, and experts believe that it will take roughly 16 million years for the contamination to dissipate totally. Millions and millions of years are needed in order to relieve this disaster, which is frightening to say the least. Continue reading »
With the polar vortex centered directly over Asia 2016-2017 winter, snow and cold records are already being set. Snowbrains calling for record snow in Japan due to La Nina and record cold across central Asia and China. I myself am calling snow in downtown Taipei 2017 winter.
A giant sinkhole appeared in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing part of a five-lane street near the main railway station.
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A poll conducted earlier this year revealed the majority of Japanese view the US as a threat to Japan, despite playing a less important role in the world than they did a decade ago.A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in April and May in Japan revealed that the majority of Japanese people view their ally, the United States, as one of the major threats to their country. They also believe the US is playing a less important role in the world than it did 10 years ago. Perhaps paradoxically, however, most of the 1000 respondents still share a favorable view of the US. Continue reading »
The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“The German Central Bank is out of its depth with the Deutsche Bank toxic debt dilemma, but the European Central Bank, doesn’t give a shit and will enjoy its destruction which opens opportunities for Draghi’s tentacles on behalf of the Rothschilds.
Very messy…but lo & behold….the Clintons appear out of the fog to find a bolt hole via Qatar.”
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The little machine is four inches tall and costs £300
Toyota has created a tiny robot baby that it hopes can make lonely people more happy.
The company’s Kirobo Mini is meant to help provide a companion. It looks like a baby – and could even serve that purpose for people in Japan, where it will be sold and where falling birth rates mean there are fewer and fewer children.
The little robot is four inches tall, speaks like a baby and will cost £300 when it goes on sale. It is a small version of the original Kirobo robot – which had a lot more capabilities and was sent into space in 2013.
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