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Posted in: Okinawa urges PM to scrap U.S. base move plan before key anniversary See in context

RodneyToday  10:07 am JST

Japan, um, Tokyo, will never allow major bases on mainland soil.

Misawa Air Base (Air Force)

in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture  

Yokota Air Base (Air Force)

in Fussa, Tokyo 

US Fleet Activities Yokosuka (Navy) 

in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture 

Naval Air Facility Atsugi (Navy)

in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture 

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (Marine Corps) 

in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture 

US Fleet Activities Sasebo (Navy)

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Posted in: Okinawa urges PM to scrap U.S. base move plan before key anniversary See in context

I'm surprised Gov Tamaki even got a whole 15 minutes. Unless China's CCP dictatorship collpases and it becomes a nornal friendly country, Okinawa is going to be saddled with a US military presence. If the US pulled out, then it would just turn into a JSDF presence. Futenma needs to be moved, it poses a risk to the people being smack in the middle of a city. Both Japan and US have agreed to that decades ago. Short sighted or those inflenced by JP/US adversaries have turned it into an offensve to remove the base completely.

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Posted in: Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland, Sweden this week See in context

UChosePoorlyToday  07:33 am JST

If this goes through, then NATO greatly increases its border with Russia. Was this Putin’s plan?

Vlad scrood the pooch on this one big time.

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Posted in: Japan vigilant against Chinese navy activity involving aircraft carrier See in context

Japan is only country in Asia that has actual experience with aircraft carrier and submarine operations, and modern naval warfare. And that country is now allied with the country that beat them at the same game. Money can buy lots of toys but it can't buy historical experience studied in naval colleges over decades and decades.

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Posted in: New S Korean President Yoon says he hopes to meet with Kishida soon See in context

Pres. Yoon is undoubtedly aware that the "Permanent and Irreversible" 2015 Comfort Women Agreement was negotiated between SK FM Yun and then FM Kishida. Then unilaterally Moon ripped it up. It's going to be hard to gain PM Kishida's trust going forward without correcting this issue first and foremost.

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Posted in: Shanghai disinfects homes, closes all subways in COVID fight See in context

China's economy is taking a serious pounding. But still no sign of giving up the zero-covid approach.

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Posted in: S Korea’s new leader offers support if N Korea denuclearizes See in context

5 years of Moon, appeasing North Korea, granting them their long cherished goal of a direct meeting with the U.S., obstructing US strategic posture by villifying Japan to the point of destroying SK-JPN relations, all produced absolutely nothing in terms of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. So let;s see if Yoon's approach is any better, because it certainly can't be any worse.

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

If following the immigration procedure of the country to become a citizen is "too difficult" or "takes too long" then they should forget about it and ether leave Japan, or live with their decision. Immigration procedures are both difficult and time consuming in just about every country, including the United States. Which is why there are so many illegal (undocumented) immigrants.

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

Desert TortoiseToday  01:36 am JST

But they are not prohibited, rather they themselves choose not to become J-citizens.

The logical criticism is why would Japan not consider someone born in Japan a citizen? What is wrong with Japan that it denies Koreans born there citizenship? 

Probably the same thing that is "wrong" with most of the countries in the world, considering that only 33 nations recognize Jus Soli. To ask what is "wrong" with a country whose policy is the majority on the planet is just plain stupid.

Japan is not denying ethnic Koreans (or any other Permanent Resident) Japanese citizenship. Japan is offering them J-citizenship. It is the ethnic Koreand themselves who are refusing to become J-citizens.

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Posted in: Pedestrian hit, killed by car driven by U.S. Marine in Okinawa See in context

rocketpigToday  06:34 pm JST

Isnt Okinawa US territory and Japanese in name only? The US Marine only reports to US law

Dead wrong on both counts. Okinawa is a Japanese Prefecture. Anywhere outside the bases a Marine is subject to Japanese law. Sometimes one can first face Japanese law then face US military law after it.

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

jeancolmarToday  12:24 pm JST

However way we do it, Koreans born in Japan must be allowed to have (or automatically given) citizenship at birth and retroactively. Let me give you a few examples from the United States. The Indian Citizenship Art of 1924 granted full U.S. citizenship to Native Americans. In 1952 the Walter-McCarren nullified Asian exclusion Laws. Something like this can be done in Japan. It must be done. The situation as it standing is shameful.

The US is one of the minority countries that recognizes Jus Soli. The result is that illegal (undocumented) immigrants are intentionally giving birth in the US so the child has US citizenship. So there are both pros and cons to the concept of "automatic citizenship at birth". Comparing US laws to Japanese laws, or anywhere else is pointless, they are different countries. Most states in the US allow private owership of firearms including assault rifles. Should Japan also copy that?

The US examples you give pertain to laws that prevented immigrants from becoming US citizens. But the ethnic Zainichi Koreans living in Japan have been and are free to apply for Japanese citizenship. If they were prohibited from doing so, then that would be discrimination. But they are not prohibited, rather they themselves choose not to become J-citizens. Which of course is their right amd fine, but to then complain about discrimation for being Korean doesn't make sense.

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

John-SanToday  09:21 am JST

I recommend that if your opposed to animal cruelty this Ainu site leave you thinking what that cage bear all about. It has no bearing on the Ainu culture.

While I am pleased to learn those bears I saw found a new home, Bears have an enormous bearing to the Ainu culture and people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iomante

http://sapporo-tourguides.com/the-present-day-ainu-and-iomante-from-the-story-of-the-ainu-seminar/

A bear cub was captured during the winter from a den, and raised in the village. At a cerrtain point it was killed in a village ritual symbolizing sending it's spirit back to the gods. Bear worship is found among various aboriginal peoples of the Eastern North Pacific and elsewhere. This Iomante ceremony was outlawed in 1955 was that has been rescinded on the grounds that it is exempt from animal rights laws. There are "rumors" that some Imonte ceremonies have been carried out quietly since.

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

I was at the park in 2015 and there were 3-4 bears in cages. I was very happy to hear years later that those very same bears were shipped to some conservation preserve in the UK.

Rather ironic though because the Brown Bears in the UK have gone extinct. And they weren't treated any better.

"Dancing bears were a common form of entertainment. Bears were also widely used for their body parts, with bear grease still being sold in Britain in the early 20th century as a putative treatment for hair loss."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44699233

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

John-SanToday  05:51 pm JST

The Yamamoto clan were give the trading rights of Eso. 

Who is this Yamamoto clan? The right to govern and trade in Ezo was given to the Matsumae Clan.

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

englisc aspyrgendToday  07:51 am JST

Having oppressed and attempted cultural genocide until 2008 now they will use them as a degrading side show for profit?

Actually all the Ainu associations in Hokkaido are welcoming finally gettting the J-Gov to recognize them as aboriginal people and divert funds towards projects the highlight and preserve their culture. The Upopoi Center is admitedly a bit ridicuous in terms of size and scale, and was unlucky to have been completed just as Covid fell upon us, but no one is complaining. It will probably operate at a loss for several years with the J-gov subsidizing it.

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Posted in: Pedestrian hit, killed by car driven by U.S. Marine in Okinawa See in context

At 7am either he was DUI from a long night out, or he was looking at his phone. Either way a terrible accident and may the victim RIP.

Also my personal opinion is that US military who drive in Japan either with an IDP or SOFA license should be required to take a driving test, just to get used to driving on the left.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for peace with North in farewell speech See in context

He is free to exchange love letters with Kim as long as he wants. But South Korea will now be lead by an administration that doesn't believe in appeasing North Korea and damaging the US strategic position by destrying SK-JPN relations.

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Posted in: More than 60 feared dead in bombing of Ukrainian school See in context

MarkToday  09:38 am JST

The present war in Ukraine would never have accrued if Ukraine had remained a nuclear power.

The present war in Ukraine would never have occured if Russia had not invaded Uktraine.

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Posted in: More than 60 feared dead in bombing of Ukrainian school See in context

In past wars we did not have the technolgy to be precise so there were many civilian casualties. As technology progressed we reached a point of being able to target military assets with at least an effort to minimize what we euphemistically labeled "collateral damage". Sometimes a civilian target would get hit unintentionally by error and an investigfation and apology would be forthcoming,

In contrast, the Russian military are barbaric animals. deliberately targeting schools, hospitals, shopping malls,. train stations, locations that are not military targets and increase the odds of civilian casualties. Russia is guilty of War Crimes under the Law of Armed Conflict.

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Posted in: Okinawa urges dropping base transfer plan ahead of 50th return anniversary See in context

Which is more important? Damaging the ecosystem or not having an Air Base smack in the middle of a city? Which poses a greater risk to the inhabitants of Okinawa?

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

jeancolmarToday  05:41 pm JST

My error. I meant to say giving South and North Koreans born and raised in Japan dual citizenship would be a good move to help promote equality..

No, that promotes "inequality". Dual Citizenship would have to be applied to all non-Japanese of any nationality. But North Korea would be excluded as Japan does not have dipomatic relations with them.

Full automatic citizenship by birth (jus soli) is recognkzed by just 33 countries in the world. Some countries have a restricted form, such as Australia where a child born in Australia can get citizenship only if at least one of the parents has Australian citizenship or permanent residence status.

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Posted in: Ukraine's Mariupol defenders face brutal final showdown with Russian invaders See in context

Lord DartmouthToday  05:37 pm JST

Obviously we all sympathise with Ukraine, but frankly the destruction of the neo-nasty Azov Regiment would be one of the very few good things to come out of this war.

Worth 3,238 civilians including 227 children dying?

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

William77Today  12:51 pm JST

OssanAmericaToday  11:28 am JST

jeancolmarToday  11:00 am JST

Granting Koreans born and raised in Japan full citizenship would go a long way in deflating prejudices against them.

True, But my understanding is that such ethnic Koreans living in Japan under the Special Permanent Residence status (instituted after WWII ended) have always been able to choose to apply for Japanese nationality. Why some ethinic Koreans, especially those younger ones who are mentally totally Japanese don't choose to get citizenship is very puzzling.

You are always trying to justify anything about Japan.

My comment does not justify anything about anything. Unlike every one of your posts that villify Japan.

Have you ever heard of dual citizenship?

Most civilized countries allow this.

So...Norway, Austria, Netherlands, Georgia, Estonia, India, China, Singapore are all "uncivilized"? A nation's policy regarding citizenship has nothing to do with being "civilized" or not. That view alone exposes a latent racist attitude.

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

jeancolmarToday  11:00 am JST

Granting Koreans born and raised in Japan full citizenship would go a long way in deflating prejudices against them.

True, But my understanding is that such ethnic Koreans living in Japan under the Special Permanent Residence status (instituted after WWII ended) have always been able to choose to apply for Japanese nationality. Why some ethinic Koreans, especially those younger ones who are mentally totally Japanese don't choose to get citizenship is very puzzling.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

Yoshinoya should be held responsible, and this "recruiter" needs to be fired. There is no excuse. Assuming that the Applicant was not a Japanese citizen based on appearance is outright discrimination. Furthermore many foreign residents in Japan have a Zairyu Card that permits employment. These are things that Yoshinoya should have fully verified upon receiving the application.

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Posted in: Okinawa seeks Tokyo's help lowering tensions with China See in context

TARA TAN KITAOKAToday  04:36 pm JST

China do not want war.

Really?

"Xi Jinping orders China’s military to be ready for war ‘at any second’

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3116436/xi-jinping-orders-chinas-military-be-ready-war-any-second

"Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on troops to "put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/14/asia/xi-jinping-taiwan-us-esper-intl-hnk/index.html

"China's Xi Jinping Tells People's Liberation Army to Get Ready For Combat"

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/combat-03102021110542.html

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Posted in: Debate heats up over China's interest in Australian election See in context

Love that poster! Especially since the CCP doesn't allow voting in their own country.

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Posted in: Nearly 80% of Japanese think Okinawa's U.S. base-hosting burden unfair See in context

But 69 percent opposed relocating the bases to areas where they live, although 79 percent believe the burden on Okinawa was unequally large.

Pointless survey considering the above.

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Posted in: Russia bans entry of Kishida, 62 other Japanese ministers, citizens See in context

Good for them. The only country that is hurting Russia's economy and prestige is Russia. And only they can end that. If they only wanted to......

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Posted in: Russian invasion shows urgent need for U.N. reform, say scholars See in context

Back in 1950 when North Korea, with the blessing of the USSR and PRC invaded South Korea. The UN command supported South Korea. The necessary UN resolutions passed because the USSR was boycotting the UN at the time in objection to the Republoic of China (now Taiwan) getting "China's seat" on the PUNSC

That Russia, a PUNSC member itself is a party to the invasion and still has any veto rights is utterly absurd. That is having one of the parties to a dispute act as judge to settle it.

The UN needs a complete overhaul to eliminate such contradictory CFs.

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