dougthehead13 comments

Posted in: Abe cabinet rate support rises to 45.6% despite data scandal See in context

Ganbare Japan! Feb. 4 11:17 pm JST

There are a few good politicians outside the LDP - members of Komeito. All others stand for nothing and should shut down permanantly.

That's right. Koike is an example of this. It does not belong to the LDP or to Komeito. And his liberal social democratic ideas are an example of this. It's a pity that Japan doesn't have a lot of people with ideals like her. Because that is what Japan urgently needs.

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Posted in: Abe vows to tackle economic, diplomatic challenges ahead of summer election See in context

sf2k Today 01:39 am JST

> It's not like there would be an alternative

And there isn't. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not. Abe and PLD are the only viable option Japan has today. That's what my childhood friend who lives in Osaka tells me.

The only political party with real liberal social democratic ideas is Komeito. That if they joined Koike's party they could give a real alternative to Japan.

The Left parties in Japan have only one common goal. Defeat Abe and PLD. Without thinking that once defeated it is time to govern the country. And that is what is really difficult. Because their policies are totally incompatible with reality. Something they have a hard time assimilating. For they speak only of beautiful utopias that cannot be achieved.

This is the uncomfortable reality. But simply reality.

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Posted in: Japan seeking to penalize unauthorized manga downloads See in context

Most of the servers where you can see manga online are in Central American countries, South America and Eastern Europe.

To make the manga accessible to everyone you could do the same as the online gaming platform Steam. With a very small monetary fee you can access the official manga translated into many languages to view online. And that money raised to the author. And this would reduce piracy until it disappears. But it has to be a very affordable price. Wassap type.

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Posted in: Don't shift blame over wartime labour ruling, Tokyo tells S Korea See in context

This is a labor problem. And it must be solved only by labour mechanisms. With private money and private companies.

Politics and public money should be out of all this. This is how Germany solved its problems after the Second World War. Separating each issue into its respective areas.

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

Responding to Chip Star.

Japan is forcing itself. If can change its constitution if the Japanese people have the will.

Opposition parties in Japan. Generally the left-wing parties have blocked any attempt to change the constitution in the Diet sessions. Preventing the holding of a consultative referendum. They did not even want to sit at a negotiating table to reach a basic consensus. The Japanese people have never been able to be officially consulted.

Disagree all you want, but it won't change the fact that Japan's defense strategy has been extremely effective for over 70 years.

Article 9 has been a stability for the region for 70 years. No one doubts that. But unfortunately that article of the constitution is becoming very obsolete. It was created to give a message that Japan would never arm itself again. And it was committed to this, if neighboring countries committed themselves to do the same. And follow their example. But now in 2019 that article is losing its effectiveness. And that's why it needs to be modified. Or at least. Make a passive offspring or even ignore it completely. Until the political parties opposed to the reform and their leaders. Understand that Article 9 must be updated with current security conditions. In addition to recognizing that JSDF is an army except in name.

An example of what I want to explain is that it's too obsolete. Typewriters exist. But they haven't been used for years after the arrival of computers. Or messages in Morse. It is no longer used because everything works with electronic systems of text and voice.

Cordial greetings.

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Posted in: Taiwan, Japan to hold maritime cooperation talks in Tokyo See in context

Failed response to 1glenn Dec. 26 09:06 pm JST.

It's not the same thing. Okinotori islands are clearly in Japanese territorial waters and EEZ. And so they are recognized worldwide by both the United Nations and the International Maritime Union.

There is no dispute between Japan and Taiwan. Not to mention that the latter publicly admits that they are Japanese islands. Even if they are artificial.

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Posted in: Taiwan, Japan to hold maritime cooperation talks in Tokyo See in context

What the People's Republic of China is doing is building islands far removed from its country by clearly invading the territorial waters of other countries and their EEZ areas. In addition, there is already a final judgement of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Condemning the construction of artificial islands outside Chinese territory.

According to that sentence. All the artificial islands that China has built are illegal, except for the northern half of the Paracel islands. That those islands would be within Chinese territorial waters and EEZ.

As you can see. The situations are completely different. Japan has not invaded any territory of another state. Neither have its territorial waters. Japanese artificial islands are completely legal under international law. Because they were built on Japanese territory.

I hope I've helped you clear this up.

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Posted in: Taiwan, Japan to hold maritime cooperation talks in Tokyo See in context

1glenn Dec. 26 09:06 pm JST

Japan has spent about 600 billion USD on island building at Okinotori, while condemning island building by China in the South China Sea. In both cases, national territory is claimed over an area that was previously uninhabited. Also interesting, Japan has been seizing Taiwanese fishing boats near Okinotori, while ignoring Korean and Chinese fishing boats in the area.

Is there a conclusion to be reached?

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

This is one of the many consequences of having a very obsolete constitution in force. Bearing in mind that it was adopted in 1947. And it has never been modified.

The main culprits are mostly left-wing political parties. Like the Socialist Party, the Communist Party and to a lesser extent the Social Democrat. They refuse to update this constitutional text in a totally irrational way. They do not even agree to sit at a negotiating table. Indispensable in a democratic system. They want us to believe that the constitution is an inalterable document that cannot be changed. And it is for these reasons that their election results are very low. And then they are surprised that very few people vote for them.

Although I don't like PLD. It is very clear that the opposition is the main culprit that this does not change. I know because I have a former schoolmate and friend of mine who lives in Osaka. And he tells me how hard it is to live there as a Spaniard. He is also married to a Japanese woman. He has a daughter and is expecting his second child. Because of this unjust law. My friend has been in Japan for 13 years. He has to renew his visa every 3 years. He doesn't have a permanent visa yet. Not even the 5-year-old. And that's frustrating for him.

In order for laws to change, the constitution must first be reformed. And for that a broad consensus of minimums is needed. And for that to happen. The parties of the progressive left have to lift that legislative veto that they are forcibly imposing in parliament. In order to solve this serious problem.

I couldn't go on like this.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Seoul clash over S Korean warship's fire-control radar lock-on See in context

The only thing I can think of is that those pilots were very scared.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Seoul clash over S Korean warship's fire-control radar lock-on See in context

South Korea has denied that the radar was used intentionally to track the Japanese plane and that no actions were taken that would pose a threat to the MSDF

Oh, yeah. But the problem was that the MSDF airplane attack alert alarms were activated. The Japanese pilots do not know the real situation at the time. They don't know if it's a mistake or not.

Weasel Today 07:06 am JST

Agreed. This is very a serious indeed, and should not be made lightly. FCRs are supposedly pre-programmed with the capability to determine the foe-or-friend ID's prior to the fire-control's target acquisition.

What you're saying is known only to the personnel of the South Korean destroyer. The MSDF pilots only know that they are a possible target to be shot down.

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Posted in: Mattis exit makes the world more volatile See in context

Trump is changing the world for the worse.

For pacifism in Japan, the arrival of this man is a real disaster. Because they no longer have convincing arguments to defend Article 9 with its current text.

The main ally of the Japanese pacifists was the president of the United States. Since Obama's departure the changes in mentality are much quicker.

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Posted in: S Korean destroyer directs fire-control radar at MSDF plane See in context

That situation is very dangerous. Because the alert alarms on the Japanese patrol plane were activated. Indicating that they were being signaled by AEGIS missiles. The alarm itself only indicates that they're pointing at you. But the pilots don't know if they're attacking you or not. They can only be a possible victim. I can assure you those pilots were really scared.

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Posted in: With eye on China, Japan unveils record defense budget See in context


The problem here is that Article 9 of the constitution is clearly becoming obsolete. Much more obsolete than you want. Worst of all, it is not Japan's fault that this is so. It is caused by actions and threats from abroad.

The fact that an army is being built illegally is the result of this constitutional obsolescence. But at the same time it is necessary.

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Posted in: Japan's plan to pursue aircraft carrier raises question of necessity See in context

OssanAmerica Today 06:42 am JST

The Japanese carriers with a limited (what, 8-10 planes?)

At most 5. 6 would be the maximum limit with many difficulties to maneuver due to lack of available space. The Izumo class is so small that the number of planes loaded is much smaller than the Ministry of Defense wants.

Note that F-35B units cannot bend wings. Unlike their sisters A and C. They can do it. It is also a fairly large aircraft compared to the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II. It doubles in size.

The perfect combination would be 3 combat fighters on the deck of the ship. And the other 2 reserve inside the hangars.

The Izumo will never be an offensive carrier. The number of fighter planes is so ridiculously low. That it will not pose a threat to any country. But at the same time it will strengthen the combat capability to defend the chain of Japanese outlying islands of the Pacific. In case of incursion or seizure by force by a foreign country. In what would be defined as a defensive action.

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Posted in: Japan to spend more on defense, refit 1st aircraft carrier See in context

Akie Today 01:20 am JST

dougthehead13, what authority do you have to declare that the law I quoted is expired ? Does it mean that Koreas will be colonized by Japan again, automatically ? Does it mean that Taiwan will be colonized again, automatically ? Does mean that Philippine will be colonized again, automatically ? Does it mean that Vietnam will be colonized again, automatically ?

I don't think I understand myself well.

In the 1951 treaty of San Francisco. A 55-year moratorium was imposed on Japan by way of punishment to prohibit the possession of war assets. That punishment would enter into force from the very day of the signing of that treaty.

Adding up the data is a perfect match. 1951 + 55 = 2005.

A note. China did not join that treaty precisely because of the inclusion of that temporary moratorium.

Conclusion. The international legal prohibition expired 13 years ago. Now Japan's only legal prohibition is national in character at the domestic policy level. Article 9.

And today's Japan doesn't want war.

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Posted in: Japan to spend more on defense, refit 1st aircraft carrier See in context

Akie Today 12:15 am JST

""Japan shall be permitted to maintain such industries as will sustain her economy and permit the exaction of just reparations in kind, but not those which would enable her to rearm for war."

That paragraph you set out is a moratorium that was introduced in the Treaty of San Francisco in 1951. It expired in 2005. Since that year, Japan once again had an internationally recognized legal military capability.

Because he believes that the Ministry of Defense was re-established in 2007. Because the ban expired 2 years earlier.

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Posted in: Japan to spend more on defense, refit 1st aircraft carrier See in context

A cost estimate for the refitted carrier wasn't given. The work would be done over five years and the ship would carry 10 stealth fighters. The refitting of a second helicopter carrier would follow.

In 2014 I studied a report from Ingalls Shipbuilding. That is the one that builds the amphibious assault ships Wasp class of the American Navy. In relation to a hypothetical re-conversion of the Izumo into an aircraft carrier.

According to that study the maximum number of combat aircraft to operate loosely in the reformed Izumo is 5 units. 3 on the deck and 2 in the interior hangars. Anything in excess of 5 aircraft will result in operating in a slow and suffocating environment due to lack of available space. This will result in a longer reaction time in the event of a combat emergency. Having 10 planes in the Izumo will be chaos. And it won't be possible. At most if you ship 8 F-35B it will be a miracle. And that figure is also questioned. In the end, the report said that a maximum of 6 or 7 planes.

Another problem is the reduction of deck space. With the installation of a Ski-Jump the Izumo use cover will be reduced by 30%. With the elimination of 1 parking lot of large helicopters. And it will alter the dimension of the other adjacent parking lot. This loss of usable deck will further reduce the existing one for the manoeuvring of the aircraft inside it.

Another problem is the plane assigned for that purpose. The F-35B has been chosen because it is the only aircraft in the world that is capable of operating from the Izumo. Another problem is the plane assigned for that purpose. The F-35B has been chosen because it is the only aircraft in the world that is capable of operating from the Izumo. The only one available that is in production and for sale. There is no other alternative model. The McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II was discontinued in 2005. And it is not for sale.

One more thing. The aircraft carrier Izumo will be the weakest in the world. Its current competitor the Liaoning (16) will operate 38 Combat Fighters. In front of the 5 of Izumo. Just so you can see what a big power difference there is. So that detractors may say that Izumo is offensive in nature. I am simply telling them that they are totally wrong.

It's a defensive airline. Its offensive capacity is almost nil.

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context


Japan would not need an aircraft carrier were it not for China's unilateral annexation through military force, Japan's sovereign territory.

For the time being you have publicly said that the islands Senkaku, Miyako and Yaeyama. They should be under Chinese sovereignty. And if they use force it means that Japan will be at war. China would be violating Article 9 by being on Japanese territory.

Who in this case would be the aggressor and the warmonger. China or Japan.

You complain about the Japanese military movements. But you are not aware of the actor who is provoking this. When China ceases to want these territories for itself, we will be able to speak of peace and tranquillity and harmony throughout Asia.

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

The Izumo helicopter carrier will be refurbished for sporadic use of aircraft carriers. It is not a threat to any country. And it is compatible with Article 9. Because its technical capabilities can only be oriented to defense.

To start with you will only have the maximum capacity of 5 or 6 F-35B combat fighters. 3 or 4 on deck and 2 on hangars. Because according to the law there must be at least 2 helicopters, for SAR services and another helicopter for transporting goods and food.

In addition, the operational range of an F-35B for airspace surveillance missions close to the ship is 150 km around it.

Without taking into account that you need coverage of reconnaissance planes and AWACS type probes that can only operate from ground airstrips. What you need not move away from the Japanese coast. The offensive capacity of this ship is very low.

The boat most similar to the characteristics of the reformed Izumo is the aircraft carrier Cavour (C 550) of the Italian navy. It is the only ship in the world that could be compared by its size and deck distribution. Which is also oriented only for the defense of Italy.

The only countries operating defence-oriented aircraft carriers are Italy and Spain. Japan will soon be included in this list.

While the United States, Russia, China, India, France and Great Britain. They will be the only aircraft carrier operators with truly offensive capability worldwide.

And I remember that the carrier configuration will only be used when it is exclusively necessary. The F-35B fighter unit will be parked on a ground base.

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Posted in: Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020 See in context

Not Akie. This is only the consequence of China's warmongering attitude. Which is what is giving the perfect excuse for Abe to be right. As hard as it may seem.

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Posted in: Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020 See in context

Michael G Today 08:38 am JST

All nations should have their own strong militaries AND an Article 9. Ban war. Military is only for defense, just like a gun in a nightstand ready to help you defend yourself. Furthermore, if the US can have bases in Japan, let Japan have bases in the US. How about a Honolulu Japanese Naval base?

The Italian constitution also has a pacifist article similar to Japanese article 9. It forbids him to wage war except to defend himself. And that's what the Italian armed forces have to do. It does recognize its constitution.

They could copy the Italian pacifist clause to apply in Japan. As a suggestion.

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Posted in: Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020 See in context

The Japanese constitution is more than 70 years old. And many articles are very obsolete for the present times. Not just article 9.

And in this particular case, Abe has a small part of the reason. Only a small part. 

The problem here is the lack of consensus. The Left parties is that they do not admit the obsolescence of the constitution. And they refuse to engage in dialogue at a negotiating table. This is absolutely necessary in a constitutional amendment process in any democratic country. It's something everyone has to learn. Komeito is a party willing to dialogue and negotiation. Unfortunately Edano's PDCJ and its partners live in a changing world that they fail to understand. That's why they fail electorally.

For this to work well. You should learn from my country Spain. Choose constitutionalist delegates from the most important parties in Japan. Take them to a resort isolated from the outside world. So that their decision is not influenced. And leave them alone for a reasonable period of 8 months. While they are writing a consensual draft. From time to time they present that draft to the Diet. For the parliamentary committee to verify or retract the successive drafts until a final text is implemented that satisfies all parties in a minimum consensus. So that the Japanese can then ratify or reject in a referendum.

One thing is clear. No one will know for sure whether or not people want to change the constitution until they are consulted. Everything else is a hypothesis.

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Posted in: Japan's military sees record spending: Nikkei See in context

talaraedokko Dec. 9 11:38 pm JST

You don’t make weapons just to sit on them. You don’t change a constitution just for protection. Sad.

Unfortunately, article 9 of the constitution is obsolete. It's something no one likes to admit. But the reality is there.

The JSDF (the army of Japan). They should not exist. But they exist and the war potential of those forces is increasing year after year. And it's incompatible with the current constitution. The reason for its existence is the deliberate disobedience of Article 9. Ignoring its existence is for now the only alternative that Japan currently has. Until the Japanese people understand that this article needs to be reformed.

Finally, I put the definition of the obsolete word that comes in the dictionary.


outdated or inappropriate to current circumstances, fashions or needs. An obsolete teaching system.

adj. no longer in use.

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Posted in: Japan's military sees record spending: Nikkei See in context

Remove the paficist constitution and raise spending to at least 2% just like European countries are doing.

There is no legal or administrative impediment in Japan for defense spending to approach 2% of GDP in defense spending. The 1% limit is just an internal self-imposition so as not to infuriate the Japanese people. And Article 9 also does not legally preclude an increase in defense spending.

and if the pacifist constitution is overturned, I think they will.

I think so, too. It is only a matter of time. Article 9 is obsolete. And it is something that the Japanese people are beginning to realize. But it will still take a few decades to update that text.

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Posted in: Japan protests China's new activities in East China Sea gas field See in context

According to the official map of the International Maritime Union. The disputed area is only a small linear strip 10 to 15 kilometers wide.

The official map of the UN which is the one that officially delimits the borders of each country. It says in this case that the oil and gas field is divided between the two countries.

Looking north. The right side of the energy field is in Japanese territorial waters and EEZ. While the left side of this field is in the territorial waters and EEZ of the People's Republic of China.

What Japan fears is that China will use military force to illegally seize the entire energy field. Including the Japanese part of it. Something contrary to recognized international law.

China has the right to exploit the energy resources of that field as long as it does so from its side of the border. But it cannot occupy sovereign territories of other states, nor can it exploit resources that are not its own.

The solution to this problem would be to create a neutral zone of 5 kilometers on each side of the recognized international maritime boundary line. A place where neither of the two countries cannot exploit energetically. Under UN supervision. Like the green line in Cyprus.

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Posted in: Wartime labor rulings cast dark clouds on Japan-S Korea ties See in context

Don't blame JT. As I said the other day in the last news. That this is a labor problem. The Japanese government does not have to allocate taxpayer money to solve this issue.

You don't have to pay anything either. Much less say anything.

This is an exclusive affair between Japanese companies and a number of victims of slave labor. And they should be compensated with exclusively private money. With only private investment funds.

Public money is totally excluded in this matter.

That is how this same problem would be solved if this were to happen in Europe. At least that is how I see it from a point of view as a European citizen.

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Posted in: LDP not to present Constitution revision plan to Diet this year See in context

I do not believe that the LDP or Abe can successfully achieve a constitutional reform during the coming year 2019.

Although it is very necessary because it has some technically very obsolete articles.

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Posted in: Global arms firms show off wares in Japan See in context

Matt Hartwell Today 07:18 pm JST

I have a question for you.

What do you think would have been the end result if Europe, Russia and America were not armed to take on the Nazi's in WW2? If they all said, oh no no no, we can negotiate with Hitler. Trust me.

All these people that think the good times are never going to end are straight up delusional.

History is full of war and conflict and while it should be priority no.1 to avoid conflict at just about all costs, sometimes that simply isn't possible.

It can be said louder but not clearer. Just because there hasn't been a war in the last 70 years doesn't mean there can be one in the future. And Japan has to be prepared in case that happens. God forbid.

The world is unfortunately not a utopia of fantasy of peace, prosperity and goodwill. And it is something that the Japanese people have to keep in mind.

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

AkieToday  12:19 am JST

Constitutionally and legally speaking, Japan is forbidden to develop offensive weapon systems. However, the rapid development of technology lowers the outlaw barrier as to what constitutes offense capability. If Japan indeed needs the capability, the best approach would be to reach out to China and Koreas to ask for understanding and make a public statement that the capability never will be used to attack neighbours whom Japan still repents. Anyway, in not a distant future, Japan, Koreas and China will form a United States of Northeast Asia.

Not Akie. Japan is disobeying its constitutional prohibitions because the People's Republic of China is forcing the situation. For trying to annex by military means territories that are not theirs. At least those are the threats they publicly announce.

Japan only wants to defend what is its own. And I keep saying that Article 9 is obsolete to this day.

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