Crane falls on nuclear plant in Takahama and fire erupts at oil refinery in Arida, Japan

A couple of days ago, a construction crane collapsed on nuclear unit #2 where a spent nuclear fuel pool is located at the Takahama nuclear power plant (NPP) in Aichi, Prefecture owned by Kansai Electric Power.  A large crane came crashing down on the reactor apparently because of a strong gust of wind. And now … More Crane falls on nuclear plant in Takahama and fire erupts at oil refinery in Arida, Japan

The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan is the world’s oldest hotel

Can you imagine a hotel business run by 52 generations of the same family for over 1300 years? The oldest hotel in the world, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan Hotel is located at the foot of the South Japanese Alps in Yamanashi Prefecture and has all of its hot water is directly sourced from local hot … More The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan is the world’s oldest hotel

There were 359 recorded sink holes in 2016 and they are increasing yearly

Last year November, 2016 a large hole at an intersection in Fukuoka, Japan opened up and when it was first reported by the foreign press it was said to have been a “sink hole.” That was incorrect because in the case of the large hole opening up at the intersection in Fukuoka, Japan, it was … More There were 359 recorded sink holes in 2016 and they are increasing yearly

No international court that will stop Japan from going into sanctuaries to hunt whales

Have done several blog posts on the fishing industry in Japan mostly on tuna and whale fishing. It appears from the following news that a Japanese fishing trawler has gone into what is known as the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary where whale hunting is ongoing. The following article discusses this whale hunting despite the International … More No international court that will stop Japan from going into sanctuaries to hunt whales

Quantum computing demonstrates Bill Joy was right in his Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us

The other day a post was put up on how the Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance company replaced 34 of its employees with AI systems to take over repetitive tasks associated with accounting. That this insurance company released 34 of its employees wasn’t the reason for the post. What is worth observing is that AI systems … More Quantum computing demonstrates Bill Joy was right in his Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us

There is a “civil war” going on between Bitcoin miners in China and in the west

Did a post yesterday looking for reasons why bitcoin plummeted from around $1,100 last week to $780 yesterday (back up to $840 this morning Tokyo time) after having a news article sent to me on China’s involvement. Chinese authorities stepped in the other day announcing an investigation into bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and in Shanghai. … More There is a “civil war” going on between Bitcoin miners in China and in the west

Bitcoin plummets from $1100 to $788 after China initiates investigation into exchanges

Bitcoin news: The price of Bitcoin plummeted to around $780 from a high of over $1100 just over one week ago. Bitcoin investors and speculators are shaking their heads in bewilderment. If you are involved in Bitcoin like I am, be extremely cautious about anything coming out of China including cryptocurrency mining, Bitcoin exchanges and … More Bitcoin plummets from $1100 to $788 after China initiates investigation into exchanges