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Posted in: Okinawa gubernatorial election set for Nov 18 See in context

The main focus of the race will be the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a crowded residential area in Ginowan to the less populated coastal district of Henoko in Nago...

And what about other issues? Just going to elect another anti-base politician who blows hot air all day and doesn't get anything done in the long run because they're powerless to change the issue. Seems like such a waste, I'm sure they could focuse their efforts elseware but that wouldn't get them the ojiisan vote.

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Posted in: Japan's new 'Airbnb law' a double-edged sword See in context

In the US everyone loves Airbnb, until you get one next door or down the street and the noise from house parties every weekend gets annoying. Eventually more pop up and next thing you know the locals are gentrified right out of their own home.

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Posted in: Union says 7-Eleven rejected owner's plea to close store during snowfall disaster See in context

Not really important but I never understood the whole "fall ill from exhaustion" thing they like to put in the JP news. How does one get ill from exhaustion? Seems like a fancy way to say the person was just really tired or so old/frail that menial labor causes them issues.

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Posted in: NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games See in context

IMO he just worded what he was trying to say incorrectly. As bad as the Japanese colonization of Korea was, their current modern society is heavily inspired by Japan, but they won't admit that.

You can't say anything positive about Japan to a Korean person in Korea. Just try the sea east of Korea it "Sea of Japan", they get pissed. Or point out to one of the old Korean ladies that the Daiso they love so much is a Japanese company, they'll get livid with you.

You can also blame anything negative about Korea on the Japanese and they'll be ok with that.

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Posted in: 2 Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team See in context

@Haa Nemui, Sorry, I meant to put President Moon but put Park for some reason. Can't edit posts...

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Posted in: 2 Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team See in context

Title is misleading. They're not forming one Olympic team, they're forming one combined team for ice hockey only. The players and their parents of the original SK women's ice hockey team are pissed as well. They're upset because 12 SK athletes who worked their ass off to be on the Olympic ice hockey team are getting booted from the team to make room for NK. They're not very happy with President Park forcing them off the team for a political stunt.

Not to mention they haven't practiced together at all. I don't see this combined team wining much of anything.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'heartfelt' apology from Japan over 'comfort women' See in context

Seems reasonable enough. But you know Japan won't do it because they already paid their "gomen" money. Meanwhile they'll continue to omit it from text books and flat out deny it ever happened.

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Posted in: Okinawan governor calls for revision to Japan-U.S. status of forces pact See in context

As most realize, if all the bases closed TOMORROW, and every military person LEFT, the island would economically collapse. Enough already.

Enough already? Enough already with the falsehood of the base being the sole contributor to the local economy on Okinawa, it's not 1950 anymore. The businesses that cater to the bases would take a hit but the island would not collapse economically. The bases make up for less than 5% of the local GDP, it's a very small amount when you consider that developed base land makes way more for the local economy (look at Shintoshin) than it did as a base.

The biggest hit would come from the central government itself as I'd imagine with the bases gone Okinawa would lose a lot of the money it receives from the central government for hosting the bases.

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Posted in: Retail giant Aeon to stop selling porn magazines from January See in context

They have porn at Aeon?

Prudes gonna be prudes.

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Posted in: Alcohol detected on breath of U.S. serviceman after fatal crash in Okinawa See in context

USFJ on Okinawa already on lockdown.

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Posted in: Trump says he won't rule out military response to Venezuela See in context

...which still gives no reason for any country to intervene militarily.

Oh I agree. But let's not pull out the old "America hates democracy" card when the Maduro is totally shoring up power for himself and his supporters in order to control the entire country.

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Posted in: Trump says he won't rule out military response to Venezuela See in context

I guess democratically-elected Maduro in adhering to the Venezuelan constitution was exhibiting way to much democracy for minority popular vote Trump to stomach.

You do realize that Maduro is seizing power for his own party in order to rewrite their constitution right?

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Posted in: Small portion of U.S. air base in Okinawa returned See in context

I wonder what they'll develop the land into? Ginowan is jamp packed with run down old buildings. Would be nice to see something new develop.

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Posted in: Nintendo records quarterly profit on Switch sales success See in context

Just picked one up last week, it's an interesting concept. What will make or break it will be it's game selection. Right now there are some good games but very few.

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Posted in: S Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul See in context

Cripes. Bet that museum will be a bundle of laughs.

Really? How many users would be upset if someone said this about the A-Bomb museum in Hiroshima? Seriously, people need to calm down and stop jumping to Japan's defense on this issue. Let them have their museum, Japan has their wartime museums despite them committing some atrocities during WWII as well.

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Posted in: U.S. woman arrested over disposal of 100 live bullets at Haneda airport See in context

I've been reading a lot of comments making excuses for this lady. That .22 ammo boxes are "so small" and it would be easy to leave one in your bag. But anyone with common sense knows that Japan has very strict gun laws. If she used the bag in the past to carry guns/ammo you think she'd have triple checked to make sure no loose ammunition was rolling around her bag before leaving for Japan.

I'd also like to think the TSA would have caught it before she left. But then I remember we're talking about the TSA, one of the most incompetent orginizations in the US with a 95% failure rate.

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Posted in: Microsoft challenges Sony with powerful new Xbox One X See in context

So dumb, and I'm getting sick of where the console market is going. Are we going to get a new more powerful version of the current gen of console every year? If I wanted to be able to get a more powerful version of the hardware I'm already running I'll build a PC.

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested for stabbing female acquaintance See in context

Maybe he had a thing for her and she rejected him and he couldn't take it? Or maybe he's just psycho?

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Posted in: Tiny house by Muji finally goes on sale in Japan See in context

Saw some commentary online that equates these "tiny houses" to rich people mobile homes and I agree.

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Posted in: Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss See in context

Not sure about Japan but in the US you can't find a switch anywhere. Imagine how much money they'd make if Nintendo actually kept up with demand for their products for once?

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Posted in: U.S. plans to move 4,000 Marines in Okinawa to Guam from 2024 See in context

my comments are ignorant? The US military is the 3rd largest contributor to the Okinawa economy and generates close to 30% more to the Okinawa economy than tourism.

They are ignorant and Yubaru is right. It's no where near 30% of the local economy it is indeed less than 5%. The number comes from the Okinawa prefectural government as well. That number is also including the money military members spend in the economy to inlcude housing and jobs provided to the locals that work on base.

If you look at the numbers the biggest contributor to the local Okinawa economy is tourism by a far margin. If they were to get the base land back they would develop it and it would earn even more tourist dollars. Just look at Shintoshin, Mihama, and along route 58 between Kadena AB and Camp Foster. All of that used to just be vacant land and since it's return has generated more money for the local economy thant he bases ever did.

Honestly the biggest impact to the local Okinawa economy if the bases left would come in the form of lost subsidies from the Japanese government that they currently recieve for hosting the bases on island.

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