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Posted in: Pentagon successfully tests U.S.-Japan missile interceptor See in context

land based ballistic missiles site locations are known


Not so. Potential adversaries use mobile launchers.

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Posted in: Search ends for 3 U.S. sailors missing in Navy aircraft crash See in context

Another sad day for the USN. I hope the families can find solace. And let's find out what needs to change to avoid all these accidents going forward!

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay Y610 mil damages over noise problem at U.S. Yokota base See in context

Toasted, you do not seem to have read the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty:


This Treaty shall remain in force until in the opinion of the Governments of Japan and the United States of America there shall have come into force such United Nations arrangements as will satisfactorily provide for the maintenance of international peace and security in the Japan area. However, after the Treaty has been in force for ten years, either Party may give notice to the other Party of its intention to terminate the Treaty, in which case the Treaty shall terminate one year after such notice has been given.


Japan can tell the USA to leave away from this blessed land any time they want to; in actual fact, they very much want the US military here.

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Posted in: Japan protests after N Korea fires missile over Hokkaido See in context

NK is making Japan look very weak, indeed.

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Posted in: Record rain as typhoon batters southern Japanese islands See in context

stocktrader / cucashopboy

You're best off going to the US government's Joint Typhoon Warning Center when you need detailed information on approaching typhoons:

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Posted in: Okinawa to file fresh lawsuit next month over U.S. base relocation See in context

The CCP is very active in Okinawa. The Chinese Communist Party would love nothing more than to have the US lose its presence in Okinawa. You can be sure that there is a lot of cash under the table going to Okinawa these days.

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Posted in: Murder suspect extradited from Argentina See in context

How did the person who spotted him in BA know who he was? There are a lot of gaps in this story (as usual).

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Posted in: Actress Makiko Esumi announces retirement from showbiz; denies affair rumors See in context


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Posted in: Paramount signs $1 bil film co-finance deal with 2 Chinese firms See in context

More American money, siphoned out of the country, being used to buy pieces of it. The USA needs to wake up and realize that the status quo is bad for ordinary Americans.

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Posted in: Kiss Expo Tokyo 2016 See in context

I'm the King of the Nighttime World!

Yeah, KISS was pretty awesome until Gene and Paul kicked out the only cool guys, Ace and Peter. Gene had it all together, though, and kept his eyes on what he really wanted: Money, and more of it. Now he's out here in 2016 for another cash grab. Once a again, art loses to avarice.

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Posted in: Weak spending, inflation data hit Japan recovery hopes See in context

Liberalize the market! There are so many hurdles to going to market with a product/idea. The middle class isn't going to spend the way out of this financial mess. People with new and novel ideas and a free, open market will be the key to growing out of this morass.

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Posted in: China warns Japan not to 'play with fire' in South China Sea See in context

This is brinksmanship and bluster. There is nothing to fear. China doesn't want war, nor does anybody else. If there is a skirmish, it'll get quashed. War would be very bad for business, making the people of China, Japan and the USA poorer.

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Posted in: Birthday boy See in context

More scions for the public teat. Hooray.

P.S. I really, really like the current Emperor.

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Posted in: Obama presses China's Xi on South China Sea See in context

China has been making a lot of strategic moves in efforts to thwart the USA, ranging from bilateral deals with countries in Africa to nail down mineral rights and access to ports, to deals with Russia and countries of the Asian steppe, to the obvious military push into the SCS.

President Obama's "pivot to Asia" has been very successful and progress has been made. South Korea (and Taiwan) has been pulled back from the brink of falling completely into China's orbit, Japan is an able and active partner in deterring Chinese expansion into the East Sea.

This G20 snub won't be forgotten and the CCP will rue this action when their party is confined to the dustbin of history, along with the WPK in NK and the USSR's CPSU.

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Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate See in context

The ruling coalition has not been open with its motives and has yet to clearly explicate their rationale for rewriting the Constitution. Thankfully, Nippon Kaigi has made no secret of their motives. Look no further than their mission statement and you will understand the orchestrations of the Abe government.

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Posted in: Let's not go places See in context

More bad news for Japan, Inc. My goodness, how the mighty have fallen! Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic are practically crime scenes for the working over they got from competition and Toyota is having its former sterling reputation stomped on...who's next, Toto?

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Posted in: Abe visits Shinto holy site before G-7 summit See in context

sf2k, you are absolutely right to recognize that the separation of church and state has been challenged by PM Abe and his government. In fact, the invalidation of the constitutional prohibition against favoring a particular religion has been a priority of Abe and his cabinet.

Shinzo Abe is Head of General Affairs for 神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会 (Shintou seiji renmei kokkai giin kondankai ­– Shinto Political Alliance Diet Member’s Roundtable).

Further reading from 2013, still relevant:

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Posted in: Obama arrives for summit See in context

Who are those total randoms meeting the POTUS?

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Posted in: Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74 See in context

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. White around ten years ago or so, in Japan, no less. He was in the VIP area of the after-party and I said a few words to him and to his brother Verdine. They were all there, but I kept it short and just said that I was a fan and thanked them for their music.

Maurice was sincere and generous in his response. I was so glad to meet those people. I think that was the last time that Maurice toured with the band.

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Posted in: SMAP members say they will remain together See in context

They were all, no doubt, summoned to a meeting with serious men with thin mustaches, tinted glasses and punch-perms who advised them to reconsider their actions "for the sake of their fans."

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Posted in: SMAP sticking together See in context

Everyone who wants to learn something important about Japan needs to see the video for themselves if they haven't seen it already.

All four of the guys who said they'd walk look like they haven't slept in the last 40 hours and appear to be very, very nervous, like prisoners in confession videos who know that, off-camera, somebody very nasty is waiting to do awful things to them or their loved ones should they not follow the script.

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Posted in: Relief, anger, indifference over S Korea-Japan sex slave deal See in context

Adjusted for inflation, $800,000,000 in 1965 was worth $6,020,820,512.82 in 2015. Journalists, when reporting on this issue, should make this distinction.

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Posted in: Okinawan governor to revoke permit for U.S. base relocation work See in context

Ali KhanSEP. 15, 2015 - 08:41AM JST if the local people do not want the base why anyone impose on them, is it not a clear occupation?

Okinawa is part of the nation of Japan, so how could it be occupation? The national government gets to decide how to protect the nation, not local governments. That's the same in any country.

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Posted in: U.N. chief Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern See in context

This is a terribly undiplomatic move by the UN Sec-Gen. Ban, should he attend at all, should do so as a private citizen. If the UN Sec-Gen. were not such a politically impotent position, I would be even more outraged.

I hope he likes helping prop up the CCP as they roll tanks again through Tienanmen Square.

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Posted in: Abe hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands See in context

Seizing the Kurils after Japan's defeat was pure opportunism on the part of Russia. It is tantamount to theft.

One would think the Russians would have been satisfied with their crushing of the Japanese Imperial Army at Khalkha River.

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Posted in: Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko celebrate 25th wedding anniversary See in context

The elite of the elite celebrate 25 years cohabiting at the public's expense. Congrats!

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Posted in: Cyclists knocked off bikes by car, then robbed in 2 incidents See in context

People really carry a lot of cash in this country, don't they?

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Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress See in context

Mar044 09:05AM JST

Japan has changed

Japan has certainly changed. The Japan of today is forgetful, unsure and feeling the sting of lost pride at having been eclipsed economically by it's gigantic neighbor, the very same country that Japan has long denigrated as being unable to catch up.

Another way that Japan has changed: It is slowly, quietly backsliding into government secrecy, militarism and a less-free press.

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Posted in: U.S. base dispute worsens as Tokyo refuses to bend See in context

Bertiewooster said,

Okinawa does NOT want yet another base

First, Okinawa is not getting another base. The base that Okinawans had complained was in a populated area is being moved to a remote location.

Second, yes, Okinawa is being made to take most of the US military personnel and this is nothing new. Tokyo doesn't give a damn about Okinawa, it probably never did.

Civilians were made to stay on the island and dig military bunkers, serve as conscripts and the lot for the Imperial Army and Navy rather than having them evacuated from the island. As a result, it is possible that even more ordinary Okinawan civilians died than military personnel on either side during the desperate battle that followed, but nobody knows for sure. Their lives were, in the eyes of Tokyo, "sacrificed" so that mainlanders could live. A nasty, brutal truth.

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Posted in: Harris wins praise as Oscars host See in context

I can only imagine the furor in the mass media had a black host stood there in his tighty-whities. You'd never hear the end of it! Sad, but true. Hollywood isn't exempt from old-school racism.

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