Richard Burgan comments

Posted in: U.S. Air Force identifies 8 crew lost in Osprey crash in Japan See in context

The eight crew members lost in this crash are exceptionally qualified and trained. They are the best of the best. Being a member of a Special Operations Unit is a big deal, and they only select the best. There must have been a mechanical failure to cause this accident. Both Americans and Japanese should respect the crew members who lost their lives while protecting all of us.

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Posted in: Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash See in context

If "the people of Japan" (AKA Okinawa's Governor) really want the US to leave, then the US should leave. I think it would be reasonable to implement a 5-year transition plan. After 5 years the US will be gone, and Japan will have the responsibility to defend itself. Consider what it will cost the Japanese people. You will be paying triple your current taxes for at least 10 years just to pay for the required build-up. You will have to change your constitution. Your children will be subject to mandatory military service. Of course, you also have the choice to become Chinese...

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Posted in: Piece of Osprey wreckage given to U.S. after crash off Japan See in context

The US military cannot entirely suspend Osprey operations for a casual reason. They are vital to many operational missions such as resupply of Naval vessels and remote training sites. Statistically, the Osprey is a safe aircraft.

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Posted in: Japanese experimental nuclear fusion reactor inaugurated See in context

This technology has been 15 years away for the last 30 years. Progress is being made, but it's expensive and slow. Maybe Japan will be the first to figure it out. Then, it will be time to miniaturize it. Japan has always been good at that.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges at climate summit to phase out coal-fired power See in context

I wonder how he will phase out coal power plants in Okinawa. What alternative source will he pay for?

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Posted in: U.S. continues to fly Osprey aircraft in Japan, despite Tokyo's request not to See in context

Japan has a weird concept of safety. People (especially politicians) say things like "ensure this can never happen again", "safety is confirmed" and expect that these are even possible. They resign "to take responsibility", or "offer further explanation" regarding what happened. These are just ways to sweep the actual problem aside. You can only reduce the probability of something happening again to an acceptable level which will never be zero. Taking responsibility means staying on the job and solving the problem. Further explanations are fine except they don't change what happened. Based on overall statistics the V-22 Osprey is a safe aircraft. If you don't agree, get your facts together and prove it.

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Posted in: Wasabi effective in improving memory of elderly: study See in context

Medical research generally begins with a small study and progresses to larger more controlled studies. The sponsor of the initial study may be biased. However, larger studies should be conducted to eliminate any bias. I personally would like to learn that wasabi can make me smarter.

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Posted in: U.S. spy drones relocated to Okinawa despite local objection See in context

The reality is that many Okinawans support having the military bases here. Then there are a lot of people who say they don't support it but are not against it. If you add both of those groups together you get a big majority. The people who are against the bases are actually a minority. Governor Tamaki and many politicians spend much of their time (maybe most of it) fighting the bases, missiles, surveillance drones, change in general, base relocation, etc. If the Governor did more to improve the economy, education, child poverty, and other social problems it would help the Okinawan people a lot. The national government has made a lot of money available for this purpose but it has been chased away.

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Posted in: North Korea says it put military spy satellite into orbit on third try See in context

So far the only ones claiming a successful launch and orbital insertion are the NORKs. For some reason, NORAD is not reporting data for a new satellite or any debris orbiting the Earth. Maybe NORAD doesn't want to publish any information that would be helpful to the NORKs. And maybe the satellite is now a submarine.

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Posted in: Japanese island holds disaster drill in shadow of China threat to Taiwan See in context

@elephant200 the answer to your question is location. You seem to have a pro-China view based on your previous posts.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo asks firms to stop pressuring job-hunting students See in context

Companies should not coerce interviewees, candidates, or applicants in any way. They should be honest and open about the opportunity they are offering and allow the person to ask questions and give truthful answers. Salary ranges should be clearly available and accurate. Any company that purposely discourages a person from completing his education or from pursuing further education in order to take a job should be disqualified from the job fair. Graduating students should realize that they are in a seller's market and take advantage of it.

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Posted in: Japan 'on standby' to take all possible steps amid yen decline See in context

Most people in Japan have almost no way to invest their money for gain. Interest on bank deposits is essentially zero, and stocks and bonds are not really available to average people. Property (land) is a viable investment for those who can afford it in some areas of the country. Essentially there is no hedge against inflation. The Japanese Yen is essentially controlled by outside forces such as trade balances and foreign (US) interest rates. Japan needs to change this or the economy will go the way of the birthrate.

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Posted in: U.S. military bulk buys Japanese seafood to counter China ban See in context

Let me get this right USMC replacing SOS with Japanese Seafood? That's a step up for sure. Chopsticks may be next.

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Posted in: About 1 million nuisance calls made to Japan embassy in China over Fukushima See in context

Usually relations are spoiled at the governmental level and regular citizens are left out. In this case, the Chinese dictatorship has been telling the people some big lies with the intent to harm relations with Japan. Japan's government should be able to see who they are dealing with now. Block the calls and make people come to the embassy in person. That should slow things down a bit.

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Posted in: IAEA officials say Fukushima's ongoing discharge of treated wastewater going well See in context

Knowledgeable people have been saying this will go well for years. IAEA is really trying to convince people who can't be convinced because they "heard something else" and have a death grip on it. The air you breathe every day has more radiation than the water being discharged from Fukushima. I'm curious whether the South Korean, Chinese, and Russian representatives to IAEA think of this report.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. and Japan hold first-ever trilateral aerial exercise in face of N Korean threats See in context

Expect a new NORK satellite launch attempt before the end of the month. Stay tuned for a J-Alert at the most inconvenient time.

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Posted in: Charges dropped again over death of detained Sri Lankan woman See in context

A great shame for Japan. It is unbelievable that this exists in Japan.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects central gov't demand over U.S. base landfill See in context

'Some' residents of Okinawa oppose USMC Camp Schwab's expansion to accommodate MCAS Futenma's relocation. No one opposes the closure of MCAS Futenma.

The number of Okinawa residents who oppose, support, or are neutral over the project is unknown. That's because the question has never been voted on. The only votes that have taken place are those for normal elected officials. Voter turnout has never been very high and doesn't represent the whole population. Elected officials impose their own opinions as they were elected to do by a small minority of voters.

The Japanese national government has spent a tremendous amount of money on the Futenma relocation project, which has been delayed by the Okinawa government many times over the past 25 (some say 40) years. It is not likely that the national government is going to stop construction because the governor refuses to sign a permission slip.

This issue should be put to a vote so all the citizens of Okinawa can state their preferences. Then all the government entities should follow the result.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce new system on disaster info sharing from April See in context

If you want to build a disaster Caution and Warning system in Japan. Start by excluding JMA, NHK, and the government. These organizations have failed to implement effective systems for so long that it's time to go around them. Design the system to inform people accurately and quickly and give requirements to the telecom and broadcast services to implement it. Mandate that telecom companies implement backup power systems at all their sites. Require that all broadcasters carry Caution and Warning messages. Build in frequent testing and automatic feedback so results can be tracked continuously. And include an easy system for customer feedback so that end users can comment and be heard.

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Posted in: Kishida says it is time to return to principles of U.N. Charter See in context

It seems that the UN is being destroyed by one of the 5 founding members (Russia). It's time to remove Russia from the Security Council. No procedures for that? How about all the other members simply barring them from entry? You might have to do this with China, too. There's probably no other way to bring the UN back from the brink.

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Posted in: 400,000 nuisance calls made to Japanese Embassy in China over Fukushima See in context

They should be able to handle this with technology. For example, put an AI voice message processor on the front end of the telephone exchange. It can run a question tree and weed out bots and people with anti-Japan agendas. If you randomize the questions and answers, it will work like a charm.

China is instigating the seafood boycott to try to harm Japan. They may not be thinking ahead far enough to discover that Japan will sell to other markets. When China gets hungry for Japanese seafood in the future, no one will sell it to them.

Countries would do well to avoid doing too much business with China. Many companies have discovered that China is not a good business partner and are leaving. It will be a long time before they will consider returning.

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Posted in: Japanese fishermen, locals seek halt to Fukushima water release See in context

If anyone can provide verified samples proving radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima water release, then the release should be halted. That's not going to happen because the radiation levels are undetectable by the most sensitive equipment. This whole situation is an opportunity for the Japanese fishing industry to diversify its markets and get away from unstable Chinese and Korean customers. The government is even helping. So take the opportunity!

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Posted in: Disaster Prevention Day See in context

Fire extinguishers are also suitable for fighting off knife attackers on trains.

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Posted in: S Koreans worry about Fukushima water; more disapprove of Yoon: poll See in context

Anyone with a basic education in science should be able to understand that the Fukushima wastewater being discharged into the sea is harmless. Bananas have higher natural radiation levels. You get a higher dose of radiation while you sleep at night. The water you drink daily, whether filtered, bottled, or straight from the tap probably has higher radiation levels. Can you name the radioactive substance that is in the Fukushima wastewater? What is the chemical formula of the substance? And what is it about the substance that makes it radioactive? If you don't know those answers you should not be making judgements about safety.

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Posted in: Political seafood See in context

China is using the Fukushima wastewater situation to try to harm Japan. There is no rational basis for their decision to ban seafood imports from Japan. China continuously dumps far more radiation into the sea than Japan does. There is more radiation in bananas, potatoes, and beans than in seafood. China should be careful what they wish for. Japan will develop new non-Chinese markets for its seafood and will be able to deny sales to China shortly.

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Posted in: Japan gov't panel proposes introducing joint custody after divorce See in context

This has been needed for a long time. Japan is trying to catch up to the rest of the world. Next, it may be joint bank accounts, modern banks, credit cards, etc. By 2050 the Edo period will be completely forgotten.

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Posted in: Little League World Series See in context

Baseball in Japan is amazing. I always watch the Koshien Baseball tournaments. Amateur baseball is much more entertaining than professional baseball (with a few exceptions). There are many more US teams than foreign teams. Financing is a big deal in keeping the LL World Series afloat. Unfortunately, they need to have US teams in the mix to keep it going. That's where the money is at this time. Maybe that will change someday.

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Posted in: S Koreans rally against Japanese plans to release treated nuclear wastewater into sea See in context

Another example of the fact that there are stupid people in every country. First, many people don't know what radiation is or where it comes from, and they surely don't know about radiation safety. These are not the people you should listen to. Secondly, the water that will be discharged will be diluted so much that you won't even be able to measure the radiation it emits. The "boogie man"s more dangerous than the water that will be released. South Koreans should be solving real problems like North Korea. Kim Jong Un is much more dangerous.

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Posted in: Japan says North Korea threat more serious than ever See in context

By itself, Japan is no threat to the NORKs. Whether S. Korea could go beyond a stalemate if a fight broke out is questionable. The real threat to N. Korea is the US and the trilateral alliance. Mr. Kim should know that although he has a little RED BUTTON it doesn't mean he could ever use it. It should be labeled "PRESS TO END YOURSELF" and destroy N. Korea.

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Posted in: Traumatic memories fade in Fukushima area hit by 'mock A-bomb' See in context

I had never heard of the mock-A-bombings. I learn something every day. Stories like this remind us how important it is to avoid war.

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