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Posted in: U.S. military grounds all V-22 Osprey aircraft after Japan crash See in context

The Marines should've grounded them right away esp. when the host country asked them to.

Except the one that crashed was an Air Force CV variant with different navigation, radar, and comm systems and increased fuel capacity and lighter body for extended range.

The Marine Corps variant is more robust to withstand landing on ships.

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Posted in: How do you think movies made in recent years will be perceived in the future, say, 50 years from now? See in context

Sci-fi will be retrospective comedy (my hoverboard is 12 years late, Back to the Future) as the predictions will be wildly off. At least BTTF was a comedy to begin with, and had a good script.

Historical films and dramas will still be relevant, because they show the era as it was.

Comedy will be a 50/50. The current generation finds American Pie and Friends offensive, and Amy Schumer funny. But who knows what the perception will be in 20 years when the wokes are telling their kids to “stop watching that ridiculous crap.”

Anything relying heavily on CGI will look cheap and cheesy.

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Posted in: Why are bullies so mean? A youth psychology expert explains what's behind their harmful behavior See in context

Bullies do not understand empathy, but the law doesn’t care about feelings either.

Treat bullying the same as crime. Assault, slander, blackmail, etc.

Then ease the laws regarding lawful retaliation.

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Posted in: Japan university to disband scandal-hit American football club See in context

Just to be pedantic, “soccer” was originally the name adopted by the British.

There was Rugby Football and Association Football, the British with their love of weird abbreviations and colloquialisms, called Association Football “Assoc,” then “Socky,” then “Soccer.”

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Posted in: Japan to join multinational project to clear mines in Ukraine See in context

Japan Inc just want to promote their tech AI, electronics and sensor that works in battlefield like Ukraine. Is not humanitarian, it's marketing.

Mine clearing is actually surprisingly low-tech, and is more about technique rather than technology.

What you’re imagining is ground penetrating ultrasound scanners and such, but the reality is dudes with metal detectors and a modified bulldozer with what is called a “mine flail.” Which is just a bulldozer with a blast proof cabin and a spinning roller with weighted chains to forcefully detonate mines.

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Posted in: Japan to join multinational project to clear mines in Ukraine See in context

Who dropped the mines and cluster bomblets in Cambodia?

“The Chinese-made landmines in Cambodia were placed by the Cambodian factions (including the Lon Nol, Khmer Rouge, the Heng Samrinand Hun Sen regimes, as well as the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea”

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Posted in: Japan to join multinational project to clear mines in Ukraine See in context

Who supplied the Ukrainians 

I you are trying to take a jab at the US, it was the Ukrainians themselves who requested cluster munitions.

So far they have been using them to great effect by luring Russian armored convoys into mined kill zones, then obliterating them with cluster munitions.

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Posted in: Japan to join multinational project to clear mines in Ukraine See in context

Japan does have a lot of hands-on experience in UXO disposal and mine clearing.

The EOD teams in Okinawa get an average of 400 calls for UXO at construction sites and beaches.

The SDF also deploys mine sweepers to Cambodia and Sudan.

Even in Tokyo there are a few dozen UXO disposed of every year by SDF EOD personnel.

Then there are civilian organizations like JMAS (Japan Mine Action Service) whose entire purpose is to dispose of UXO all over Asia and the South Pacific.

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Posted in: Survey of middle-aged wimps provide case studies in male inadequacy See in context

So, basically in society’s eyes 70% of a man’s worth is his money?

And there are so many gold diggers and “alphas” throwing the words “simp, cuck, beta, (old English word for a bundle of sticks), nerd, geek” etc around.

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Posted in: The management of branch campuses is left to each Chinese university, and the decision to establish an overseas campus is assessed by each university as a business opportunity. But that also aligns with the Chinese government’s Belt and Road initiative. See in context

A quick google search shows that most of the major universities and colleges in Japan have several overseas campuses and branch offices.

Waseda has 15 overseas branches including both China (Beijing) and Taiwan (Taipei).

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Posted in: What is the appropriate way to engage in ride-sharing in Japan? A system that fits the national character is required. See in context

In Japan a commercial “category 2” license is required to transport passengers for profit, or vehicles that carry more than 11 passengers.

I understand the concerns of unlicensed and unregistered vehicles commercially transporting passengers.

Perhaps a loophole similar to the soaplands (where you are paying for the bath and the “attendant” falls in love with you) or pachinkos (where you are paying for the prize items to exchange for cash) would be in order.

”Mr inspector-san, the passenger was paying to listen to my awesome car stereo at 200 yen per minute.”

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Posted in: SDF exercise suspended after member shows middle finger to reporters See in context

Although I understand his sentiment toward the media earning ratings over a tragedy, he should have shown more decorum and discipline.

The reaction however, was completely overblown and absurd.

Just taking the individual aside and giving him a stern warning from the Master Sergeant would be sufficient.

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Posted in: Tokyo holds first missile evacuation drill in years See in context

The extensive underground malls and connecting passages in Tokyo station and other major railway hubs like Shinjuku have the unofficial, but intentional second purpose as bomb shelters.

Tokyo Governor Koike hinted at such when describing her plan to expand the Tokyo metro underground facilities.

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Posted in: Fans flock to remember 'Friends' star Matthew Perry in New York See in context

I do hope they will find out what caused his cardiac arrest.

He was quite open about his addictions due to the pressure and performance anxiety during the running of Friends.

He has said in interviews that he was constantly consuming so much alcohol and drugs that he doesn’t even remember much of the later seasons.

That kind of heavy use will definitely put an undue strain on your heart, and without remedial care and exercise, can very well lead to a heart attack in a hot tub.

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Posted in: GSDF Osprey arrives in Okinawa for 1st time See in context

The “flying coffin” reputation of the Osprey is pure media manipulation of opinion.

Most of the accidents were in the test phase, and when total fight hours are combined, the “sexiest aircraft ever,” the F-14 killed twice as many pilots.

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Posted in: New missiles won't help Ukraine, says Putin See in context

I don't see the miserable failure you do. Were you one of those who thought Russia would get obliterated in months perhaps, and can't deal with the fact Russia is still very much alive and kicking?

Most of the world thought Ukraine would be crushed within months, however the resolve of the people and support from NATO proved otherwise.

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Posted in: New missiles won't help Ukraine, says Putin See in context

Russia’s Blitz invasion was a miserable failure, but the war has now evolved into a static defense of trench and bunker systems, with Russia now defending their gains, and advances being measured in feet rather than miles.

NATO is now admitting they underestimated the depth of Russia’s defenses, as every time they penetrate a defensive line they are met with 3 more in-depth.

Unfortunately for Ukraine, Russia is now playing the playing the game it’s been practicing for over a century, a slow slugfest of attrition.

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Posted in: Ibaraki ranked ‘least attractive’ among Japan’s 47 prefectures in survey See in context


BeerDeliveryGuy: I also live in Shizuoka just south of the Atami bends. Do you know off the spiral road that lead you off a side of a mountain then spiral around two time. Best road infrastructure I ever come across.

Yes, I took that route many times going to Shimoda to surf.

I don’t remember the designated Route Number, but it’s the Amagi Pass. Definitely an ingenious way to traverse a cliff drop.

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Posted in: Ibaraki ranked ‘least attractive’ among Japan’s 47 prefectures in survey See in context

Ehime and Yamaguchi beat Ibaraki for being inconveniently rural, and Chiba has more Yankee punks.

I used to live in Susono, Shizuoka which is pretty Inaka, but because of all the tax revenue from the several Army installations, had amazing civic infrastructure.

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Posted in: Hollywood condems 'evil' of Hamas after Israel attack See in context

Although I understand the plight of the Palestinians, I cannot see any logic in the actions Hamas and Hezbollah are taking, and wonder if they even have an end-state thought through.

They know that they cannot hope to defeat Israel tactically, and any attack they conduct will bring retaliation and international rebuke, further weakening their claim and legitimacy.

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Posted in: North Korea raises specter of nuclear strike over U.S. aircraft carrier's arrival in South Korea See in context

Its time for a washed-out athlete or B-list celebrity to give Kim some attention.

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Posted in: Okinawa pub posts 'Japanese only' admission sign based on some shaky logic See in context

I speak almost fluent Japanese and never had a problem anywhere in Japan, even when accompanied by non-speaking foreigners.

I would just explain politely to them that I will be their interpreter and make sure they behave.

When I was in Okinawa, I was “that guy” to go to when they wanted to relax somewhere that wasn’t full of high-and-tight haircuts.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects central gov't order over U.S. base landfill work See in context

My apologies if I wrote in a way that was easily misunderstood.

I’m not saying the govt is paying Okinawa landowners less than their fair share. In fact, land leases are reviewed and re-evaluated to current prices when contracts are renewed.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects central gov't order over U.S. base landfill work See in context

The Japanese government pays more to private land holders in mainland Japan? 

Maintaining and paying land leases for an airfield and air wing the size of Futenma would cost way more if it was JSDF, as the govt would pay more than just the land leases.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects central gov't order over U.S. base landfill work See in context

Mind you. It's the Japanese taxpayers, you and I, who shoulder the payment.

Yes, and in the sea of taxes, it is a drop in the bucket, a fart in a typhoon.

The GOJ pays several times more to operate JSDF bases of similar size and function.

And in the end, the land owners are getting payed. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions of how the “Omoiyari-Yosan” is being used. Many believe we’re paying these Marine’s paychecks and vacation bills. However, as a basic principle, the money must be spent in a way that it stays in Japan. All those Japanese workers on US bases, construction contractors, real estate agencies, etc.

To have an MEF scale force comprised of SDF soldiers would cost several times more.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects central gov't order over U.S. base landfill work See in context

The U.S. Marines are occupying and using the land like illegal squatters. It's legitimate, then, to claim that the land must be returned immediately with no strings attached.

About 60million USD is being payed annually to the 2,000 or so owners of the land Futenma sits on.

In 1996 when the GOJ announced the finalization of the Henoko/Schwab relocation plan and the return of Futenma land, the land owners themselves were the ones to protest the relocation without govt guarantee of commercialization of the returned land.

The GOJ pretty much said “it’ll be your land do with as you please.” But the protests continued and somewhere the communists saw an opportunity and made it their agenda.

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Posted in: Japan to buy Tomahawks from U.S. earlier than planned: Kihara See in context

Nuclear weapons are more of a terror weapon to hold an enemies cities hostage. But building, maintaining and especially securing nukes are all hideously expensive. They are almost completely unnecessary for actual war fighting.

Very true, especially of low-yield “tactical nukes.”

Using one to, for example create an opening in an enemy’s defensive line or eliminate an advancing armored brigade, as spectacular as it would be, risks contamination of your own forces and provides your enemy or his allies with a reason to escalate into full scale nuclear warfare. Not to mention the global condemnation and sanctions you’d face for being the nuke first user.

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Posted in: Japan to buy Tomahawks from U.S. earlier than planned: Kihara See in context

Why does Kihara have his hand on his heart?

Given that the honor guards are at the position of “present arms” I’d assume the anthem is playing, or they are returning salute in the civilian manner.

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Posted in: Federal agency sues Chipotle after Kansas manager allegedly ripped off an employee's hijab See in context

I have never eaten at a Chipolte restaurant.

Not terrible, but nothing special either.

Chipotle and Taco Bell are the McDonald’s and Burger Kings of Mexican food.

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Posted in: Japan, France conduct live-fire military exercise in South Pacific See in context

France needs these drills so they can practice surrendering when the time actually comes

English speaking nations love to poo poo on the French military, but in reality, France is a nuclear armed, carrier possessing, arms exporting military power with projection capabilities on par with the US Marine Corps.

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