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Posted in: 55% of Okinawans unhappy with 50 years since reversion to Japan: poll See in context

@Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

Discrimination is the wrong word choice. I'm saying, that how can an 18 year old person relate to living conditions from 50 years ago...they cant. Just like I can't relate to what life was like during The Great Depression in the US during the early 1900's. I have an idea, I can speculate, I can read about it, but I can't give you a first hand account or experience. And again, 1,500 people on an island that is close 1.4million people is too small of a size to produce any real results. It would be as if I asked a family of 5, "do you want a million yen", and the 2 year old child said "no". Okay, no million yen for your family.

The article is about Okinawa, so yes, that would include all of the islands that make up the Prefecture of Okinawa.

You may live in Okinawa but its clear you don't understand the culture or are accepted into the community.

You're right, in my soon to be 20 years of living on Okinawa with an Okinawan Wife, and two Okinawa Children who've grown up on this island, along with all of my friends, colleagues, experiences, and family I don't understand the culture.

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Posted in: 55% of Okinawans unhappy with 50 years since reversion to Japan: poll See in context

The survey was conducted on 1,500 residents aged 18 and older across Okinawa from March to April.

Not a large sample size...what does an 18 year old Okinawan know about what life was like the times before and after the reversion?

The poll found that 67 percent do not support the plan. Among them, 35 percent called for canceling the project and closing the air base.


On the local economy, 93 percent said they feel disparity with other prefectures. To ensure further development of Okinawa, 48 percent believe more efforts should be made in the area of education.

This...this right here...48% want to see more efforts in the area of education--and what does the Island get, a new shopping center, or Basketball stadium, or road widening on 58. SMDH.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly gets suspended sentence; judge slams Ghosn See in context

The conviction rate in Japanese criminal trials exceeds 99%.

That last sentence is all anyone needs to know about the Japanese Judicial system.

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Posted in: Protest held in Okinawa 3 years after start of landfill for U.S. base See in context

They should bolt their base onto one of the existing bases.

Um, that's what the Marine Corps is doing. The airfield is an extension of the existing Camp Schwab installation.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Any parent with half a brain would say no to sending their kids to an event like this. Never expect the government to take responsibility for you and your family--the decision has to be made in the home. And believe me, the first teacher / parent to make a comment to me about why my child isn't going, is going to get an American laced verbal accosting of how dangerous and stupid a decision like this is.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Pandemic, heat ... and now a typhoon's en route See in context

Anyone who thinks the weather in Tokyo during the summer is is "mild and ideal" is severely disillusioned. Don't blame this on Japan, the Olympic committee new full well what weather is like during the summer, not to mention that Athlete's have been competing in Japan during the summer for years. No sympathy on this one.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony See in context

As my coworker said when this was first brought up..."I live here and can't even go, must be nice!"

If there was ever and opportunity for the Japanese culture to really push for a cultural shift, this would be the time. How much longer will Japanese people tolerate the top down hierarchy that persist? There should be mass protests about how these games are of no importance, and priority should be to inoculate the population, and take care of its high elderly population. But instead, sponsors, and their guests will be able to attend and view games just like the royalty they are. Japan has lost almost all credibility on the world stage, and they have given all of the power in this situation to the Olympic committee and its cronies.

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Posted in: Jill Biden likely to visit Japan for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Comment from my co-worker..."must be nice. I live here and can't even go".

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

Weak. I expected more from the female Japanese leadership on this matter. Instead, they've just set the table for the next 20 years of workplace inequality. Young women of today now know that their voice and opinion don't matter and will be silenced if they speak out of turn, or speak for too long.

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Posted in: Top court rejects demand seeking flight suspensions near U.S. base on Okinawa See in context

it’s ridiculous to claim that Japan does not have rights over land (and air space) that is obviously and legally Japanese. Maybe renegotiate a proper rent on all that prime land occupied by the bases while they’re at it.

Just goes to show how little Mainland Japan thinks of Okinawa and it's people. I've always said that Okinawa's biggest issue isn't the US forces on the island, it's the political will of its own government.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine pilots at Iwakuni engaged in in-flight misconduct: report See in context


Plenty of examples to go around. Rules and regulations are in place for a reason, if the pilots were unprofessional then they deserve all the punishment and administrative procedures that come with it. Let's just not be blind to the fact that Japanese pilots are doing the exact same things.

Residents of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture expressed anger by the findings of misconduct, with some calling for suspending U.S. military aircraft flights.

"They're extremely dangerous behaviors," said 74-year-old Jungen Tamura, a former Iwakuni city assembly member who monitors activities at the Iwakuni base. "They could cause an accident and (U.S. forces) need to suspend flights immediately."

Makoto Ebuchi, a 62-year-old adviser to a citizens group opposed to enhancing functions of the Iwakuni base, said, "It's shocking to find out that pilots were corrupted to this level and I'm horrified. The state and the city need to thoroughly study how to re-educate them."

So should we ground all JAL and ANA flights until all pilots are "re-educated"?

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Posted in: Are you in favor of having armed teachers in U.S. schools? See in context

A quick Google search shows that there are 4,200 public schools in the State of Florida. Say you arm 10 Teachers in each school, that would introduce 42,000 guns into a work place environment. I can't think of a scenario where this is a good idea, yes...each and every "mass" shooting is its own tragedy especially when they take place in a school or church; locations where everyone should be safe. Just wait until the first time a kid gets a hold of the gun and shoots 10 kids in one class room then what?

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Posted in: U.S. military helicopter crash-lands in Okinawa, no injuries See in context

So, proud Americans, it is the time to leave Okinawa. You are not liked by Okinawans at all. About the defense of Japan? LEAVE IT TO ABE.


So you speak for all Okinawa's? You should probably walk back your statement--regarding all Okinawa's don't like Americans. I think we all understand and mostly agree that the Futenma Air Station is located in a very populated area, and there is some merit to wanting it moved. But also remember, Futenma is the only airstrip on Island that is above sea level. Both Naha and Kadena Airbase are in dangerous Tsunami territory.

As far as leaving the defense of Japan to the Japanese government, I think many American Service Members would love to not have to be stationed in Japan away from their families any longer. And it would be a great test in Japanese diplomacy to see how they'll react to China's invasive maneuvers into the area, and with the Okinawan people being so passive it would only be a matter of time before a different government was here on the island. And if you don't think that is possible, you don't understand the history and violence that has taken part here in the Pacific for the last 100 years. Most of that done by Japan and their Imperialist ideas and desire for resources and expansion.

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy killed after drunk father crashes car See in context

Police said the boy, Kanata, was not in a child safety seat in the back when the fatal accident occurred at around 11 p.m. Sunday.

This just makes me sad, the seats are designed to keep children safe in case of an accident. I've lived in Japan for almost 13 years and the number of times I've seen kids climbing around in cars especially on the expressway just blows my mind. Even more mind-boggling are those cars with the stupid stickers "baby in car" and no car seat...oh I should be even more careful because of your lack of common sense.

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Posted in: American passenger arrested for assaulting ANA employee See in context

We want his name and the name of his employer! What an idiot..

> If he was traveling in the capacity of his employer then yes I agree. But if he was traveling on a personal trip, there is no reason to have his employer involved. What would be the benefit to naming his employer?

> And I agree, he was an idiot.

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