The current objection by the Governor of Okinawa could have been avoided if back in 1972 Okinawa was not given back to Japan. After the war both Okinawa and Iwo Jima should have been made part of the U.S. as permanent U.S. military installations. Surviving citizens of Okinawa should have been moved to one of the main Japanese islands, probably Kyushu. Both Okinawa and Iwo Jima are critical to the defense of Japan and U.S. allies in the region. That move, had it been made, would negate the issue of U.S. military presence that seems to be a thorn in the side of Okinawa residents and their governors since 1972. The U.S. military is not moving so stop whining and get used to it! If they were not there think of the hit on your economy. Remember you lost the war.
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China will continue to be a threat, and to counter that threat countries in the region need to assure they can provide for their own defense, with US assistance. Japan needs to sharply increase expenditures on its military to assure they can provide for their defense, and assist the US in bringing the fight to China. Of course using US military assets in Japan will be necessary in the fight. It will also be necessary for Japan’s military to become an offensive force, not solely defensive. In the event of a war with China it is certain China will attack US military assets in Japan. Japan needs to be ready to fight back with a devastating response on Chinese forces along with the US. In the end China will lose after a bloody conflict and mass casualties on both sides.
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China is not going to cease its arrogant behavior and bullying until they get their proverbial asses kicked to the curb! It is time for China to worry about China, and not be concerned with the internal affairs of other countries. Take care of your own people. Oh also some advice. Don’t even think of taking Taiwan by force. It is NOT part of China, and has not been since the end of WWII. Xi should read some history on post WWII Asia. Try and take Taiwan and you will wind up with more than just a bloody, broken nose!
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I just returned from Japan last month as my wife is a Japanese citizen. We go back to Japan about every 18 months to see family. This time we went to Hiroshima for four days. Every world leader who has their finger on the nuclear trigger should spend an hour or so in the museum. You cannot spend time there without feeling a sadness in your heart. As horrible as the bombs were, they ended the war and prevented the need for an invasion of the Japanese Mainland. That would have cost millions of Japanese lives and hundreds of thousands of American lives. One only has to look at the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa to appreciate the carnage that would have followed. Yes the Japanese committed unspeakable atrocities in China, the Philippines, and against POW’s during WWII. War is never a pleasant endeavor, and it seems to bring the worst out in some. The goal to abolish all nuclear weapons is an essential goal for mankind. We either abolish them, or one day they will abolish all of us!!
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Time for the US to station medium range misses armed with nukes in S. Korea like we have in Europe.
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The Chinese should be barred from as many things as possible by the Western Bloc. The UK should bar China from the Queen’s funeral, but let Taiwan attend. The US should stop accepting hundreds of thousands of Chinese students from attending US universities. Keep them out! China needs to be sent the message they are seen in the same light as Iran, and Russia, a world pariah!
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Yes PLEASE open up except for the Chinese!! Make them continue to have to get a visa. For the rest of the G7 countries please get back to normal with no visas needed. Remember Visa Waiver?
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It is time to join the rest of the world and get back to normal. This is ridiculous at this point. Open up the borders so tourists can come without a VISA, which discourages anyone from coming. If we want the economy to improve let tourism return to normal. Until it does, the economy is going no where. In addition we are a signatory to the Visa Waiver Program, and presently not abiding by it. Let’s stop this nonsense and get back to normal!
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For God sake follow what other G7 nations do. Go back to the Visa Waiver Program Japan is in violation of. Would the citizens of Japan like to be forced to get a visa to visit another country? I don’t think so, but should be made to unless Japan goes back to Visa Waiver and joins the world once again! Your entry policies are draconian.
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Time for Japan to open up and follow what the G7 and USA are doing as far as letting people enter Japan. Japan is a signatory to the Visa Waiver program and is not following such now. The USA and all G7 members should tell Japan that unless you start following the conditions of the Visa Waiver Program, they are going to demand visas from Japanese visiting their countries. That I think would expedite Japan once again following Visa Waiver. If you want proof of vaccination and boosters fine, but follow what other industrialized democracies are doing.
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Time for Japan to open up and join the rest of the world. What happened to their participation in the Visa Waiver Program? If we need a visa to visit Japan, the USA and other countries need to expect the same from Japanese citizens visiting the USA and other countries.
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What is it about conformity in Japanese society? I don’t understand it, and find it oppressive. If a student wears their hair differently, or grooms their eyebrows so what? Does everyone need to look like each other? Let people be individuals and be accepting of individuality.
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What is this insane focus on gender and gender equality? This woke nonsense needs to stop. Let children be children and learn as they mature. We never had this absurdity when I was younger. I learned what I needed to learn, and respect everyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Enough is enough!
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I understand the desires of the Okinawans in regard to our bases. Why the concentration on Okinawa I don’t understand. You would think scattering them over the rest of Japan would make better sense. Part of the problem relates to lack of foresight by the US after WWII. Many Americans died taking Iwo Jima and then Okinawa. After the war civilians on both islands should have been removed to one of the other main Japanese islands. The US should have kept both islands as permanent military installations and part of the US. Had that happened this conversation would not be occurring. Total lack of foresight and planning.
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It is time to get back to normal and open up Japan. I do feel no one should be admitted if they cannot show proof of two vaccinations and a booster.
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I am an American. Putin the butcher and his cronies need to be stopped. The targeting of innocent civilians is a war crime. The UN needs to do it’s job and send a peacekeeping force in made up of many nations to oppose the Russian butchers. Aggression needs to be stopped as soon as it raises it’s ugly head. Putin may have nukes, but so does the US and NATO. No one wants a nuclear exchange, but the fear of such cannot deter the rest of the world from doing what is right!
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It is time the free nations of the world hold China, the CCP, and dictator Xi accountable for being the planets bully. Time for a bloody nose Xi and a swollen lip! Time for my country to recognize Taiwan as independent country and not part of China. Come and try to take Taiwan Xi and see what happens. You will be running back to the mainland with your tail between your legs! We have had enough of you.
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It is time for Japan to amend it’s constitution on having an offensive military capability. This is not post WWII. Japan needs to be able to project offensive military capability to it’s enemies in the region. The best defense is a credible offense. Expenditures on the Japanese military capability need to increase three to four fold. As an American, and former military officer, the USA will always be there to defend Japan, but that job will be much easier if Japan has a viable offensive capability. That capability needs to reflect 21st century reality, which is a far cry from what it was 30 plus years ago!
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For God sake open up the country!! Your tourism industry is dying. You have just over 100 cases in the entire country. I can see demanding proof of vaccination, and limiting entry to fully vaccinated individuals. The quarantine mandate is nonsensical at this point if one is fully vaccinated. Why do you always have to make things difficult?
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I am an American, and have no regard or respect for Dr. Fauci. He changes his message constantly. Rand Paul is a physician, so not your typical Senator. I do not believe anything Fauci says anymore, and if you are smart neither will you!!
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As an American I can state that we cannot let Taiwan fall to the Chinese Communist Party. I fully agree that my country needs to recognize Taiwan as an independent country. The full force of the US military must be used to prevent a communist takeover. My government needs to make it perfectly clear to China, that the US will come to the defense of Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. The current ambiguity of our potential actions only encourages Chinese aggression. China cannot afford a war with the US which it will lose. China and Russia are bullies, and bullies do not stop until they are given a bloody nose. The same with the Ukraine. NATO needs to make Ukraine a member. Japan would be wise to sharply increase it’s defense spending. Make no mistake about it, Japan could be devastated in a conflict between China and the US. It needs to take the necessary steps now to make itself a viable military force against China. Peace can only be achieved through strength.
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Biden has let all Americans down, BUT he is not in control. His left wing progressive advisers tell him what to do. His campaign was a series of lies, and I am a Democrat. Any country that cannot or will not control it’s borders, cannot secure the people living in those borders. He has turned the border over to smugglers, the drug cartels, and thugs. He is safe on the White House, but what about Americans who live on the border? He is a one term President, and he has turned the US House and Senate over to the Republicans in 2022. He duped many of us in 2020, but won’t again!!!
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With the cruelty demonstrated by the Japanese military in WWII, I am surprised more Japanese officials were not tried and executed. What happened in Nanking, the Philippines, and throughout Asia was a crime against humanity. How the Japanese treated their captives was criminal in itself. To P. Smith who commented on Hiroshima and Nagasaki realize this. As terrible as the bombs were, they saved up to a million American lives and millions of Japanese lives. The bombs ended the war. Had an invasion been necessary the carnage of Iwo Jima and Okinawa would pale in comparison. Remember Japan started the war. It was up to the US to end it.
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Make no mistake about it, China will not stop until it is the dominant Asian power. When they feel they are strong enough they will move against Tawain, preceded by a possible strike on US military installations in Asia to blunt a US response. Japan would be wise to invest heavily in it’s military NOW. There will be no time to play catch-up when the shooting starts, as it will. Japan needs to be able to mount a viable defense on it’s own, as does S. Korea. The only language China understands is force. When met with a military force exceeding their capability they will back down. The US, Japan, S. Korea and other allies better prepare NOW.
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Let’s cut through the never ending bureaucracy and get vaccines in people’s arms!!! As in the USA, nurses and pharmacists along with physicians should be vaccinating people. The Japanese medical societies who are more interested in protecting their turf than public health need to be called on the carpet if they oppose the above.
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China wants everything and must be stopped and put in their place!!
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