OssanAmerica comments

Posted in: Ex-Malaysian PM: U.S.-led trade group intended to isolate China See in context

You bet your buns. I wonder if the former PM will live long enough to see the day that Maylasia is incorporated as a new province of China. He's living in the past and disconnected from today's geopolitical and strategic events.

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Posted in: Kishida says foreign tourists should follow Japan face mask rules See in context

Elvis is hereToday  07:13 am JST

Some serious dark racist undertones there.

No, in this case you're looking for "racism" where there isn't any. Since the pandemic started, people in Japan have been wearing masks for the most part without issues. In contrast in the US and parts of Europe there have been demonstrations and mass resistance towards wearing a mask. It is prudent for Japan to let tourists know that wearing a mask is "normal" in Japan, and if they don't like it they should reconsider visiting. Rather than coming to a foreign country and creating an issue/incident by willingly not following the local rules.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. fly fighters after China drill, North Korean missiles See in context

Samit BasuToday  12:13 am JST

The ROK and USFK also fired missiles toward Japan in retaliation.

No they fired into the Sea of Japan. Read your own article.

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Posted in: China and Russia veto new U.N. sanctions on North Korea See in context

North Korea is the rabid dog kept by China and Russia on a leash to remain a thorn in the world's side. These two nations have protected North Korea fron UN sanctions for decades. The only difference now is that they are open about it.

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Posted in: Widespread disbelief over N Korea's tiny COVID death rate See in context

If they do not have any testing capability then they don't officially have any Covid cases, just lots of "fever" cases.

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Posted in: Kishida sees need for dialogue with China's Xi See in context

voiceofokinawaToday  05:23 pm JST

OssanAmerica's post (Today  10:15 am JST) is completely wrong in this respect. It is also assumed that the U.S. government may interfere and tell Kishida not to approach China too close.

Yes, anything that strengthens Japan's ability to protect itself from it's closest neighors who all posess nuclear weapons, China, Russia, North Korea is "wrong" in your view. I can only think of one reason why.

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Posted in: Guns now the leading cause of death for American children See in context

As a life long gun owner, and supporter of the right to own arms, it's reached a point where this is simply intolerable. No 18 year old should be able to purchase military style high capacity semi-auto rifles. Such weapons are not needed for any lawful purpose in civilian life, be it hunting or target shooting. Not just Federal Law, but every State Law needs to be amended.

At the same time, laws that prevent the disclosure of information on the mentally ill and disturbed based on medical privacy grounds must be repealed in every state, and allowed to be part of a Federal background check. This is now a public safety issue that overides the right to privacy.

Finally the NRA needs to be put out to pasture. They have turned what used to be a good patriotic thing 50 years ago into a political monster that simply obstructs for the sake of obstructing any reasonable efforts to regulate firearms, and the cost to the country to let that continue is simply too high. Firearns ownership needs to be brought back to a Public Safety issue and not a Political issue.

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Posted in: Kore-eda tells Cannes he felt 'pressure' working with Korean all-stars See in context

LegrandeToday  08:48 am JST

Kore-eda pays no heed to the nationalistic hype whipped up by Abe and forges working relationships with Koreans rather than caving in to pride and ignorance.

Kore-eda is paying no heed to the rampant Anti-Japan revisionist and nationalist sentiment in South Korea whipped up by the Moon administration, which is the cause of Japan's own nationalist sentiment. A fact that the new Yoon administration recognizes.

Good for Kore-eda and all others in the arts to overcome these political barriers.

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Posted in: Kishida sees need for dialogue with China's Xi See in context

So Kishida wants to open communications w ith China. And the pro-CCP crowd are bashing him for it. I guess they would rather he didn't.

Kishida is a fool to not support nuclear sharing in today's geopolitical climate.

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Posted in: 2nd attempt to salvage sunken Hokkaido tourist boat begins See in context

nandakandamandaToday  05:26 pm JST

This time they plan to pull her tight to the side of the barge and go straight for shallower water… before heading closer along the coast back to Abashiri.

Seems like a sensible plan…

I suggested the exact same thing. And got ridiculed for it.

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Posted in: Australia, New Zealand, U.S. sound alarm on China plan for South Pacific See in context

YrralToday  03:35 pm JST

Why in the hell,do everyone want the US to get involved and protect them,when they will not protect their own children

I find your attempt to mix international geopolitics with an extremely tragic domestic crime in which 21 people, 19 of them being elementary school children were murdered, is in very bad taste.

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Posted in: Japan says China, Russia jets flew nearby as Quad met See in context

Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  09:14 pm JST

@HonestDictator

Thats hilarious for you to lecture us about Russian democracy on a Japanese news site.

You honestly think that the Japanese have voting power

I think it's hilarious that anyone would think that this is a "Japanese" news site. I doubt there are more than 2 or 3 Japanese people reading this site and posting on this forum.*

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Posted in: N Korea fires suspected ICBM and 2 other missiles See in context

If North Korea wants Covid vaccines, we should offer to trade them for their missiles.

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Posted in: Japan tops world tourism ranking despite COVID restrictions See in context

> Many shops in Japan reject foreign credit cards -I am surprised when my cards are accepted, so much so that (just in case) I usually withdraw money from a combini at the beginning of a night out..

Have never run into any shop that did not take Visa or Mastercard, whether issued from a Bank in Japan or Overseas. In the cities many also take AMEX, as well as Discover which collaborates with JCB. They may reject foreign bank debit cards unless it is linked to MC or Visa.

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Posted in: Japan tops world tourism ranking despite COVID restrictions See in context

All this says is that Japan rated top as a destination that people (whoever were asked) "wanted" to go. The fact that there haven't been any tourists to speak of since Covid in clearly 2020 is not relevant. Besides, wanting to gp doesn't really mean anything if they "can't" or "won't" go.

Plastic sheets, masks, and many small business' and employees suffering aside, Japan was "inbound" crazy before 2020. There were so many tourists everywhere that travel within Japan wasn't enjoyable. And shops amd restauraunts became addicted to tourist income.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia leaders eye stronger defense ties See in context

We will be seeing more and more Australia-Japan joint military exercises going forward.

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Posted in: Japan says China, Russia jets flew nearby as Quad met See in context

The Chinese and Russians did the same to South Korea this week. All this is chest thumping while Biden is in Northeast Asia.

"South Korea's military said it scrambled fighter jets after at least four Chinese and four Russian warplanes entered its air defense zone. 

The aircraft, which included fighter jets and bombers from each side, did not violate South Korea's airspace, it said."

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Posted in: Japan says China, Russia jets flew nearby as Quad met See in context

The US flies reconaissance planes near other countries. They are unarmed intel gathering craft. The Chinese and Russians are flying Bombers and Fighters which could be armed. Big difference.

The Hainan Incident was in 2001, a US spy plane EP-3 was confronted by two J-8s from the Chinese PLA Air Force and a Chinese pilot caused a collision while trying to challenge it. One Chinese pilot died, and the EP-3 made it to Hainan Island where it was taken apart for study by the Chinese before returning it in pieces.

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Posted in: Japan says China, Russia jets flew nearby as Quad met See in context

Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  09:14 am JST

Russia and China have made it clear !

Surprised North Korea didn't spout off some missile tests at the same time.

They did.

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Posted in: Sunken Hokkaido tour boat drops back to seabed while being towed See in context

Harry_GattoToday  07:02 pm JST

OssanAmericaToday  05:45 pm JST

So they worked hard and long to raise the vessel from 120m depth. And they drop it in 182m depth. Was the route from salvage point back to Utoro port based on a straight line for minimum time and fuel? Could the salvage vessel not sailed closer to shore in 30m of water in case exactly this happened? Sounds like a total FU situation.

Seems they need an expert on hand so you need to get up there asap and show them how to do it.

Common sense doesn't require expertise. But then, they didn'r properly secure the front cradle strap either. So maybe something is lacking here.

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Posted in: Expert: Monkeypox likely spread by sex at 2 raves in Europe See in context

venzeToday  11:00 am JST

This unexpected sudden jump in monkeypox, notably in Europe, is no monkey-business, it is real and highly life-threatening.

Must develop an effective vaccine at the earliest..

One vaccine, JYNNEOSTM (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex), has been licensed in the United States to prevent monkeypox and smallpox. Because monkeypox virus is closely related to the virus that causes smallpox, smallpox vaccine can also protect people from getting monkeypox.

Source: CDC

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy arrested after stabbing classmate with scissors See in context

Ban all scissors. Or start taking the bullying in schools, and the provoked responses like this one, seriously.

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Posted in: Do you think it is important that world leaders meet in person sometimes rather than online? See in context

Global politics and diplomacy is the same as business. For people who already know each other, most things can get done online "by remote". But with people you have never met, meeting face to face is crucial. It's close to impossible to develop and secure an entirely new account/contract in many fields without meeting face to face. I assume Australian PM Albanese may be new to the other three leaders. Might be wrong.

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Posted in: Sunken Hokkaido tour boat drops back to seabed while being towed See in context

So they worked hard and long to raise the vessel from 120m depth. And they drop it in 182m depth. Was the route from salvage point back to Utoro port based on a straight line for minimum time and fuel? Could the salvage vessel not sailed closer to shore in 30m of water in case exactly this happened? Sounds like a total FU situation.

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Posted in: Ex-residents of Russian-held islands may need visas for grave visits See in context

Russo-Japanse relations are as low as it can get. Now is the time for Japan to take Russia to the ICJ over their illegal occupation of the 4 islands.the US, UK and EU already consider them Japanese territory under Russian occupation.

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Posted in: After 3 months of war, life in Russia has profoundly changed See in context

I'm sure it hasn't changed anywhere near as it has in Ukraine these past 3 months.

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. would respond militarily if China invades Taiwan; announces IPEF members See in context

BlacklabelToday  08:09 pm JST

*The United States does not recognize China's sovereignty over Taiwan. *

neither do they claim it is not part of China.

Sorry but in the English language, if you say that A does not own B, then B is not part of A.

The US acknowledged China's position that Taiwan was part of China. The US did not recognize that Taiwan was part of China.

The US has acknowleged the "One China" on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, 

No then that would be the "Two China" policy- which doesnt exist.

No, the US has said there is One China to Beijing, and said there is One China to Taipei. Only China has interpreted this to mean that somehow the US recognizes Taiwan as part of China. It doesn't.

Suggestded reading:

https://www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-taiwan/

https://www.csis.org/analysis/what-us-one-china-policy-and-why-does-it-matter

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. would respond militarily if China invades Taiwan; announces IPEF members See in context

BlacklabelToday  07:12 pm JST

Biden is trying to prevent a war in Asia caused by an invasion of Taiwan by China.

how is this possible when American policy is that Taiwan is part of China.

The United States does not recognize China's sovereignty over Taiwan. The US has acknowleged the "One China" on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, The US position is that Taiwan's status is not settled.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister hints readiness to aid N Korea over COVID See in context

North Korea is not accepting medical aid, vaccines from other countries. But they will probably accept it from China or Russia. They know what they're doing, shooting off monthly missiles and pushing for Nuclear weapons is more important to them than having a solid medical infrastructure. Best thing that could happen is if Kim Jong Un catches Covid. Although whoever gave it to him would probably get shot.

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. would respond militarily if China invades Taiwan; announces IPEF members See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  06:45 pm JST

OssanAmerica, I am selfish, I have my family here, I am frightened, I genuinely worry that this war in Ukraine is going to escalate as Ukraine freedom fighters hold there ground.

In my humble opinion this could not be the time for Joe Biden to make commitments that could bring the region into future conflict.

The yes and no could be tinged with more pragmatism.

Yes the Ukraine war will escalate. It will drag on long enough that Russia feels the cost of carrying on a quagmire fight is too costly and call an end to the invasion. The Ukranians will without doubt continue to fight to protect theit homeland, and who can blame them?

Biden is trying to prevent a war in Asia caused by an invasion of Taiwan by China. The lack of any comittment gacve Putin the go-ahead to invade Ukraine.

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