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Working with global community only way to fight terrorism: Abe

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What about give PEACE a chance?? I believe in PEACE just as much as the next guy, but these terrorists need to be taught a real good lesson! I hope Mr.Obama, etc..can give Mr.Abe a hand and a few MISSILES to let these wise guy terrorist play CATCH with.RIP Mr.Kenji Goto and Mr. Abe tried his best but we do not know if he had paid $$$ to these terrorists, maybe they would just take the $$$ and give back a few body parts?? Nothing is beyond these cowardly, evil crazy fools!

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" worse come to worst my people come first "

Only thing tactically they could have done or did was to pass the intelligence to the U.S. Government.

Going where for an rescue ? Go to where ? It's not like the gave their home address.

Only thing to insure your people will not die is to not go there.

Don't go there, don't cross the border illegally which both Japanese men did.

I stand by my comment 100%

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“Preserving the safety of Japanese nationals is the responsibility of the government, and I am the person who holds the most responsibility,”

Mission failed. And even moreso failed given that you've put the nation in more danger than it EVER was before you (since WWII).

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If you go looking for trouble you will find it. Abe is only making Japan an international target with these kinds of statements. There has never been an internationally instigated terror attack in Japan, but that will change if he keeps waving his JSDF stick around. If the Japanese government wants to stop Japanese people being murdered by terrorist groups in war torn countries they should just stop allowing peope to go there.

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I wonder why Abe never opted to pay the ransom in order to release the hostages? Surely this would have been a lifesaver. However, now Abe can push even harder for Japanese troops to employ force overseas-he'll use this as an excuse to quash article 9. Also, Japan will now become more of a police state in order to 'win the war on terror'. Isis have conveniently allowed Abe to promote his own rightist agenda......

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Japan and Japanese are in the greatest danger ever since WW2??? What the heck are you all going on about?? JAPAN is no FRANCE! Japan is not going to have terrorists go and shoot people dead in the streets of TOKYO like the mess that has happened in London, Paris, Madrid etc...one great thing about Japan is that NON Japanese tend to stand out and my guess if any wise guys even tried to pull any of the BS that happens in Europe, Australia, Canada, the Japanese police etc..will be all over it so do NOT under estimate the Japanese. The USA did, and look what happened to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii!

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Japan only ever had its own homegrown terrorist threats until now. Mr Abe has squarely put his own people in the crosshairs.

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Mr Abe has squarely put his own people in the crosshairs.

Ridiculous. Yukawa and Goto's capture and torture by ISIS had absolutely nothing to do with Abe.

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Japan can't continue to NOT get it's hands dirty.

This idea, give the U.S the intel, folly. If you're people are at risk you've got to get up and get involved.

It's just my opinion but Japan is acting like the Dwarves from the mountains. You want to stay in your mountain, lavishing in prosperity, caring nothing of what happens to the outside world as if the blight of terrorism will never reach these shores.

It's the way of isolation just to warn people not to go out there.

When 9/11 went down there were Japanese citizens in that building too.

Its time to remove the "sageo" from your sword Japan. Enter Shinobi.

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I wonder why Abe never opted to pay the ransom in order to release the hostages? Surely this would have been a lifesaver.

Because the bar-stewards would have demanded more, or taken other hostages and demanded ransom for them too. You can't make deals with these scum. Like the rats they are they should be exterminated like any other vermin.

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It is not and need not be Japan's fight. Japan is not a target because Japan has not meddled with anyone in over 70 years. Those places that are targets got to be that way for reasons. The only reason to target Japan and Japanese is for ransoms. Don't pay and Japan will be as near to 100 percent safe from foreign terror as is possible. (100 percent is not possible and those promising such are misguided at best and hawking war at worst).

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slumdog I wasn't even referring to those two hostages, his (Abe's ) posturing now, will cause more trouble .

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What kind of peace can be made with inhuman ISIS or such as BOKO HARAM ?Everyone wants peace, but not that way .Cutting heads, throwing people from buildings.Want kind of punishment is this? Just to remind ISIS; commiting human crimes, this is not how to make love Islam!You are killing the whole humanity! Islam gives you the right to believe or not to believe, what ever your idea is, you are free to think and decide in which path you should go and respect others.There is no compulsion in Islam!

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Mission failed.

That is ironic coming from the poster who stated in August 2014 that '(Yukawa) deserves what he gets.'

And even moreso failed given that you've put the nation in more danger than it EVER was before you (since WWII).

By what measure are you using? How is 'the nation' of Japan in any more danger than it was before these two Japanese citizens were killed?

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imagine the Japan Navy Seals going in to get somebody out. theyd take so in deiding where to start the terrorist would have long gone. and thats if they even have the skills or knowhow.

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slumdog I wasn't even referring to those two hostages, his (Abe's ) posturing now, will cause more trouble .

I know you were not referring to the hostages. You missed my point. The two were captured and tortured before Abe said anything about the situation there and before he made any announcements about assistance. In other words, the Japanese people and anyone else who is not a member of ISIS was, is and will be in the crosshairs of ISIS.

What would you suggest Japan and the world do about ISIS? Ignore them? ISIS certainly does not seem to be ignoring the rest of the world. What makes you think they will start now?

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You cannot fight force with force.

It just creates more force.

Don't we ever learn?

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@Elbuda Mexicano, you could not farther from the truth. Terrorists most of all are cowards past and present they have shown that soft targets are the best target and now that Japan has given them the attention that they desired, Japan becomes more of a target to prove they can hit anywhere to anyone. You do should intelligent, just do not be naive about the true nature of these monsters.

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Slumdog you're either a paid shill, or a piece of Abe-agreeable software.

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Bertie... there are some forces on this planet that must be destroyed for the good of humanity... IS is one such entity. For the sake of every person who wants to be safe IS must be crushed, and unfortunately to do that you need force. IS won't stop until they are forced to.

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Don't we ever learn?

I'm willing to listen. What do you think should be done?

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Support the Kurds, get the Muslim leaders and Muslim countries to stand up to IS, and have the US continue air strikes.

Every country saw the US flounder in Iraq for years, so no western country (or far east) wants to put any boots down there. Koizumi committed troops in 2004 for reconstruction, 10 were kidnapped, 1 was beheaded, and they were just there for support, not combat. Japan went back into isolation after that...

Abe, don't send your troops, you'd be way out of your self-defense element. You've trained for China and Korea, enemies and a landscape you know.

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10 were kidnapped, 1 was beheaded

Could you point me in the direction of information about the 10 members of the JSDF that were kidnapped and the one that was beheaded?

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Yukawa went there to fight Isis,practiced firing an AK-47,was in an alleged love relationship with a Syrian rebel,no one forced him to go to Syria,he got what he had coming to him. As for Kenji Goto,he should have known the dangers of being in that part of the world,Islamic radicals/Jihadists/extremists or whatever the PC term is,do not care if you are a journalist,reporter,freedom fighter or not,if they can use you to make an example or further their cause they will. If they have to sever 100 heads to get their point across it does not matter who the head belongs to,these guys are not conventional or modern age war fighters they use any means to relay their message,and Japan should really think before they take any action that might further put their people in danger. Last thing we need is Isis in Japan,we have enough nutjobs and psychos!

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How predictable.

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I wonder why Abe never opted to pay the ransom in order to release the hostages? Surely this would have been a lifesaver.

And put a huge red bullseye on the back of every Japanese national living overseas. It's naive to believe that paying the money would have made a difference.

Oh and just to ask here, would that $200 million come out of Abe's pocket? I wish people would stop and think about that, the money would come out of the Japanese taxpayers pocket, is that responsible use of taxpayers money? What about all the people being held hostage to the government in Fukushima and in the refugee housing set up after 3.11? Don't they have a right to receive money too? These two men, like it or not, KNOWINGLY went where they did, and they sadly died for their actions.

Does Japan have a responsibility to protect people from their own misdeeds? Seems to me that is what the folks who think Abe should have paid the money think.

You cannot fight force with force.It just creates more force.Don't we ever learn?

On this you are 100% wrong. There is a time and a place for force to be used, to think otherwise is also naive and childish, "can't we just get along" kind of thinking. We do not live in Utopia and the IS are cockroaches, I suppose if you live in Okinawa you should know about what cockroaches are, and yet you kill them right? Or maybe you don't because you abhor violence, but violence is the only thing IS knows, and to defeat them one HAS to be willing to be more violent than they are, they only respect force, and that is what the world should bring upon them.

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Yubaru,

I agree with what you have written. Why is it you seemed to be saying Abe was wrong for supporting countries involved in fighting ISIS then?

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Not good idea for any civilian tio go and risk There life . Be it American , or Arab , or xyz ,

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We in the US have the most aggressive, militaristic foreign policy of any nation in the world and we can't prevent our journalists from being beheaded. Our global meddling and drone strikes make us more and more hated in many countries. So how can Japan hope to benefit by using force?

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Slumdog: I'm flattered you keep my posts saved on your computer, truly. And yes, Yukawa and Goto put themselves in that position and are 100% to blame for doing so, but I don't believe they deserved to die. Keep cutting and pasting my saved comments all you like in order to deflect from the fact that you know Abe has put this nation in the crosshairs and provoked IS all you like -- they are still facts, and clearly most, even Japanese, agree.

"I'm willing to listen"

Clearly you are not.

"By what measure are you using?"

Easy. Any and every. How are relations with Japan's neighbours since Abe took the reigns for the second time? Oh, but let me guess... The fact that they are worse than ever isn't Abe's fault at all, is it? Nope! Not his changing textbooks, denial of sex slaves (now trying to change American textbooks!), denial of other historical facts, visits to yasukuni, donations to war-criminal monuments, desire to change the constitution, and declaration of war against IS. Nah, he's the VICTIM in all that! He's made Japan SAFER! His desire to change the pacifist constitution of Japan is for PEACE! He says he's the most responsible for the safety of Japanese? Good, then he should take responsibility for his failures and resign if he truly means what he says.

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I agree with what you have written. Why is it you seemed to be saying Abe was wrong for supporting countries involved in fighting ISIS then?

I have nothing against the government supporting the folks fighting against IS. I do have a problem with Abe and how he tries to play statesman and his, how should I say this, obvious inexperience and ignorance regarding foreign affairs.

HE exacerbated the situation with his actions while in the ME. He brought this out to the forefront when he KNEW there were Japanese being held hostage by the IS at the time. Everyone seems to forget that these two were hostages for months, and IS, trying to be the masters of prime-time, used Abe's naivety against him, and directly placed those two men in the bullseye.

If he had used his head a little more, he would not have made the bold statements he did, he should have played it cool, knowing fully well that Japan has few cards to play in the international theater regarding terrorism. Seems to me that Abe is using this incident to further push his desire and strategy for increasing the role of the JSDF into a full military.

Abe has his own agenda, and these guys paid with their lives because of it, is how I see it.

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Consider this, it's all over the news now too, the government is being inundated with calls with regards to issues of safety while travelling abroad.

Japanese people live in a bubble thinking that they are "safe" or immune from the terrorists throughout the world, even though there have been incidents other than this one, where Japanese were targeted. The public is basically in panic mode due to this sad and unfortunate event. But the government is focusing on what it wants, a "larger" more prominent role militarily. They are playing on that fear to push Abe's agenda.

These two guys are being made into martyrs for their own actions, by the very same government that wants to create the impression that Japanese are safe and can count on their government to pull their butts out of the fire if they get into trouble.

It is impossible for any government to guarantee the safety of it's citizens while travelling overseas, and it is naive for any citizen to think that the government will pay for their release if they become hostages.

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You cannot fight force with force. It just creates more force. actually most of mankinds disputes over the centuries have been resolved by war. the only people who say otherwise are the ones on the losing sides and the ones that have NFI. War is unfortunaetly a necessary evil.

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smith,

You can be flattered all you want. You said what you said in August 2014 and you cannot go back and change it. You knew exactly what kind of people captured Yukawa. You knew exactly where he was captured and what could happened to him and it did not stop you from saying that "he deserved what he gets". It is only now that you decide to take the other side when you see an opportunity to rant about Abe. I found your comment in August 2014 insensitive and I still do. In fact, I find it all the more so now because of how you are using what happened to this people in an obvious way to complain about Abe. It is oh so transparent.

Now, there is plenty to complain about with this government. Raising taxes. Calling a needles election that wasted money that could have resettled many people in Tohoku in new housing, etc. However, Abe's reaction to the ISIS threat and wanting to give money to countries trying to stop them is not one of those things.

Yubaru,

I do have a problem with Abe and how he tries to play statesman and his, how should I say this, obvious inexperience and ignorance regarding foreign affairs.

This does not seem to jibe with what you correctly wrote below:

There is a time and a place for force to be used, to think otherwise is also naive and childish, "can't we just get along" kind of thinking. We do not live in Utopia and the IS are cockroaches, I suppose if you live in Okinawa you should know about what cockroaches are, and yet you kill them right? Or maybe you don't because you abhor violence, but violence is the only thing IS knows, and to defeat them one HAS to be willing to be more violent than they are, they only respect force, and that is what the world should bring upon them.

Abe has his own agenda, and these guys paid with their lives because of it, is how I see it.

Those two men were not going to come back. ISIS was not planning to let them go. ISIS killed them and it is only ISIS that is responsible. Read what you wrote above. You are right. Stop letting your dislike for Abe prevent you from seeing this.

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Snipe japan and abe at every chance, retract u turn duck n dive.

Dude, I have been living in Japan for 30 plus years and have seen and experienced both the good and bad of what Japan has to offer. There is nothing particularly special about Japan or it's people.

BUT what does surprise me often is the naive attitude that many of it's people have about the world, AND the "Oh my gosh, it's JAPAN" deer in the headlights ignorance that many foreigners have coming here too.

Japan and it's people are very much like any people in any country on this planet. Don't put them on a pedestal or think they are something "special", if you do you will be in for a hard fall and disappointment.

I think that I have earned the right to snipe at the things I have experienced as being wrong here, and others too. You misunderstand and refuse to accept that there are some VERY serious problems that are happening here. Doesnt mean that I HATE the country, not at all, just means that I am not blind to the problems that it has.

You MIGHT get to the point of understanding that someday, I hope.

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Working with global community only way to fight terrorism: Abe

The best way. Unity = strength

In a show of defiance on Sunday, Abe vowed to boost Japan’s humanitarian aid to the Middle East.

Great. Just as important as stopping terrorism.

Speaking of which, how about we remember the real enemy?

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Stormr: failure to read, as usual. Posted that last year when yukawa first went into the area or did you miss the fact that it says "August 2014" in any of slumdog's dozen cut and pastes of the same thing? I don't believe in the death penalty so why on earth would I TRULY think someone deserves to die because of their stupidity? Deserved to be punished, for sure. Not murdered. Sorry you guys take everything sio literally in one case but not Abe's words or his fault in this when he LITERALLY means what he says. Again, though, given that you say "the other day" and are clearly wrong, you undermine your own post.

Yubaru: bang on about Abe and his ignorance and inexperience, as well as his provocation and advancement of his own agenda!

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Those two men were not going to come back. ISIS was not planning to let them go. ISIS killed them and it is only ISIS that is responsible. Read what you wrote above. You are right. Stop letting your dislike for Abe prevent you from seeing this.

Let me clarify something, and I apologize for not being more clear. Japan should stay out of this game, let those countries with more experience and knowledge deal with stomping out the threat.

Japan SHOULD sit on the sidelines here. The effects of them getting involved militarily go beyond the ME and could and will have a bigger effect on it's own side of the world.

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Posted that last year when yukawa first went into the area or did you miss the fact that it says "August 2014" in any of slumdog's dozen cut and pastes of the same thing?

You wrote it when he got captured, not when he 'first went into the area'.

I don't believe in the death penalty so why on earth would I TRULY think someone deserves to die because of their stupidity? Deserved to be punished, for sure. Not murdered.

You are arguing with yourself and you are losing:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/a-broken-man-living-on-dreams-pulls-japan-into-syria-hostage-drama

smithinjapanAug. 31, 2014 - 02:44PM JST

Sorry, but the guy deserves what he gets -- you don't just march into a war-zone with suicidal tendencies and think you are being 'selfless' and 'helping others' or what have you, then expect to garner sympathy. .

ISIS captured him then and you did not seem to care what happened to him at all.

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slumdog and smithinjapan, please do not address each other any further on this thread. Instead, focus your comments on what is in the story and not at each other.

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Let me clarify something, and I apologize for not being more clear. Japan should stay out of this game, let those countries with more experience and knowledge deal with stomping out the threat.

Japan SHOULD sit on the sidelines here. The effects of them getting involved militarily go beyond the ME and could and will have a bigger effect on it's own side of the world.

Yubaru,

I appreciate the clarification. I agree with what you wrote as far as Japan becoming militarily involved in the Middle East. I would prefer that Japan does not either.

I do think it is honorable to support those that are fighting against ISIS, such as the Kurds. I think they deserve all the help they can get and more.

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With many of the threads heavily in favor of Japan staying on the sidelines is best but the people of Japan need to unite and voice their concerns to their elected leaders or toss them out. Mr. Abe has once again proved his intent on seeing that the Constitution be changed at any costs. RE: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to discuss granting the Self-Defense Forces a mandate to evacuate Japanese nationals from crises overseas: these two individuals put themselves at harm's risk and no means as representatives of the Japanese government. The only thing Abe has done is put Japan at risk and in the eye of the terrorists. Use the ally of the US to do the rescuing, surely that makes more sense as they have the experience and trained personnel to carry out such a mission.

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6 negative votes. I wonder what I said wrong?

I kind of think it was the "there are reasons why certain nations' got to be targets". Might it be that that was interpreted as me thinking they were legitimate reasons? Cause I don't think so. It should be the government officials and corporate bigwigs that get kidnapped because its them meddling for the sake of oil, money and power, not the citizens.

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Not sure if Jihadi John reads Arabic, but here's how Shin-chan's announcement on aid (the one in Jerusalem with the Israeli flag behind him) was reported in the English language, online Iraqi News:

Abe said: “Should we leave terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to spread in this region, the loss imparted upon the international community would be immeasurable.”

"I will pledge assistance of a total of about 200 million U.S. dollars for those countries contending with ISIL, to help build human capacities, infrastructure, and so on,” he added.

If only "lost in translation" was still just a romantic comedy title.

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I agree with everyone who say Abe is using this incident as pretext to change the peace constitution article 9. The reason I believe this is that even if Japan had the capacity to hit the kidnappers, there was no way they could have done so considering that even the American military intelligence had no ideal where the hostages were held. So the very act of bringing up the article 9, leads everyone to believe that Abe's government was looking for this type of moment to turn Japan into a more militaristic nation. Now Abe's big words in the world press, are only going to make Japan a big target for these terrorist groups. He's not a very smart leader.

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Abe desperately wants to be a "A" player with the global community. Would that be the same so-called "international community" (aka USA/UK) that launched an illegal war against the people of Iraq to overthrow their erstwhile henchman, the ruthless Saddam Hussein? The unholy mess that is Iraq today as a result of Washington neo-cons and their British poodles has become the breeding ground of sectarian hatred that threatens the security of all countries that poke this hornet's nest. The Japanese in their myopic way when it comes to choosing friends from afar made some unsavory alliances in the past (Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy). Should Abe ally Japan this time with western regimes with blood on their hands, nobody should be surprised if the Japanese people once again pay in blood for the folly of their leaders.

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Let me clarify something, and I apologize for not being more clear. Japan should stay out of this game, let those countries with more experience and knowledge deal with stomping out the threat.

Japan SHOULD sit on the sidelines here. The effects of them getting involved militarily go beyond the ME and could and will have a bigger effect on it's own side of the world.

Add something to the effect of " reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war", it's almost in tune with the ISIL message as well.

Second guessing what Abe did and even casting the notion that the Japanese government in the future should be 'less involved' are EXACTLY what these terrorists are hoping for.

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How hard must be for Japan not being allowed to rescue their own people. The people here that says that Japan cannot strike back are just Traitors and should leave Japan.

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"work with the global community"... meaningless fodder.

There is this misconception that Japan has been 'hands off' and free of provocations in world confrontations (most of US making).

To debunk this mythology, perhaps here is a good place to start. Let's roll back to 1991. Check the Chicago Tribune story. Listen to Japan's tone of posturing:

Japan Claims Big Role In U.s. Weapons Success February 03, 1991|By Ronald E. Yates, Chicago Tribune.

TOKYO — There may be no Japanese troops in the Persian Gulf, but many of the high-tech weapons that have dazzled the world since hostilities began would be useless without leading-edge technology and electronic wizardry that is made in Japan. ....

Now, does anyone seriously think that when the bombs, planes and missiles fall, them there middle east menace-of-the-moment are scratching their heads and shaking camel doo at the sky? Or would't you think a prudent 'they' have had people out in the rubble dissecting remains, coming across still intact parts and analyzing WHO is in the MAKE?

Forgive me or not, but i think this is a very powerful consideration.

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I've been a strong proponent for Japan's Military Expansion for about as long as I have been posting on this site.

Japan should without hesitation move on legislation in order to protect the lives of their citizens ANYWHERE they are threatened.

These twisted and diseased maniacs who call themselves ISIS have taken a Respectable Religion and perverted it into Culture of Murder and now they have declared "Open Season" on all or any Japanese they may come in contact with or abduct.

China and South Korea are probably against this move, but hey - anytime China & South Korea want to join the rest of the world in fighting Global Terrorism then jump right on in and join the fight. However, they seem to keep within their boarders and point outwards at the Japanese over World War 2 when they should be helping us fight World War 3!!

Japan needs to move on protecting their citizens from Terrorism, Communism, or any other "ism" that threatens the safety and security of the Japanse People.

And we, The United States of America; will stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends - The Japanese People and offer any support they may need.

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Tapi0ca. Thats just bull. What about terrorists ISIS using toyota pickups. Its just unrelated. Even Iran nuclear projects have American electronics

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Clearly his purpose of not saving the 2 men is to set Japanese military going out of Japan, but he cheated 2 families and Japan people. China and Korea don't care where Japanese military goes because they can easily beat it regarding its possible provocation.

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If I was the Primw Minister, I would warn everyone in Japan to not go to the Middle East under any circumstances. R.I.P. Kenji Goto but people must take this as a lesson learned to not put themselves in such situations.

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Working with global community only way to fight terrorism: Abe

Again Prime Minister Abe is spot on, but the left continues to drape his words with disgust and falsehood.

But, let's face it, the left has always been an ally of extremist and anarchist. They have a soft spot in their hearts for the criminal elements who claim to be acting like a Robyn Hode.

ISIS is and always will be pure evil filth and there is only one way to deal with them, but the left just doesn't have it in them to accept that fact.

justicetzFeb. 03, 2015 - 05:12AM JST Clearly his purpose of not saving the 2 men is to set Japanese military going out of Japan, but he cheated 2 families and Japan people.

Oh, that is a load of poppycock!

Prime Minister Abe didn't murder those men ISIS did.

Stop trying to minimize their action by trying to blame it on him. He did what he could, but the stark reality is/was there was nothing he could have done to prevent or stop what they did!

They murdered those two men stop with the pointing of fingers because if you look down at your hand you will see that three of your fingers are pointing right back at you!

ReformedBasherFeb. 02, 2015 - 09:33PM JST

Your voice is a refreshing taste of reality that many here just don't like to drink until they have too and even then they don't like the taste!

The adage, You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink comes to mind when it comes to the folks who want to sit-down, try to feel the pains of the terrorists and try and give them a big hug rather than accepting the stark reality of the situation.

The left would rather try and hug a terrorist than fight them, but let's face it the left and terrorists have always been allies.

Elbuda MexicanoFeb. 02, 2015 - 03:48PM JST What about give PEACE a chance??

Try to reason with ISIS and see what that will get you. The only way to have peace is to end all those that want war and the only way to end them is to is through war.

Peace is a luxury that is only achieved by those that want it.

smithinjapanFeb. 02, 2015 - 04:04PM JST Mission failed.

In your eyes, but let's face it anything that Japan does is a mission failed for you..

In the eyes of the people that actually care about Japan, their eyes are starting to open to the reality of the world today. Gone are the days of unicorns and praying to imaginary gods to make your dreams come true.

ISIS realistically actions have given the Japanese people a wake up call and that call has shown them the stark reality of what the world today has become.

Even my pacifist Japanese wife is angry at those fanatics. She is so angry that she wants their blood and I am certain most Japanese feel the same way.

smithinjapanFeb. 02, 2015 - 04:04PM JST And even moreso failed given that you've put the nation in more danger than it EVER was before you (since WWII).

Is more so in danger Than it was before WWII? Really?

Let's play a game, let's play a game called reality check......

Was Japan safe in 1995 during subway terrorist attack? Was Japan safe Anti-War Democratic Front was committing terrorist acts against it? Oh, if you have to ask the so called Anti-War Democratic Front were a bunch of warmongering Communist.

Remember Shosei Koda?

The way Japan will be safe will be if it wakes up and start acing against the terrorist who wish to change the world into their own personal hate-filled sharia amusement park.

smithinjapanFeb. 02, 2015 - 10:01PM JST As for arguing and losing

Says a whole lot about your argument......Psychology 101......

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Mukai,

Thank you for your opinion in response.

I am not sure what exactly is "bull". The C. Tribune article seems pretty fact laden. J-official quotes are offered...

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@AlexCook

If I was the Primw Minister, I would warn everyone in Japan to not go to the Middle East under any circumstances.

They did warn Goto to cancel his trip. 3 times. 2 times over the phone and 1 last time in person. But the J-government really couldn't force it nor should they. It was, as we all know, Goto's own decision.

http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH227HQ8H22UTFK00W.html

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I think that I have earned the right to snipe at the things I have experienced as being wrong here, and others too. You misunderstand and refuse to accept that there are some VERY serious problems that are happening here. Doesnt mean that I HATE the country, not at all, just means that I am not blind to the problems that it has.

You MIGHT get to the point of understanding that someday, I hope.

Yes, very much how I also see things. Abe has certainly put Japan in the crosshairs

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Christopher GlenFeb. 04, 2015 - 02:05PM JST You MIGHT get to the point of understanding that someday, I hope. Yes, very much how I also see things. Abe has certainly put Japan in the crosshairs

Abe didn't put Japan in the crosshairs, ISIS put Japan and the world in theirs.

The pilot was long dead and ISIS wasn't going to negotiate no matter how much you wished they were. The truth is before you, but you are too mired in your politics to see it.

ISIS is waging a world war and the leaderless world hasn't woken up to that reality.

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We in the US have the most aggressive, militaristic foreign policy of any nation in the world and we can't prevent our journalists from being beheaded. Our global meddling and drone strikes make us more and more hated in many countries. So how can Japan hope to benefit by using force?

A lot of good that way of thinking has done for Goto and Yukawa. Japan has the opposite of a militaristic foreign policy yet they are being killed as well. You are trying to make sense of the behavior of radical Islamists who behead and burn people alive. Just hating and blaming everything on America isn't helping to stop ISIS.

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