This is quite a change. It's sunny and warm in Okinawa and we have been having nice cool nights. People who live in Okinawa face this kind of typhoon every year, even multiple times. Please be safe if you live in the area affected by the current typhoon. After the storm is over, please think how you can be better prepared next time. Stay safe.
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Sorry that the North Koreans have to resort to enslaving fishing crews to be able to feed their population. Maybe it's a sign that they should drop the nuclear program and spend the money on taking care of the people. (I know, that's not going to happen.) Maybe Japan should use the "Tough Love" solution like Indonesia. If you illegally fish in Indonesian waters they seize your boat and sink it. The crew get a hefty bill and is sent home. Few boats illegally fish there any more.
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@zichi is right about teaching how to defend yourself. However, the solution is not with the victim. the problem is that society produces people who do these things. And, society doesn't have solutions. We need to find those solutions and implement them. Every time there is a horrible crime reported we see that there are societal failures that made it possible for a person to commit the crime. After the fact we see that if this or that had just been done it would have prevented the crime. When someone is abusing a person there are other people that know but do nothing. Lets accept responsibility for life and make society better.
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So, where is NK getting the cash and materials to carry out all these weapons development programs? Must be Russia, Iran, and China.
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There are already people to remind people not to do "Unauthorized entry to homes and property damage". They even have a special number, 110, they are the Police. A phone app isn't going to discourage people who do this. Although, I have my doubts that it is common.
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Food in Japan is safe and healthy. I'm sure Japan will get glowing reviews. This is a formality that will, hopefully, head off protests from political activists and of course, Korea.
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Will the etiquette change for walking belts at airports too?
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By international (WMO) definition "Tapah" is not strong enough to be classified a Typhoon. It remains a strong Tropical Storm. Certainly it has and will have the potential to wreak havoc along it's path. So, be prepared as if it were a real typhoon. (News outlets tend to exaggerate.)
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I hope everyone gets prepared ahead of time. By international standards this is a Strong Tropical Storm and does not qualify in strength as a Typhoon. Based on what we experienced in Okinawa it's pretty strong. So, call it what you want and get prepared. [The Japan Meteorological Agency, JMA, calls everything that goes round and round in summer a Typhoon and gives it a number when reporting in Japan. Now that they have international forecasting responsibilities they follow WMO norms. This has lead to two systems of numbering, naming, and strength classifications. It can be confusing!]
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I'm really surprised at the poor construction quality of the buildings in Chiba, Japan. For a country that experiences typhoons and earthquakes on a regular basis it's pretty shocking. Further I'm surprised at the level of bureaucracy preventing quick recovery. In the US before Hurricane Dorian there were 12,000 utility crews pre-staged in Florida ready to do repairs asap after the storm. (Florida has it's preparedness issues too.) Let's hope Chiba uses this experience to get much better prepared for the next time.
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Now they ask for volunteers? A week after the storm? You aren't doing your job unless you are prepared BEFORE the storm. Next question, are the volunteers going to be allowed to do anything without government permission? Can they be proactive, clear a road, fix a roof, dig a ditch, buy some food, fuel, supplies, without bureaucratic obstacles? Of course not. OK, so it's too late this time, lets start getting prepared for next time right now. Good luck everyone.
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Why don't Japanese people know how to handle hot weather? It happens every year. Surely air conditioning hasn't turned a whole nation into wimps. Okinawa has heat indexes over 38 C (100 F) virtually everyday for months in the summer. And it only cools off about 8 degrees at night. People seem to go on with normal activities dispite the hot weather. Heatstroke is very rare in Okinawa.
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Being without electricty for several days is very difficult. Not having a roof or running water or cell service makes it even more unpleasant. Now is the time to look at the kinds of things that can happen and prepare yourself before it happens in the future. People know that typhoons, earthquakes, heavy rain, mudslides, and so on happen in Japan. So, get prepared, prepare your family. Look at your roof, can it stand high winds, if not fix it so it can. What happens if the power goes off for a week? How will you charge your cell phone? Get an alternate source of power in case of emergency. Generators, solar panels, backup batteries, car accessory chargers are cheap these days. Don't just wait for he city to send out people to help you, help yourself. That's the idea of self reliance, it's how you avoid being a burden on others and keep your family safe. This is certainly lacking in Japan. But that can change.
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When the power goes out you learn to appreciate having it. Lets all appreciate the line crews out there working long hours to restore our convenience. Working as a lineman is meticulous work due to the safety protocols that must be followed. Appreciate the workers at the power company. (OK, go ahead and complain about the company, but not the workers!)
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Learn from Okinawa how to build to survive Typhoons. Miyako Island just got hit with a (CAT 4 equivalent) super typhoon. Yes they had some damage and power was out for a short time. But, it's not a big deal and all will be back to normal in two to three days. Okinawan's don't have anywhere to evacuate to so they have to be self-sufficient. People around the world could learn a lot about how to survive typhoons from Okinawa. Hope they get the damage in Japan repaired quickly.
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When you make a change like this you end up with some names written " First Last" and some written "Last First". How can you tell which way is correct? In most cases you can guess based on what you think are common family and given names. But, how would you do that with a computer? To resolve the problem you can simply add a comma after family name like this: "Last, First". That is the common way to do it in English. Using the comma resolves the problem completely. People named "First Last" generally don't like it if you call them "Last First", But if you simply add a comma they understand. It gets a bit more complex if you add a "Middle" name. My Japanese drivers license has "Last First Middle". I constantly get called by my middle name if someone refers to my drivers license.
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How about a ban on stupid people at the Olympics? South Korea is acting just like a child that started a temper tantrum and no doesn't know how to end it. SK should get back to what's important like making friends with all of it's neighbors again. It seems to have alienated all of them thus far.
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Prosecutor Sogi says he "really doesn't understand the meaning of: Hostage Justice". In that case I wonder if he understands the meaning of "Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". Japan should remove the admisabiliy of confessions in court. Confessions have proven unreliable especially when obtained under duress.
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Why does the Police department need a Navy of it's own. Why not let the Navy do it? Maybe the Police should specialize in police work and let the Navy do the navy stuff.
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Japan should know that the MAJORITY of the world hates this. It is a black mark on an otherwise respected country. The same can be said for whaling. Both of these practices are allowed only to placate a relative few people.
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It's time for the US to TELL Mr. Moon to settle the issues with Japan immediately. He must realize that the US relationship with Japan is more important than with South Korea. Since the US is virtually the only country defending and propping up South Korea, making the relationship difficult is really stupid. What will South Korea do if the US backs off its support (even a little bit)?
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Every day Mr. Moon digs the hole deeper. South Korea seems to be stuck with past memories. The world is moving on. Come back when you get over it. Maybe North Korea will help.
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Hey SK got any friendly neighbors? No? You had one in Japan. Now, you only have a chance to make friends with NK. Hope that works out for ya.
Seriously, SK seems to be trying to mess up the SK-US-JP alliance. Certainly the US and JP will stick together. Where does that leave SK? The US is its only protector. If SK doesn't get the message soon it will be time for the US to start re-evaluating the SK-US alliance. Trumps deal with NK doesn't seem to be going well. The US may decide to cut its losses if it perceives SK as an insincere partner.
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No, no, you are interpreting Trump's statement all wrong. When he says "they are getting along well" he means he is getting ready to change that. These world leaders have figured out how to play Trump. Look out for what's coming.
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@kwatt No one has a spy satellite over North Korea. It doesn't work that way. Satellites are either in geostationary orbit over the equator or in synchronous orbits that pass over North Korea periodically. You cannot place a satellite over North Korea and keep it there. That's how the Physics works. The US, Japan, and South Korea all have satellites in space. And, they all have many other sources of intelligence. North Korea probably also receives satellite intelligence from Russia, China, and others. Sharing is important, it allows verification and collective interpretation which add tremendous value. GSOMIA is mostly about trust and the expedience of sharing.
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South Korea previously had one friend in it's local neighborhood, Japan. Now Mr. Moon seems to want to go it alone. He also seems to be a very good friend of North Korea. Maybe he thinks North Korea will be a better friend? The US has propped up South Korea militarily for many years. If South Korea wants it that way it is time for the US to pull out. That shoulld help relations between North and South Korea. The US can move ahead and strengthen its relationship with Japan.
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Mr. Moon's temper tantrum will only hurt South Korea and isolate it further. By the way who are South Korea's neighbors and friends? Oh, they don't have any? That's not normal. The Japanese don't care about SK not sharing intelligence they can get it through the US. It was SK that benefitted the most from the GSOMIA agreement anyway. Often, right before people cmmit suicide, they give away their stuff and isolate themselves. Is that what's about to happen here?
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South Korea is doing all it can to alienate it's only friendly neighbor country. Now SK is playing games with the relationship. Every time Japan and SK meet Japan just says, remember that treaty we signed back in 1965 and all that money we paid? Well the treaty still stands and, by the way, what did you do with the money? Then the two representatives talk past each other for a while and give up and return home. I doubt much will change until SK backs off and returns Japanese Corporate assets. Unless SK decides it really doesn't need any friends...
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South Korea has managed to allianate its only neighboring friendly country, Japan. Apparently Mr. Moon thinks he can take on the PRK without any friends. He must be pretty stupid. Time for the US to get the heck out of South Korea. They don't need to be the sole guarantor any longer.
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