Europe is a different entity and it is called NATO and is a treaty alliance between European Democratic nations or Allies.
There is no money paid to the USA for the troops there. It is every countries responsibility to contribute a minimum of 2% of their GDP. The USA contributes 4 to 5 times that. That is where the USA insists on a larger NATO Allies contribute more so the USA can reduce its burden.
Using Japan and the ROK and the Philippines is different as there is no WPTO western pacific treaty organization to form the NATO type alliance. They agreed to pay for so much for the Umbrella and Nuclear shield the USA offers. There is also that the USA uses this to protect shipping lanes and other US interests.
But this also protects Japan and ROK shipping lines to freely transverse waters china would soon seal up.
Then lets take a look at the amount of US Money is put in teh Japanese Economy. If you see all the American companies and contractors doing new work and repairs on bases throughout Japan, we see that these American Contractors use LOCAL JAPANESE contractors to perform the work. So US money is then placed into the Japanese monetary system.
maintenance and repair contracts are almost all Local Japanese performing teh duties with USA money not Japanese money. Look at all teh workers in teh BX and commissary bowling allies and clubs, golf curses and other venues are pretty much all LOCAL JAPANESE workers. It is a mixed bag of tricks and the whole structure of spending would need to be completely reworked. It is about time as the USA should insist if US Money is spent, then USA workers only can work at these jobs. Japan should stop funding anything on teh bases and let the USA maintain them. Japan would really gain as they will save much more than the 8 billion if they pay it.
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Japan does not allow Birth Right Citizenship, neither does any other country in the world.
It is an outdated law and should be modified for the current times.
Only Legal residents that are approved to immigrate to the USA whom have children should be considered a National Born Citizen.
NO Tourists, No one that is a Foreign resident, Also should apply to H1B visa's and other temporary visitors.
Only Legal residents and Citizens should be allowed Citizenship
And also as long as 1 parent is a Legal resident and/or Citizen.
Laws and regulations need to develop and advance as the times change.
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Well it is time for the USA to GO HOME NOW.
Let the allies fight China themselves, It is Japan, Taiwan, S. Korea and Australia to fend for themselves. Let China have the Pacific. Allies complain on US Forces so hope Trump takes them all home. Time for all in teh Pacific to Learn Chinese. If the Allies want the US Mercenary Forces then they need to pay for it. OR learn to speak mandarin. Good Luck we will not come back!
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The past is now pages in history books and the lessons of the hardships relegated to historians now.These times were different and life styles as we look back at the pictures shows depravity of the poor.nationalistic attitudes, walled from other influences except by hearsay and stories. Now due to technology, diverseness and communications and travel and mixing of the vast different ethnicity has now opened the world to the new generation that are not looking at the past as they look at Today and Tomorrow.the Climate and the state of the economies that they are being left out of are the concerns. Education, Health and a living wage and elimination of poverty and expressing empathy and concern for the well being of all everywhere.The time has past to let the historians debate and the oppression and human rights violations and genocides and study the methods to stop these behaviors and spread freedom as we are all one race.Today's generations should not pay for their ancestors destructive ways. they were not even alive then.We are much better than them but still have to develop further in the advancement of the Human raceWe are only human and we are all flawed in some way.
Peace and Love fellow Humans
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Well some good advice to all is to save your money, not in banks as they are subject to not giving money if a crash happens. Trump and the GOP of the USA are starting a currency war just like the tariff war he has initiated. farms are going under, manufacturing going under. Stocks are tumbling
Buy Gold and Silver if your smart.
Remember it is the consumers that pay for these taxes. Not the country they are placed on.
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Marijuana is a RACIST word against Black and Hispanics in the USA, the real word is Cannabis Sativa. As the Industrial nations see the medical benefits, the issue no one ever died as is therapeutic for people fighting diseases, cancer, seizures and PTSD. No one ever overdosed or developed lung cancer, heart disease or liver issues. Never a hangover and no bad side effects.
Prison for a plant that has been used for thousands of years as medicine and treatments for what ills us.
Big Osaki and Tobacco companies like to sell and have people indulge in poisons that ruin lives. Nature provides us naturally the medicines that are good. Then Big Pharma wants you to eat their poison pills to sell you another pill for the side effects of the pill they first give you.
It's all about money and control of the masses
They should let the masses vote not the corrupt politicians in Japan
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It is time for the USA to let other governments run their own country
The USA did good when necessary and brought the world after WW2
That was a long time ago.
Times have changed and the Military Industrial and banking interests of the USA is out of control
Japan can handle any issue with Russia, China and North and South Korea
There Japan can come out of hiding behind the US military and make deals in Japan's interest not the USA
the USA needs to close all their 800 plus bases and return the worlds countries to their own rules and negotiations
Also will save lots of money for the Citizens of the USA to fix their issues domestically and to also shrink the wasted money on Military and downsize the aggressiveness of The US abusive treatment of other nations.
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Japan LOST and in the books
Get over it.
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That also means that TYPHOONS will also increase along with their strength also increasing
More water content and more flooding, super TYPHOONS will be many and mainland and Northern Japan will feel a huge brunt. may help Okinawa as the storms track further north only bright point
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For Smokers the tax of 30 yen per pack has already happened. They should also increase the taxes on Saki, Shochu, Awamori that have not paid their fair share like Beer, Wine and Alcohol and not give tax breaks to them. All taxes should be same based on Percentages of Alcohol, beer and wine.
Food and health should never be taxed as that is an essential requirement for life.
Put taxes on stocks and bond purchases that only rich people have.
Make the Japanese 10% rich people hide their taxes.
They should legalize cannabis use and reap taxes off of it like so many states that hurt for money do
Saves money on prisons and jails and police
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Pachinko and Japanese Slot machine Parlors Yakuza owned with North and South Korean partners out number all the Casinos in the world.
If Japan was worried about crime and gambling they would close and shutdown every one of them.
Also Japan does not want to hurt the Yakuza and Korean mafia.
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Welcome to World Climate Change.
Change and prepare now or face the agony of death and illness
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Call it the G7 minus 1 = G6
The Lyin King Trump is now started the G1
Maybe next The Lyin King can pull out of WTO
The USA would go into a depression
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Volcano safety is really important. Mother nature does not care who lives there when she cracks earths shell.
Luckily these are Shield type Volcanoes, the Strata type volcano is very much more dangerous as they explode and huge pyroclastic flows that destroy everything in their paths and can travel at hundreds of kilometers an hour. Here in Japan many volcanoes of the Strata Type (Fuji san) are way overdue and can wake up quickly.
It is a good message for all whom live in these areas.
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The TESLA is a threat to the Hybrids of Japanese auto;s
And REAL pickups come from the USA
Even Toyota (Tundra......) and Honda make their pickups in the USA
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Trumps days as a fake President are near the end and soon he will be a Number in A federal Penitentiary
The sooner the better for the Orange DOTARD as he tries to destroy Freedom and Democracy and is nothing but a Soviet plant to destroy the USA. May he veto all the bills and create the Shutdown he wants and finish himself.
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Any country or politician that makes a Deal with the Trump administration will get hurt badly and endanger the people of Japan.
I do not eat meat from the USA as its bad meat full of GMO and antibiotics that are not good and then the Growth hormones is scary stuff.
Let them bring the cars in as no one will buy them
Me I own Subaru autos in the states as they are better than US cars
My friend swears by Hyundai and his wife likes Toyota's and Honda's.
American cars are junk compared to all cars now on the market.
Even the Yellow plates
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If China takes it with a force, What will Abe do?
China would then control the whole South China Sea
Radar Station, Missiles Aimed at Taiwan and Japan?
Troops and make artificial land fill and runways with piers for ships.
Japan should be doing it and let them bark as as others do with their fake islands they stole from the Philippines
That should be a Warning that China see's them as vital military outposts and very close to Taiwan and sooner or later they will take them.
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As an example to use what tourists like. They like Diversity and a mix of cultures. International areas with variety. Lets take a look at Singapore and their entertainment and dining areas.
The foods are everything and 1/2 are Singapore specialties. Everything is open air and indoor commons.
Attractive areas open space and covered area and many clubs with people mingling from one to another.
No fees and added costs. many types of bar foods all night. Music is from rock to blues to jazz to folk. Ethnics of Spanish, Cuban and Hispanic dance clubs to salsa all night. Discos and Hip-Hop all around. Everywhere the music is live and no cover charges.
The best it all located in central areas where driving is not required and a lot of Subway, bus and taxi services.
The place has all representatives of every nationality, Religion, race creed and color and sexuality.
You need to have a place that unites all travelers, ex pats and locals to mix and realize we are all Humans and we can live as one. No racism and bigotry only a place of harmony and well being. That is what all want for an entertainment venue
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Donald Trump is a puppet of Russia and China and The Orange Dotard of the USA has given his full permission to China to go ahead and take the islands with his blessings and also promised that Taiwan is theirs anytime as the USA will do nothing to stop them. The same goes for the Northern territories for Putin as he is the orange Pinocchio's puppet master and trump will follow and do as he is told.
And Japanese SDF are not capable of fighting anymore as they have proven over and over that China and Russia can walk in anytime and nothing will be done but a protest condemning them.
Sorry Japan you will need to learn Chinese and Russian as that is your destiny now with the puppet dotard Trump as he is doing the same to the USA.
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Trump does not know the difference between Climate change and cold snaps.
banking and money laundering, Collusion and treason etc.......................................
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Well it is a motor driven bike not 100% pedal power and is a motor vehicle, and using a cell phone is against the law while driving a motor driven bike. Guilty of several laws and a drink in her other hand. She is toast and should be punished as a Reckless driver and pay the price. I ride a bike a lot and this is a big issue. Japan needs to add Bicycle lanes everywhere. It is sometimes difficult to ride on teh narrow roads with open 2 ft. deep drain trenches that are open. I been driven into them by ignorant drivers and lats of road rash. Bikes and cars and pedestrians are a bad mix at times and mostly it is the ignorance of the person not paying attention and then regret it after it is too late. Hammer her hard with a good 10 year prison sentence at hard labor and put it in teh headlines and top spot on news cahnnels. maybe people will learn, maybe not. But you have to try to educate all on the roads.
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Safer in north Korea where it is legal. Not on my bucket list ever. I stay away from corrupt 3rd world playpens.
Not safe for anything
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Good for Japan and the EU. Too bad for The Dotard Trump as he isolates the USA from the world.
Would be great if the Japanese Govt. and EU Govt. would also make a defense agreement that would kick out the USA and Bring in the EU Nations. And this will improve Free trade and other trade agreements with the EU.
The EU are a much more civilized group of Nations that respect others and get the respect they need. Time for Japan to nix all trade and defense agreements with teh USA and bring Stability and Peace and prosperity for Japan and the EU.
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Love My Apple TV no NHK there, also Chrome, ROKU. Just use the Internet and a Monitor and a surround system DVD deck
Then get a DNS/VPN address and you can stream the whole world!
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1 billion yen, what a joke. The Lottery in Japan is an insult to intelligence. Where as you have in the State of California the Lottery starts at 1 billion yen and grows each drawing not won and has been in the 500 to 1000 billion yen. and it only costs 100 yen per ticket.
But as we say in the states: Someone is going to win and it is not you!
You also have a better chance of getting hit by lightening 2 times than winning the lottery.
Its just another scam to get your money from you
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Trump is practicing the same policies as those that Dominate Japanese women in Japan in work and Political positions. The USA should send Trump to Japan so he can fit in with the same type mysoginist men in teh Japanese Govt.
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One big problem of this is there is no room for other students but Military and Civilian employees get. As A contractor for me to send a child to the US Base schools is on a space available and a cost of $2500.00 per month or 250,000 Yen per month. The fact that Japan has failed to educate their kids in Foreign studies and languages is not the fault of the US Military but a Japanese Government that refuses to be like China who educates their children in English and foreign studies. They employ by the many thousands of English speakers to teach their kids in Public Schools. They send their children to teh best and most expensive colleges in the USA and Europe for the best educations. That is not happening in Japan. Japan still believes in isolationist practices and that everyone should speak Japanese. Even North Korea educates their kids in English more than Japan does. Singapore you need to speak English to live there. Japan will need to pay for US educated teachers and more schools. In the USA there are no tests for students to attend High Schools and all children are equal and have the opportunity to attend any public school. So japan should look in the mirror as they are the source of their problem. If Japan wants more English schools why don't they let these schools build here in Japan and pay the same wages that US teachers get. It is not the the US Govt. and Populations taxes that are paid for US schools for the sake of English illiterate Japanese students whom are not educated by the Japanese Govt.
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