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ASDF helicopter loses contact off central Japan

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Hope they're found okay

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Don't expect to hear many loud demands or resolutions for grounding all ASDF UH-60Js, such as we've been hearing since last week's US CH-53 crash.

double standards are alive and well. All good.

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Hope for the crew. Athough tough odds.

tinawatanabeToday 08:56 am JSTStop buying US-made helicopter.

The UH060j in use by the JSDF is made under license by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and engines are made by Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries.

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any info on the cause? weather? hope it is not another big company scandal that lead to fault.

hope they are safe, just waiting to be rescued.

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Darn it !! I was going to say the same thing!!

I am sure there will be no one saying ground those helicopters !!

Why, it was not flown by the USAF or any US military ....

LOL

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Blattamexiguus: "Don't expect to hear many loud demands or resolutions for grounding all ASDF UH-60Js, such as we've been hearing since last week's US CH-53 crash."

BINGO! And as with the case of the chopper that went down a few weeks back and killed four SDF (I think), you won't hear a peep from the people who want all US out and "fear for their safety" (all of a sudden) because one of their choppers crashes with zero injuries. In fact, rather than voice any concern for hte safety of those on the chopper, they're probably angry because it inconveniences their agenda. Accidents happen, and I personally hope that even if the chopper is toast that the people made it off and are found alive and safe. If not, I hope they are found, and the cause is investigated in order to help prevent further accidents. I'm not going to call for all of them to be grounded.

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Don't expect to hear many loud demands or resolutions for grounding all ASDF UH-60Js, such as we've been hearing since last week's US CH-53 crash.

double standards are alive and well. All good.

Not really. This is the Japanese military; not an occupying force.

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you won't hear a peep from the people who want all US out

Not all US. Only the military. Otherwise Americans are much loved here, for the most part.

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Toasted Heretic: "Not really. This is the Japanese military; not an occupying force."

So you admit it is not at all about safety; you know, what Onaga and the residents of Okinawa were supposedly crying about. Well done.

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@smith..

agreed. not about safety at all.

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So you admit it is not at all about safety; you know, what Onaga and the residents of Okinawa were supposedly crying about. Well done.

I admit to wanting the US military off Japanese soil; of course. Never made a secret of it.

Nothing against the many decent Americans who have made this place their home and love it here.

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I admit to wanting the US military off Japanese soil; of course. Never made a secret of it.

Look, I get it, you hate the military, especially the US military for some reason. But unfortunately, and as much as I love the SDF, many of my good friends are members, they just don't have the strength needed to defend Japan alone. The US military is not evil, it's not an 'occupying force' (really?? Koreans during the occupation would like to have a word with you...), it's like a condom: better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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When the US military leaves Okinawa there is another foreign power just waiting to step in, one which would never leave under pressure of public opinion. The Japanese military would have to step in and shoulder the defense of Okinawa.

Would Okinawa be happy to have a strong Japanese force there filling the vacuum?

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When the US military leaves Okinawa there is another foreign power just waiting to step in, one which would never leave under pressure of public opinion. The Japanese military would have to step in and shoulder the defense of Okinawa.

Would Okinawa be happy to have a strong Japanese force there filling the vacuum?

When the US military leaves Okinawa, there is another foreign power just waiting to step in. That foreign power is CHINA and Gov Onaga (or his like-minded successor) will happily welcome them to help Okinawa achieve its independence from the US and Japan. At that point Japan will no longer be concerned with Okinawa being a prefecture and defense of the island.

A better question is: Would Okinawa be happy to have China, and its military forces nearby, if not on the vacated US bases, filling the vacuum?

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That is actually the question that I was asking, Halwick, but there is a reluctance in Japan to spell it out, especially in capital letters, as that might seem xenophobic and inflammatory.

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