Matthew Simon comments

Posted in: Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse N Korean threat: policy makers See in context

I am all about stopping the NK threats and rhetoric, but I fail to see how adding more nukes to the region helps anyone out.

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Posted in: Influential Nagasaki A-bomb survivor Taniguchi dies at 88 See in context

Indeed Luca for quite a while now. 5 Years I believe.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to N Korean missile warnings See in context


You are glossing over a huge amount of details there and making a comparison where there is none to be made. NK notified no one. NK has actively been promising to destroy the US and its allies. What would one conclude is the purpose of the launch when literally a couple weeks back NK was promising to attack Guam. I swear some people will be content to sit back and wait until their homes are on fire until they think any action is necessary or warnings should not be heeded.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to N Korean missile warnings See in context

VoiceofOkinawa you will have a hard time selling reduced military footprint the same day a foreign country shot a missile over Japan. Those bases have a lot to do with response to a possible conflict with NK and less US military in Japan would be absolutely welcomed by NK.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile over northern Japan; Abe speaks with Trump See in context

When the Soviet Union attempted to put nuclear missiles in Cuba the American reaction brought the world to the brink of war. 

When the Soviet Union attempted to put nuclear missiles in Cuba the Soviets brought the world to the brink of war. 

Foxed it for you.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile over northern Japan; Abe speaks with Trump See in context

Kim can claim self defense and provocative US action all day but in the end it is he that is firing missiles over other countries and doing the real provocation.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 6 missing in water accidents across Japan See in context

i sometimes swim in typhoons

Why would you want to swim during a Typhoon?

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Posted in: TEPCO faces $5 bil lawsuit in U.S. over 2011 Fukushima disaster See in context

As far as the people in the case go, if they were in the military then their case should be with the military not TEPCO because that is who sent them there. The problem being of course they were under orders and were obligated to be there in harms way. That's part of being in the military. I find these actions disgraceful on their part.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for attempting to kill newborn boy by burying him alive See in context

"I didn't intend to kill him, but I think pouring earth on him amounts to having the intention," the mother was quoted by the police as telling investigators.

What did she intend for a tree to sprout from his buried body? Seriously. I hope they take the 3 year old to someone who will care properly for her as well.

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Posted in: U.S.-S Korea joint drills begin amid N Korea tensions See in context

Burning Bush, and DPRK has shown in the past they are great at keeping their word... not. They are the ones that need to cool the rhetoric. Not to mention that we (the world) probably should not be making any deals with a country that throws its own people into death camps for 3 generations just for minor infractions.

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Posted in: U.S.-S Korea joint drills begin amid N Korea tensions See in context

So the annual drills being held are suddenly a problem this year more than others? And those who think we should not hold drills? I would agree once DPRK stops threatening to burn the rest of the world with their nuclear fire. Appeasement is a policy of fools if history has taught us anything. It will always come around to bite you later.

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Posted in: 10 sailors missing after Japan-based U.S. Navy destroyer and merchant ship collide near Singapore See in context

Leila26, In the Navy the Captain is ultimately responsible for the actions of all of those under his or her command.

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Posted in: 10 sailors missing after Japan-based U.S. Navy destroyer and merchant ship collide near Singapore See in context

This is just strange, I can only say that I believe that the Navy has become more lax in their discipline and training. I also believe that the attention span of most young people has fallen, as this quote below states.

Considering the circumstances surrounding the accident are unknown what makes you say that?

Another radar failure.

Cue the Abott and Costello cascade of fumbling errors theory to cover it up.

Um seems those involved in the June accident will all punished severely and nothing was covered up. Why would you say that?

Seriously the facts are not know and the speculation train is already running rampant here. How about we wait until there are some more information before saying its someones fault or a cover up is going to happen.

Those straights are one of the most heavy traffic sea lanes on earth and are always crowded with ships there are tons of reasons this accident may have happened and I am sure more information is coming shortly.

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Posted in: Okinawa residents demand all U.S. military Osprey aircraft in Japan be grounded See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  09:49 am JST

@bertie. ospreys are in Hokkaido. also, you missed out the most recent crashes. quite a lot of usa soldiers have died. luckily, my tax money will pay for abe to buy about 27 of these obsolete noisy craft. they are attack craft, not for self defence.

GoodlucktoyouToday  09:59 am JST

@halwick. my friends who managed to survive the great hanshin earthquake in kobe told me:

-it was cold and they had to live in parks.

-americans arrived after 2 weeks and gave them blankets

-the blankets were so bad, they burnt them to keep warm.

Here is the wiki for the Osprey since your statements show that you are totally un aware of their role Suggest you read up on the varied roles of these only "attack aircraft". The simple

Addtionally your comments on the Hanshin Quake are absurd. That entire evolution was a learning experience for both the Japanese and US in support disaster recovery which were both abysmal initially in their response due to miles of red tape and burecratic nonsense, Use the 2011 and 2016 quakes are more accurate representations of capabilities in which I might add the Osprey was used to provide direct support to afflicted people in the forms of food, water and medical support beyond that capable by the helicopters they replaced in service.

I once again reiterate that all these protests have nothing to do with the actual safety of aircraft. It is merely a convienient politcal/social target for those who wish to use any news dealing with it to benefit their agenda.

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Posted in: Okinawa residents demand all U.S. military Osprey aircraft in Japan be grounded See in context

Bertie, I can play your game too, Maybe we should ban all of them from flying since thousands of more fatalities have occurred with that plane, including JAL 123 here in Japan which was the worst accident in aviation history. The fact of the matter is this. Whether the plane is safe or not is irrelevant to these people, their fears are not rational or factually based, they are being fed by the media and politicians using them as an excuse to push an agenda just as you are. Do you honestly think the US Military would intentionally force its service members to fly in unsafe vehicles? That is a ludicrous idea. This plane is simply a scapegoat for a larger political issue with Okinawa. Common sense and rationality are in short supply in the world as a whole these days. This is just another example.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Every year this same discussion appears here. Whether it is or isn't is irrelevant now. A global war was going on at the time. People want to Monday morning quarterback the heck out of situations that most if not all here in this discussion were not even alive to witness and now have access to all the facts which no one had at the time those decisions were made. Were the events horrific? absolutely, but so was Bataan, Nanjing, Okinawa, comfort women etc. etc. etc. The only thing we should be doing is remembering the events so they are not repeated. As terrible as the devestation was from Hiroshima and Nagasaki were I would posit the opinion that the events helped prevent a larger nuclear conflict later on because of the havoc witnessed there. That however perhaps, is of little or no comfort to the victims.

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Posted in: Red tide kills 270,000 puffer fish in Nagasaki See in context

Goodlucktoyou. It is from plankton and high water temperatures.

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Posted in: Ken Watanabe admits having had extramarital affair See in context

I don't get why this is front page news. Its tabloid journalism, what these people do with their personal lives are not anyone's business but theirs. The fact that they need to hold a news conference to "admit" something is ludicrous.

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Posted in: Kyushu flood death toll rises to 16; 15 missing See in context

In Kyushu myself, but not the disaster area. Tons of rain this past week. And tomorrow is calling for heavy rain again. I hope there are no more deaths.

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Posted in: Japan investigates delay in reporting ship collision See in context


It is a matter of simple physics. The mass of the container ship was 3 times that of the destroyer. Along with what ever speed the ships are traveling would created a huge impact more damaging that many weapons. Armor is meant to stop fast moving small projectiles not massive ships with tones of inertia.

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Posted in: Coldplay, Bieber to join Ariana Grande at Manchester concert See in context

I am glad that they are doing this. Don't let the jerks win by hiding in fear.

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Posted in: I was moved to tears by the U.S. armed forces’ support during Operation Tomodachi (after the March 11, 2011 disaster). They did so much to help Japan in its time of need. See in context

Yeah Bertie because that handful really represented the thousands that did help and did not sue. This lady is thankful for the help rendered why not just read that and move on rather than make some cynical anti-US remark?

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Posted in: Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age See in context

Celebrate entry into adulthood by acting like children.

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Posted in: 40% of Japanese women OK with 'Christmas Eve-only' boyfriend See in context

And they wonder why the population is going down. Try having real relationships.

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Posted in: Matt Damon defends being cast for 'Great Wall' See in context

They are pissed that the Chinese director chose a white man to play a white man in his film? Because Logic... yeah.

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Posted in: 12 hours in Hakone: How to visit Japan’s most picture-perfect destination in a day See in context

Hakone is very pretty and the scenery, onsens, etc are very similar to Beppu in Oita.

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Posted in: USJ stops rollercoaster partway through to remove one high school rider who broke the rules See in context

I am curious why someone breaking an amusement park rule is national news?

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Posted in: U.S. base in Sasebo briefly locked down on 'shooting' report See in context

@kurisupisu Facebook was about getting info out there to family members etc.

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Posted in: 19-year-old gets 10-15 years in prison for killing grandparents See in context

That's it 10-15 for double pre-meditated homicide?

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Posted in: Royal visitor See in context

turbotsat, Wakarimasen, maybe because he is the King of Jordan and is not from Saudi Arabia.

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