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Posted in: U.S. airman arrested for alleged drunk driving on Okinawa See in context

Continue to hold personel who break the law accountable for their actions, they need to appreciate that they are under scrutiny for everything they do, all their actions are under surveillance, gotta be on your best behavior, always.

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Posted in: 'I still hate the glow of the sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales See in context

Condolences, only the dead truly know the end of war. Those bombs as horrible as they were, saved hundreds of thousands of lives, both for Japan and America. Could you imagine the number of casualties had the US invaded? Continue to tell your stories, let us never forget.

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Posted in: In your opinion, what should Japan do to resolve the World War II "comfort women" issue once and for all? See in context

This was done many times over and over and over. This article was taken from CNN here in the US. http://www.quora.com/How-should-the-Japanese-government-adequately-apologize-and-compensate-for-their-use-of-comfort-women-during-WW2

Heres what it stated about compensation. First, there is the high-level agreement made along with the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea of 1965. In the agreement is indisputable clause stating that problems in regard to property or claims between Japan and Korea have been settled completely and finally. Japanese government paid 364 million USD (roughly 2.7 billion USD in today's dollar) in compensation for about a million of Koreans conscripted into labor force and military. Considering that Japan had about 1.4 billion USD as a foreign exchange reserve at the time, that was a significant amount of money, albeit small for 36 years of brutal occupation for more than a million of laborers. More reasonable sum should have been 360 billion USD (1965 estimate), but the military regime in South Korea at the time was more interested in getting quick, but large loans to build basic infrastructures. They ended up using most of the money obtained through this treaty for economic development. The key decision maker behind all of these was the father of the current President Park. The Miracle of Han River doesn't sound like such a miracle now, does it?

The agreement itself was not disclosed until 2005 when victims sued the government to disclose the agreement a year earlier, and most of Koreans were unaware of its existence until the media started to make people more aware of such historical aberration. The victims themselves virtually received no compensation from the government, and for such reasons the general public virtually ignores the existence of the agreement. The South Korean government (unwittingly, perhaps?) conveniently and yet completely absolved itself the responsibility to make any type of claims on behalf of victims during the Occupation and significantly weakened any potential, future claims of victims.

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Posted in: Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing See in context

WWII was total war, military and civilians were targets. Hopefully, we'll never have another one ever again. War is horrible, we do unimaginable things to each other. To charge the US government with a war crime is unjust. Let's not forget, Japan started the war, and the Japanese military was just as brutal. It's my opinion that the bombs saved more lives then it ended. No apology necessary.

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Posted in: Undetonated one-ton U.S. bomb found near downtown Osaka See in context

Finding unexploded ordnance many yrs after a war is not uncommon. With is common is some of the idiotic remarks by some of you. War is horrible, there are no real winners, we all lost something. All sides were brutal, both the Americans and the Japanese. Can't we just be thankful that we will probably never engage in Total War again? Be thankful that the ordnance didn't detonate and kill anyone. BTW, one found in London a few days ago as well.

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Posted in: No guns at home, so Japanese shoot 'em up in Guam See in context

Yeah, gun violence is very low in Japan, almost nonexistent, however knife violence is up, friut knives seem to be the weapon of choice. Many Americans like myself to are fasicinated and frightened by Japan's knife violence. Its very interesting how such a peaceful and passive culture could yet be so violent.

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Posted in: The Ospreys barely miss my house's rooftop and shake the house with the loud noise. See in context

If the Osprey is flying less than 152.4 meters over houses and schools, this should be documented by video and promptly reported. As far as the noise, low pitch bass sounds that vibrate throughout the structures, that should also be documented by conducting continuous noise surveys inside the structure/home with the windows closed. Once there is sufficient data to support the complaint, then present it to the appropriate branch of the Japanese government. Just saying that the "Osprey" flies too close to structures is not going to change anything. So, in short, gather your information and argue your case. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Its very difficult to ignore the facts. Good luck.

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Posted in: 2nd suspect in murder of couple arrested after trying to commit suicide See in context

Wow, something bad from Okinawa not involving U.S. service members!

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