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Posted in: Hundreds gather near Japan's embassy in Seoul to mourn S Korean 'comfort woman' See in context

For Korea, it has nothing to do with Japan's repentance and everything to do with Korea's resentment. Japan's economic miracle and continued economic success in the world despite what was done nearly a century ago drives them insane.

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Posted in: Hundreds gather near Japan's embassy in Seoul to mourn S Korean 'comfort woman' See in context

The head of the state of Japan must apologize and period. It is not too late. Proper compensation money is a secondary one and optional.

You've got 50 years of apologies, SJ.

June 22, 1965: Minister of Foreign Affairs Shiina Etsusaburo said to the people of South Korea: "In our two countries' long history there have been unfortunate times, it is truly regrettable and we are deeply remorseful" (Signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and South Korea).

August 26, 1982: Chief Cabinet Secretary Kiichi Miyazawa said to the people of the Republic of Korea: "1. The Japanese Government and the Japanese people are deeply aware of the fact that acts by our country in the past caused tremendous suffering and damage to the peoples of Asian countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China, and have followed the path of a pacifist state with remorse and determination that such acts must never be repeated. Japan has recognized, in the Japan-ROK Joint Communique, of 1965, that the 'past relations are regrettable, and Japan feels deep remorse,' and in the Japan-China Joint Communique, that Japan is 'keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious damage that Japan caused in the past to the Chinese people through war and deeply reproaches itself.' These statements confirm Japan's remorse and determination which I stated above and this recognition has not changed at all to this day. 2. This spirit in the Japan-ROK Joint Communique, and the Japan-China Joint Communique, naturally should also be respected in Japan's school education and textbook authorization.

April 18, 1990: Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Nakayama said to the people of South Korea: "Japan is deeply sorry for the tragedy in which these (Korean) people were moved to Sakhalin not of their own free will but by the design of the Japanese government and had to remain there after the conclusion of the war" (188th National Diet Session Lower House Committee of Foreign Affairs).[12]

May 24, 1990: Emperor Akihito, in a meeting with President Roh Tae Woo, said: "Reflecting upon the suffering that your people underwent during this unfortunate period, which was brought about by our nation, I cannot but feel the deepest remorse" (Meeting with President Roh Tae Woo).[13]

May 25, 1990: Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu, in a meeting with President Roh Tae Woo, said: "I would like to take the opportunity here to humbly reflect upon how the people of the Korean Peninsula went through unbearable pain and sorrow as a result of our country's actions during a certain period in the past and to express that we are sorry" (Summit meeting with President Roh Tae Woo in Japan).[14]

January 1, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships".

January 16, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a speech at dinner with President Roh Tae Woo, said: "We the Japanese people, first and foremost, have to bear in our mind the fact that your people experienced unbearable suffering and sorrow during a certain period in the past because of our nation's act, and never forget the feeling of remorse. I, as a prime minister, would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology to the people of your nation".[15]

January 17, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, at a policy speech on a visit to South Korea, said:. "What we should not forget about relationship between our nation and your nation is a fact that there was a certain period in the thousands of years of our company when we were the victimizer and you were the victim. I would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that you experienced during this period because of our nation's act." Recently the issue of the so-called 'wartime comfort women' is being brought up. I think that incidents like this are seriously heartbreaking, and I am truly sorry".[16]

July 6, 1992. Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato said: "The Government again would like to express its sincere apology and remorse to all those who have suffered indescribable hardship as so-called 'wartime comfort women,' irrespective of their nationality or place of birth. With profound remorse and determination that such a mistake must never be repeated, Japan will maintain its stance as a pacifist nation and will endeavor to build up new future-oriented relations with the Republic of Korea and with other countries and regions in Asia. As I listen to many people, I feel truly grieved for this issue. By listening to the opinions of people from various directions, I would like to consider sincerely in what way we can express our feelings to those who suffered such hardship" (Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato on the Issue of the so-called "Wartime Comfort Women" from the Korean Peninsula).[17]

October 15, 2001: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said: "During the talks, President Kim highly appreciated the words of the Prime Minister Koizumi at Sodaemun Independence Park, in which he expressed remorse and apology for Japan's colonial domination" (Japanese prime minister visits South Korea).[37]

August 10, 2010: Prime Minister Naoto Kan expressed "deep regret over the suffering inflicted" during the Empire of Japan's colonial rule over Korea. Japan's Kyodo News also reported that Cabinet members endorsed the statement. In addition, Kan said that Japan will hand over precious cultural artifacts that South Korea has been demanding. Among them were records of an ancient Korean royal dynasty.[46]

December 28, 2015: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se made an announcement at a joint press conference, which consisted of their respective statements on behalf of Japan and South Korea. Kishida stated, "The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women, and the Government of Japan is painfully aware of responsibilities from this perspective. As Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister Abe expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women." The statement went on to explain that "the Government of Japan will now take measures to heal psychological wounds of all former comfort women through its budget" and that it had been decided that the South Korean government would "establish a foundation for the purpose of providing support for the former comfort women". In return, Yun stated that his government "acknowledges the fact that the Government of Japan is concerned about the statue built in front of the Embassy of Japan in Seoul from the viewpoint of preventing any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity, and will strive to solve this issue in an appropriate manner". Both stated that this agreement will "finally and irreversibly" resolve the contentious issue and that "on the premise that the Government of Japan will steadily implement the measures it announced", both countries "will refrain from accusing or criticizing each other regarding this issue in the international community, including at the United Nations".[54]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

I've checked the citations at the bottom.. They're valid.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

women*

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

Do you now understand what US troops accepting the ROK command in wartime really means? 

I love how you keep floating this line as if it actually means something.. Let's be real here, the USFK is transitioning CFC command to ROK because they want the ROK to have a more proactive role in their defense. The truth is, it will be ROK troops on the frontline being sent by their own generals to the meat grinder while the US plays a supporting role. Also, CFC will likely fall under operational control of the United Nations Command when the USFK General no longer dual hats the UNC/CFC command role. So a ROK General wont have true operational control of US forces as the CFC Commander.  The US would never allow full control of its men and woman to an army built of conscripts.

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Posted in: U.S. base transfer referendum for all Okinawa voters remains unclear See in context

Honestly, I find it suspicious that the prefecture included such a half hearted question and responses for the referendum. It seems like the OPG isn’t confident in the support and participation of assembly memebers and public.

If they were confident and desires desires to make a statement their referendum would be:

Do you support the plan to relocate MCAS Futenma to reclaimed land at Henoko?

-Yes, continue with the current plan

-No, do not relocate MCAS Futenma

-Neither, relocate Futenma outside of the prefecture.

-I do not have an opinion.

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Posted in: Gov't starts building new seawall for Okinawa base transfer See in context

For the last year a situation around the US military bases in Japan has become pointed. Especially, pressures mount in Okinawa prefecture, where 70% of the territory is occupied by the US military forces. The natives regularly run protest actions, including about 100 thousand of people. The citizens claim to cut a number of American bases. Also they are against the relocation of US base Futenma in Nago city, because the construction works are fraught with a loss of rare marine animals and plants.

What you read in the press is not what is true in reality. If you live in Okinawa and for most of Japan its a falsehood that the military bases in Japan have become pointed. For the 99% there is very little interest or anger about it. The media exaggerated the protests and anger, especially in Okinawa. The face of the protests here are the same core of local individuals augmented with activists from the mainland. Most Okinawans aren't involved and the closest they get to activism is in gubernatorial elections (most mayoral elections are won by pro-relocation candidates; go figure).

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Posted in: Sponsor of Naomi Osaka retracts ad videos over skin color dispute See in context

Extanker, maybe she didn't but her comments today dismiss the idea of whitewashing. At least we can put that monster to bed.

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Posted in: Osaka downplays dispute over skin color in anime See in context

People were so quick to speak for her. It's nice to know where she stands. Good luck in the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka.

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Posted in: Gov't to revise U.S. base work in Okinawa; delay expected See in context

Are you serious???

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Posted in: Sponsor of Naomi Osaka retracts ad videos over skin color dispute See in context

Has anyone ever considered asking Naomi Osaka how she feels about it instead of speaking for her?

What if she likes the cartoon and doesn't see a problem with how she is depicted.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. activists demand halt in building U.S. base off Okinawa See in context

^If there was actually validity in that claim why has no one with a law degree brought a legal challenge in Japan, the US, or internationally? Probably because people who know the law know that there’s no legal

leg to stand on and very limited chance of success.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for border wall, end shutdown See in context

I’m sure Oprah, Madonna, Mayweather and every other person of power and wealth would disagree with you. Funny, why are all the rich and powerful are all allowed to have walls and all the customs and comforts of security that come with it but the rest of us in America are not allowed that? Because you all hate Trump. 2013 the Dems were totally onboard with it. Now they changed? Hypocrites!

I’d say you’re missing the purpose of their walls if you think it’s for security. Those homes are kept safe through servaliance and alarm systems and for some of those owners adequately staffed security guards. Frankly, comparing short perimeter walls circling a couple acres of property to a 30ft tall 2,500 mile wall is just lunacy. The maintenance cost alone makes it a waste of time. That’s not counting the data proving it won’t stop the few people from entering and it’s obsolete due to the numbers of people entering via the souther border has significantly decreased. If you truly cared about security you’d not be focused on the southern border and instead be looking at how to recruit more CBP agents and provide better technology and gear for them; something the President has not done. Reading between the lines on your post shows your care is not for American Security but mindless cheerleading for Trump and his senseless dream of building something that pushes his brand into the next century.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. activists demand halt in building U.S. base off Okinawa See in context

most active elements

Can you explain what that means?

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Posted in: U.S. to hold missile drill on Okinawa: report See in context

Yes, you can divorce the two. Japan hasn't been able to present an offensive threat for over 70 years.

It extremely difficult to agree with you when the US has had a mutual defense treaty with Japan for the last 70 years and provides a very capable offensive threat on behalf of Japan.

We all know that Japan cannot rely on the US forever and needs to be capable of providing their own offensive abilities in order to ensure their national security.

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Posted in: Japan protests over China's unapproved maritime survey See in context

The hypocrisy is funny considering how similar this looks to the reefs throughout the South China Sea that Beijing claims as demarcations of their EEZ.

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Posted in: U.S. to hold missile drill on Okinawa: report See in context

Fine, missile drill, but the picture has NOTHING to do with the planned training.

The grainy image used in this article says a lot about what emotional response the media outlet producing this story wants to invoke.. The caption for the photo is the icing on the cake.

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Posted in: U.S. military declares five missing Marines dead after crash off Japan's coast See in context

Yuri has the best comment on this thread and we all should follow her example

Rest in Peace to the Marines that were lost in this unfortunate accident. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for Japan, the US, and peace in the region.

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Posted in: Gov't to start full-fledged landfill work for Okinawa base on Dec 14 See in context

OoOoO there are some spicy commenters on the boards this evening!

The comment of Japan not being a democracy is absolutely laughable but unsurprising being the ridiculous post shared by that commenter in the past. Democracy is tyranny of the majority. Just because a regional population doesn't agree with a national issue does not mean the decision that's best for the nation does not see follow through regardless if its them who see the most impact.

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Posted in: Abe, Okinawa governor fail to find common ground on U.S. base transfer See in context

Actually, CybernticTiger is absolutely right in the case. The majority of Marines that will remain in Okinawa are from the Marine Logistics Groups and Marine Aircraft Wing which fall into exactly the point he is making.

His description may apply to the other branches of USFJ but never to the Marines. Period.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_air-ground_task_force

Its absolutely applicable to the Marine Corps, they are designed to be self sustaining and handle their own logistics and supply for a set period of time. By the way, your information is out of date, the USS Bonhomme Richard is no longer stationed in Sasebo so if you cant even get that right then it brings into question your whole argument's accuracy. Regardless the Marine Corps does not need the Navy's LHDs and LHA's to transport their units in mass. Those are more focused on the Marine Expeditionary Units design; which is just a patrol operation. The Marine Corps is designed to respond to anything within hours and day... that would take weeks to mobilize the Marine units if they had to rely on those ships for transport.

I think Yubaru and Tiger really have shown you do not understand any of this.

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Posted in: Abe, Okinawa governor fail to find common ground on U.S. base transfer See in context

Tell me why Chinese and Korean nationals have been identified at anti-base protests (in violation of the law that bans foreigners from political activities). Tell me why the protests are funded by communist lobbyists funded by the CCP. Tell me why the inside of the HQ tent of the Henoko protestors is plastered with communist slogans written in Chinese and Korean.

You'll never get a response to this because it forces them to acknowledge is true and once they acknowledge the truth about where the majority of the support comes from it completely removes the false notion that this is an all Okinawa movement.

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Posted in: Okinawa to hold U.S. base referendum on Feb 24 See in context

Under Japan's administrative law, local municipality heads cannot reject a governor's request without facing a lawsuit.

But a governor can reject the national governments request.... illogical.

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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

What apology? Japan has NEVER apologized for the crimes of Imperial Japan high command ordering the forced conscription of comfort women.

June 22, 1965: Minister of Foreign Affairs Shiina Etsusaburo said to the people of South Korea: "In our two countries' long history there have been unfortunate times, it is truly regrettable and we are deeply remorseful" (Signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and South Korea).

August 26, 1982: Chief Cabinet Secretary Kiichi Miyazawa said to the people of the Republic of Korea: "1. The Japanese Government and the Japanese people are deeply aware of the fact that acts by our country in the past caused tremendous suffering and damage to the peoples of Asian countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China, and have followed the path of a pacifist state with remorse and determination that such acts must never be repeated. Japan has recognized, in the Japan-ROK Joint Communique, of 1965, that the 'past relations are regrettable, and Japan feels deep remorse,' and in the Japan-China Joint Communique, that Japan is 'keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious damage that Japan caused in the past to the Chinese people through war and deeply reproaches itself.' These statements confirm Japan's remorse and determination which I stated above and this recognition has not changed at all to this day. 2. This spirit in the Japan-ROK Joint Communique, and the Japan-China Joint Communique, naturally should also be respected in Japan's school education and textbook authorization.

April 18, 1990: Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Nakayama said to the people of South Korea: "Japan is deeply sorry for the tragedy in which these (Korean) people were moved to Sakhalin not of their own free will but by the design of the Japanese government and had to remain there after the conclusion of the war" (188th National Diet Session Lower House Committee of Foreign Affairs).[12]

May 24, 1990: Emperor Akihito, in a meeting with President Roh Tae Woo, said: "Reflecting upon the suffering that your people underwent during this unfortunate period, which was brought about by our nation, I cannot but feel the deepest remorse" (Meeting with President Roh Tae Woo).[13]

May 25, 1990: Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu, in a meeting with President Roh Tae Woo, said: "I would like to take the opportunity here to humbly reflect upon how the people of the Korean Peninsula went through unbearable pain and sorrow as a result of our country's actions during a certain period in the past and to express that we are sorry" (Summit meeting with President Roh Tae Woo in Japan).[14]

January 1, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships".

January 16, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a speech at dinner with President Roh Tae Woo, said: "We the Japanese people, first and foremost, have to bear in our mind the fact that your people experienced unbearable suffering and sorrow during a certain period in the past because of our nation's act, and never forget the feeling of remorse. I, as a prime minister, would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology to the people of your nation".[15]

January 17, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, at a policy speech on a visit to South Korea, said:. "What we should not forget about relationship between our nation and your nation is a fact that there was a certain period in the thousands of years of our company when we were the victimizer and you were the victim. I would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that you experienced during this period because of our nation's act." Recently the issue of the so-called 'wartime comfort women' is being brought up. I think that incidents like this are seriously heartbreaking, and I am truly sorry".[16]

July 6, 1992. Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato said: "The Government again would like to express its sincere apology and remorse to all those who have suffered indescribable hardship as so-called 'wartime comfort women,' irrespective of their nationality or place of birth. With profound remorse and determination that such a mistake must never be repeated, Japan will maintain its stance as a pacifist nation and will endeavor to build up new future-oriented relations with the Republic of Korea and with other countries and regions in Asia. As I listen to many people, I feel truly grieved for this issue. By listening to the opinions of people from various directions, I would like to consider sincerely in what way we can express our feelings to those who suffered such hardship" (Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato on the Issue of the so-called "Wartime Comfort Women" from the Korean Peninsula).[17]

October 15, 2001: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said: "During the talks, President Kim highly appreciated the words of the Prime Minister Koizumi at Sodaemun Independence Park, in which he expressed remorse and apology for Japan's colonial domination" (Japanese prime minister visits South Korea).[37]

August 10, 2010: Prime Minister Naoto Kan expressed "deep regret over the suffering inflicted" during the Empire of Japan's colonial rule over Korea. Japan's Kyodo News also reported that Cabinet members endorsed the statement. In addition, Kan said that Japan will hand over precious cultural artifacts that South Korea has been demanding. Among them were records of an ancient Korean royal dynasty.[46]

December 28, 2015: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se made an announcement at a joint press conference, which consisted of their respective statements on behalf of Japan and South Korea. Kishida stated, "The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women, and the Government of Japan is painfully aware of responsibilities from this perspective. As Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister Abe expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women." The statement went on to explain that "the Government of Japan will now take measures to heal psychological wounds of all former comfort women through its budget" and that it had been decided that the South Korean government would "establish a foundation for the purpose of providing support for the former comfort women". In return, Yun stated that his government "acknowledges the fact that the Government of Japan is concerned about the statue built in front of the Embassy of Japan in Seoul from the viewpoint of preventing any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity, and will strive to solve this issue in an appropriate manner". Both stated that this agreement will "finally and irreversibly" resolve the contentious issue and that "on the premise that the Government of Japan will steadily implement the measures it announced", both countries "will refrain from accusing or criticizing each other regarding this issue in the international community, including at the United Nations".[54]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

I've checked the citations at the bottom.. They're valid.

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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

Japan did that already years ago. And many received money from Japan. But some others refused by following their political activists whose goal is something else: TO HUMILIATE JAPAN. There is no end for such a political and emotional goal.

You have to understand a Korean concept of "Han", roughly translated as "resentment as national characteristic." The Han (resentment) provides Korean people emotional inspiration to rise up against obstacles to experience ecstasy of success.

A Korean film critic Ahn Byung-Sup, for example, says "*[**H]an*** (resentment) is an inherent characteristic of the Korean character ... [i]t becomes part of the blood and breath of a person**."

The problem of this concept is that in order to fuel such resentment within, they have to keep remind themselves how miserable they are/were - again and again. And the image of Japan is used for this purpose in the national scale. They do not want Japan to repent and become good. Otherwise, where else can they get a fuel for resentment.

This game has no end.

This post is a spot on assessment of what's really going on. At this point it isn't about apology or restitution because that has been done by Japan several times over the last 70 years. This is all about shaming Japan, Japan's culture/history, and the Japanese. This is why things like the Kyokujitsu-ki which has limited relations to Imperial Japan become high profile crisis. They latch on to anything that can be used to bring attention to an old and solved issue. The craziest part is the people carrying this fight are now people who weren't even born in the time of Japan's colonization.

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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

Please show or guide us to any proof

He has none, at least evidence that would be recognized globally as valid.

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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

Cool opinions Samit...

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Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. and tell Americans to stop building disputed military base See in context

If you didn't get that than I would say you're either not living in Okinawa or you're living in your own Okinawan reality.

You should look in the own Okinawan reality mirror. I've been here for years and your whole post misrepresents the truth of this island.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. and tell Americans to stop building disputed military base See in context

Again, power to Gov. Tamaki. Anyone against your agenda is greed-motivated and simply brandishing a hooligan's logic.

This is the beginning of the stages of grief. The anger and frustration of someone who knows they’ve been defeated

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Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. and tell Americans to stop building disputed military base See in context

Good luck trying to get Americans energized to support the cause. Very few can find Okinawa on a map. Even fewer have a political ideology that would align with that desire and few would actually have the drive to take action in support.

Every politician Onaga talked to will say the same line. “Henoko is the only solution. Talk with Tokyo about it.”

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Posted in: Gov't takes measures against Okinawa blocking U.S. base work See in context

Okinawan government do not go to the International Court of Justice

Because Okinawa ken is prefecture in Japan making it a domestic issue meaning the ICJ has no involvement.

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Posted in: New Okinawa governor wants U.S. to rethink Marine base relocation See in context

I guess he doesn't realize I'm making fun of him... sighhhhhhhhhhh

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