The Workers Party, the Chinese Communist Party and the LDP all rule in perpetuity. —- that’s factually wrong!
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thepersoniamnow: sarcasm was exactly what I wanted to express against your view.
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smithinjapan: No, i was not kidding. My point is that it is very easy for all of us to sit here and say this and that should have been done ages ago. There must be things in place to minimize impact of these tragic events and unfortunately sometimes they are not enough. I think it is hard to have everything in place from the start. We learn from mistakes and grow up.
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A. T. Ishii, so you want to spend money on armament and use it immediately? For a nation to survive, among other things, we need defense preparedness. You think we can spend millions on arms and no training? No one hopes they have to resort to arms but if you are not prepared, who are going to save you?
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Akie, show us the evidences of no money being allocated to win "the war" you talk about?
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To thepersoniamnow, where do you think we will get the money from to hire somebody like you? Wouldn't that have to be from some sources, such as accommodation tax? If you do not agree with how that should be done, we would appreciate your volunteering.
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Shogun36, I think there are things we can plan ahead and things we only realize we badly need them after a disaster or incident. It is not fair to start blaming when we are in situations like recent incidents. I hope we all learn from them.
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Do the hurstle - no 1 trillion yen might not be enough but I think we would take step to tackle these issues. Could be bad if we ask for less or do nothing and wait for your donations. Maybe you will have better ideas. Thanks !
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Cucashopboy - thanks for your arguments. The logic I have is, we need longer term, strategic spending on things like military preparedness, which take time to plan and build up. Such discussion might surface more often than you might like it to be but it’s been an ongoing proposal/project. Show me the data if the japnese government is proposing such spending on a monthly basis as you claim. For contracts or projects that have been committed, the cost of cancelling them might be greater than you think. On my last comment, i was just sarcastic.
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Since1981, yes, according to NHK last night, there have been help lines in English, Korean and Chinese for foreign residents/visitors affected by the disaster.
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everything is planned and budgeted. Disasters are contingencies, which is why the budget requested is supplementary. Military spending and the like are of strategic and long term nature. You cannot just cut it to spend on everything else as, I say again here, if you are not prepared and when a conflict arises you cannot ask for a supplementary fund to arm your defense forces over night. Or maybe perhaps some of the commentators here will be first on the front line to protect us. If so thank you very much!
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This is just one of many other ways a military, in this case the Japanese defense forces, ensures its preparedness. They do go out and help disaster stricken areas and we appreciate that but if you think they should just do that and not other, like this annual live fire drill, is probably naive. Re public participation, that’s fine to me. All about public awareness of the need to be protected and danger of war, which everyone tries to avoid. As the number of applications is larger than what they can accommodate, what we do is to fill out a postcard and send it to the organizer and participants will be drawn randomly. Am not sure about connections with someone in the inner circle would help but... probably true.
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elephant200 - the pretext is not to strike first but the ability to strike back if that's necessary. When you are under attack, without a capability to defense, including the ability to strike enemy's bases, what do you think we will do in such a case? Hide ourselves under a table?
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This is not about confronting anyone. This is preparedness for contingencies and the unthinkable. Without this and other capabilities we will all be sitting ducks!
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nakanoguy01 - Good point!
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