Halwick comments

Posted in: Outnumbered and elderly, Okinawa protesters oppose U.S. military runway See in context

You say all things werel agreed between the two countries. Yes, they were, but you must take into account under what circumstances all these agreements were made.

Again, obfuscation deflection. In your mind, since the two separate defense treaties were signed under "questionable circumstances", therefore it negates Japan as an independent sovereignty. That's what you are implying. Yet you acknowledge the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty and concur with 193 UN nations that recognizes that Japan is an independent sovereignty. You are contradicting yourself.

Subsequent to 1952 when U.S. occupation of Japan ended, has the U.S. military exercised supreme power and authority, interfered and dictated Japanese internal civil affairs and Japanese way of life and usurped Japan's sovereignty?

I don't think so. At least not in the way Imperial Japan (and military) usurped Okinawa's sovereignty prior to and up to 1945.

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Posted in: New imperial couple to face heavy burden of tradition See in context

....Masako pledged to do her best despite feeling "insecure" about becoming empress.

If Masako was insecure about being Princess and the duties associated, wait till she becomes the Empress. I hope she understood that in the beginning when she married Prince Naruhito. But perhaps at the time she had "stars in the eyes" and the prestige and status of being a Princess overshadowed the reality.

Regardless. I think Naruhito has an opportunity to be more than a "Comforter-In-Chief" after he becomes Emperor. Now is the time to set aside old fashion Royal Family traditions and bounderies and redefine the role of Emperor and Empress in the new Reiwa Era.

Perhaps Masako can look to Princess Diana model for inspiration, find an endeavor to champion and support. Then hopefully she will find the freedom to be herself and flourish as a new type of Empress and inspire the new generation of Japanese women.

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Posted in: Japanese space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater See in context

Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid..... 

So, where are the environmentalist outcry that humans (are again) destroying nature?

Scientists hope the samples will help them understand the history of the solar system, since asteroids are left over material from its formation.

As a taxpayer AND space engineer, I'd much rather we always send probes - hundreds of probes to every planet, every moon, every other body we'd like to study.

All very nice for academics and scientific knowledge, but what is the PRACTICAL use of this information and knowledge? How many probes have we sent to Mars over the last 50+ years and what have we learned and how are we using that knowledge for practical purposes?

The Hayabusa2 mission and the scientific studies it serves is impressive but how will the study of crater impacts help solve the energy, environmental and medical issues? How will it improve mankind's habitat here on Earth?

It (probes) will be cheaper than just a few manned missions to Mars, assuming we want them to live and actually return.

Back in the 1960s, I was an enthusiastic for manned missions as it was assumed at that time we were opening up a new frontier and had people willing to colonize space and the Moon. Probes were initially sent to explore. The next logical step was manned exploration missions and eventual colonization. The Apollo moon missions and anticipated manned Mars missions were compared to the Lewis and Clark Expeditions.

But the 1960s space exploration was premature; mankind was not ready for colonization of space, moon and human exploration of the outer planets. Fifty years later, there still isn't any serious intent to colonize space and the Moon. Nor is there any frontier spirit, political will and financial willingness to support such a long term venture. Furthermore, people nowadays are so hyper risk-adverse that they are afraid to take on such a risky venture.

It's not worth opening and exploring new frontier unless you have people ready and willing to take the risk to move there and establish a permanent colony.

I now view space exploration and manned mission to Mars with skepticism. For what purpose will this achieve? Other than to satisfy scientific curiosity and prove the technical feasibility and political prowess?

But when China or India send robot probes around the moon, or Japan does asteroid landings, notice the public reactions. It's as pathetic as the Olympics

Perhaps the reason is China is pursuing a more pragmatic and practical approach rather than spectacular gee-whiz demonstrations of space exploration technical feats:


China is using its space program with more pragmatic and practical long term goals and as an expansion of its Belt and Road Initiative program. China's space program is aimed at generating long term wealth-creation through a space-based economy beginning with dominating space and establishing a lunar base, industrial mining and exploiting its rich sources of minerals. China has stated that "whoever conquers the Moon first, will benefit first."

But I prefer the U.S. (and Japan's) political and economic system to China's and would prefer that our system benefits, rather than China's. But we won't benefit unless we begin to view space with pragmatism, practicality and profitability.

There was a time back in the 1960s and 1970s that space was the perfect environment to manufacture new types of alloys and metals, crystals, etc., and the Moon held rich mining deposits just waiting to be exploited for Earthbound benefits and applications. Instead, NASA decided its goals of spectacular space feats were more important. Even the Space Shuttle and Space Station served nothing more than a platform for demonstrating school projects in space and rehashing old Skylab and Mir experiments.

Given China's behavior in the South China Seas and areas where its Belt and Road Program has been established, there is a concern that China will dominate space and establish a political framework that insists on loyalty to CCP that will threaten democratic access to space.

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Posted in: Outnumbered and elderly, Okinawa protesters oppose U.S. military runway See in context

Japan is supposedly a sovereign, independent state.

@voice, are you really saying Japan is NOT a sovereign, independent state and that the U.S. still has control and jurisdiction over Japan, not just in military matters, but in all matters including domestic and internal civil and political affairs, as it did during the 1945-52 occupation period? That's the conclusion your arguments leads to.

Do you accept Okinawa as a PREFECTURE of Japan and thus under its laws and jurisdiction and is subject to compliance as Japan central government deems necessary? Japan central government and the U.S. are in AGREEMENT that the Futenma base should be closed and its personnel relocated to Henoko. Furthermore, Japan is in agreement that U.S. military presence in Okinawa is a strategic necessity. If they didn't, they would have long ago pressed for the removal of not just the U.S. Marines, but ALL U.S. military base presence.

Anytime you and other like-minded feel that the Japan government is wrong, why don't YOU and like-minded petition Gov. Tamaki to push for a BINDING referendum for Okinawa to secede from Japan and establish itself as a independent and sovereign country. Then sovereign and independent Okinawa can demand the "evil U.S. military colonial occupier" out of Okinawa territory.

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Posted in: Clever kitty: Cats know their names See in context

Unbeknownst to humans, cats have always known their names. It's just that when your cat doesn't respond to you, she understands — she just doesn't care.

I agree. I'm convinced cats, in their own self-absorbed world, have their own private names that they only share among their own kind. The "nicknames" humans give them are only for convenience; they'll respond to that name when they feel like it.

Felines are not self aware, thus lack a self concept. It's a reflex action, if anything.

Well perhaps so, but their "reflex actions" indicates there's a calculated intelligence behind it. I've had cats for decades and observed they are arrogant, self absorbed and more concerned with their comfort and wellbeing. Their antics can be comical but I've found they have no sense of humour and when you laugh, they think you are laughing AT THEM and they'll stop, stalk off offended, and sulk and you'll have a hard time getting back to being in good graces with them.

That tells me that they have an inflated opinion of themselves and thus have self awareness of their sense of importance and position in life. They demand to be respected and treated as an equal, unlike dogs who are happy to serve and be subservient to their masters.

On the other hand, I've sometimes wondered why I tolerate and cater to the Cat's whims. Perhaps the same reason I sometimes cater to my Wife's whims and demands. Ah.....the similarity between Felines and (human) Females; once you understand and accept, then there's "peaceful coexistence and harmony".

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Posted in: Special celebrations planned for newlyweds at start of Reiwa era See in context

Let's hope marriages under the Reiwa era will be one of "beautiful harmony".

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Posted in: Clever kitty: Cats know their names See in context

Since ancient times cats were a god: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

And they've never forgotten it.  In their world, cats rule, dogs (and humans) drool.

As for whether they're as smart of dogs, perhaps they are smarter; you'll never see a team of cats slavishly pulling a sled in sub-zero degree temperature.

"They seem to associate their name to some rewards or punishments..

Reminds me of teenagers; when you call them, they'll respond when they feel like it or if you have the reward (read: monetary allowance) for them.

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Posted in: Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails See in context

So the House failed to override the veto due to falling short of the two-thirds majority required. No doubt the democrats will try to change THAT rule....and try again.

In the meantime, there is a new group of 2500 migrants heading toward the U.S.


As the 2020 elections gets closer, there will be more and more migrant waves arriving at the border en mass attempting to force their way across the border into the U.S, and Americans (except democrats and illegal immigration sympathizers) will wish that wall, fence, barrier or whatever you call it, was built.

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Posted in: Kremlin says talks with Japan over territorial dispute could take years See in context

In other words, Russia is telling Japan to go pound sand. Keep trying to get the islands back and there will be no peace treaty.

Will the Abe's successor (now that he has announced he not going to run again) agree to give up claims on the islands? It all depends on how desperate Japan wants a peace treaty with Russia.

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Posted in: Abe suggests he won't seek 4th term as LDP president See in context

Perhaps PM Abe is hedging his bets that Trump won't be reelected and doesn't look forward to working with a leftist POTUS.

JCP and SDP, here's your opportunity to take over and oust the U.S. military occupiers from both mainland and Okinawa.

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Posted in: U.S. joins other nations in grounding 737 MAX jets See in context

Now the old saying is "If it's a Boeing, I ain't a going."

Airbus must be delighted at the news. No doubt more orders for them.

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Posted in: California governor places moratorium on executions See in context

So a guy is elected by “the people”. People don’t want something (abolishment of death penalty). Elected official does what he wants anyway against the will of the people. This is ok?

It's okay if the official is a democrat. They can and do anything they want.

If someone murdered Newsom's wife and kids in front of a crowd of people I wonder if he would reverse his decision...

It's amazing how many people who favor "humanity" for criminals quickly change their tune and demand harsher penalties when the violent crime directly affects them, especially if it involves the murder of a loved one, relative, friends, etc.

The death penalty is more for people who want revenge than anything else. It’s barbaric and does not work as a deterrent to crime. It’s common sense to abolish it.

Really? I suppose the convicted murderer's act is not barbaric? Oh I get it, the criminal is a victim of society, a misunderstood soul, not responsible for his acts and should be forgiven and given a lenient punishment, i.e., life in prison where he can receive free medical care, meals. room & board, etc.....all subsidized by the taxpayers at the cost of $81,000/year for 50 years, which equates to $4,050,000 over his lifetime).

One thing is absolutely certain: The executed criminal who is shown to be unable or unwilling to rehabilitate will never, ever commit violent acts against humanity again.

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Posted in: Teenager ashamed of given name 'Prince' adopts traditional one See in context

Good that "Prince" was able change his name to a name more to his liking. At least his mother didn't name him "Pikachu".

Yes, parents should think twice about the names they choose for their children as it will impact them the rest of their lives. 

Then there are some names that don't mesh with surnames well. Either their parents didn't think of it or had a peculiar sense of humour. For example: I knew a guy named Robert Bong. He didn't like the nickname "Bob", especially when used with his last name. Heard a classic story about a man whose surname was "Lear" and named his daughter "Cystal Shanda". 

In the Philippines, I've ran across women with names like "Queenie", "Princess" (both had expensive tastes), "Lovely" (who was anything but), "Girlie" (she was over 30 at the time), and so forth. They were happy and comfortable with their names, though. 

Ah, but as the saying goes, "What's in a name"....

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement See in context

It appears that Big Brother plans to shame companies into compliance.

Speaking of Big Brother, how will compliance be enforced? By "Kempetai Thought Police"?

Can we have the opposite please too

mmwkdw: You raise very valid points. Unfortunately thanks to the world of political correct double standards these compliance rules applies to men, but not to women. And when women breaks the rules, HR looks the other way and pretends it never happened. Instead it's the man's fault.

But women are just as prone to harassment and abuse of power.

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Posted in: Abe support rate falls; 69% want Okinawa vote on base issue respected See in context

The Okinawans are right. It is their island and Abe must respect the facts.

Okinawa is NOT a sovereign, independent country. Okinawa is a PREFECTURE OF JAPAN and under Japanese jurisdiction. The military treaties that allows U.S. military base presence on Okinawa was negotiated between Japan central government and U.S., not between Okinawa local government and the U.S. It is Gov. Tamaki who must respect the facts and cooperate with PM Abe to resolve the issue.

When ALL Okinawans (and not just a noisy political active minority claiming to "represent" Okinawans) no longer considers itself a "Japanese Prefecture", they can hold a referendum to go "independent", secede from Japan, establish an independent sovereign government and then order the removal of the U.S. military bases. Until then, they have to accept the Japan-U.S. decision to close Futenma and relocate to Henoko.

So Which other party JT-experts are pushing?

Communist Party.

Confirms my suspicions. Thank you.

Do Okinawans want Chinese to invade? Pure and simple

Not as invaders, but people like Gov. Tamaki, JT-experts like "voice" and the Communist Party in Okinawa do not consider China to be an enemy or adversary. They would probably welcome China as "guests" to invest in Okinawa under its so-called "One Belt, One Road" economic program. (By the way, accompanying the Chinese financial and infrastructure investment will be the Chinese military to protect said investments; don't be surprise if they occupy the military bases vacated by the departed Americans. Will Okinawa accept Chinese military occupation?)

But the stumbling block is the fact Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan and so long as it remains a Japanese prefecture, Japan central government would never allow Okinawa to "participate" in China's program.

But I think the plan to relocate Futenma to Henoko has nothing to do with deterrence or the U.S.’s war strategy, as attested by Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel, 

Wilkerson's opinion is not supported nor shared by the U.S. and Japan national interests, regional threats, and the U.S.–Japan alliance’s military requirements.


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Posted in: Trump signs 'Space Force' directive See in context

Yeah ! Space Force ! To absurdity and beyond !

But its okay for China and Russia to have their Space Force, eh?

How come you guys aren't critical and dismissive of their program?



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Posted in: Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency See in context

Wait till a mega-mass migrant caravan from Latin America converges on the border timed for the 2020 election and those 16 states granting them sanctuary, welcoming them as new "Democrat voters" to ensure a landslide Democrat win.

When the American people realizes what is happening, it will be too late to build a barrier/wall/fence (or whatever you want to call it) to stop them.

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

Congress needs to pass an emergency Constitutional amendment and let AOC run!

If not allowing her to run for President, then Vice-President.

A "Bernie/AOC" ticket running on the Green New Deal platform would be the Demo-Socialists dream team.

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Posted in: JAL plane skids off taxiway, closing part of Narita Airport See in context

What?! Pilot at fault?  Nobody here blaming Boeing (the same manufacturer who built the much-maligned V-22 Osprey and 737-MAX) for building a "defective airplane that skids on the runway"?!  Of course the pilot was probably trained by Boeing, too.

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Posted in: Over 20 dead in U.S. polar vortex; frostbite amputations feared See in context

So, instead of global warming, it's now global freezing?

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Posted in: Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan See in context

Its really strange to me to see the traditionally anti-military intervention members of Democratic party aligning with the neo cons and hawks in the Republican party on this.

That's because the neo cons and hawks in the Republican party are also against Tump in this instance.

At the moment, these Democrats and Republican factions have a common enemy: Trump.

Remember the old saying: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"?

When this passes, the anti-military Democrats and the Republican hawks will be at odds again.

But its really strange to see the Democrats and Republicans (not to mention most JT posters here) who oppose U.S. meddling in other countries affairs, to be vehemently opposed to Trump who wants to get out of the region and concentrate on taking care of U.S. interests at home.

Again, no matter what position Trump takes, they will be opposed to it.

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Posted in: U.S. base transfer referendum for all Okinawa voters remains unclear See in context

Fearing a low turnout could undermine the validity of the referendum, Tamaki wants to conduct the referendum in all 41 cities, towns and villages, and has urged the five cities including Ginowan to take part in the referendum.

Yup, been saying all along, folks down here are apathetic to the issue.

And what if no clearcut resolution is reached, then what? More political delaying obstructionist referendum votes, thus delaying the closure of Futenma and relocation to Henoko? The problem will never be resolved. And what do the other 39 cities, towns and villages care about Futenma and Henoko? They have their own problems.

Let's be honest, Tamaki really wants the entire U.S. military forces, not just the U.S. Marines OUT of Okinawa. That's why he wants all 41 cities, towns and villages involved.

Would Tamaki prefer instead the JSDF to replace the U.S. military on the bases in Okinawa? Or does he wants ALL military forces including JSDF out of Okinawa and closure of all military bases ?  Let him be honest and straightforward about that instead of hiding his real intentions through meaningless referendums that only addresses part of the issue and offers no solutions.

It's time to fish or cut bait, as they say.  Why not a real binding referendum vote: "Do you want ALL military bases on Okinawa closed and ALL U.S. and Japanese military forces removed from Okinawa?" 

YES or NO. 

But this too will probably be a meaningless exercise and waste of effort as Okinawa is and remains a prefecture of Japan and under its jurisdiction, which includes compliance with its policies and directives. Mainland Japan government would ignore a "YES" vote as it and U.S. deems Okinawa to be an important buffer in the region and wants to continue hosting military bases there.

Independence from Japan is the only way Okinawa can be free from U.S. bases. . Independent Okinawa will have a free hand to deal with U.S. about the bases

Then hold a meaningful and binding referendum for independence and put it to vote. 

If and when that happens, Tamaki and Okinawans who do support independence will have to remember it will no longer be a Japanese prefecture and enjoy the economic benefits and protection as a Japanese prefecture. And the U.S. will also have no obligation in protecting Okinawa from a particular country that is expanding throughout the China Seas region.  

The Philippines kicked the U.S. military out. But after seeing China's expansionism in the area, they are begging for U.S. military to return and support in the region.

(Independence) Never going to happen. Okinawa is too far integrated into Japan for this to even be feasible.... 

Realistically true.  Japan central government will never allow independence for those very reasons.  Both Japan and U.S. agree Okinawa being militarily strategically important in the region.  

But if the majority of Okinawans are apathetic and uninterested in politics as suggested, the ones who do vote will no doubt be influenced by the very political active radical leftist forces who back the base protests, anti-U.S. sentiments and enabled Onaga and his successor Tamaki to be elected. They will make it appear that the "majority of Okinawans" support independence.  I hate to see Okinawa's fate determined by these noisy few but active and influential radical leftist factions.

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Posted in: Restoration of Nagasaki's famous A-bomb statue begins See in context

As for the lack of explanations for the creation and the ultimate decision to use the atomic bomb, people seem to overlook the fact there was a WAR GOING ON AT THE TIME. 

(By the way, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in 1939 warning Nazi Germany was making great strides in nuclear research that could lead to the development of a very powerful bomb that could destroy an entire city. That prompted the establishment of the "Manhattan Project".....to develop an atomic bomb to be used against Germany. But Germany surrendered BEFORE the bomb was ready for testing. So the bomb use was refocused to be used against Japan, who were still fighting.)

The Pacific War had gone on too long with too many casualties. The U.S. had just fought the Battle of Okinawa....the biggest battle in the Pacific War. Yet Imperial Japan still refused to surrender.  Yes, Japan was beaten, but they would never surrender. They were pulling back to reinforce reserves in anticipation to invasion. There was still some four million homeland defense forces in place on mainland Japan with the mentality "The sooner the Americans come, the better...One hundred million die proudly." (from a Japanese wartime slogan)

Operation Ketsu-Go documents the details of Japan's defense plans:



In wars, there are always research for new and more powerful weapons. At that time, the Americans viewed the atomic bomb as a new tactical weapons to be used against the enemy. The atomic bomb was viewed as the superweapon intended to convince the enemy of the futility of continuing the war and force a surrender and ending the war. It was an alternative solution to invasion of mainland Japan.

It also was intended to force Japan to surrender before the Soviet Union could invade and occupy the northern part of Japan and divide the country as postwar Germany was divided. The U.S. didn't want a repeat of the problems the Soviets were causing in Germany. 

Had the atomic bomb been not used, think about the invasion of Japan and its aftermath: War dragging into 1946, Japanese homeland military defense and civilians fighting U.S. forces in the south and Soviet forces in the north until the very end, resulting in millions of casualties and country totally destroyed. Postwar Japan...whatever is left...would have been a very, very different Japan and divided like postwar Korea. North Japan would have been occupied by Soviet Union with a DPRK-like regime while South Japan would have been a democratic country. 

Is this a better aftermath than what actually happened? 

The bomb did as intended and served its purpose. IT forced Japan to surrender and ended the war and avoided the invasion and postwar divided Japan.

By the way, people also forget that prior to 1945, the world was nuclear-free, but hardly peaceful. Subsequent to 1945, all wars and conflicts has been and continues to be fought with conventional weapons, not nuclear weapons. Abolishing nuclear weapons will make TOTAL War thinkable once again as it was prior to 1945.

Ironically, the use of the atomic bomb encouraged postwar Japan to become the conscientious reminder and promoter of world peace......a very different Japan compared to the militarist expansionist Japan during the 1930s and 1940s. Nuclear weapons also forced superpower nations like the U.S., Soviet Union, China, nations capable of waging total wars and mutual assured destruction, to regard such wars as "unthinkable."  In this way, nuclear weapons actually encouraged and promoted world peace.

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Posted in: Restoration of Nagasaki's famous A-bomb statue begins See in context

In Japan, there many peace museums and parks for the WWII such as the one in Nagasaki, but all of them just emphasize the tragedy and damage of Japanese civilians by the Atomic bombs, never explaining the causes of it, never mentioning the victims from other countries including Korea.

Yes, Korea and Korean people endured the military occupation of Imperial Japan. But now South Korea today is a thriving nation economically, rivaling Japan and may even supercede Japan someday when unified.

But what about Okinawa and Okinawan victims? The tragedy of the Okinawans is never really discussed or documented in detail in Japanese and American history books. The Battle of Okinawa is mentions at best only as a paragraph or footnote. 

For 67 years, Okinawa endured the brutality and suppression of Imperial Japanese military occupation until 1945. During the 82-day long Battle of Okinawa, Okinawans were caught between the Japanese and American military forces. That Battle is often overlooked, forgotten and overshadowed by Hiroshima/Nagasaki.  Many forget It was the largest land-sea-air engagement in the Pacific War (far larger and more devastating than Iwo Jima). Most of the island was destroyed and one third of the civilian population. The original Shuri Castle and other important Okinawan cultural artifacts destroyed.

In the book "Tenozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb", author George Feifer describes the Battle in detail and estimated that the destruction Okinawa endured was "equivalent to the destructive power of 150 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs."

Okinawa and Okinawan people were ultimately sacrificed by Imperial Japan to buy time for preparation of the American and Soviet invasion of mainland Japan that was surely to follow.

Let's not forget the tragedy of Okinawa and Okinawan people preceding and during the Pacific War.  Hiroshima and Nagasaki today are thriving cities, but Okinawa still bears the scars and stigma of Japanese occupation and wartime experiences.

When you visit Okinawa, be sure to visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, Himeyuri Museum and Monument and the Former Navy Underground Headquarter and Peace Prayer Park (aka"Suicide Cliff").

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Posted in: Democratic Sen Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign; warns of divisions See in context

Kamela Harris hasn't even completed her term and she wants to run for President?  She has no experience or agenda.   The Democrats, have only one agenda:  "IMPEACH TRUMP!", "DEFEAT TRUMP!" 

Since the 2016 election and the 2018 mid-term elections, the Democrat party, spearheaded by Bernie Sanders, Pelosi, Harris, Ocasio-Cortz, et al, has moved the Party extreme left. Credit Bernie with making "socialism" within the Democrat Party and the media acceptable at a time when previously nobody wanted to mention the "S" word or being associated with the label. Now it's mainstream within the party. Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson must be spinning in their graves.

But to you guys at the extreme left, the center appears to be extreme right.

Alexandra Ocasio Cortez isn't eligible to run for President for another 6 years, since the Constitution requires that the President be 35 or older.

There is a growing movement to change the constitution so she CAN run for president.


When Bernie or Hillary runs, they will probably pick Harris or AOC as running mate. Should they croak in office, AOC becomes President.....God forbid!

Anyone, ANYONE but a Republican right-wing radical, please, God.

Please, God? A leftist invoking the name of God? HAR! The leftists/liberals in the U.S., in the name of political correctness, have been trying to stamp out everything associated with "God" and even demonizing Christianity and Christian traditions. 

Anyone, ANYONE but a "Progressive-Democrat/Socialist-Democrat" left-wing radical....please, God!

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Posted in: Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings See in context

If dropping A-bomb could save so many lives on both, how come that wasn't done at Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War in the 1st place?

How come there hasn't been Total All-Out World Wars between the U.S., Soviet Union/Russia, and China? These nations, possessing nuclear weapons, are capable of waging total war with each other, has refrained from doing so.

It is ironic that nuclear weapons, under the threat of mutual assured destruction, has actually encouraged dialog among nations capable of waging such total wars and in doing so, promoted a quasi-World Peace.

It is often overlooked that prior to 1945, the world was nuclear-free. But there was no world peace and throughout the preceding decades and centuries the world was filled with numerous all-out wars.

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Posted in: Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings See in context

Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings

As long as the Japanese educators are changing the perspective on the atomic bomb, are they also educating students that Japan was also trying to develop the atomic bomb program during World War II? Are the students educated about Japan's "Ni-Go Project" and "F-Go Project"?



I remember attending a Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb exhibit in the U.S. I asked the Japanese presenter (through an interpreter) whether he knew Japan was also trying to develop the atomic bomb during the war. You should have seen the shocked look of disbelief of everybody. "Impossible!", he said. "Japan is a peaceful country and would never develop weapons of mass destruction!" I told him to look up Japan's atomic bomb program. Also look up the name "Yoshio Nishina", "Ni-Go Project" and "F-Go Project".   

Evidently the history of Japan's atomic bomb program is absent from textbooks, museum and other historical sources and the evidence hidden in order to maintain the narrative of their victimhood.

There is only one truth in this bombing: The Americans committed the most disgusting sin and genocide against civilians in modern history.

Let's not forget that Imperial Japan is no stranger to bombing civilian targets. Japan also showed willingness to attack civilians, such as atrocities committed against civilians during their conquest of China. Japan even caused civilian fatalities in the US, albeit on a much smaller scale, during the attacks on Pearl Harbor and via explosives sent by balloon to the West Coast. Had Japan developed the atomic bomb and had the means to deliver it, they would have surely used it against U.S.

Then there is Japan's infamous Unit 731 and the biological and chemical warfare used on Chinese civilians, which one can argue is one of the most immoral acts committed against humanity.  

It totally depends upon just how far back they go to research the rationale behind the development and use of the weapons, and the rush by Nazi's to do the same.

Very true. It is often forgotten and overlooked that Dr. Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt warning that Nazi Germany was involved in nuclear research that could lead to the development of a very powerful bomb capable of destroying a city. That letter prompted President Roosevelt to authorize the Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb to be used against the Nazis.  But Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945 before the atomic bomb was successfully tested on 16 July 1945. The war in the Pacific was still raging on.

The bombs prevented the need to invade Japan which would have resulted in millions of dead Japanese and thousands of dead Americans. Just look at the carnage that was seen on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. An invasion would have been a blood bath. The bombs saved millions of Japanese lives as terrible as they were.

In 1959, Mitsuo Fuchida, the Imperial Japanese Navy commander who led the first wave in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, met with General Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and told him that:

"You did the right thing. You know the Japanese attitude at that time, how fanatic they were, they'd die for the Emperor ... Every man, woman, and child would have resisted that invasion with sticks and stones if necessary ... Can you imagine what a slaughter it would be to invade Japan? It would have been terrible."

(Clear Conscience: The Atom Bomb Vs. the Super Holocaust, p. 87, Raymond Davis)

Had the atomic bomb not used, the conventional means of an invasion of mainland Japan would have been necessary to end the war:  Soviet Union invading Japan from the north in August 1945 and the U.S. from the south in November 1945 and April 1946. 

There were still four million military reserves in Japan and 10,000 special attack planes preparing for the invasion.  The Japanese homeland defense plan is detailed in Operation Ketsu-Go.



Had the two atomic bombs not been used, Japan would have been completely destroyed like Okinawa with millions of military and civilian casualties and postwar Japan a divided Japan with North Japan under Soviet occupation with a DPRK-like regime and a democrat South Japan, very much like today's divided Korea.

Although many argue that the use of the atomic bomb was immoral, would forgoing using a new tactical weapon that held the promise of ending the war quickly with less casualties, instead opting for a conventional invasion knowing that such an invasion would prolong the war another year with millions more casualties and a divided postwar Japan be any less immoral?  

If the Japanese educators new thinking in helping students questioning and debating everything that culminated in the nuclear attacks near the end of World War II is earnest, then the entire picture.......Japan's military expansionism through Asia during the 1930s and early 1940s, Japan's atomic bomb program, the planned allied invasion (that never happened), Japan's Operation Ketsu-Go homeland defense plan, and the probable postwar divided Japan should be presented.

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Posted in: As more foreigners arrive, how will they change Japan? See in context

The Japanese immigrants had to assimilate......and become Bolianos.....

Correction: should read Bolivianos.

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Posted in: As more foreigners arrive, how will they change Japan? See in context

Seems most posters here believe Japanese should adapt foreigners' customs and culture instead of foreigners adapting and assimilating to Japan.

When some of my grandmother's family emigrated to Bolivia and Peru during the 1950s, did those countries bend over backwards to accomodate the new immigrants? No! The Japanese immigrants had to assimilate, learn the new language and become Bolianos and Peruvians,

Hope Japan doesn't follow U.S. example. U S, particlarly California, is so acommodating to foreigners' customs and traditions especially from Latin America that it has become a third world country.

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Posted in: More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers go on strike See in context

Union negotiators demanding 6.5% pay raise.

With SocCal inflation at 4% and U.S. national average at 2.5%, this is pure greed and extortion. How much of that 6.5% is going into union coffers? Just goes to show how teachers unions are setting good example to students.

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