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Japan firm turns to ammonia as green fuel

NHK has learned that Japanese machinery maker IHI has developed technology to use ammonia as a fuel for thermal power generation, potentially cutting carbon dioxide emissions by more than half.

IHI has been working to develop technology for the "co-firing" of natural gas and ammonia. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burnt.

Sources say the company succeeded in stably generating power at a 2,000-kilowatt plant when the ratio of ammonia was at 60 percent.

They say the technology can lower greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent of the level of natural gas-only fuel.

IHI is said to be aiming to put the technology into practical use for power generators at factories.

Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, commissioned IHI to develop the technology. NEDO says the development marks the first time in the world that the ammonia ratio has been raised to 60 percent for a relatively large power-generating facility.

Japan's government aims to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. It is considering ammonia as a fuel to help achieve that goal.
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20201228_17/

Ammonia leak is no fun…
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Did you know that Japan has American football?

If anyone's interested:



Actual game starts around 5:50. I guess this is their version of the Super Bowl. :notsure:

I don't really follow Japanese football or baseball closely, but baseball of course has been big in Japan for a long time. Lately football and basketball have been gaining popularity too.
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Ammonia leak is no fun…

Boy howdy you got that right.
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Witness wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:00 am
Spoiler:

Although the video and article are about the koto, it also has a good Japanese flute (shakuhachi*).

My ex- father-in-law had (has?) a teaching license for the shakuhachi. It was the only thing I ever respected about him.

If he would have stood up to my ex- mother-in-law and moved to a bigger city when he had the chance, he probably could have made a living teaching, which is all he really wanted out of life. He was definitely good enough. But instead of accepting the relocation offer from his job at Japan Rail when it went private, he took early retirement, worked day labor jobs until he was injured on the job, then turned into a bitter, alcoholic bum.

Here's another video of the same piece showing the musicians playing together. The shakuhachi player actually bears a slight resemblance to my ex- father-in-law.

Spoiler:


* Let the blowjob jokes begin.
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↑ What a sad story. :|




People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

A total of 948 people changed their officially registered gender in Japan in 2019, the highest number since a law was enforced more than a decade ago as part of efforts to protect the rights of transgender people, a judicial survey showed Sunday.

The trend reflects widespread public awareness of those with gender identity disorder and the law, experts say. But they also warn that the environment surrounding such people has not improved significantly, citing strict conditions for them to apply to change their sex in family registries.

The number of people who altered their gender under the law increased from 868 in 2018 and 903 in 2017, according to data compiled by the Supreme Court.

It rose above 500 for the first time in 2010 after gradually increasing from the mere 97 marked in 2004 when the law took effect. The total over the 15 years through 2019 stands at 9,625.

But Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation, a support group, expects a temporary decrease in the number of such registrations due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as strict legal requirements.

Some people have had to postpone their sex reassignment surgeries due to travel restrictions and financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, the group said.

Under the law, people diagnosed by at least two doctors as having gender identity disorder can apply to change their registration.

Applicants are also required to meet other conditions including being age 20 or above, unmarried, having no underage children, and no longer having functioning reproductive organs of their assigned gender as a result of undergoing sex reassignment surgeries.

If all the conditions are met, pending approval by a family court, a new registration can be created with a different sex entry.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/ ... nge-japan/ (quoted in full)
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Witness wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:25 pm ↑ What a sad story. :|

Objectively, yes.

Personally, fuck him.



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People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

A total of 948 people changed their officially registered gender in Japan in 2019, the highest number since a law was enforced more than a decade ago as part of efforts to protect the rights of transgender people, a judicial survey showed Sunday.

The trend reflects widespread public awareness of those with gender identity disorder and the law, experts say. But they also warn that the environment surrounding such people has not improved significantly, citing strict conditions for them to apply to change their sex in family registries.

The number of people who altered their gender under the law increased from 868 in 2018 and 903 in 2017, according to data compiled by the Supreme Court.

It rose above 500 for the first time in 2010 after gradually increasing from the mere 97 marked in 2004 when the law took effect. The total over the 15 years through 2019 stands at 9,625.

But Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation, a support group, expects a temporary decrease in the number of such registrations due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as strict legal requirements.

Some people have had to postpone their sex reassignment surgeries due to travel restrictions and financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, the group said.

Under the law, people diagnosed by at least two doctors as having gender identity disorder can apply to change their registration.
Applicants are also required to meet other conditions including being age 20 or above, unmarried, having no underage children, and no longer having functioning reproductive organs of their assigned gender as a result of undergoing sex reassignment surgeries.

If all the conditions are met, pending approval by a family court, a new registration can be created with a different sex entry.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/ ... nge-japan/ (quoted in full)

I think it's mental illness. But l like Japan's approach. "You want us to engage in this fantasy of yours? You prove you're serious."
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Like cutting off a bit of your pinky? :twisted:
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Comfort women' win first legal victory against Tokyo in wartime sex slavery case

South Korean victims of wartime sexual enslavement won their first legal victory Friday against the Japanese government in a landmark ruling.

The Seoul Central District Court ordered Tokyo to make financial reparations of 100 million won (US$91,300) each to 12 "comfort women" who were dragged away from their homes and forced to work in front-line military brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

"Evidence, relevant materials and testimonies show that the victims suffered from extreme, unimaginable mental and physical pain due to the illegal acts by the accused. But no compensation has been made for their suffering" the court said in a verdict.

In the country's first ruling of its kind, the court rejected Japan's claim that the case should be dropped based on sovereign immunity, a legal doctrine that allows a state to be immune from a civil suit in foreign courts. It sided with the victims that the rule should not apply to "systematic crimes against humanity" and war crimes.

Following the court ruling, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba summoned Nam Gwan-pyo, South Korea's top envoy in Tokyo, to lodge a protest over the court decision.

He told the ambassador that the court decision is "utterly unacceptable" and expressed regret that the Seoul court denied the concept of sovereign immunity, according to Kyodo News.

In a press conference, Katsunobu Kato, the top government spokesman, said Japan will not appeal the ruling.

Tokyo maintains the issues of comfort women were permanently resolved through a bilateral agreement in 2015 with the then South Korean government. But the victims have called the agreement inadequate, saying it lacks a sincere apology from Tokyo and left out their voices in the negotiation process.

The court viewed that state-level agreements, including the 1965 postwar treaty between Seoul and Tokyo, did not override the victims' rights to seek reparations from Japan for their hardship.
https://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/articl ... Idx=302153





In other news:
Hundreds march in support of Donald Trump in Japan after riots

Large groups of protesters were seen marching in Japan in support of outgoing US president Donald Trump.

The odd scenes were filmed in the capital of Tokyo this evening as shocking news of violence breaking out at the Capitol Building rocked America – and the rest of the world. Crowds were filmed carrying American flags, alongside Japanese rising sun flags and South Korean national flags. They chanted anti-Chinese Communist Party and anti-media slogans in both Japanese and English. People at the front of the march carried signs proclaiming ‘East Asia Love Trump’ and ‘Japan stands with Trump’, and someone was even dressed as the president with a full head mask. Groups of Trump supporters have been popping up regularly in Japan since his election loss in November last year.

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I wasn't aware of that.

Some on the far right here seem to think that Biden will be more pro-China than Trump, but Trump also put a lot of pressure on Japan in various ways, with trade and to pay a greater share of the cost of stationing US forces in Japan.
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Could have gone in the "Other Music" thread.

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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'Rent-a-person who does nothing' in Tokyo receives endless requests, gratitude

TOKYO -- A 37-year-old Tokyo man who says he rents himself out to other people "to do nothing" has been inundated with gratitude from Twitter users, indicating people are happy with his new form of support.

"I'm glad I was able to take a walk with someone while keeping a comfortable distance, where we didn't have to talk but could if we wanted to," one user wrote. Another reflected, "I had been slack about visiting the hospital, but I went because he came with me."

Shoji Morimoto has been advertising himself as a person who can "eat and drink, and give simple feedback, but do nothing more," since June 2018, and has received over 3,000 requests. He has about 270,000 followers on Twitter. Initially he had offered his "rent-a-person who does nothing" services for free, but he now charges 10,000 yen (roughly $96) per request.

People rent him for various reasons. At times he will participate in a gaming session to make up numbers, turn up to send off people who are moving away, accompany those filing for divorce, or listen to health care workers who have become mentally unwell due to their exhausting work.

Morimoto commits to "doing nothing" and basically just gives back-channel feedback when someone speaks to him. "I myself don't like to be cheered on by others. I get upset when people simply tell me keep on trying. When someone is trying to do something, I think the best thing to do is to help lower the bar for them by staying at their side," he explains.
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20 ... dm/016000c for the rest.
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or listen to health care workers who have become mentally unwell due to their exhausting work.
That makes me wonder: what is the state of mental healthcare in Japan?
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Grammatron wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:26 am
or listen to health care workers who have become mentally unwell due to their exhausting work.
That makes me wonder: what is the state of mental healthcare in Japan?
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Not many returning customers in that business.
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Grammatron wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:26 am
or listen to health care workers who have become mentally unwell due to their exhausting work.
That makes me wonder: what is the state of mental healthcare in Japan?
Not great, I'm afraid.

Japanese culture has always been big on gaman 我慢 (patience, endurance, perseverance) and ganbare 頑張れ (hang in there, bear up, man up).
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To give Gram's Mom question more serious attention:

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Parents of bullied teenage girl who committed suicide commission portrait to “attend” Seijinshiki

Move sparked controversy among Japanese netizens.

It’s the middle of January, and that means Coming of Age Ceremonies, or Seijinshiki, are happening across Japan. . . . [ I ]n Arao City in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto, the ceremonies were held as scheduled, but an unusual occurrence is causing a stir.

One seat of the ceremony was occupied not by a person, but a portrait. It was an oil painting in a gilded frame of Chika Fukakasa, a third year high school student who was bullied to the point of suicide three years ago, at the age of 17. The portrait is based on a photo of her taken shortly before she died, rendered as wearing a kimono to suit the occasion in her favorite color, blue, since she would have celebrated reaching adulthood this year at the age of 20.

Her parents commissioned the painting because they wished for her to be able to join her friends at this turning point in their lives. On the day of the ceremony, her classmates carried her portrait to the venue and set it on a chair, where she could watch and listen as if she were among them. One of her classmates, who had attended all the same schools as Chika, said, “I’ve regretted not being able to see how much pain Chika was in at the time…but today, I’m glad that she could be here. I was able to tell her ‘congratulations.'”
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It was a touching gesture for many in attendance and a powerful reminder that bullying is a real and serious problem, but though her parents were likely happy to see Chika at the ceremony where she would have celebrated becoming an adult, many on Twitter actually thought the idea to be rather tasteless.
“Isn’t this just for the sake of the people who are still alive? At the very least, I doubt she would want to participate in a Seijinshiki together with her bullies.”
“Are these people really her friends if they stood by and watched her get bullied and die? Are they trying to let it end on such a pretty note? Something doesn’t ring true here.”
“Ugh. Sorry to her friends and parents, but I wouldn’t want this.”
“I’m sure the friends they asked couldn’t say no…and I’m sure the parents have very complicated feelings about this. But if it were my child I definitely would not go to this extent.”
“I don’t know how to explain…I feel weird about this.”
“If she was bullied so much to the extent that she wanted to take her life, all of her classmates are her enemies. The idea of being surrounded by enemies at a coming-of-age ceremony makes me want to puke. Those people all did it for their own egos and weren’t thinking about her at all.”
“Hmm…I don’t like the feeling that she was forcibly being put on display even in death. It’s like digging her up from her grave and forcing her to see all her bullies around her smile and be happy.”
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Annoying music.


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Witness wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:38 am Annoying music.


The "Islam Channel?
From the video description:
The number of Muslims living in Japan has more than doubled in the past decade, according to statistics.

Tanada Hirofumi of Waseda University says Japan, which boasts more than 110 mosques, has seen Muslims rise from 110,000 in 2010 to 230,000 at the end of 2019.
That's interesting I guess. Assuming it's true. I wonder how much is due to immigration. More than doubling in 10 years seems like a fast rate of growth, but it's still shy of 0.2% of the population here.

For perspective:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Japan

The top religion in Japan according to the article is "None" (62%)
Followed by:
Buddhism (31%)
Shintoism (3%)
Christianity (1%)
others (1%)
No answer (2%)

They also have an article about Islam in Japan:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Japan
The true size of the current Muslim population in Japan remains a matter of speculation. Japanese scholars such as Hiroshi Kojima of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research and Keiko Sakurai of Waseda University suggest a Muslim population of around 70,000, of which perhaps 90% are resident foreigners and about 10% native Japanese.[2][9] Of the immigrant communities, in order of population size, are Indonesians, Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.[9] The Pew Research Center estimated that there were 185,000 Muslims in Japan in 2010.[21] For 2019 it was estimated that the numbers rose to 230,000, due to the more friendly policies towards immigration, the Japanese converts being estimated at around 50,000, and Japan now has more than 110 mosques compared to 24 in 2001.[22]
That last source is this article from The Economist:
https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/01/ ... owing-fast

(They actually use the subtitle "Hiji hajis" for this one. Wut? (seriously, what does that even mean? Hiji means elbow in Japanese, and "haji" is sometimes considered derogatory, when not used correctly. :notsure: ) You can read the first couple of paragraphs but the rest is behind a paywall.)

So there's different estimates, but if we take that last one at face value, there's still only 50,000 native Japanese Muslims, or 0.04% of the population.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:00 am (They actually use the subtitle "Hiji hajis" for this one. Wut? (seriously, what does that even mean? Hiji means elbow in Japanese, and "haji" is sometimes considered derogatory, when not used correctly. :notsure: )
Perhaps from Arabic: "ha(d)ji" (various transliterations) means somebody who has completed the pilgrimage to Mecca or can be used to honor an elder.





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Anaxagoras wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:00 am
Spoiler:
Witness wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:38 am Annoying music.


The "Islam Channel?
From the video description:
The number of Muslims living in Japan has more than doubled in the past decade, according to statistics.

Tanada Hirofumi of Waseda University says Japan, which boasts more than 110 mosques, has seen Muslims rise from 110,000 in 2010 to 230,000 at the end of 2019.
That's interesting I guess. Assuming it's true. I wonder how much is due to immigration. More than doubling in 10 years seems like a fast rate of growth, but it's still shy of 0.2% of the population here.

For perspective:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Japan

The top religion in Japan according to the article is "None" (62%)
Followed by:
Buddhism (31%)
Shintoism (3%)
Christianity (1%)
others (1%)
No answer (2%)

They also have an article about Islam in Japan:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Japan
The true size of the current Muslim population in Japan remains a matter of speculation. Japanese scholars such as Hiroshi Kojima of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research and Keiko Sakurai of Waseda University suggest a Muslim population of around 70,000, of which perhaps 90% are resident foreigners and about 10% native Japanese.[2][9] Of the immigrant communities, in order of population size, are Indonesians, Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.[9] The Pew Research Center estimated that there were 185,000 Muslims in Japan in 2010.[21] For 2019 it was estimated that the numbers rose to 230,000, due to the more friendly policies towards immigration, the Japanese converts being estimated at around 50,000, and Japan now has more than 110 mosques compared to 24 in 2001.[22]
That last source is this article from The Economist:
https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/01/ ... owing-fast

(They actually use the subtitle "Hiji hajis" for this one. Wut? (seriously, what does that even mean? Hiji means elbow in Japanese, and "haji" is sometimes considered derogatory, when not used correctly. :notsure: ) You can read the first couple of paragraphs but the rest is behind a paywall.)

So there's different estimates, but if we take that last one at face value, there's still only 50,000 native Japanese Muslims, or 0.04% of the population.

In my experience, Japanese people are not especially religious.* Superstitious might be a better description. Although it's probably debatable whether there's really any difference. Still, having spent many years in religious schools, I can say I've never seen a similar level of religious devotion in Japan.

I wonder what percentage of that "native Japanese Muslim" number are somehow connected to non-Japanese Muslims (i.e. marriage, one-parent, etc.), so when asked, they just say "Muslim" to make the "Religion of Peace" believer standing nearby happy -- or else.


* My ex's parents, described by my Japanese homestay mother as "weird," were probably more religious than most. And, even then, they were nothing like the seriously religious people I went to school with in America when I was young.
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Here's an odd story making the rounds in Japanese news.

Apparently a student sitting for a university entrance exam in Tokyo was repeatedly warned to cover his nose with his mask during the exam but refused.*

So they failed him.

So he went to the bathroom and refused to come out.

So they called the police.

And he still refused.

So they arrested him.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I'd say he just fucked himself for life but the story also says he was 49 years old.

And if you're still taking university entrance exams at 49 in Japan, it's a good bet you're already fucked.


* He is quoted as saying,「これが自分の正しいマスクの着け方だ」。The Japanese sounds a bit strange to me (maybe other Japanese speakers can confirm) but for some reason I also find it very amusing. Something like: "This is my correct way to wear a mask." (Ha. Ha.)


https://www.msn.com/ja-jp/news/world/%E ... d=msedgntp
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What is 変態strange is you put the Japanese Original period outside of the Japanese Original quotation mark.

Perform the 土下座!

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Doctor X wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:56 am What is 変態strange is you put the Japanese Original period outside of the Japanese Original quotation mark.

Perform the 土下座!

– J. "先生に礼!" D.

I do that sometimes.

I think closed quotes in Japanese push the period too far away.

My method slowly weans the reader off Japanese like a 「nipple being pulled away from a tit」。 (Ha! Ha!)

Not to mention, tenure means I get to invent my own stylistic rules.

One of my happiest "academic" moments in Japan was when a Japanese professor told me, "We don't really worry about rules of citation in Japan. Just try to be consistent."

Me: "Ha! Ha! Fuck you, Bluebook!"*


* If I remember correctly, the guy in my law school class who got thrown out was caught cheating on a bluebook citation exercise. One assignment in a one credit legal writing class. But, unlike serial plagiarist Joe Biden*, I didn't go to a shit law school that let cheaters worm their way through.
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A follow up to our 49-year-old mask refusnik.

Apparently the police waited until 10 p.m. before storming the bathroom stall. (Ha! Ha!)

Given that entrance exams usually finish in the early afternoon, he probably spent six or seven hours* barricaded in there.

Is it just me or do Japanese police seem way to comfortable hanging out in men's bathrooms? (Ha! Ha!)

Also, as someone commented in the article, if mask-guy has that much endurance, he could have just pulled up his fucking mask.

He clearly had other issues.

We get those guys sometimes.

Years ago, there was an incident in our department when a student -- I think he was somehow related to our distance learning program which apparently lets anybody in regardless of their chromosome count -- was banging the shit out of the office door of one of our female professors. I stuck my head out of my office to see what was going on and thought, "Fuck. This might be a problem. That guy looks like he has retard strength." Fortunately the professor wasn't there and Dumb-Dumb got tired and left.

Another time, I was lecturing in a big classroom -- in Japanese, which takes some fucking concentration -- and a student came in late and sat in the back. I hardly noticed him until he got up and moved to another seat. Then another. Then another. Then he got up and came down the aisle straight at me as fast as someone can walk without running. What the fuck? This was right after the Virginia Tech shooting in America and I was squaring up to have to fight this fucker when he stopped a few feet away and asked, "Do you have my train pass?"

Me: "Ah, not a psycho. Just another retard."


* Correction. I read an article this afternoon that said it was only around four hours.

https://www.msn.com/ja-jp/news/national ... d=msedgntp
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Thrilling adventures in the classroom, and you get paid for that. How dare you complain?
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Hiroshima 'peace clock' reset to 49 days following US nuclear test

A clock located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in this western Japan city was reset from 705 to 49, indicating the number of days that have passed since the latest nuclear test took place -- a subcritical one carried out by the United States in November 2020.

The adjustment was made on Jan. 18, after it was revealed in a U.S. national laboratory document that a subcritical nuclear experiment was held in November under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. The "Chikyu Heiwa Kanshi Dokei (Peace Watch Tower)" had previously displayed the number "705" to mark the number of days that had passed since the subcritical nuclear experiment conducted by the U.S. in February 2019. As the exact date of the latest test in November is unknown, the clock is currently set at "49 days," under the assumption that the nuclear test was held on the last day of the month.
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20 ... na/004000c