Before discussing the Futenma Issue, I have checked why and how relocation plan problem came from. I have gotten some articles from Mainichi and other sources for reference and summarized as follows:The 1995 Okinawa rape incident happened. 3 US servicemen raped 12 year old Japanese girl which led to debate over the continued presence of US forces in Japan. Then Okinawa Governor, Inamine and then mayor of Nago City agreed to relocate to Henoko seacoast area in November, 1999. So at this point, where to relocate issue was once settled on the premise to limit the period of use for 15 years. But US was reluctant to accept this. 1n 2004, 1 US helicopter crashed at Okinawa International University which heightened calls among local residents for the close of the Air Station. In July, 2008 Okinawa prefectural assembly adopted a resolution on an opposition to Henoko relocation plan. In September, 2009 Democratic Party of Japan after taking office from LDP proposed to move the base outside Okinawa. In May, 2010 then prime minster Hatoyama retracted the idea of transfer of the base to outside Okinawa, which was nothing but about-face. After all of these of pros and cons, Nakaima, then governor of Okinawa finally agreed to relocation plan. So my conclusion is so far as we are allies, we definitely need to engage in surveillance missions over China and North Korea. And the US military presence in Japan, whether it is Okinawa or wherever, is extremely important. I know there is a price that we have to pay. I would like ask people who oppose to this relocation plan on where the best relocation site instead of Henoko, Okinawa. I would be pleased to receive any criticism and opinion.
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I am one of the victims of atomic bomb in Hiroshima. I was 9 months old when hit. If anyone is interested in this story, I can describe exactly what my parents did for me to save my life. I am 70 years old. War brought many many things regardless of whoever started. Look at the rest of the world. Still fighting! Easy to make any comments but people need to really study its background and true history before making comments which I have been doing and will put it up when done.
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It is understood that Chinese use fishing boats that use a trawl net or dragnet to catch. The net extends to 1 kilometer length. They catch not only coral but also tuna, squid and mackerel etc. Japan and other parts of the world prohibit the use of this fishing method. In order for them to harvest a great amount of fish they use fish collecting lamp and catch in one fell swoop by pumping them in. Apart from illegal fishing and pirate fishing, one big global problem is the world faces crisis of losing young fish, a very important resource. So they even don’t care about natural resource management. It is reported that in some other part of the world like Korean Sea and Africa, they normally observe a group of more than 280 fishing boats.
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It is understood that Chinese use fishing boats that use a trawl net or dragnet to catch. The net extends to 1 kilometer length. They catch not only coral but also tuna, squid and mackerel etc. Japan and other parts of the world prohibit the use of this fishing method. In order for them to harvest a great amount of fish they use fish collecting lamp and catch in one fell swoop by pumping them in. Apart from illegal fishing and pirate fishing, one big global problem is the world faces crisis of losing young fish, a very important resource. So they even do NOT care about natural resource management. It is reported that in some other part of the world like Korean Sea and Africa, they normally observe a group of more than 280 fishing boats in their own EEZ.
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This is rather the dispute on diplomatic and political aspect since all of a sudden China claimed over sovereignty of Senkaku Islands (this part is a comment from one professor)
In 1990 the name, Senkaku Islands was named by Kuroiwa, a teacher from Kochi Pref. when he was asked to investigate the islands by Tatsushiro Koga, a businessman who was given the right to rent free of charge by then Japanese government. Between 1885 and 1895, Japanese government made a full survey on who owns the islands, and confirmed that the island did not belong to any other countries, and thus annexed after proper legal procedure in 1895 when China and Japan were right in the middle of war. Japanese government fulfilled the requirements set by International Law. So personally I feel the Senkaku belongs to Japan 100%.
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First of all, it is needless to say that damn Chinese fishing boats already violated a serious law invading into Japanese territorial waters. This is criminal action already. Now, several points to mention;Ogasawara Islands is World Heritage site! Chinese, of course, do NOT care and appreciate this kind of sentiment. As I mentioned, their acts are already unlawful. Despite of the fact that Japan Coast Guard cracked down on some, still many many boats remain in the area. Even Japanese need to get official permission for gathering coral.
I personally think if those theives do NOT have common sense and sentiments, which I believe they DON't, then Japanese government should do something uncommon-eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth!
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I think I have posted my comment about a month ago. The ability to communicate in English is very important these days especially. I am Japanese and brought up in the States part of my life. I think there is no magic wand to make people have good command of any foreign language. My experience tells me that one who wishes to learn foreign languages needs to be immersed in speaking and hearing environment day and night, and copy what they say. Just think how a new born baby learns how to speak.
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I went to the States when I was 18 years old right after I graduated from high school. This goes back to 1963, one year before Tokyo Olympics. Before my visit to the States, I studied for total of 6 years including conversation. But Alas, I could understand only 20 % of local American in college. I even did not come up with the expression, "Pass me the salt" in college cafeteria. There seems to be no magic wand to learn any foreign languages. If u really want to have a good command of English conversation, I found out u need to be in foreign language speaking evironment day and night. There should be a way to do this even in Japan. If I were to learn, I would find English speaking friends and live together.
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To whomever criticizing Abe: Who do you people think will be a better person to be PM? Pls advise me what bad ABE did. Just give me an example if U can.
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No big deal! Concentrate on the deliberation! Usob diet!
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to: bertiewooster After all this guy, Sun is chinese. U know how his country is badly reputed. And Mind your own business. This is really a low class comment. Speaking ill of other people or other nations encourages U?
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If they are prejudiced against foreigners, they wouldn't have put up this kind of sign in ENGLISH anyway. The fact that this is written in English means the shop wants more foreigners than local people. I agree it is not advisable for them to use the word "foreign". It is just because they don't know how to express themselves appropriately. This also relates to Japanese educational system. I would not blame either of those who are pros and cons about the sign posted.
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The and only problem with N.K. is they know Japan may finally give in. But this time will probably be the very last chance for N.K. to speak nonesense. I hope Japanese gov. will really go tough even with high handed stance.
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