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Posted in: China warns against Japan-Australia defense accord See in context

Over the past 40 years, China came out of its isolation and built a great economy. That economy has been shrinking and will continue to shrink under the new Xi dictatorship. When the Chinese people wake up and discover that they no longer have such a great economy they will make a change. Let's help speed this along. Buy less Chinese stuff and encourage businesses to leave China and no longer deal with them. Just sayin'.

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Posted in: It's time to take Kim Jong Un and his nuclear threats seriously See in context

Kim's RED BUTTON should be labeled "PRESS TO END DPRK." A leaked US operations plan (OPLAN) from the previous administration described the use of 80 nuclear weapons against the DPRK. Because the north is so heavily armed and such a short range from S. Korea it is necessary to act very quickly and decisively if Kim attacks his neighbor. There's really no way to prevent Kim from doing a first strike. All we can do is try to deter him. But, he won't be making a second strike.

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Posted in: N Korea confirms nuclear missile launches were tests to 'wipe out' enemies See in context

Somehow I don't think Kim has enough missiles to wipe out his perceived enemies. He should be reminded that the label on his big RED button says: "Press to END DPRK"

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier to return after N Korea fires missile over Japan See in context

The carrier's objective would be to help the NORKs decide not to do an SLBM launch or continue lobbing rockets into the sea where the carrier group might be. If a small cloud of fighters pops up every time the NORKs are about to do a nuclear test, that would be great.

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Posted in: Views on U.S. bases shift in Okinawa See in context

The crime rate among the US military in Okinawa is much lower than the local population. (Based on Japanese Police statistics) The base population is around 40,000, only about 3% of the total population of 1,500,000 for the prefecture. Adding in the military population lowers the crime rate. (I make no excuse for any US military member who commits a crime in Okinawa. I always say throw the book at them.)

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Posted in: Emperor to take prostate MRI test in November See in context

Why is this in the news? His medical tests and results should be kept private, just like anyone else.

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Posted in: Japan protests possible gas extraction by China in contested waters See in context

The Senkaku Island group in Okinawa Prefecture is a place where Japan should take immediate action. It's a use it or lose it situation. If Japan puts an outpost on the islands, China will have to take it away by force. But, if China is the first to put an outpost on the islands, Japan will have to take it back by force. Is it worth fighting a war about it? I'll bet Japan will still be studying the possibilities when China takes action...

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Posted in: Digital minister aims to drag Japan out of analog doldrums See in context

If Japan wants people to get and use the MyNumber Card, they must be serious benefits. For example, you can already use the card as your medical ID, allowing the office to connect all your medical records. The problem is they charge extra if you use the card. How about offering the user 100 Yen cash for using the card? To get the cards into people's hands, they should streamline the application process down to 1 day. And issue the cards to every student when they become legal (able to sign contracts). And, make the renewal process a one-stop 10-minute process with ID verification at your city hall.

Japan should also keep the elderly population in mind. Not every elderly person can make the "digital transition," so a system to accommodate them is needed.

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Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Shocking, just shocking! Governor Tamaki gets re-elected, and nothing changed. Oh well, it's time to move on to improve the economy and educational opportunities, reduce child poverty, promote tourism, and all the other things the governor should be spending his time on. [In polls before the election improving the economy was the #1 concern, and the base issues were #5]

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Posted in: Gov't to pursue U.S. base relocation in Okinawa despite Tamaki's win See in context

Sadly only a little more than 20% of Okinawa voters voted. The rest get what they deserve by default. In opinion polls (probably representing a balance of the Okinawan population), the base issue(s) were fifth in importance, far behind economic issues. For 50 years, Okinawa's government has used base compensation funds for infrastructure projects (pouring lots of concrete) rather than benefitting its citizens. Okinawa is the poorest prefecture with the highest child poverty level. Recently Japan has been cutting the money it sends to Okinawa each year. Newly reelected governor Tamaki puts more effort into fighting the Henoko base construction than the economy. It looks like four more years of the same.

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Posted in: Gov't holds annual disaster drill, scaled back due to COVID See in context

Most of the pictures that made the news were of men sitting around big tables, listening to briefings, or standing around. That's just like a normal day. It would be better to prepare for a disaster. Japan has had massive flooding for two years now. It might be a good idea to improve drainage and flood control systems now. Instead of depending on government workers for disaster recovery, how about promoting volunteerism and training? Example: The Daito islands were just hit by a Super Typhoon with gusts up to 75 MPS (270 KPH). They survived and had most of the damage and debris cleaned up within two days. Why is that? Hint: it wasn't the government doing the work. Now Miyako and Ishigaki islands are about to be hit by the same storm, and NHK was trying to tell them to be prepared. LOL

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Posted in: Japanese monkey-hunting team shoots woman with tranquilizer dart See in context

If a city worker shot me, I would definitely hold my taxes for a year. Maybe the city worker should pay them for me. Seriously though, I question the competence of anyone who points a rifle (or any weapon) at another person, loaded or unloaded, ever. (unless, of course, he/she intends to shoot them.)

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Posted in: Okinawa gubernatorial race begins with U.S. base relocation in focus See in context

For the last 50+ years, governors have been focused on the US base issue. For 30 of those years, the Futenma to Henoko issue has been the focus. Governors have repeatedly filed lawsuits and other administrative actions trying to revive the dead horse. It's not working. Even with continuous large cash subsidies intended to help align Okinawa's economy and infrastructure with Japan. Okinawa still has the highest child poverty, weakest economy, and lowest average income of all prefectures. This will only continue if no one makes a change. This time instead of taking the money and converting it to concrete, I hope the new governor will pursue an Okinawan people-first policy. First priority should be to end child poverty and make Okinawa's schools equal to the best in Japan. Promote jobs and companies that keep profits local. Bring in more research and development, high-tech companies. How about a leading-edge semiconductor fabrication facility? (And, don't tell me Okinawa is not a good location until you check out OIST, NICT, JAXA, etc. They are thriving in Okinawa.) The horse is dead.

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Posted in: Japan Weather Association creates new words to describe merciless summer heat See in context

I should say come on down to Okinawa, it's cooler here. The air temperature here never gets above 36 C. But, I would be fooling you because the heat index often goes to 46-48 C because of the humidity. Okinawans have their own set of terms for hot weather: あちこーこー, 熱こーこー, 熱ちこーこー Here, they drink hot tea to cool off. (It makes you sweat)

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Posted in: Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack See in context

War games are simulations designed to teach people how to deal with real problems they may face in a real fight. China is conducting training for a blockade and invasion of Taiwan. I wonder how they are training for the part when Taiwan shoots them down?

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Posted in: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi begins Asia tour; no mention of Taiwan See in context

Speaker Pelosi should go to Taiwan. She should just send her plane and escort while she stays in Tokyo. That will drive China nuts.

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Posted in: KDDI mobile service failure ends after 86 hours; minister criticizes company's handling of disruption See in context

The government should require KDDI to provide detailed information on why, how, what, when, and where this outage occurred. The government should issue a "serious incident" declaration and instruct KDDI to make improvements to prevent this from happening again. And, KDDI should describe its plans, give dates, and frequent progress reports to the government.

I would like to ask some specific questions. For example, how much diversity and redundancy is built into KDDI's network. Let's say for example a prefecture was cut off from KDDI's fiber network. Would people in the prefecture still be able to use their phones to call each other, 110, and 119? Or (as I suspect) are we all dependent on the big switch in central Japan. Does the Senior VP of Engineering sit on the board? Does he have the autonomy to insure reliability over sales? How much does KDDI spend on network growth and reliability each month? (They should be spending at least $1,000,000,000 on network growth and reliability each month bases on other companies of similar size (Verizon, ATT, Vodaphone, etc.) Japan Today reporters should be asking these questions and reporting it here.

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Posted in: KDDI says mobile network almost recovered across Japan See in context

We need to require communications companies to meet reliability, redundancy, and security standards that prevent widespread outages. Where KDDI has divided Japan into two autonomous areas companies in the US have divided the country into hundreds of small autonomous areas. With proper management, outages will not spread from area to area. The government should set and enforce standards requiring companies build and prove the reliability of their networks.

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Posted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles See in context

As of July 4, 2022 - 54 hours after the start of the incident it's still not completely fixed! Many customers can not make cellular calls. This is bordering on incompetence. It is now obvious that KDDI did not build a robust and reliable network. KDDI should pay customers back for their inconvenience. That's going to cost them more than 233,000,000 JPY per day. What an incentive to get the job done. KDDI, let's see some cash.

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Posted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles See in context

KDDI it's not fixed until it's fixed. Yes, you got the call set up working. We can dial and ring the distant phone. But, when will the voice connections be made? The public deserves a clear and detailed account of what happened and why. Don't say you will study it and get back to us later. If you fixed it, what did you fix? (you don't need to study it!) Next, you need to take action to prevent this from ever happening again. When will that be done and by when? Oh and no more bowing and apologizing or resigning - get to work and earn a new and better reputation. Then you can resign if you want. Oh, and NTT are you watching? You could fix your problems too...

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Posted in: KDDI mobile customers across Japan hit by prolonged network troubles See in context

@Mocheake You imply that there is a first-rate outfit. Who would that be? Both NTT and KDDI have had widespread mass outages lasting more than 24 hours over the last 8 months.

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Posted in: KDDI mobile customers across Japan hit by prolonged network troubles See in context

In many countries, there are technical requirements for reliability, redundancy, and security. Does Japan have such standards? Now that NTT and KDDI have had major widespread outages, I doubt it. It's time for the government to take responsibility for communications away from MITI and create a separate agency to manage communications.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context

Some cities in Japan allow separate surnames. Japan has a long way to go with this. Japanese banks still don't allow joint accounts, they still have heads of households, some people with names using three kanji can't fill out forms properly, etc. By the way, what is the purpose of half-width katakana, and half-width alphanumeric characters? Do they think full-size characters won't fit in the computer storage? The DX revolution can't come soon enough.

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Posted in: U.S. naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash See in context

Don't Japanese courts require evidence and proof of claims made in court? What's all this stuff about "the judge seemed skeptical" and "the Judge said maybe"? In a real court, you need experts to clarify these possibilities, not the judge's skepticism. And then there's the part about 28 days of solitary confinement... Aren't people presumed innocent until proven guilty? (I know, I know, the police get away with this all the time.) Oh, and one more thing, where was the US Embassy while all this was going on? In the end precious lives were lost and damage was done. Let's see if the justice system can work in a proper way.

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Posted in: Gov't to fight damages suit filed by family of dead Sri Lankan See in context

First of all, I hope she wins. Secondly, when an individual sues a government it's not fair because governments have unlimited funds. So, to make things fair, the government should pay her legal costs, win or lose. Or if they don't want to pay her costs, the government should be obligated to pay 100 times the asked damages if she wins. By the way, is anyone in jail yet?

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

When in Japan, do as the Japanese do. Why does the question of foreign tourists wearing masks rise to the level of the Prime Minister? Stop distracting Mr. Kishida from the important task of studying the economy.

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Posted in: Japan urges China to 'play responsible role' on Ukraine crisis See in context

I'm glad to see that Japan is urging China to be a responsible nation by condemning Putin's war. There are 35 other nations that need that same encouragement. Not that any of them will change policy at Japan's urging but it's the right thing to do. And, maybe people will remember who these Putin supporting nations are and continue to give them a hard time.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

What sort of bank or city government uses floppy disks these days? They have been obsolete for decades. And, why does it take several days to figure out and fix this kind of error? This story just reinforces my belief that banks in Japan operate with one foot stuck in the Edo Period. At both of my commercial banks, the teller machines are more helpful than the hooman tellers.

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

Gov Tamaki needs to try a new strategy. Repeatedly running as fast as he can into a concrete wall isn't working. Maybe he should concentrate on making life better for the Okinawan people. How about improving the schools, bringing in businesses that will provide good-paying jobs for Okinawans, reducing child poverty, etc. You know, all those things he's been avoiding for the past three years. Reducing the number of bases isn't going to make life better it will just provide land for some big companies to build on.

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Posted in: 50 years after return, Okinawa's strategic importance grows for U.S. See in context

Stories in the Japanese press, textbooks, and other sources constantly get the death toll from The Battle of Okinawa wrong. Almost always low (way low in the case of this story, 200,500). There is one definitive source: The actual names of all people who died in The Battle of Okinawa are listed at a memorial site, "The Cornerstone of Peace" in Okinawa. Names are in the person's language and grouped by country. Each name is backed by careful research. Names are added each year as more remains or other evidence is obtained. The current total is 249,000 human beings. Okinawa prefecture observes its own holiday, "Irei no Hi" (The way to console the dead) each year. The national government has refused to establish this as a holiday.

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