Japan was sacrificed by the Japanese government during the war, and it is still being sacrificed today. I feel sorry for the Okinawan people. Let Japan defend itself (if it wants to); this is the 3rd richest country in the world, after all. When will the US stop being the world's policeman with over 800 bases around the world, including those in the US? I say get all US military out of Japan.
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I wonder how you say "jerking around" in Japanese. That is what Putin has been doing to Abe on the NT issue. Japanese diplomacy is weak to begin with. Russia will never return those islands--even though they are in the wrong--so the Japanese might as well face the fact.
If it had not been for Gen Douglas MacArthur, the Soviets would have occupied one half of Hokkaido as well. MacArthur told Soviet diplomats in Tokyo in 1945, "If one Soviet soldier sets foot in Hokkaido there will be hell to pay." Most Japanese do not know, and thus do not appreciate, what MacArthur did for Japan after the war.
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Most of Walmart's stuff is made in China so I wonder how that will work out.
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I think all US military should leave Japan. Why is the US still protecting Japan, one of the richest countries in the world, 73 years after the end of the war? Let Japan defend itself if it wants to. Same goes for Korea.
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From reading the above, I guess my case is unique. My ex Japanese wife demands that I stay involved with our two kids and does all she can to encourage that. For example, when I visit them in Hawaii, she wants me to stay at her house in order to spend maximum time with them. You could say we have a "friendly divorce." In addition, my present Japanese wife loves my kids and they love her. Fortunate me.
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It is strange that an experienced police could not defend himself against a young man with a knife. I thought all officers were trained in the martial arts. Also, why was the back door left unlocked?
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Last time I rode the "Shinkansen" in China--and thousands use it every day--I had to go through a security check just like getting on an airplane. It was quick and not cumbersome at all. If China can do it Japan should be able to as well.
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In China, Bullet Train riders have to go through metal detectors and then receive body scans. I am okay with that.
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The Ethiopean govt. has allowed this to happen probably because Chinese officials are paying off the country's leaders.
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Money (Foreign Aid). It is as simple as that. The Philippines, being dirt poor depends on the money Japan sends to the country. That is why we never hear much war criticism against Japan from the Philippines. Now that China and Korea are rich, they are not afraid to speak out. Money talks.
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Not surprising that those old conservative judges ruled in the governent's favor. They talked about independence in their ruling, but Abe's right-wing ilk influence NHK from behind the scenes.
Could you imagine in the USA an agent coming to the door saying that because you have a TV antenna you have to pay a fee? That agent might be met with a shotgun and a demand to "get off my property."
Alas, this is Japan, a land of complacent sheep. I am not so much against the fee as I am the system they use to collect it.
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Congratulations to the foreign wrestler, although conservative sumo purists must be unhappy about the record. He is fortunate he is in sumo, not baseball where things similar to the Randy Bass incident happen regularly to foreigners about to break a Japanese record.
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I agree with the "antisocial" posts. Many women seem to be trying to hide themselves with a big mask right up to their eyes and a big hat pulled down over their face. I think it is more psychological than it is health-related. I have female English students who wear big masks to class every week for 16 weeks! Weird.
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As expected, Putin did not budge an inch on the NT issue, so what kind of "cooperation" are we talking about. Putin's treatment of Abe is the classic definition of "jerking (somone) around." More failed Japanese diplomacy.
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Coke and Pepsi are artificially flavored and colored sugar water. I drank them for years, which may be one reason I now have high blood sugar. Wish I had know better. Now, it's green tea for me, and lots of it.
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I am 75 and had the "old age" test last year. I thought it was a pretty thorough test, both practical and mental. I saw some old people at the testing center who appeared both mentally and physically frail.
The problem is, I suspect, the testers are reluctant to fail people, even when they do poorly on the tests.
This is similar to the mentality you find in the schools, i.e. pass all students onto the next grade every year, even those who deserve to fail. This is benevolence to an extreme, which, in the case of driving can result in the death of others..
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Abenomics has always been "smoke and mirrors." Whatever happened to the "third arrow?" All the govt. knows how to do is throw money it does not have around--like it it doing right now in Africa. Vested interests make structural reform too difficult. Japan's passive populace just shrug their shoulders; meanwhile, this country continues it downward spiral.
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I can't believe that so far about 40% have voted "no."
Okinawa was sacrificed by the J. Govt. during the war and it is still being sacrificed, with 70% of of U.S. bases there, on what is 6% of Japan's land area.
Japan is a rich country. Let it defend itself if it wants to. The U.S. has about 800 bases around the world, trying to be the world's policeman. Letting the Okinawan people decide is a wonderful idea, but it will never happen as right-wing Abe is just a puppet of the U.S.
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The encouragement and support Ichiro got from U.S. fans as he was breaking records was impressive. It was an example of good sportsmanship. Would a foreign player get the same support here? I doubt it. In fact, in the past, Japanese baseball has tried to prevent foreign players from breaking records held by Japanese. The classic incident was when Randy Bass was approaching Oh's home run record at the end of the 1985 season. In the last few games he was walked every time by Oh's Giants. Other similar incidents followed over the years. How about that for sportsmanship?
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People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. That said, China does have a point. Even if a lower number, say 50,000 men, women and children were massacred in Nanjing, that is enough to call for a Japanese PM to visit there and bow his head. But, since Japanese are so busy paying the "victim" card, and the LDP and PM are basically right-wing, this will never happen.
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Abenomics has always been "smoke and mirrors." Whatever happened to that 3rd arrow, structural changes? The vested interests shot it down, that's what. Japan badly needs an "outsider" leader, but not in the mold of Trump. The country's decline continues.
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It is not a big deal. If that country were foolish enough to attack S.K. or the U.S., they could be wiped off the map in less than a week. Abe will make it a big deal as it furthers his right-wing agenda.
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This is a country that does not know the word, "sidewalks." I see kids in dark school uniforms riding bikes on narrow roads at night, in heavy traffic, all the time.
Even in the new danchis, the developers, in their quest to cram as many new lots into an area as possible, do not allow space for sidewalks. Why isn't there a law mandating sidewalks? Probably because, as in many cases, the politicians are beholden to construction company lobbying/money.
It's a wonder there aren't more accidents.
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It is curious how both Abe and the Emperor makes general statements like "many lives were lost". Truth be told, most of those lives were civilians killed by rampaging Japanese soldiers going out in a blaze of glory at the end of the fighting. The IJA raised Manila and killed anyone in sight.
I have seen Japanese textbooks written with those kinds of general statements, i.e. "many people lost their lives in Nanjing," with no mention of who did the killing!
The comfort women will be kept in the background; the Philippines is too dependent on Japan's foreign aid to cause any embarrassment.
I have a hunch the Emperor can't say what he would really like to say. He is kept on a short rein by his handlers who are influenced by Abe's right-wing governance.
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Too bad the movie about Zamperini and his trials as a POW in Japan (Unbroken) can not be shown in movie theaters here because of pressure from right-wing groups. Is this a free country or what?
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Just think, if there were no national borders at all in the world, millions from poor countries would be pouring into the rich countries. Think of the chaos and social disruption that would cause. For better or for worse, it has to be a crime to cross a border illegally, and those laws need to be enforced. Life is not fair.
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How about labels on food, drinks and medicines sold in stores. Pity the poor tourist who goes shopping in a supermarket. Almost all products have labels only in Japanese. Would be so difficult for manufactures to write JUST THE NAME of the item in ENGLISH? For example, "Green Tea," "Wheat tea," "Chinese Oolong tea," "Jasmine tea" etc. Seems to me that would not be so difficult.
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As a 40-plus year resident of Japan, I will add my two cents. I am no fan of Japan's xenophobic immigration bureau, but I agree with the readers who say Jpn should not accept Muslim refugees. Most immigrants are will willing to assimilate, but Muslims generally will not--they expect you to accommodate them. Witness what has happened in France with face coverings, etc. I found this out when I was teaching ESL to Muslim students in the U.S., a diverse and tolerant country. It was at a community center. The women Muslim students (mostly from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) demanded to be taught separately from the men, and they further demanded a female teacher, i.e. not me! Had they been paying for the lessons, that would have been one thing, but these were FREE city-sponsored classes. Needless to say, it gave me a bad impression of conservative Islam.
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