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Cobwebs, Again

Japan, you are one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Surely, you can come up with a better way of wiring your nation than this.

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I hate overhead power and communication lines. They are used too much in the U.S., though many counties and municipalities have begun to require that they be buried during new construction. Europeans look at it like we're India.

Last job in Japan was in residential housing. I remember seeing RE fliers for projects I was familiar with and all the photos had the power lines Photoshopped out. So, even the Japanese admit that they are unsightly to say the least.

One Japanese excuse I've heard is that it's done because of typhoons and earthquakes, which are actually the very reasons you bury them - less likely to have them disturbed during these than if they are on a pole that comes down disconnecting several square blocks in the process. Another whopper is about high water table, which is nonsense since most much of the new construction in Tokyo is on "reclaimed" land and they manage to bury it all there.

But, hey, public officials in tornado and hurricane country in the U.S. are just as deluded not insisting that they be buried so that they aren't torn to pieces every other year or so.
May 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

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