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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

@Desert Tortoise

You got me there. I didn’t think about regional or theater commanders. I was more or less just thinking of operational joint task forces like D-Day Normandy, for example.

And your experience with a MSDF admiral taking command of a USN ship is interesting. It actually happens in real life.

I thought that was unrealistic in the movie “Battleship.” And this is a movie with aliens, firing ASROCs at tsunami sensor buoys, and retired battleships with live ordnance and firing up the engine in less than 30 minutes .

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

You’re getting way over my paygrade...

The relationship with MCIPAC and the locals is love and hate at best.

The locals love the influx of money, but don’t like the noise.

So we move Futenma to Schwab, then the rich Naha landowners create protests because they’re gonna lose their lease money.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

Thank you for your service, vet. But times, and public opinion have changed. The Marine Corps presence is now an integral part of the Okinawa economy, and an integral part of certain industries; such as taxis and off-base real estate.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

As I mentioned in another article, the residents of Kayo and Henoko see the protestors as a nuisance (to put it lightly) and generally welcome the influx of tourist economy and local employment.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

As in, “sorry, Army. We lost some of your boys.”

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

True, they will be mentioned in the navy’s casualty report, then accounted as army casualties.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

All army soldiers being transported on navy vessels are compelled to obey any lawful order given by ranking navy personnel for the safety of all personnel onboard and the safety of the ship. 

Yes, in the same way that you are required to keep your arms and face inside the vehicle and not smoke while riding public transport.

The navy does not have command of the mission the soldiers are to execute, nor are the soldiers considered part of the fleet.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

Why does the U.S. Marines have the most bases and take up so much land on Okinawa when they contribute the least to the defense of Japan than any other Military Force on Okinawa?

Apart from the USAF, the USMC provides the most powerful deterrent from aggression against Japan.

Army troops stationed in the Pacific would lack the amphibious and rapid deployment capabilities of the Marine Corps.

@Slickdrifter

From Montezuma to Tripoli!

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

Ooorah!

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

@Slickdrifter

i don’t see what was so hard to understand. All Marines understand that they are part of the Navy. Their frickin paycheck says “Navy” on it.

By some people’s reasoning, riding a taxi would make you an employee of the taxi company.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

I don’t want to argue semantics. The army will never be under command of the navy. Which is why the navy has Marines, to fill the role of a land force under command of the Department of the Navy.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

It’s a joint task force. The army soldiers on the ships are not under command of the navy.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

 A naval force can include the Army infantrymen, as well, because in actual combat scenes of invasion, they may compose the integral part of a naval force.

Army soldiers on a transport ship do not make a “naval force.” They are army troops being transported by the navy as part of a joint operation.

The Marine Corps is and always has been part of the Navy.

The SDF amphibious troops are not called “marines” for that very reason. They are not part of the MSDF ship-to-shore combat teams, but the “Rapid Deployment Amphibious Brigade” of the GSDF. By function, they are marines, but they are under command of the GSDF.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

Anyone who thinks the Marine Corps command structure is ambiguous, please learn the history of the Marine Corps. Or better yet, find a Marine (bonus points if it’s a Corpsman) and tell him/her they aren’t part of the Navy.

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Posted in: Suga, U.S. Marine head oppose China's assertiveness in Indo-Pacific See in context

The Japan-U.S. Security Treaty states only the Army, Air Force and the Navy can be stationed in Japan and use bases here. Are the Marine Corps and Space Force considered to be part of the Navy and Air Force, that is, subsidiary to both services 

The seal of the Marine Corps very clearly says “Department of the Navy” on the top half in bold letters, with “United States Marine Corps” in smaller letters on the bottom half. I’m pretty sure that makes it clear who is in charge.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. start formal talks on costs to host American troops See in context

 Billions of American weapons, many untested

If anything US arms are overtested. The US military also has a policy of making as much information as possible available to the public, and is very transparent on issues involving military hardware.

All militaries know the inherent issues and obstacles involved when developing anything from a new caliber bullet to a new stealth fighter.

By making information available to the public, the US military are indirectly also showing their technical superiority and problem solving prowess to potential adversaries and rival nations.

Unlike China and Russia, who suddenly announce some “superweapon” that usually kills more of its own operators than the enemy.

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Posted in: Trump fires defense secretary after public policy clashes See in context

Trump kinda lost the plot and most of the military vote (especially the Marine Corps) when he forces Mattis out. There could not have been a better person for the position and Trump dropped the ball.

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Posted in: Japan's 'Jo Baiden' gains fame after Biden's U.S. election victory See in context

Is he gonna get a courtesy visit like Obama town in Fukui?

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Posted in: How to stop thieves using your cash cards when you lose your wallet See in context

A quick phone call to the bank and credit card company works. I’m not sure why this is now news worthy.

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Posted in: Tokyo's tuna auctions resume public viewing after 8-month hiatus See in context

How do you know they're bluefin? Nothing in the article states which species of tuna is shown in the market.

Bluefin or “Honmaguro” are usually delivered fresh. These frozen tuna are most likely yellow fin from the Indian Ocean and stored on massive factory ships for 2~3 month voyages.

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Posted in: 13,670 bear sightings reported in Japan in April-Sept period See in context

Right. A huge problem is that natural forests which provide the type of forage bears need have been clearcut and replaced by cedar plantations, which provide no food for any animal. They are eerily silent.

The hunters here call that a “緑の砂漠砂漠” or “green desert.”

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

The debate of whether homosexuality is a born trait or a choice, immoral or natural can go on till the cows come home.

The facts are, people have pursued, and continue to pursue homosexual relationships even under the threat of the death penalty (ie: gays in ISIS controlled Iraq).

If homosexuality were a choice, one would think the choice of self-preservation would take precedence

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Posted in: Sumo elder criticizes China's banning of Mongolian-language education See in context

Does the Ministry of Education promote the teaching of Ainu and Ryukyu languages in the public schools of Hokkaido and Okinawa?

It’s not required learning, in the same way Native American is not required learning in the US. However many schools have extra-curricular activities and clubs for preservation of indigenous culture.

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Posted in: Sumo elder criticizes China's banning of Mongolian-language education See in context

From Wikipedia--'Forced assimilation is an involuntary process of cultural assimilation of religious or ethnic ... Forced assimilation is also called cultural genocide and ethnocide.'

I’ve yet to see Tokyo schools punishing students who use Osaka dialect, eat takoyaki and support the Tigers.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Gays and lesbians ain’t gonna reproduce anyways, you old fogey.

If anything, making Adachi ward LGBT friendly might attract more residents and boost the tax paying population. More working adults who don’t want kids = more tax paying residents and less child support handouts. Sounds like a win-win.

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Posted in: Why blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sailor Moon is neither white nor Japanese See in context

Reminds me of when SJWs claimed Dragon Ball was racist because the protagonists’ race, the Saiyans, turned blonde and blue-eyed when they powered up.

When asked why he chose to make the Saiyans “White” when they powered-up, the creator said, “it was to save ink, time, and my wrists. Before the animated series, when it was only a comic, everything was drawn by hand. The Saiyans with their voluminous hairstyles were a pain to color black and used a lot of ink. Sometimes we were so close to a deadline that I had to deliver the next weeks episode myself in the middle of the night. I was always thinking of a way to save time, so making the Super-Saiyan hair and eye color something that didn’t have to be inked in black and white comics made sense.”

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Posted in: Japanese firms fall woefully short of meeting gov't goals on women in management See in context

The answer is the same as to why there are more men in the fishing and logging industries.

Work or play, men and women want different things in life with only a minimal overlap in the Venn diagram.

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Posted in: JOC to protect female athletes targeted by exploitative photos See in context

Shouldn't male athletes get the same protections as well?

During the Rio Olympics, Cosmopolitan Magazine ran a series called “the best Olympic bulges” that ranked male athletes who had impressive crotch bulges.

Japanese pole vaulter (excuse me for the pun) Hagita became an international internet laughingstock when he knocked down the bar with his penis, and the replays were aired repeatedly.

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Posted in: An ill-fated Aichi couple's last ride to Chiba See in context

"She died of shock from gunshots to the head and neck," . . .

". . . died of shock . . . " Bad translation or . . . ?

Yes, Shock. Shock is a state in which vital body functions begin to shutdown. Usually as result of blood loss or trauma to the nervous system (explosion, car crash etc).

Contrary to Hollywood, a gunshot to the head, especially a low caliber pistol shot, won’t kill instantly all the time. A quick internet search will provide 100s of photos of war veterans or victims of attack who literally had half their head blown off, but lived to tell.

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Posted in: Night dock See in context

The Japan Coast Guard is a subdivison of the National Police Agency and under supervison of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; rather than the miliary as is the international norm.

Ironically this gives the JCG more room to operate freely and use force on intruders.

They have more "real combat" experience than the JMSDF.

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