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Posted in: U.S. Space Force logo draws comparisons to 'Star Trek' See in context

This logo is extremely close to that used by the former US Air Force Space Command formed back in 1982. If anyone copied the Star Trek logo it was probably back then, not now.


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Posted in: China heads into Lunar New Year on shutdown as virus spreads to Europe See in context

The WHO said on Thursday it was a "bit too early" to designate the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, which would require countries to step up their response.

WTF is wrong with the WHO???? Are they waiting for high infection numbers on a global basis?

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Posted in: Japan to step up precautions against China coronavirus See in context

The WHO has failed to declare this a global threat. That would allow countries to take more aggressive actions. TEmorary bans on inbound flights from China until the corona virus is contained would be a very good idea. And it has nothing to do with rascism, the stores and services that profit from tje hordes of Chinese tourists would take a major hit. But imagine the consequences of a nationwide pancdemic, wjich at this point is far from impossible.

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Posted in: Japan should ban confiscation of foreign employees' passports, lawyer says See in context

Shoichi Ibusuki, the plaintiff's lawyer is correct. Japan needs to make it an enforcable law with high penalties. Passports and Immigration documents are not property that can or should be held by anyone other than the bearer, law enforcement under certain circumstances, Japanese Immigration during visa applications and adjustments, or an authorized representative of the issuing country. Companies which engage in this behavior are a small minority of Japanese companies so comments criticizing all Japanese companies in general are stupid.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 2nd new coronavirus infection See in context

China themselves have locked down 25M people. Temporarily banning inbound flights from China is hardly rascist under the current conditions. The real question is what has China offerd the WHO to refuse to declare this a global emergency? If they did, other governments (and not just Japan) would be able to temporarily stop inbound flights until this virus spread is contained.

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Posted in: China building a hospital to treat virus; expands lockdowns to 25 mil people See in context

1glennToday  10:05 am JST

The bubonic plaque originated in Asia in the 1300s, and ended up killing hundreds of millions of people.

To be accurate:

"The plague that caused the Black Death originated in China in the early to mid-1300s and spread along trade routes westward to the Mediterranean and northern Africa. It reached southern England in 1348 and northern Britain and Scandinavia by 1350."


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Posted in: Shop fearing Wuhan virus bans Chinese visitors in Hakone See in context

Perhaps the wording was poor, but I seriously doubt it's a prejudice issue as Chinese tourists are a big source of income for many Japanese stores. Trying to avoid contagen by prohibiting entry may or may not be effective, but in princple the Chinese themselves are applying this method.

"Barring emergencies, residents of the 11-million-person city will be prohibited from leaving the city or using buses, subways or ferries."


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Posted in: First woman enters Japan's submarine academy See in context

The JMSDF is 10 years behind the US Navy is this respect.

"Eight years after the Navy announced a policy change allowing women to serve on submarines, there are 93 women aboard Pacific Fleet vessels, including nine officers on two Virginia-class submarines at Pearl Harbor, the undersea service said."


There were USN studies going back to the 70s suggesting that a hypothetical all female crew of a submarine would produce space and other reductions enabling a more efficient submarine operation.

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Posted in: Iranian MP offers $3 mil to anyone who kills Trump: report See in context

What a dumb idea. USD 3M could probably by enough Republican votes in the Senate to get rid of him.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise See in context

Interesting that the most rabid anti-Japan and anti-US South Koreans are also North Korea and President Moon supporters.

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Posted in: S Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz See in context

When the US says jump, South Korea says "how high?"

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Posted in: Abe strikes conciliatory note on S Korea See in context

There will never be any real improvement in SK-JPN relations until Moon is out and replaced with an Administration that is willing to face the real history of Korea 1910-1945, end the brainwashing in SK schools, and putting an end to the use of anti-Japan sentiment as a poltical and diplomatic tool.

Japan has no need to accomodate anything for South Korea until they correct their pattern of breaking agreements and violating treaties.

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Posted in: Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats See in context

Part of Abe's plan while in office is to achieve his long-cherished goal of revising Japan's U.S.-drafted constitution that prohibits use of force in settling international disputes.

Usual biased reporting from AP. The prohibition is in Paragragh 1 of Article 9. Neither Abe nor anyone else is trying to amend that. There is no popular support and rightfully so, other nations could learn from it. Abe is attempting to amend Paragraph 2 which states that Japan can not maintain a military, in contradiction to the existence of the JSDF since 1950. Because their very existence is "unconstuitional" every debate on deployment other than disaster relief is delayed by never ending constitutional arguments.

AP is deliberately mixing Paragrah 1 and 2 to create the image that Abe is attempting to change the "Peace Constitution". He's not and no one else is either.

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Posted in: 'Parasite' scores upset at SAG awards, boosting Oscar chances See in context

Cool. Parasite was an enoyable movie.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

JPGBToday 08:51 am JST


Are you suggesting we should behave like China and imprison the guy without even investigating first?

I can think of a few problems with that kind of logic.

Nobody said without investigating. Obviously since carrying a forged official government ID is a serious crime he must be investigated on the premise that he could by a spy. Next you'll be accusing me of suggesting that he be shot or sent to a re-education camp.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

Forget the cospolay nonsense. Treat this guy as a foreign spy, If anyone did this carrying a fake PLA ID Card in China, what would happen?

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Posted in: China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak See in context

The liklihood that the actual number is (much) higher and being covered up by China is a real concern.

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Posted in: Ex-ASDF official arrested for allegedly leaking military secrets See in context

macvToday  08:04 am JST

no big secret - start engine take off see USA ship below try to dive bomb it until you get blown to smithereens out of the sky

Let me clue you in on a big secret. WWII ended 75 years ago and the US and Japan have been allies since. You're welcome.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hail security pact which Trump branded unfair See in context

AlexBecuToday  03:35 am JST

Was article 9 fair to be forced on Japan after WW2. You wanted Japan in a weak position not to declare war or have the capabilities... And now you cry about it?

The only one "crying about it" is the current Moron of a President amd his uneducated followers. You will not hear any crying from the US Military or educated Americans. Please do not confuse "Trump" with "America".

After WWII ended the victor nations, et al, wanted Emperor Hirohito charged and tried as a war criminal. The USSR was extremly vociferous on this point, and other nations such as Australia supported it. Douglas MacArthur who was charged with running the occupation and directing Japan's direction for the future believed that the Emperor was a vital part of Japan's culture and his forced removal would undermine national unity, possibly causing a resistance movement or civil war. Which in turn would open an opportinity for the Soviets to enter the game.

Most of us are aware how anti-communist MacArthur was, threatening the USSR from trying to land on Hokkaido proper, and contemplating dropping 5 atom bombs on China during the Korean War.

In order to appease the USSR and other WWII victor allires, the US proposed Article 9, as an alternative to prosecuting Emperor Showa.

So yes, the US created Article 9, but it was to appease the other allied nations. It has never been an American intent, as proven by the US forcing Japan to create the JSDF just 5 years after WWII ended, when Soviet and China backed North Korea invaded South Korea causing the UN to come to SK's aid. That UN Command is now headquartered at Yokota Airbase in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hail security pact which Trump branded unfair See in context


Agree. But we need a US leader that doesn't cry "unfair" at everything and starts fights with allies and adversaries alike. And we need a new regime in South Korea that actually wants to be on this side of the fence.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo fires associate professor over anti-Chinese Twitter posts See in context


Maybe because your argument is like complaining about a taxi company that won't hire people who can't drive. And you're crying discrimination. Yea, people who can't drive are "different" from people who can drive in the context of the job requirement.

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Posted in: Russia seizes Japanese fishing boat near disputed islands See in context

How much do they want now?

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Posted in: Japan sends 2 SDF planes, 70 personnel to help fight Australia fires See in context

Good on Japan and the JSDF helping out an ally in difficult times.

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy is to contain China See in context

Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China.

I don't think it's new. It's been that way since 1948 when the CCP, which was originally formed as branch of the Soviet Communist Party, outsted the Chinese Nationalists to Taiwan.

The Indo-Pacific concept being pushed by the United States, Japan and others was to reconfigure the existing structure, he said.

Only China is trying to reconfigure the existing structure with their 9-dash line claim and building military bases on artificial islands. The US and it's allies are simply trying to prevent further terrotorial expansion.

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

u_s__reamerJan. 15  11:24 pm JST

If you belive "rightists regained control after 1945", then who in the world do you think was running the country 1930-1945?

Er, rightists/fascists/militarists?

Correct. They lost control of the country in 1945. They have never regained control since.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo fires associate professor over anti-Chinese Twitter posts See in context

While his wording as well as forum of expression certainly leaves much to be desired, anyone who runs an AI techonlogy firm has the same concerns. In China they are called Sea Turtles, born in China go to the US to study, train, learn then return to China.




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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

There are a number of areas where Japan is definitely backwards and out of place for an advanced democratic country, and this is one of them. Joint Custody of children is absolutely better for the children and resolves many of the conflict issues. Dual nationality is another, even if it means recognizing some countries and not recognizing some others based on parity. The legal system is another. But these are issues which are connected deeply to Japan's culture and while they should be changed, they aren't going to be changed by foreigners, and especially if they go against it head-on breaking Japanese laws. In fact, that is likely to make matters worse. One thing I will say though is that the Custody issue is not completely unique to Japan. Even in the U.S., where State laws prevail, custodial issues in divorce actions always are biased towards the ex-wife. Without Joint Custody it would be a slaughter, and that has nothing to do with nationalties. I speak from personal experience. So this is deeper than just another simple J-bashing topic.

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Posted in: Kono says SDF mission to Mideast in Japan's self-interest as crude oil importer See in context

kurisupisuToday  05:20 pm JST

Why is Kono not pressing for Japan to wean itself off oil?

Because he is the Minister of Defense. And not the Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry which covers energy and resources.

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Posted in: Kono says SDF mission to Mideast in Japan's self-interest as crude oil importer See in context

A poll by Kyodo news agency showed 58.4% of those surveyed opposed the deployment and opposition parties in Japan have called for its cancellation

I guess those people don't care if oil is not safely transported to Japan, or whether those who work on Japanese owned and controlled ships live or die.

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Posted in: Taiwan 'already independent', president warns China See in context

Tsai Ing-Wen is right, Taiwan is an independent nation. And it's prudent to not declare that independence until Taiwan has the full backing of the free world and China's threat to invade Taiwan is retracted.

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