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Posted in: Attention! See in context

Come do some exercises in Kyoto!

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Posted in: Nengajo numbers falling, but smartphone apps offer an easier solution See in context

My wife and I send out nengajo to family and friends. It is a nice way to sum up the year. But as far as just sending as a custom, never mind that.

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Posted in: Are you concerned at China’s growing might in security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region? See in context

JapanToday rather** :P I like you guys. Keep your free access.

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Posted in: Are you concerned at China’s growing might in security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region? See in context

I am not concerned at all however. When China can put something more than that sorry excuse of an aircraft carrier to sea and when their money comes from their own ingenuity rather than manufacturing, then I might be concerned. Until then, come up with something to make me not sleep at night China.

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Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts See in context

I see gears in motion to spread the wealth. The cargo plane squadron has been moved to Iwakuni. Many sites are being looked at to host the Osprey aircraft throughout Japan. This includes Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Drills in places like Wakayama and Saga. A radar facility has been erected in northern Kyoto that can be accomplished by units on Okinawa. If I remember correctly, there have been plans in the works to close Camp Kinser, but that was supposed to come with a small expansion of the U.S. Army's Naha Port. Is there not talks of moving components of Atsugi west to Iwakuni as well? It just seems to look like there is progress towards splitting the burden of U.S. forces in Japan, but a slow, painful process. Okinawa will serve as a main hub for some time in my opinion.

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Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids See in context

While it is understandable that people would like a place to getaway from all the "noise" in Japan (See this recent article of the Japan Times speaking on the subject below), I can not understand why people would use that as an excuse to keep day care centers out of their neighborhood. The people in my neighborhood would welcome one, which would bring more young families to the area and reinvigorate the community. Also, I pass by a daycare that probably hosts about 30 - 40 children on a regular basis. The children play outside sometimes. I never hear them until I am literally right in front of the center - maybe a shriek or two from two buildings away if I really open my ears. I think in this instance the day care centers should be built, and let the complaining folks spend their money on the law suits if they like. If the old folks want to compare it to living next to a military base, then they have a lot of information to collect to prove that the decibels coming from the day care center are intolerable and hearing loss has occurred over a long period of time.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/10/10/lifestyle/making-noise-keeping-decibels/#.VDtjR74xF-U

For a culture that places a high value on quiet, Japan can get pretty noisy sometimes, whether it’s the loud and long-winded announcements on trains and buses, the big cacophonous TV screens around shopping centers, the right-wing nationalists’ trucks that drive around blaring marching music and imperialist slogans out of loudspeakers or the infamous election campaigners who likewise promote themselves at ear-splitting volumes.

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Posted in: Tokyo film festival to focus on anime, Asia and Middle East See in context

"Sumer Mario Bros." !

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Posted in: Abe visits Hiroshima to view landslide damage See in context

“The government wants to closely coordinate with the local authority,” said Abe, who wore the light blue protective clothing Japanese politicians often don during disasters to signify they are part of the recovery effort.

The ones part of the recovery effort are covered in mud.

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Posted in: Inoki wrestles with N Korea 'sport diplomacy' See in context

Good article. And a good example of Cultural (Sports) Diplomacy. However, the harder pillars of economic and military power hold the sway of relations with North Korea. But I do agree that this might help build some bridges that were not there before.

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Posted in: Japan looking to buy more stealth fighters in 2015 See in context

Just build your own stealth fighters like the other article said. Don't buy them. Build them!

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Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets See in context

Make it happen! Let's see some Japanese Fighter Jets.

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Posted in: Firepower See in context

I missed it again this year. Oh well. Maybe next time.

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Posted in: Film on 1597 victory over Japan breaks Korean box office records See in context

Movie looks entertaining. I'd watch it.

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Posted in: Obon holiday return rush peaks See in context

Thank goodness I stayed home this week.

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Posted in: Wet cop See in context

Poor police officer. Hope he had an extra uniform available.

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Posted in: Japan sends Hello Kitty into space See in context

Let's promote high tech industry and engineer economic growth with, Hello Kitty?

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Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa See in context

voiceofokinawaAUG. 14, 2014 - 10:53PM JST No one can dispute that Japan-based U.S. Marines are illegal squatters. The English version of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty vaguely states that U.S. land, air and naval forces are entitled to use bases in Japan. The Japanese version is more specific about these forces, stating explicitly that they are the Army, Air Force and Navy, thus excluding the Marines.

Good thing the Marine Corps is a Department of the Navy. The United States and Japan wouldn't wantany illegal squatters now would they.

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Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa See in context

This is a lot better than that sea base plan idea that was floated around in the late 90's when the call to move Futenma was first raised. I still can't believe that that was even an idea. Lets get the air facility moved and see how Okinawa uses Futenma.

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Posted in: Skymark Airlines under fire for selling items past their expiration dates to passengers See in context

Give me a cheaper rate and I will eat expired Cup Noodle.

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Posted in: Russia begins military exercises around Pacific islands also claimed by Japan See in context

Maybe Japan should rethink their redeployments of SDF tanks from Hokkaido to west Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to test first stealth fighter jet See in context

Let me guess. This will be seen as a kind of act of aggression towards one of its neighboring nations.

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Posted in: Chinese group appeals to emperor for return of 1,300-year-old artifact See in context

It's a stone.

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Posted in: Japan, China coast guards take part in joint drills See in context

This is always good news to hear. Let's hope some good networking took place between the coast guards in hopes of staving off potential conflicts in the future.

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Posted in: South Korea slams Japan's 'ludicrous' island claim See in context

Yeah more reassertions of claims.

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Posted in: Get your chills on the rails with Kyoto’s Ghost Train See in context

Looks like I found something new to do in Kyoto this summer.

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Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan? See in context

Nuclear is good because it is not burning oil. I would like to see some more research put into those off-shore wave power generator thingies.

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Posted in: Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague See in context

Bubonic plague still exists?

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Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to to build maglev line, despite environmental concerns See in context

I'll ride it.

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Posted in: Ozawa says Abe's policy shift risks taking Japan down dangerous path See in context

I could be wrong, but, I beleive Ozawa argued the exact opposite in his book "Blueprint for a New Japan" It has been a while since I read it, but I do believe there was a chapter in there dedicated to the role the JSDF should play. I will have to look back at that.

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Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport See in context

Maybe the Japanese government saw it as a move to show they are looking for more ways to help mothers, steps to solve the low birth rate in Japan. Just speculation.

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