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Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

"The object of war is not to die for your country, it's to make the other poor bastard die for his."

George S. Patton

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Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

This is always left out of articles like these, that are just propaganda for the anti-base coalition.

Don't forget the ones that are always trotted out... like the "New Base" that is being built.... which is just an extension of Camp Schwab.... and my favorite... "the noise, pollution and crime associated with the bases"

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Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Sure are a lot of Okinawa experts on this forum that don't live here, who know exactly what Okinawa needs and wants.

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Posted in: Actress Jane Fonda says she has cancer See in context

Hanoi Jane......

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Posted in: Crumbling infrastructure rapidly rendering rural communities unlivable See in context

The overall mind set that you need a train/bus station 2 minuets from your front door and a smattering of stores within walking distance of your dwelling, needs to change. Convert the inefficient patchwork of farms into larger ones that can produce more food, timber and sustainable products. If Japan wants to remain Japanese, it needs to encourage its young people to want to work and live in a non urban setting and provide them monetary incentives to do so. There are millions and millions of people in the world who live in areas where your neighbor is miles away and they thrive. A low head count is no reason not to have utilities and services in an area, the rest of the world does it, but somehow Japan is stuck in the paradigm you need thousands of people living elbow to elbow in order to make things work.

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Posted in: New U.S. envoy Rahm Emanuel arrives in Japan See in context

Chicago?

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

I identify as 17....

...... me too and I am bi.....

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic See in context

The posters on here seem to think property owners are rich and heartless. If the property owner does not have an income from his/her rental, where does the money for Maintenance, upkeep, taxes and a laundry list of expenses come from? You can bet when a pipe bursts or the toilet clogs, the tenant is on the phone wanting it fixed and the property owner is on the hook to pay. When you can no longer pay, the court/government takes your property and sells it to the highest bidder. You loose permanently but the squatting tenant just moves to another place. When the government bars you from exercising control of your property, they have in effect nationalized it, but still want you to pay tax on it. The British Crown housed troops in the homes of private citizens in American colonies in the 1700s and forced them to provide sustance as well....... this is not much different.

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Posted in: Harris accuses China of intimidation in disputed seas See in context

Why was the contested Japanese islands left out of the mix?

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Posted in: Japan urges Iran to ensure safe navigation in Persian Gulf See in context

.....like a mouse offering a snake cheese..

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Posted in: New island discovered south of Tokyo after submarine volcano erupts See in context

I'm sure China can come up with a centuries old map that says it is theirs.

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Posted in: Westerners rush to leave Kabul; Afghan president flees country See in context

“This is manifestly not Saigon,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.

Really? I was sitting in an USAF ops break room in Utapao in April, 1975 watching the evacuation of Saigon unfold. Looks the same to me......

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Posted in: Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure See in context

Afghanistan:

Russia tried and failed.

USA tried and failed.

China, can't wait to see them in the quagmire.

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Posted in: Japan scraps plan to obtain U.S.-made anti-ship missiles for F-15 See in context

Defense arms manufactures are greedy to an unbelievable degree. I have been associated with the US military for all my working life, the cost of anything defense related is 10 times it's actual cost.

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

You might not like the Olympics but that's not a reason to use them as a scapegoat for covid.

The sharp increase in cases has nothing to do with the Olympics.

I don't think anyone is pushing the idea that the virus is being brought in by the athletes. Go back and read the part about the guy who traveled from Tokyo to Sapporo to watch an event and multiply that by a few hundred thousand, that is the cause of the virus spike. The sheer number of people put in motion by the Olympic event spreads the virus. Athletes, volunteers, contractors, drives, support staff, VIPs, etc. etc. and the list goes on. I read an article yesterday how Symone Biles hired a private gym and hour away from the O village to practice, along with her coaches, medical personnel and staff.

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Posted in: Why do you think some Olympic medal winners bite their medals? See in context

RC is correct, started when people would bite a coin to check if it was gold or not. 24K pure gold is relatively soft. Just note, most gold jewelry that is advertised as 24K is not, it has enough other metal to make it hard enough not to scratch.

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Posted in: Sailing away See in context

Great photo! Sailing is awesome.

Sailing is awesome, been sailing most of my adult life, own a sailboat... BUT there is no way in the known universe it should be an Olympic sport!

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Posted in: Amazon to launch 'Lord of the Rings' series in September 2022 See in context

Agreed! Don't mess with perfection.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booing See in context

nobody cares about this sort of stuff. Getting on with our lives is our priority.

It is never a good idea to not care about this "sort of stuff" when the government or such entity is involved. You may find out the government has other plans for your getting on with your life. A healthy and wary eye to circumstances is prudent.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booing See in context

It's only countries like China and USA where you can get into trouble for this.

Well no, there are a lot more, but you are correct about the two named. The process is different, but the results are the same.

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Posted in: Vaccinated Americans are getting angry at holdouts See in context

That is the funniest thing I have seen in days - YouTube as an authority which can be relied on for the truth :P

yeah, anything like this should be verified on Wikipedia.....

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Posted in: Sneaking a peek: Fans find creative ways to glimpse Olympics See in context

and you have this reality check.....

Through five days of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, NBC’s average primetime audience of 15.2 million viewers is down 47% from Rio in 2016 and 57% from London in 2012. The opening ceremony, delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, drew 16.7 million viewers for NBC on Friday, the smallest audience for the network broadcast since the 1988 Seoul Games.

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Posted in: Japanese sandwiches give foreign reporters culture shock at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Yes, prefer heavier crusty bread such as sourdough, rye or such. The Japanese large slice white bread is great for occasional sandwiches and munching, not so much for meals. Not a fan of mozzarella cheese on sandwiches, I like a cheese that lets you know its there, something like sharp cheddar or pepper jack.

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Posted in: Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard village bed goes viral See in context

Hang on a minute fellow posters, I need a bit of time to come up with something in this article to be "enraged" about.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

@Michael O’ Dereiter

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings

My adult beverage is now spewed all over my computer screen. Best post of the day!

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Well, it seems that after having the band continue playing on the upper decks to entertain the plebs, the captain and crew seem to get a little bit worried about the water reaching their kneecaps...

No worries mate, Bach has a Gulfstream idling with the Champaign chilled and the money bags stowed. The Captain will be long gone before the ship slides to Davy Jones Locker.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

There used to liberals, moderates and conservatives in American politics. Now there is only left, right and hate.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

despite having spent all their time with their heads buried in Fox “News.”

What news sites are on the approved list so I don't get insulted?

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

Okinawa should have a referendum on the bases

There was a referendum a couple of years ago, 80% voted in favor of removing the bases, problem was only about 40 percent of the population voted. The results were filed away in a cabinet and the drummers moved on to something else.

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