267-Gangster son takes on conservative Osaka mayor

The Siege of Osaka: Local media draws parallels with 17th century battles at the castle as two candidates slug it out in the mayoral election
Sex and gambling don't usually win votes in election campaigns.
But a self-proclaimed son of a gangster is proposing just that as a way to boost the economy in Osaka's mayoral election.
Toru Hashimoto is a 42-year-old lawyer-turned-politician who is running against incumbent Kunio Hiramatsu.
With a population of 8.8 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest prefecture.

It is a city of merchants, known for its salty dialect which many Osakans proudly verbalise even if they leave their hometown.
But for Mr Hashimoto, it is a sin city.
"There is no other city as vulgar and obscene as Osaka," says Mr Hashimoto.
"We should celebrate the image and welcome the development of casinos and red-light districts to attract people."
Back-up capital
His plans do not stop there.
He recently resigned from the Osaka prefectural governor's post to run for the mayor of the city of Osaka; located in the centre of the prefecture.
Why? Because he wants to get rid of the position.
"We need to reform the administrative structure completely," Mr Hashimoto tells voters who gather to listen to him speak.
"I will merge the city and the prefecture, because there's so much overlap in what those civil servants do," he exclaims.
His goal is to make Osaka the back-up capital city of the nation.
The Kansai region, which includes Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, was Japan's capital city for the longest period in Japan's history, so the idea has been floated before.
In 2005, 362 members of parliament formed a federation to study how and where to build an emergency capital city.
But since the 11 March earthquake, there has been a renewed urgency to do so.
"Japan would lose its function as a state if Tokyo gets struck by a big earthquake," says the federation's chairman Hajime Ishii in his blog.
Hashism vs established parties
Mr Hashimoto's competition, Kunio Hiramatsu, is against such radical changes.
The 63-year-old popular former news reader was elected in 2007.
"Hashimoto's Osaka plan is a one-way bus ticket to an unknown location with unfamiliar stops along the way. We have to stop it," says Mr Hiramatsu.
"He wants to change the system so that he can be in charge of Osaka's political power and assets."
"His purpose is to dictate and to loot," he adds.
Mr Hiramatsu is supported by the prefectural chapters of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the major opposition Liberal Democratic Party.
The Japanese Communist Party withdrew its candidate and called on supporters to cast their ballots for Mr Hiramatsu.
"It is quite unusual for the Communist Party to back the same candidate as the DPJ and the LDP," says Koichi Nakano, Associate Professor of Political Science at Sophia University.
"Established parties are calling Mr Hashimoto's campaign Hashism - just like fascism - and they are determined to stop him," he adds.
The move, however, has made many voters wary.
"It feels like big political parties versus a passionate individual," says 74-year-old retiree Sachio Ogino.
Dr Ogino worked for the city for more than 40 years until his retirement and he supports Mr Hashimoto's view on the merger.
"I have personally witnessed an incredible amount of inefficiency in the city of Osaka," he says.
"I think Osaka needs someone like Mr Hashimoto to get the local economy back on its feet."
Personal attack
At the national level too, this election is also attracting more attention than usual due to Mr Hashimoto's background.
He was a controversial TV commentator of a popular programme before he became the youngest governor in Japan's history."Mr Hashimoto uses mass media well and he has portrayed himself as someone who is different from hereditary politicians," says Professor Nakano.
About 30% of elected members of parliament are second, third, or fourth generation politicians.
But not only is Mr Hashimoto not from a political family, his biological father was a mafia member.
"I've known that my father was related to the mafia," says Mr Hashimoto. "I only found out that he was an official member because of media coverage."
"You cannot expect a scion of a wealthy family to shake things up," adds Mr Hashimoto, shrugging off extensive media coverage about his father, who died when he was six.
Political candidates' family background is usually protected by the privacy law but according to local media he was raised by his biological mother and step-father.
And voters do not seem to mind because he admitted it so honestly.
"He's cute, he's smart and he's funny. So what if his dad was a bit naughty," Osaka resident Toyoe Yamamoto laughs.
Tortoise and Hare
And it is not his father's association with the mafia that is in the minds of voters; it is the economy.
"I would actually hate to see the city of Osaka and the prefecture merge," Mrs Yamamoto says, disagreeing with the core of Mr Hashimoto's campaign.
"But our economy is in such a bad shape, it might be what Osaka needs," she adds.
In a recent study by Hosei University, residents have ranked Osaka as the unhappiest place in the country due to a high crime rate and its struggling economy.
Voters want someone who can rescue the economy and create more jobs.
"Mr Hashimoto has always been good at creating a sensation," says Professor Nakano.
"The big question is whether voters think his measures are realistic."
Mr Hiramatsu describes himself as the Tortoise and Mr Hashimoto as the Hare in terms of the speed of their reforms.
"But, however slowly, I am confident that I have made Osaka a better city over the last four years," he adds.
There is no doubt that both candidates know the importance of kick-starting economic growth again.
Both have been assuring the voters that their plan is the one that will do that.
For the residents, the choice is between radical risky change and a conservative approach.







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263-Multidisciplinary team of researchers develop world’s lightest material


UCI mechanical and aerospace engineer plays key role
— Irvine, Calif., November 17, 2011 —
A team of researchers from UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s lightest material – with a density of 0.9 mg/cc – about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam™. Their findings appear in the Nov. 18 issue of Science.
The new material redefines the limits of lightweight materials because of its unique “micro-lattice” cellular architecture. The researchers were able to make a material that consists of 99.99 percent air by designing the 0.01 percent solid at the nanometer, micron and millimeter scales. “The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair,” said lead author Dr. Tobias Schaedler of HRL.

The material’s architecture allows unprecedented mechanical behavior for a metal, including complete recovery from compression exceeding 50 percent strain and extraordinarily high energy absorption.

“Materials actually get stronger as the dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale,” explained UCI mechanical and aerospace engineer Lorenzo Valdevit, UCI’s principal investigator on the project. “Combine this with the possibility of tailoring the architecture of the micro-lattice and you have a unique cellular material.”

Developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the novel material could be used for battery electrodes and acoustic, vibration or shock energy absorption.

William Carter, manager of the architected materials group at HRL, compared the new material to larger, more familiar edifices: “Modern buildings, exemplified by the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge, are incredibly light and weight-efficient by virtue of their architecture. We are revolutionizing lightweight materials by bringing this concept to the nano and micro scales.”
About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led byChancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s largest employer, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.
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261-Feds open 'formal safety defect' probe into Chevy Volt

Federal safety regulators announced Friday that they have opened "a formal safety defect investigation" into the Chevrolet Volt over concerns the electric car's battery may pose a significant fire risk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been looking at the car for months, explaining in a press release that this includes crash-testing the Volt in May and conducting three tests last week focused specifically on the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries.
"The agency is concerned that damage to the Volt's batteries as part of three tests that are explicitly designed to replicate real-world crash scenarios have resulted in fire," the administration said. "NHTSA is therefore opening a safety defect investigation of Chevy Volts, which could experience a battery-related fire following a crash."
The agency noted that there are no known "real-world" instances of battery problems causing fires to erupt after a driver crashes a Volt, and added that "Volt owners who have not been in a serious crash do not have reason for concern."
Nor has the federal regulator ordered any recall, though it did say that might occur "if NHTSA identifies an unreasonable risk of safety."
The agency is working with General Motors, plus the federal defense and energy departments, "to assess the causes and implications" of the fires, it said.
The agency reiterated guidelines for what drivers and first responders should do if an electric vehicle is involved in a crash, including taking precautions to avoid shocks and using "copious amounts of water if fire is present." No problems have been detected in other such cars.
"NHTSA testing on electric vehicles to date has not raised safety concerns about vehicles other than the Chevy Volt," the agency noted.
Earlier, GM spokesman Greg Martin said the automaker has been unable to duplicate the fires, even after subjecting the Volt battery pack to more than 300,000 safety tests.
The Volt passed other safety administration tests for protecting vehicle occupants, earning a five-star rating for overall safety, side impact and rollover risk and four stars for frontal crash protection.
"First and foremost, I want to make this very clear: The Volt is a safe car," Jim Federico, GM chief engineer for electric vehicles, said two weeks ago in a prepared statement. "We are working cooperatively with NHTSA as it completes its investigation."




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【東日本大震災/発生から255日目】Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station 12 November 2011 福島第一原発2011年11月12日

◆Fukushima Daiichi NPS Unit 3 Dust Sampling on 5 November 2011
◆福島第一原発 3号炉(2011年11月5日)

14 November 2014

The photos below (non-Reuters) have been reduced from the original high-resolution.
The 25 original hi-res: http://cryptome.org/eyeball/daiichi-111211/daiichi-111211-hi-res.zip (36MB)

13 November 2011. Add 13 photos of workers at bottom.

12 November 2011

◆Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 12 November 2011
◆福島第一原発 2011年11月12日の様子

Cryptome Nuclear Power Plants and WMD Series: http://cryptome.org/nppw-series.htm



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252-Ken Block tests on gravel for 2011 Rally GB [GoPro Helmet Cam]

Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino take the Ford Fiesta RS WRC out for a test on the incredibly fast gravel roads at Walter's arena in Wales. All helmet cam footage done with the GoPro Hero 2 camera.


Ken Block testing before Rally New York in his Ford Escort Mk2 at Kearney Rally Village.



250-The Truth About Natto 納豆の正しい食べ方について

Have you ever tried Japanese Natto? Many people can't stand it, because of it's peculiar taste and strong smell, but you know what? Natto is so healthy for you! If you can bear to swallow it, you'll reap all kinds of health benefits!

So for those of you who have managed to stomach the food, how do you manage to get it down? Any tips for those who can't handle the strong smell or flavor? Leave a comment and let your opinion be heard!

納豆食べれますか? 外国人の反応はバラバラだけど、殆どの人が食べれないと思います。納豆苦手な日本人もいると思いますけどね! あなたは、どのように納豆を食べていますか? ちょっと変わっている食べ方があったら是非聞きたいです!










The Chinese are professionals at the backhanded compliment. For me, this ability to say things without saying them is one of the more fascinating things in the Chinese culture. I’ve had many a smile, brought on by presumed flattery, slowly fade as the real meaning gradually began to sink in.

So imagine my surprise when it was not Taiwan delivering the backhanded compliment to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt during his visit there, but the other way around. Hidden in his half-hour-long praise of Taiwan was masterful criticism that obliquely asked: how the hell has Taiwan not developed into an internet powerhouse yet?

The ex-CEO Schmidt opened his “Unlimited Possibility” speech with the following:

“I believe Taiwan has a chance to enter a new golden age of innovation, the era of the internet, and that’s what I want to talk about.” (0:35 in the video below)

Wow! What a nice thing to say about a country… in 1998. ‘The era of the internet! You’re almost there, Taiwan!’ He even used the word ‘chance,’ as if it weren’t even guaranteed. And, remember, this was just the beginning.

To cut even deeper, he immediately went on to congratulate Taiwan on the statistics (Taiwan has 95% broadband penetration, 26% of the phones are smartphones, half of which use internet services, and the island is ninth in the world in internet connection speed), as if to more starkly point out his disbelief at the lack of internet innovation in Taiwan.

He would go on to offer gratitude to Taiwan’s OEMs and their ability to drive prices down because of the value it provides Android smartphone users with. Taken as a whole, it was akin to the CEO tipping his shoe shiner for a job well done with a word of encouragement that maybe, just maybe, he’d become a janitor.

After his speech, Schmidt participated in an equally embarrassing one-on-one with Acer founder Shih Zhen-Rong (施振榮). It was pretty awkward in general; seeing an aging Shih talk about the mobile community with the Chairman of Google’s Board was like watching my grandfather try to talk to me about the Xbox 360 or Facebook.

The worst of it was when Shih got on the topic of Korea, and wouldn’t let it go. Some background here: TianXia (天下) Magazine, hosts of the event, just finished a series on Korea vs. Taiwan and why Korean companies such as Samsung are beating Taiwanese companies such as HTC. Shih repeatedly asked Schmidt to compare Korea (the next stop on his trip) and Taiwan, goading the Googler into saying something controversial. When the even-keeled Schmidt refused to give him anything juicy, Shih provided the sound bite he wished for by himself, “Korea is everyone’s enemy. Taiwan is everyone’s friend” (at the ~3:00 mark in the video). In what perfectly represents Taiwan’s national Napoleonic insecurity, the crowd enthusiastically applauded. Ugh.

The crazy thing about this debacle was that neither the crowd, the Taiwanese president Ma Ying Jeou, nor indeed the media picked up on any of this. Even crazier, they have been in celebration all day over it. Are you kidding me?

Some of the clueless press went on to take it as an affirmation of President Ma Ying Jeou’s policies (In reality, it was a genius and deliberate rebuke of his inability to innovate.) Others went on to call Google’s $100 million data center in Changhua county an endorsement of Taiwanese innovation. Sugarcoating of this sort is far too common in the Taiwanese press, and in making the story oh-so pro-Taiwan, they failed to mention that Google – in order to improve its China position – just made the same exact data center investment in Singapore and Hong Kong as well. They also failed to note that a data center is a totally mundane investment not representative of any real endorsement at all.

As the watchdogs of society, if the media didn’t realize what was being said, how could the average employee, teacher, or policymaker have?

So, Taiwan, allow me to translate. This was an awful showing on many levels. In a very Chinese way, Eric Schmidt was telling you to innovate the Asian internet and to do so quickly. At the very least, his words had a silver lining to them. He seriously believes in your potential. In fact, ‘Limitless Potential,’ the title of his speech, was the least shrouded part of the message he was trying to send you. Concluding, he slowly and deliberately (check it out for yourself at around 1:53 in the first video) asked for your help to “make sure the government knows how central this is to the growth of Taiwan,” because the government thus far has pretty much failed.

Wake up, Taiwan. You just got called out by one of the biggest figures in the internet world and you gave yourselves a pat on the back. Realize what Schmidt did(n’t) say. Move forward and use last night as the rock-bottom moment where you reflect on the errors of your ways and take this as the world’s encouragement for you to change course. Your future lies not in low-margin ODM manufacturing, but in your ability to lead a unique brand of Asian internet culture in the region.

Let this be a calling to the entrepreneurs, dreamers, and innovators out there: as an island with so much influence in China and beyond, Eric Schmidt demands that you get off Facebook and start actually doing something with the internet. There is a spry and eager startup community developing day by day within your borders, with some teams one big government investment away from becoming seriously relevant in the Asian arena. The onus to actually evolve the economy, however, is on you.

Has your smile faded yet?




248-[HD] FULL Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 PREVIEW

Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Kerr is wearing The Fantasy Treasure Bra, designed by London Jewelers and valued at $2.5 million.






245-‎"A Reply From CEO of J.P. Morgan To A Pretty Girl Seeking A Rich Husband".. !

宛先: J.P. モルガン社長
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送信者: 一人の若い女性





質問は一つだけ: どうやったら金持ちの男と結婚できるか。



1) 金持ちの学士を持ってる人っていうのはどこで遊んだりしてるんですか?(できれば、レストランの名前とか、具体的なバーの場所とか、ジムとかの住所)
2) どれくらいの年齢層を狙えばいいのか。
3) なんで金持ちのほとんどの妻の見た目が普通なのか。何人か会った事ある中じゃ、普通以下(笑)、なのに金持ちの男と結婚できてるんです。
4) どうやって結婚する女性を選ぶのか、どういう人が彼女向けなのか (私の狙いは結婚する事)


っと、このネタだろうと思うメールにJ.P. モルガンのCEOは何てメールを返したのか。


宛先: 一人の若い女性
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J.P. モルガン社長より。。





‎"A Reply From CEO of J.P. Morgan To A Pretty Girl Seeking A Rich Husband".. !

A young 'n pretty lady posted this on a popular forum:

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Title: What Should I do to Marry A Rich Guy?

I'm going to be honest of what I'm going to say here. I'm 25 this year. I'm very pretty, have style 'n good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above.

You might say that I'm greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York.

My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married?

I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you?

Among those I've dated, the richest is $250k annual income,'n it seems that this is my upper limit.

If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden(?), $250k annual income is not enough.

I'm here humbly to ask a few questions:
1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names 'n addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches are only average-looking? I've met a few girls who don't have looks 'n are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.
4) How do you decide who can be your wife, 'n who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)

Ms. Pretty

A Philosophical reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan:

Dear Ms. Pretty,
I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.

My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope
everyone believes that I'm not wasting time here.

From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.

Put the details aside, what you're trying to do is an exchange of "beauty" 'n "money" : Person A provides beauty,'n Person B pays for it, fair 'n square.

However, there's a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can't be prettier year after year.

Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, 'n you are a depreciation asset. It's not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a "trading position".
If the trade value dropped we will sell it 'n it is not a good idea to keep it for long term - same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or "leased".

Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. 'n by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income.This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps. If you are interested in "leasing" services, do contact me.

J.P. Morgan CEO...