I was there, and took radiation reading as part of my job (still have the handwritten notes), and will say these people are full of it.
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I'm surprised this even made the news. It's not like the group of Okinawan men that streak down Kokusai-dori during typhoons is ever mentioned.
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Here's a dirty secret people are ignoring: Naha airport (Japanese) controls all airspace and approaches on Okinawa.
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Contractors are easier to fry then military members. The second they are arrested, or even accused of a crime, they are canned by their company, and lose SOFA status along with any additional protections that would be afforded to military members.
I seriously hope hope this guy swings too. The BS his lawyer put out is laughable, and a desperate attempt to show his client as insane. I'm glad this trial wasn't moved out of Okinawa, maybe there will be some real justice.
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A "thumbs down" for stating a fact. I will back my statement up:
Now, compare the definitions in this story, to the Fusion GPS fiasco, and you may notice a few things do jump out. In order for this to happen, one must not be so one tracked as to deny the obvious.
Do do I personally believe that "collusion" with a foreign government to impact the results of an election should be illegal, yes, but that doesn't change the fact that it is not.
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@wtfjapan Collusion is not a crime in relation to elections in the USA.
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I love that the article leaves out the fact that Yokota is a joint base (used by JASDF, and the USAF). The same goes with Atsugi, Iwakuni, and Misawa.
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Comparing a trailer to a human being is a bit of a stretch.
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Why drink decaf coffee in the first place? It pretty much defeats the purpose of the drink.
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An AED is not dangerous, and will not deliver a shock unless needed.
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$560,000 in back taxes? That is an absurd number. My federal taxes are substantial, and it would take a few decades to wrack up a bill like that.
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Just a little insight. As a contractor, I am 100% aware that if I break Japanese or US law my employment is done, SOFA status is revoked, and if the Japanese government wants to charge me the US government will not stand in their way. I've seen it happen quite a few times. Revoking SOFA for a contractor only requires one letter from the SJA to Japanese immigration, nothing more. Just last year I watched this happen the same day that allegations of impropriety were brought to light. Dude was fired, SOFA revoked, ID card confiscated, and he was escorted to the gate prior to the close of business that day. There were no charges even brought by either government in that case, but it made zero difference.
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While I think both candidates are awful, I tend to look at the security risk portion from a personal perspective. If I send even one classified email through an unclassified system, I lose my job. I'm not even talking about SCI or SAP, I could be as low as confidential but that wouldn't matter.
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I've lived in Japan for about a decade, and have had a few (three or so) drivers in Tokyo try to take me for a long ride. Pissed? Of course, but not enough to beat the driver.
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Changing the symbol won't make a difference when tourists with tattoos won't be allowed in anyway.
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One question, and I've had it since I responded to Fukushima in 2011; why did Japan allow nuclear reactors to be built next to the ocean? Being one of the most seismically active countries in the world it doesn't make sense to me.
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One major fact that the media is failing to report is that Shinzato was a permanent resident, employed by a Japanese company.
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