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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

If 8 to 9 thousands most active elements of the Marines can relocate to Guam, what's the use of building Futenma's replacement in Henoko

This is your answer

I imagine the Marines asked to close Futenma and move the airfield to Camp Schwartz because it is too far to fly helicopters from Guam to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, or the Philippines. 

Fixed wing aircraft can easily move people en masse a far distance quickly though. So putting your combat arm a 2 hour flight away wouldn’t really effect response because they can arrive quickly and already have required support in the area.

Oyasuminasi, Voice

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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

We both know reason for the Marines moving a portion of their forces to Guam is to ease the burden on Okinawa.

Thats what China claims, but, the US has about 60 years of missile defense technology development over China’s weapons development programs. Oh, and the Soviets were much better at weapons development and manufacturing than China. So it’s more likely that the threat China presents is mostly mitigated.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

I imagine the Marines asked to close Futenma and move the airfield to Camp Schwartz because it is too far to fly helicopters from Guam to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, or the Philippines.

Fixed wing aircraft can easily move people en masse a far distance quickly though. So putting your combat arm a 2 hour flight away wouldn’t really effect response because they can arrive quickly and already have required support in the area.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

when the two governments struck a deal to the effect that primary responsibility to defend Japan’s territory rests with JSDF and not with the U.S. Marines. 

Voice, you tend to provide half a picture or twist the story. The JSDF has operational control and a leading responsibility to defend the territory. However, the Marines will still fight in defense of Japan and it’s territory. That agreement and promise has been reiterated nearly yearly. ****the USFJ will fight alongside the JDSF. Period. End of discussion.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

Well that’s your opinion. It’s still a good boost to the economy down here

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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

We're opposed to the construction of the so-called replacement of Futenma in Hebnoko for reasons: (1) it's the waste of taxpayers' money estimated to amount to Y2.5 trillion;

This makes me wonder who owns the construction companies contracted to build the extension to Camp Schwab for the relocation of Futenma. Also, who are the employees carrying out the construction. If everyone is Okinawan then that’s a huge economic boost to employees and contractor. So from an economic standpoint a return of land and an expensive construction project at the cost of the GOJ is a big win for the Prefecture.

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Posted in: Over 70% of voters reject U.S. base transfer in Okinawa referendum See in context

By your logics implication every single Japanese national election in recent memory would be " invalid" then since a huge percentage of voters " abstain" from voting .

Please direct me to anywhere in my post I claimed that the referendum was invalid? I only posted the breakdown of percentages results based on actual voters and total eligible voters. If you arrived to that conclusion it is based off of your own interpretation of the data.

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Posted in: Over 70% of voters reject U.S. base transfer in Okinawa referendum See in context

For context people should consider the whole picture and not just how a biased side will portray the referendum. These are numbers I put together from various Kyodo and Okinawa Times articles 

There are roughly 1.15 million eligible voters in the prefecture. 

Roughly 52% (605,000) participated in the referendum. This number was down from the 63% participation in the gubernatorial election and the 59% in the previous referendum. 

Approximately 48% (550,000) did not participate in the referendum 

Breakdown of the votes within the 605,000 participants: 

For: 116,000 (19%)

Against: 435,000 (72%)

Neither : 53,000 (9%)

Breakdown amongst 1.15million eligible voters:

For: 116,000 (10%)

Against: 435,000 (37%) 

Neither/abstain: 603,000 (52%) 

(Neither =4% abstain =48%)

Statistics is always up to an individual’s interpretation but I just think we should always make sure we see the whole picture. It may show that things aren’t as clear cut as some want you to believe

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Posted in: Okinawa holds referendum on controversial U.S. base move See in context

Good Morning All,

I got up early to see the results and I find them interesting to say the least

For context people should consider the whole picture and not just how a biased side will portray the referendum. These are numbers I put together from various Kyodo and Okinawa Times articles 

There are roughly 1.15 million eligible voters in the prefecture. 

Roughly 52% (605,000) participated in the referendum. This number was down from the 63% participation in the gubernatorial election and the 59% in the previous referendum. 

Approximately 48% (550,000) did not participate in the referendum 

Breakdown of the votes within the 605,000 participants: 

For: 116,000 (19%)

Against: 435,000 (72%)

Neither : 53,000 (9%)

Breakdown amongst 1.15million eligible voters:

For: 116,000 (10%)

Against: 435,000 (37%) 

Neither/abstain: 603,000 (52%) 

(Neither =4% abstain =48%)

Statistics is always up to an individual’s interpretation but I just think we should always make sure we see the whole picture. It may show that things aren’t as clear cut as some want you to believe

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers tout U.S.-Japan-S Korea alliance as Seoul, Tokyo feud See in context

The US really needs to take a stronger stance in encouraging these two countries to leave the past behind; in particular highlight that the disputes were officially resolved three years ago. It's time that everyone move on. East and Southeast Asia may be the most volatile region in the world in the next decade. A US influence is probably the only thing keeping the PRC can of worms from being opened and any further degradation of that influence could see things get ugly quickly.

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

Mr. NoidallToday 02:21 am JST

I think Japan has come to terms with its wartime brutality; it's Korea that has not come to terms with the fact they lost.

I think Japan has come to terms with its wartime brutality; it's Korea that has not come to terms with the fact the entire world has moved on from 1945.

Not a bad post but I'd say it like this. Japan has acknowledge its mistakes and strives to move forward and nearly every county excluding the two Koreas and China have moved on and seek to work towards the future vice live in the past.

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

Independence from Japan is the only way Okinawa can be free from U.S. bases. Independent Okinawa will have a free hand to deal with U.S. about the bases. No other prefecture in Japan is as defiant as Okinawa to the central government.

Barely 10% of the people in Okinawa want independence. Even if it led to the end state you discussed. It's the dream of a few hundred people.

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Posted in: S Korean navy top brass cancels visit to Japan amid strained ties See in context

Moon's government has played into the DPRK's hand so easily.. Now strained ties with Japan weakening the strength of the US/ROK/JP alliance is icing on the cake.

No reason for Kim to denuclearize at this point.

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Posted in: 'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at Japan Times after 'forced WWII laborer,' 'comfort women' changes See in context

I already lost respect and support for the Japan Times when they published the sensationalized tabloid worthy articles written by Jon Mitchell.

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Posted in: Senate seeks solution to open U.S. government; Trump insists on wall See in context

The U.S. Senate, where democracy goes to die. Why is it again that Wyoming (pop. 568,125) has the same amount of say as California (40,017,007)?

Oooh boy, this may blow your mind but once upon a time state governors selected state senators in lieu of elections. The role of the senator is to represent the wishes of their home state.

Now, seats within the House of Representatives are distributed based off of state population with the intention of representing the wishes of their districts.   

The two chambers exists as a check and balance on each other and the Legislative Branch as a whole serves as a check and balance on the Executive.

If we could abolish party politics and professional politicians then this is the best system of gov't in the world. IMHO

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Posted in: China demands U.S. drop Huawei extradition request with Canada See in context

It's called being held accountable, China. It's about time the world starts teaching you that actions have consequences and the world doesn't exists to meet China's whims.

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Posted in: Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies See in context

Canada has the moral high ground! Keep up the fight; the free world has your back.

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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

A wall between the US and Canada (don't forget Alaska) and around the American coast and perhaps one in the sky to prevent illegals flying in.

Statically speaking that would a be more likely way of prevent a terrorist or criminal from entering the country. But don’t tell Bass that.. he and the other 45 supporters seem pretty set on the idea it’s only people without light skin that do crime.

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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 hope Drumpf puts his money where his mouth is and uses Emergency Powers to make another failed attempt at his wall. Taking money from the DOD would put a dagger in his tailspinning support within the DOD and he would lose in court instantly.

Perhaps once that door closes he’ll back down on the wall and open up government. Meanwhile he can go back to his base and tell them he tried everything.

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau criticizes Japan over whale hunt See in context

As a Canadian and a human being, this is an issue that affects all humanity. Just sayin

Thats pretty melodramatic. If theyre responsibly fished and populations are sustained then people eating whales doesn’t impact people who don’t whatsoever.

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Posted in: Trump, in TV address, urges Congress to fund border wall See in context

If I was a border patrol agent working without pay right now these speech would have me torn with laughter and furious at the same time... Talk about a guy who is completely disconnected with reality

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau criticizes Japan over whale hunt See in context

I'd like to get people's opinions on eating whale meat. Why do you think its wrong? Why do you think other people should not be allowed to eat it?

Personally, I enjoy the taste of whale meat and eat it as frequently as I can. If whale populations are responsibly managed and supply doesn't exceed demand is it a bad thing?

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

Impossible Matt, the People's Republic of China is such an innocent peaceful country that has never taken any neighbors by force ;)

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

Interestingly enough, only 10% of the signatures in the petition are from Okinawa per Rob Kajiwara himself (via his youtube). This is despite Japanese translations and directions being provided to people on what it says and how to sign the petition as well as local papers providing significant coverage for the petition. It goes to show where the majority of the anti-relocation support comes from (hint; not Okinawa).

Rob would have been better off flying to Tokyo, the US Govt regardless will tell him that this is an internal to Japan matter.

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Posted in: U.S. military identifies 5 dead in warplanes' crash off Japan See in context

Rest easy Bats and Sumo. Thank you for your service to Japan and the United States

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

If the Marines' stationing in Japan is subject to scrutiny in light of the Security Treaty, then this accident has much to do with the security treaty.

Scrutiny at a time like this is a very indecent and inappropriate thing to do. It speaks volumes of someone’s character.

I’ve seen in two separate articles you have demonstrated that you have no understanding of the Marine Corps’ mission, it’s organizational layout, and how the Marine Corps falls under the Navy. Just listen to the patient people trying to teach you. We actually know what we are talking about... it’s also all over google.

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

The fact that they are subsumed under the Department of the Navy doesn't  ensure they are part of the Navy as a military branch. The Marines are under the Department of the Navy just for the sake of its history and administrative convenience. The Department of the Navy is not a military branch.

For starters... what doesn’t any of this have to do with the tragic accident and loss of life?

Secondly... There’s nothing convienient about someone else controlling your budget and policy. Unless it’s not really someone else because you fall under that eepartment. Oh, and those aircraft that’s say Marines are actually owned by the Navy much like all medical personnel with the Marines. Why? Because the Navy and Marine Corps are one in the same aka Naval Services.

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Posted in: Search continues for 5 missing U.S. Marines off Japan coast See in context

Thank You to the SDF and Japan Coast Gaurd!!!!

Definitely! The relationship between the US Forces Self Defense Forces is deep! I’m grateful for all these men and women do!

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Posted in: Search continues for 5 missing U.S. Marines off Japan coast See in context

Rough day, hopefully they can find these Marines and bring them home.

Thank You to all who serve to protect us and Thanks to our ally, Japan, who responded so quickly.

I share your sentiments. Very classy post

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

Disproved? What are you talking about son? The two points are the same argument and give more support to my argument that the idea of discrimination is false. Narita Airport battle mirrors the Camp Schwab expansion perfectly. It’s a segment of the population that’s extremely active and vocal against the governments plan. The people or Chiba would have just as equal a claim as the Okinawans, however, it’s nothing about the people. They’re just unfortunately the people in the location most necessary to build Narita Airport/Futenma’s Relocation Facility. You can’t produce any evidence to support the discrimination claim.

Gubernatorial elections went to opposition candidates but all but 2 mayoral elections have been won by pro central government candidates. Following suit many district elections in the last two years have been won by pro central government candidates as well. Claiming elections represent Okinawans as being anti base/central government holds no weight.

Look at the media sources behind your mentioned polls. The Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times openly proclaimed to use their platform to influence anti base sentiments. So the accuracy and legitimacy of their polls and surveys is questionable at least. At this point Brietbart would be more honest and less biased than those two papers.

I know reality because I live here. I invite you to Awase. Come talk to my neighbors and friends to see where their real focus is at.

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