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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

BeerDeliveryGuy, just called the secretary and he said that the convention will recognize Japanese SDF in case of self defense, and there is no need to change the constitution.

Well, hallelujah!

I forgot that everyone on the Internet is some sort of former government or intelligence agent or spec-ops operative who has “connections” up the wazoo, right....

While you’re at it, would you be so kind as to call Xi Jinping and the Secretary of UNCLOS and tell China to withdraw their illegal military bases from the South China Sea?

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

So you want to blur the line between regular military and civilian combatants forces and militias and provide equal rights?

Do you realize how slippery a slope that is, giving civilian death squads and insurgents who lack centralized control the same authority as the military?

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

Yes, but you do understand that civilian combatants are considered to be insurgents and are not protected by the Geneva Conventions.

As long as the status of the SDF is ambiguous, their treatment when captured is up to the interpretation of the captor. And there are certain nations who I would not say are so benevolent as to recognize a defacto military, rather than exploit a legal loophole.

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

unless Japan invades China again, in which case, all Chinese would become "terrorists", according to the beer delivery guy.

Uhhh no. Even in the highly improbable to impossible case of Japan invading China, Chinese forces are officially recognized nationally and internationally as regular military forces and when captured, must be treated in accordance to the Geneva Comventions and killing of enemy combatants by recognized military forces cannot be tried as murder.

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

One aspect that is often overlooked by the Article 9 thumpers is that if the SDF is not officially recognized as a military force, they cannot expect to be treated as POWs protected under the Geneva Convention of treatment of POWs.

Why should the rest of the world or any international treaty have to look at the SDF through the eyes of the Japanese constitution. 

It's not the constitution of the world, that's what's overlooked

Because if the Japanese constitution does not recognize the SDF as a regular military force, the enemy has even less incentive to do so, and cannot technically be charged for war crimes in violation of the Geneva Convention of POWs.

SDF POWs could possibly be treated and tried as illegal combatants or terrorists, depending on the enemy’s interpretation.

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

One aspect that is often overlooked by the Article 9 thumpers is that if the SDF is not officially recognized as a military force, they cannot expect to be treated as POWs protected under the Geneva Convention of treatment of POWs.

Rather they would be subject to whatever the enemy feels like calling them and tried for murder and terrorism as “Armed insurgents,” “Insurgent Militia,” “Armed rebellion forces.” etc...

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Posted in: N Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign See in context

 I would do anything possible to help my citizens.

Of course. The dear leader goes to the utmost lengths to help his citizens. Such noble efforts include (but are not limited to):

Imprisonment for 3 generations for calling the dear leader a “fat frog.”

Divertion of international aid to military programs while people starve.

Frequent unprovoked attacks on SK.

Abduction and unlawful detention and execution of foreign nationals.

Threatening the the world with “nuclear destruction.”

What a role model of a nation and leader!

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Posted in: Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run See in context

The cars are supposed to cross right before the cross walk. That light is on the far side of the intersection.

the angle of the video is not wide enough to show, but this happened at an intersection.

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Posted in: Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run See in context

But why is the right turn filter showing and people are crossing at the same time?

Because cars are supposed to turn right, not plow straight into a green pedestrian light.

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Posted in: Osaka police officers fire shots at two cars See in context

Why is it that Japanese police can't seem to catch suspects in a foot chase?

They do. However, “Police catch suspect after 150m foot pursuit” does not make headlines or even a “footnote” in the news.

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Posted in: N Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign See in context

NK does a dandy-fine job of smearing themselves.

Of anything, admitting that NK has the capability to conduct successful cyberattacks against some of the worlds most technologically advanced corporations should be taken as a compliment.

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Posted in: Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run See in context

Smith, it’s not uncommon for even “ordinary” people to get a suspended sentence for simple possession or use of drugs in Japan. I know several people who have.

However given the circumstances of this case (multiple victims), and the dash-cam video going public, I don’t think she’s getting off easy.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5, then himself in southern California rampage See in context

The whole "right to bear arms" argument is a joke from its premise - as if citizens can take on the army - to its implementation: an RPG is an arm, but try carrying one of those around even in Texas.

In the largely improbable case of a civil uprising in the US, it’s highly unlikely that the military will open the show with air strikes, tanks and artillery; destroying the very infrastructure and population that they intend to control. The policy of any war with the intention of gaining control of territories or populations generally dictates that destruction of infrastructures and human loss must be kept to a minimum, and governmental functions should be kept intact.

The Army, Navy, Marines Airforce, Police, etc... are also made up of US citizens. Any given percentage of them would probably be sympathetic of the resistance. Then add the stress and moral ambiguities of fighting a door-to-door town-to-town urban war on your own countrymen. How long could you maintain morale and loyalty?

I’m not saying that arming the populace is the best way of preventing an oppressive dictatorship, but you can see that it is effective.

RPG in Texas.... if you have the right permits, by all means do so. People might even compliment you on your weapon as long as you do not act in a threatening manner.

In fact, with the right permits, you can own just about anything. Just look at the multitude of YouTube videos of civilians shooting anti-aircraft guns, tanks, grenade launchers, and yes; RPGs.

Private (civilian) military organizations own attack helicopters and armored assault vehicles, and would probably own fighter jets if they needed them.

However, I do believe that guns should be controlled like cars. Universal nation-wide standardized licensing.

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Posted in: Aqua force See in context

Why is only one wearing a real military helmet, with the majority wearing what appear to be bicycle helmets?

Uhhh, no. Those are “crash” style helmets identical to those worn by Delta, SEALS and other “real militaries.”

https://goo.gl/images/kp5mww

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

There was no outrage when R Downey Jr played an Australian man playing a black man in blackface in Tropic Thunder.

Because it was satire. It was sending up the blackface trope and Hollywood/method acting at the same time.

Yes I am aware that RDJ’s character in Tropic Thunder was meant as a satire of blackface and extreme method acting.

The point I was trying to make is that actors act. Scarlett Johansson is a woman playing a trans woman. Was there outrage when Tom Hanks played a gay character?

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

There was no outrage when R Downey Jr played an Australian man playing a black man in blackface in Tropic Thunder.

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Posted in: University professor tweets sexual harassment is his hobby See in context

It seems like he was trying his hand at satire or a thought experiment, rather than condone sexual harassment or state a fact (that he enjoys sexual harassment).

Slow news day? Over sensitive much?

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Posted in: China protests to Japanese media over report on Taiwan See in context

Taiwan needs to make clear their goals and go for whatever they decide. This sitting on the fence won't get them or anyone else anywhere.

Taiwan is a democracy. And like most functional democracies, decisions are slow and major change is rare because people are not always of the same opinion. Policies are blocked by the opposition and then modified to something more “neutral.”

What I find ironic however, is when parties use the democratic process to undermine democracy.

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Posted in: Japan researchers develop what could become world's 1st wood liquor See in context

I think a good cypress or maple liqour would be tasty. Sakura and Camphor might be good as a smoky whisky.

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Posted in: Radwimps singer offers apology/explanation after new song is accused of inappropriate nationalism See in context

"Japanese rock band Radwimps"

Only in Japan

Oh yes, the US band “Butthole Surfers” is so much more intellectual sounding.

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Posted in: Trump's announcement that he will end U.S.-S Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard See in context

What the heck are those flying things in the background of the picture?

Rings of smoke created when smoke grenades (for obscuring troop movement and baffling guided missiles) burst in air.

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Posted in: Trump giving Abe a hard time on trade despite close ties See in context

To those commenting on the flip phone, it’s most likely a govt issued phone and it’s intentionally a flip-top for security reasons.

Most heads of state are not allowed private cell phones or smart phones. You can see in the link below, Obama appears on a Bear Gryll’s survival show, and when Bear suggests they take a selfie, Obama explains that he doesn’t know how to, because he’s not allowed a smartphone. (He’s also not allowed to eat the raw fish)

https://youtu.be/oBWheJkO9hI

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Posted in: Man shot dead by police after knife attack in Kumamoto See in context

J-news reported that the attacker still was able to tackle and mount the officer after being shot, and was subdued by hand.

RL is not like movies, where bad guys go down immediately after one shot.

As for “shooting for the legs” most novice shooters would struggle to hit (literally) the wide side of a barn with a pistol at any range greater than 25m.

Now try that with a madman who is probably running in unpredictable patterns and add the stress of the situation.

The average man can run 25m in 4 seconds. Let’s see you “aim for the legs” in that situation.

Handguns as a weapon are really only meant for very close-in combat or as backup weapon for an assault rifle. But do you want to see cops carrying assault rifles?

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Posted in: S Korea says N Korea committed to 'complete' denuclearisation, summit with Trump See in context

-Facility not destroyed but “collapsed” and unusable from months before. OK, so Kim is stuck at a few steps before achieving full MAD.

-Kim is not stupid, he and his aides carefully analyze everything about Trump.

-Kim comes to the conclusion that Trump means business and will not sit at negotiating table under the other parties terms. (Cancelling of the initial meeting)

-Kim knows that Trump, from past business dealings, will not hesitate to withdraw from a multi-billion dollar deal that does not favor him, and will declare bankruptcy without fear of ruining his reputation to cut losses at an early stage.

-Kim realizes that he himself may be considered a “liability” to “liquidated” in short order.

-Such a notion scares the shi-te out of Kim.

-Kim apologizes for his foreign minister’s bluster and grovels back to the negotiating table, this time under Trump’s terms.

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Posted in: Kim expressed 'fixed will' on June 12 summit with Trump in meeting with Moon See in context

I really, really hope NK is sincere on this one.

That could very well be true, not due to any altruistic concerns on NK’s part, but of pure fear of Trump.

The way NK (perhaps) sees it, Trump is a businessman who has not hesitated to pull out of multi-billion dollar deals at the last minute when he didn’t get his way, and has declared bankruptcy several times to cut losses at an early stage.

In NK’s mind, they may be another “liability” for Trump to nip in the bud if they pose a further obstacle to his global strategy.

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Posted in: Kim expressed 'fixed will' on June 12 summit with Trump in meeting with Moon See in context

If it sounds too good to be true... if it quacks like a duck.... of the salesman seems too eager... etc...

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Posted in: Kim expressed 'fixed will' on June 12 summit with Trump in meeting with Moon See in context

But I think everyone can agree that NK’s actions and words should always be taken with suspicion, especially something as out of character as the past few months.

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Posted in: Kim expressed 'fixed will' on June 12 summit with Trump in meeting with Moon See in context

However, in this case, it’s Trump playing the “hard to get” by making it obvious that NK really has nothing to offer other than a promise to comply with international demands.

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Posted in: Japan gives Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova See in context

Some of the most docile and tolerant dogs are the most “feared” breeds. Great Danes, mastiffs, German Shepherds, Tosas, Pitbulls, Dobermans, have been some of the most intelligent breeds I’ve met.

On the other hand, dachshunds and shitzus account for the highest ratio of attacks. But it goes against the sensational nature of the media, so goes underreported.

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Posted in: Kim expressed 'fixed will' on June 12 summit with Trump in meeting with Moon See in context

No, the usual NK protocol is to say things that appear they are being conciliatory, then to pull away. This is entirely in line with what we've seen for decades.

You guys really need to study your NK history.

History of making demands and offering nothing in return, or threatening with “nuclear destruction.” The “pay me to not F you up” strategy.

Koizumi was able to extract an apology for the abduction issue with promises for aid and a phased plan for normalization of relations, but those fell through when NK failed to deliver their side of the bargain while cranking the propaganda rhetoric to 11.

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