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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

US and Japan as well as the governments of other countries are keenly aware that the missiles are NKs reaction to what the US Japan and ROK are doing which is why they don't shoot down the missiles

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

This-

[ Tuesday's launch is the fifth round of weapons tests by North Korea in the past 10 days in what was seen as an apparent response to bilateral military drills between South Korea and the United States and other training among the allies including Japan last week. ]

the fact that more bombs were dropped on the North during the Koreean war then in the entire Pacific theater during WWII

a lot of other inconvenient historical facts that JT doesn't want you to know because then you'd be upset and claim JT was communist for printing it.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader breaks silence on protests; blames U.S. See in context

@Nemo

Actually the US did in fact create a coup in Iran through a project named Operation Ajax.

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Posted in: Taiwan launches English language TV channel to give it more international punch See in context

Good job Taiwan right out of the playbook, similar in spirit to how Nippon TV was established.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader breaks silence on protests; blames U.S. See in context

Well maybe they wouldn't blame the US if there weren't precedents.

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Posted in: U.S., Philippine, Japanese forces hold combat drills See in context

This article is very ironic if you know anything about the history of the Phillipines and the family background of the current president.

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Posted in: Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today See in context

The agent orange problem in Okinawa is also of great concern but seems again the JGOV would rather sweep it under the carpet!

https://www.jonmitchellinjapan.com/agent-orange-on-okinawa.html

And it's way bigger than agent orange and Okinawa, we're talking literally tons of all manner of chemicals at all the bases, both in Japan as well as worldwide at literally hundreds of locations... US military personnel are also affected as well.

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Posted in: Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today See in context

This is a major current problem as well, in particular related to the immense amounts of chemical wastes generated by activities at military bases... they have to dispose of the wastes somewhere, and inevitably it has a severe environmental impact, which the wider public only learns about decades later.

From the military's point of view, it is a "shou ga nai" collateral damage situation.

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force issues rare apology over sexual harassment case See in context

Why have the perpetrators not apologized?

The video which is at the link I posted at 12:42pm explains.

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force issues rare apology over sexual harassment case See in context

Anyone who Googles sexual assault in the US military will find that it has been a huge problem there as well (hopefully significant improvements have been made).

Regarding this case, the news article only reports a fraction of what Gonoi Rina had to endure-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiucNJ2GX8c&t=613s

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Posted in: U.S. and Russia engage in digital battle for hearts and minds See in context

People familiar with the history of media know this is but the tip of the iceberg and that the CIA admitted upon being investigated by the US Congress that it plants stories in various media outlets worldwide...

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Posted in: Harris condemns Chinese actions in speech at U.S. Navy base See in context

Terrible writing here.

Abe did way more than simply "nudge" Japan away from its pacifist stance.

He worked very closely with the US to ensure that now all roads lead to confrontation and conflict.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor See in context

"Aoki the company that makes cheap suits" lol

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Posted in: Abe's controversial state funeral may backfire on Kishida See in context

A very good point brought up by other posters here that the problem with Japan's political situation is there doesn't appear to be any viable opposition.

Regarding that, we have the following:

[The C.I.A.'s help for Japanese conservatives resembled other cold war operations, like secret support for Italy's Christian Democrats. But it remained secret -- in part, because it succeeded. The Liberal Democrats thwarted their Socialist opponents, maintained their one-party rule, forged close ties with Washington and fought off public opposition to the United States' maintaining military bases throughout Japan.

"This story reveals the intimate role that Americans at official and private levels played in promoting structured corruption and one-party conservative democracy in post-war Japan, and that's new," said John Dower, a leading Japan scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "We look at the L.D.P. and say it's corrupt and it's unfortunate to have a one-party democracy. But we have played a role in creating that misshapen structure."]

https://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/09/world/cia-spent-millions-to-support-japanese-right-in-50-s-and-60-s.html

...don't be surprised if this post is moderated for being deemed 'off topic.'

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Posted in: Japan protests Russia's expulsion of official; denies spying See in context

Can't get much clearer than being caught in the act.

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Posted in: Harris calls U.S.-Japan alliance 'a cornerstone' See in context

Actually Japan had good relations with Korea from around the third century.

Then owing to a conflict on the Korean peninsula the kingdom of Baekjae (known in Japanese as Kudara) migrated to Japan...

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Posted in: Harris calls U.S.-Japan alliance 'a cornerstone' See in context

@JeffLee

you missed my other post of a recent Pew Research poll that finds that pro-American sentiment is higher in Vietnam than any other country in the world. 84%

Knowledge is a powerful weapon -- especially when gained before posting on JT.

Well Jeff I guess the Vietnamese you talked to didn't tell you the whole truth regarding what they really think about America's leaders-

[ And finally, Ngoc says, the Vietnamese can embrace Americans now because Uncle Ho told them to. That’s what many Vietnamese call the father of their modern nation, Ho Chi Minh. Ho led the country to triumph: first they kicked out the French colonizers, then they humiliated the United States. But many Vietnamese will tell you that even during the war, Ho said they shouldn’t blame the American people for causing their suffering. They should blame America’s leaders. ]

https://www.classicalpursuits.com/travel-pursuits-so-why-dont-the-vietnamese-hate-the-americans/

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Posted in: Harris calls U.S.-Japan alliance 'a cornerstone' See in context

@JeffLee

Sorry you misinformed again about South Korea and its view of the US-

[Another headline, in sisajournal, a South Korean popular weekly current events magazine, reads: “‘Is the U.S. actually a democratic country?’”

...Now, many Koreans see the U.S. as a failing country, deeply divided and unable to meet basic challenges.]

https://www-politico-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.politico.com/amp/news/magazine/2020/12/02/the-us-is-no-longer-a-more-developed-country-than-us-442407?amp_gsa=1&amp_js_v=a9&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16642359718124&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fnews%2Fmagazine%2F2020%2F12%2F02%2Fthe-us-is-no-longer-a-more-developed-country-than-us-442407

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Posted in: Harris calls U.S.-Japan alliance 'a cornerstone' See in context

Of course Harris would like to portray what the US is doing in a positive light-

"The alliance between Japan and the United States is a cornerstone of what we believe is integral to peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region," she said at the Akasaka Palace.

However, many countries and people disagree with her.

“Very few in any public surveyed think American democracy is a good example for other countries to follow,” Pew’s report said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/11/02/pew-us-democracy-poll/

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Posted in: Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia See in context

@JeffLee

OK, Noam Chomsky, communist Chinese leaders, Roger Waters, Russian dictators and Myanmar junta leaders hate and fear America. Billions of others, especially sane normal people, have the opposite view.

I'm sorry but you are off base again.

“Very few in any public surveyed think American democracy is a good example for other countries to follow,” Pew’s report said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/11/02/pew-us-democracy-poll/

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Posted in: Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia See in context

@JeffLee

If you could understand Korean and went to live in South Korea for a while you would see how wildly off base you are.

Barring that you could start by familiarizing yourself with things like the Bodo League incident, in which tens of thousands of South Korean citizens were summarily executed in a rapid manner by US-armed and trained ROK forces due to the fact that the majority of South Korean citizens wanted the US out of Korea-

[ The massacre was falsely blamed on the communists led by Kim Il-sung by the South Korean government.[3]

The Associated Press conducted extensive archival research and found documents classified "secret" and "filed away" by the Pentagon and State Department in Washington, that had indicated the US commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur made no attempts to curb the summary mass killings.[19]

JT moderator this post is totally relevant to the claims made by JeffLee, which he made based on the article's content, so altogether this content is completely on topic.

I expect you may delete this as there is factual information which contradicts the standard narrative promoted by the mass media regarding the history of Korea and America's involvement on the peninsula.

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau cancels trip for Abe's state funeral See in context

You know the LDP higher ups couldn't care less the budget has already been confirmed so the money's in the bank.

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Posted in: Pink Floyd founder cancels Poland concerts after war remarks See in context

He knows and is aware of more than your average mass media-conditioned / have to fit into my workplace and peer group person.

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Posted in: U.S. to seek stronger labor, environmental standards in Asia See in context

@Alfie Noakes

Not a joke, just the usual PR job as most people don't research the facts you laid out.

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Posted in: U.S. becoming a 'developing country' on global rankings that measure democracy, inequality See in context

a devotion to “American exceptionalism” keeps the country from candid appraisals and course corrections

Says it all.

How to get back on track?- Face your flaws and make appropriate adjustments, no different from how for example a basketball player would watch footage of his shooting motion and alter it to become more accurate.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

You are right it's not a game, so address what the US govt has officially stated regarding China's sovereignty over Taiwan which I posted about above.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

@Ulysses

Unless the ships flew through space and landed vertically in Cuba they have sailed though the waters between Cuba and the US.

lol Another nice try. Have a look at a map to confirm that a vessel would not have to pass near the US in any provocative way or between the US and Cuba in order to reach Cuba.

You guys are really a riot, but I have to give it to you, you have numbers, and you try really hard.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

@OssanAmerica

You really need to up your game-

[ The United States' One-China policy was first stated in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972: "the United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. ]

https://web.archive.org/web/20220722001126/https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121325

Put this together with [ In the 60 Minutes interview, Biden reiterated the United States remained committed to a "one-China" policy in which Washington officially recognizes Beijing not Taipei ]

So yes, your statement that the US has never acknowledged Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan does not correlate with what the US government has itself stated.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

@wallace

Yeah Aleutian Islands, good one, in international waters on their way to the Bering Sea and the ARTIC REGION.

Notice I said California or New York, minor distinction there.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

The point was that Chinese warships have indeed sailed close to the US before.

No, that is not the point. The point is that although Chinese military vessels have visited the sovereign nation of Cuba, they have never sailed between Cuba and the US. That is a critical distinction.

These kinds of maneuvers happen all the time. Chinese and Russian ships sailed through the Tsugaru Straits earlier this year.

Here you are talking about the Tsugaru Straits, which are near Japan and recognized as international waters.

My post points out that it would not be tolerated if a Chinese warship sailed close to the US, and obviously in the context of the story, this means not visiting a sovereign nation, but intentionally sailing near a declared enemy as a show of strength.

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