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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

You can't be Japanese if you are not aware of this most basic history.

I can write in Japanese a whole lot better than in English, thank you. 

Is the Ryukyuan language a different language from Japanese and not one of many dialects existing in Japan? 

For examples, TV programs using Tsugaru dialect offer subtitles for standard Japanese speakers, but Tsugaru dialect is still a variation of Japanese. Located at the furthest south of Japan, the Ryukyuan dialect may require translations just like Tsugaru dialect, but I doubt it is an independent language of its own.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

@voiceofokinawa

Whatever you say, Japan declared and lost a war against the US and the Allies. 

You say Okinawa was not a apart of Japan, but what language did people of Okinawa speak originally then?

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

I can't recall any group of people other than Okinawa who is willing to accept Chinese governance over them at this time and period.

It is not about the inequality of the US military presence, but about Chinese governance vs Japanese/US governance, communist culture vs free culture, it seems.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

@voiceofokinawa

OK, Yokota, Atsugi, Futenma are all dangerous.  The government is offering extra support for Okinawa to prevent tragedies through Henoko then. 

It will be unreasonable to claim the agreement between Japan and the US over Henoko as a grave mistake, however.  Okinawa people may argue otherwise, but it would only impress me with their unlawfulness. Japan should have a vibrant opposing party against LDP, but Okinawa's argument against Henoko is as powerless as that of DP. 

The U.S. marines are stationed on Okinawa not necessarily for the defense of Japan and yet they occupy so large areas of Okinawa's land, sea and air spaces, all provided by the Tokyo government for free use.

It is not the Tokyo government, but a Japanese government.  Are you not a Japanese?

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

@voiceofokinawa

I've never heard Atsugi and Yokota were more dangerous than Futenma.  Still, relocation to Henoko must be better than keeping the airport so close to a residential area.  Especially if the relocation is actually the extension of Camp Schwab and not about creating a new base.

Relocation to Henoko doesn't look like a mere political action, but a reasonable strategic decision to me. What took place in Okinawa is an unspeakable tragedy, but I see a strategic meaning in its location in that Okinawa greatly contributes to the security of Japan as well as other Asian countries. 

The fact is no Japanese citizens have a right to overwrite a bilateral agreement made between the government and a foreign country.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

YubaruToday 05:27 am JST

It is rather difficult for me to understand why Okinawa people protest against the relocation of the military airport to a safer area. The agreement was made between the Japanese government and a foreign country which Okinawa or any prefecture wouldn't have a say in.

You and a hell of a lot of other people that actually THINK about what it takes to solve a problem, vs leaving the problem be, for over 20 years now.

What do you think of the recent S Korean population claiming "2015 comfort women deal" between Japan and S Korea should be trashed because they feels like it? Okinawa people is demanding exactly the same thing.

Because of the people leasing land to the US military for millions of dollars....

Huh? THe people of Futenma want the base gone, the new expansion at Schwab will not have any people leasing the land so....

I wonder what people who lives near the military airport is actually thinking. Do they all join you and claim dissatisfaction with the relocation offer? No one is willing to accept the offer?

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle See in context

It is rather difficult for me to understand why Okinawa people protest against the relocation of the military airport to a safer area. The agreement was made between the Japanese government and a foreign country which Okinawa or any prefecture wouldn't have a say in.

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Posted in: LDP eyes submitting Constitution proposals to Diet in fall: Abe See in context

One thing it is clear - CCP is an increasingly aggressive and hostile neighbor.

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Posted in: Gov't starts airing announcement on protection from N Korean missile attack See in context

Without government commercials, most Japanese are already aware of threats from neighboring countries. It is up to the individual to decide if what Kim III says are mere bluffs or have any degree of truths/possibilities in them.

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Posted in: LDP eyes submitting Constitution proposals to Diet in fall: Abe See in context

Japanese never fought a war with foreign countries except a few times through its 2000 years history and everyone knows how it ended the last time. Japanese samurais had fought only with samurais like themselves who has spoken the same language with the same shared culture. Not that I'm against Abe and LDP, but I can't say if it is in their genes to handle global wars...

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Posted in: Emperor's daughter becomes supreme priestess at Ise Jingu shrine See in context

If Sayako joins her family for vacation, she should be guarded as well. Nothing wrong with that.

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Posted in: File implies Abe's specific instruction given in 'favoritism' scandal See in context

Well. As a third generation Diet member from the Abe/Kishi family he owes much of his success in politics to his family's money, connections and brand name rather than to any particular merits of his own (are there any?). Without that seishu seijika pedigree I doubt he would even have got elected in Yamaguchi in the first place. So that's basically despicable.

Then, going back to when he was LDP Secretary General, there was the issue of his bulling NHK to censor a documentary about the Showa Emperor, and the likelihood that he was involved in stage managing town hall meetings by filling them with people paid to ask prepared questions.

His first stint as PM was an unmitigated disaster, characterised by absolutely terrible picks for Cabinet positions. Then he just kind of disappeared, and presumably schemed and connived his way back into prominence in the LDP, getting himself a second chance at the premiership that he really didn't deserve. He even said himself that in 2012 people were voting against the DPJ rather than voting for the LDP.

Then there's "Abenomics," i.e. lots of grand-sounding talk but nothing of any significance achieved whatsoever, although I think the real agenda is conning the public into thinking Abe's on their side while all he's really interested in is old-style LDP pork barrel politics as usual.

Finally, there are the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Gakuen scandals. Take Abe at his word that he wasn't involved if you like, I don't think his word is worth the paper it's written on. I won't get into his membership of Nippon Kaigi, which would be a bit like Angela Merkel joining an association started by Waffen SS veterans.

So - plenty to hate. What's to like?

I don't agree with his pedigree being the problem because Abe is clearly better than average politicians who make bewildering comments on a regular basis, but I do remember the incident with NHK TV programs. What he's done may be called as something small when compared to what GHQ regulated during its occupancy though. 

What I think is good about Abe: Abe was quick to extend his condolence to a grieving mother of Matsuri Takahashi from Dentsu and tried all his best to ban overtimes however limited the result may have been. Recently minimum wage in my area did rise. He was also very quick to apologize when his minister made offending remarks about Fukushima. 

It may have been during his first time as a PM, but he tried to create openings in civil service for those who graduated in an employment ice age. I can't recall every incidents, but Abe has never struck me as inhumane or an arrogant dictator. 

I can imagine why the West may regard Abe as dangerous and consider him as a potential Hitler, but Abe doesn't suffer from neurosis like Hitler. Abe's grandfather never got along with Tojo, either. 

I believe Abe has been pro constitutional reform from long before the Japanese public became aware of risks of neighboring countries, not only of North Korea and Russia, but also of China and South Korea. I don't think it was a coincidence. Ever since LDP took over, threats from these countries stopped worsening which I think is not a small accomplishment.

Compared to CCP, CCP/Kim III friendly Moon, and Putin, to me Abe is an ANGEL!

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Posted in: Ishikawa governor retracts call to drive N. Koreans to starve See in context

Many Japanese are naive when it comes to diplomacy and wars.

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Posted in: File implies Abe's specific instruction given in 'favoritism' scandal See in context

Still unconvinced why Abe is hated so much...

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Posted in: File implies Abe's specific instruction given in 'favoritism' scandal See in context

@Simon Foston

My guess is most Japanese are better in reading English than composing/speaking it. I've found someone expressing the same surprise/question as I have with google search. S/he was asking how come so many foreigners seem to be negative against Japan?  I haven't seen foreign person's negative comments about Abe written in Japanese yet. There may be many of them in Asahi, but I'll never subscribe to them after the scam was disclosed regarding two Yoshidas. Treating Abe as if he was a power hungry money mongering beast seems extreme to me, but I believe it is the reality for liberals. 

@jcapan

I would think it meddling if a liberal who promotes shrinking of the military was putting down leaders of other countries with passion. It isn't about the freedom of speech, but a hypocrisy.

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Posted in: File implies Abe's specific instruction given in 'favoritism' scandal See in context

@shallots

I thought liberals wanted to bring troops back home and negotiate with Russia and China. Maybe most liberals don't, but one Californian liberal I've come across advocates such things. 

@Simon Foston

I wonder how many who criticizes LDP in English can do so in Japanese with the same fluency. Japanese are not equipped to use English like many countries which had been colonized for centuries. It is naive to assume Japanese (40% of whom support Abe) will defend Abe in English easily and readily when it is not their first language. 

Abe's support dropped this month, but still 40% support him. From the figure, I assume Japanese may be unhappy with how LDP handled scandals, but don't believe Abe to be guilty. Media accounts of incidents need to be more convincing rather than simple bashing for the sake of bashing and selling. Maekawa is a coward and supporting his accusations without any criticism is lacking in intelligence.   

Without LDP Japan will be in jeopardy the next day. Bashing LDP without any viable substitute is advocating for the destruction of Japan.

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Posted in: File implies Abe's specific instruction given in 'favoritism' scandal See in context

Simon Foston

Well maybe they are, but they are not different from people who criticize Abe in English, are they? To me it feels like an American meddling with internal affairs which I thought liberals detested. I sincerely hope DP or any other party to offer viable alternate plans to create better parliaments. DP opposing Abe 100% of the time is unreal. It is too clear what DP is up to, objections for the sake of objections. 

I'm not really sure why there is so much support for DP in comment sections here or in Japan Times.

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